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Budget travel

11 budget holiday tips
It is no secret that Norway is a relatively expensive country, but there are plenty of cheap options and free attractions for those on a budget.
A man and a women are enjoying the view of Geiranger from their tent
Photo: Samuel Taipale / Visitnorway.com

    Check out our tips and tricks to experience the best of Norway without having to empty your piggy bank.

  1. 1. Come early to the party

  2. Travel off-season for cheaper hotels and accommodation and far less crowded attractions.

  3. 2. Plan ahead

  4. If you book early, getting around in Norway by bus, train or plane can be quite reasonable. There are only a few tickets available at the lowest price for each departure, however, so make sure you start looking well in advance.

  5. 3. Take a hike or ride a bike

  6. The cheapest way to get around is on foot or by bike. A hiking or biking holiday also gives you the added bonus of getting closer to nature.

  7. 4. Enjoy free nature attractions

  8. In Norway, there is no entry fee to areas with natural attractions like fjords, waterfalls and natural parks. Make the most of it and enjoy the fresh air.

  9. 5. Look for cheap accommodation options

  10. Camping in the wild is also free, as long as you are considerate and follow the rules of the right of access. Other budget options for a place to stay are campsites, hostels, or one of the many non-service mountain cabins around the country.

    Photo: CH / Visitnorway.com
  11. 6. Drink the tap water

  12. Buying your food in supermarkets instead of eating out can save you lots of money. Also, remember that the tap water is perfectly safe to drink in the whole country, so fill up from the tap instead of buying bottled water.

  13. 7. Learn from the students

  14. For an affordable night on the town, find out where the local students eat and drink – they often know where to get a good deal. Bring a student ID-card if you have one.

  15. 8. Eat in small Asian restaurants

  16. In many of the big cities, you find small restaurants serving tasty Thai or other Asian dishes for a reasonable price. 

  17. 9. Do your research

  18. It definitely pays to do your research and plan ahead: Some tourist attractions are free all year round, and many museums that normally charge for entry are free certain days of the week.

  19. 10. Ask the locals

  20. Local tourist offices are happy to help, and often have lists of free things to do.

  21. 11. Get a free lift from the locals

  22. Norway is considered very safe, and whilst hitchhiking is not very common, it is usually quite safe and you get to meet the locals, too. It can be a bit unpredictable, though. Your chances of getting a lift are greater in rural areas, where people are more familiar with the challenges of getting around. And of course, remember to take your precautions: wear visible clothes and talk to the driver before deciding whether to enter the car or not.

    The right to roam

    The Norwegian right of access (“allemannsretten”) has been part of the Outdoor Recreation Act since 1957. It ensures that everybody can experience nature, even on larger privately owned areas.

    The main rules are easy: Be considerate and thoughtful, pick up your rubbish, and show respect for nature and people.

    Read about the right of access

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