The Norwegian currency is “Kroner”, which is sometimes mistranslated into “crowns” in English. But whatever we call our money, cash is no longer king in Norway, and almost all establishments accept debit cards.
It is still a good idea to have a bit of cash on you, though, and you need Norwegian currency to get by - foreign currency is rarely accepted.
You will find cash machines everywhere in towns and cities, and in most rural areas there will at least be one place where you can withdraw money, such as a kiosk or a petrol station.
Post offices and some grocery shops or supermarkets do not accept foreign credit cards, although they happily take debit cards.
Visa and MasterCard are the most commonly accepted credit cards, with far fewer accepting Amex or Diners. If in doubt, ask before shopping.
Many people think Norway is an expensive country, and to an extent they’re entirely correct, but chances are they haven’t really tried to save money. You can certainly experience Norway without blowing your entire savings account and maxing out all your credit cards: There are plenty of tips and tricks you can turn to in order to be frugal and still enjoy yourself in Norway.
Planning your trip well helps you get what you want and find the experiences you wish for, without risking your hard-earned days off. And if you don't know what you want, we're happy to help you find some ideas.
We want you to be happy in Norway, and enjoy your time here as much as you possibly can. Happy guests come back, and before you know it we have made friends for life. Makes sense, then, to share our best tips to make your stay a good one.