Norway is famous for it’s mind-blowing archipelagos, expensive fjords and undeniable beauty. This beautiful country is most likely on your travel itinerary already. Sadly, it can be expensive to travel to Norway. The good news is there are guidelines you can consider to cut back on costs. The best attractions and places of interest are outside, and thankfully admiring Norway’s rugged wildlife won’t cost you a dime. Before going anywhere, here 5 tips to help you make the most of your trip without blowing all your cash.
Budget limits & advance booking
Before planning an itinerary, you might want to settle on a daily spending limit. Try not to go over budget. Rather than book a hotel, you should consider a hostel; couch-surfing and camping are also excellent options, although you need to make proper choices. The best time of the year to travel to Norway is in the summer. The weather is nice and pleasant, and you can easily set up a camp or you can search for an affordable camping site.
Advance booking is yet another smart way of saving some cash. Plan your trip with at least 3 months in advance. So, for example, if you choose to leave in August, you will want to book flights and accommodation in early May. This will save you hundreds of dollars.
Norway’s peak season is from June to August. That’s because the weather is exceptional throughout this time of the year. However, if you don’t really care about the weather, or better yet you’d like to see the Northern Lights, it might be a good idea to travel in the months of April, October, even December. Sure, the temperatures may not be the best, but there are lots of things you can do and see during this time of year as well. Most hotels have great offers, and even packages that include trips to nearby attractions free of charge. Furthermore, flights are also cheaper. Book a trip in advance in off-season and you’ll save hundreds.
Explore the natural surroundings, it’s free!
Norway’s finest attractions and places of interest are outside. The country prides itself with stunning natural beauty, and the good thing is it’s all free. Hiking is a must-try activity. The Western Fjords in particular, are spectacular. Sognefjord and Geirangerfjord will dazzle you with their grandeur. Include Alesund on your itinerary, and relish in the wild allure of this region. Stop by the town park of Aksla Viewpoint and admire the most stunning view of the archipelago.
Setting up a tent in the wild is totally free. But you need to be within 150m from a town, it doesn’t matter which. Also, you are not allowed to camp for more than 2 nights in one place. To save up some more cash, buy camping gear from your home country. In Norway, mountain equipment is incredibly expensive.
Traveling by train around Norway costs between $40 and $70. Based on the distance between cities, you may end up paying more or less, although this depends on when you buy a ticket. You can save quite a lot of cash by booking trains in advance. There are also many buses that connect Norway’s major cities; they’re cheaper and they are positioned near major national parks around the country. The least expensive type of ticket costs $10, and the most expensive can easily reach $100.
We’ve already mentioned that Norway is a fjord wonderland, and since most of them are located in national parks, seeing them won’t cost you anything. However, it might be a good idea to opt for a guided tour. This way you can see the best of Norway. Multi-day tours will cost you about $124, and day tours to the fascinating fjords are between $50 and 65. Choose the one that best matches your budget, and enjoy Norway to the fullest without spending a fortune.
Last but not least, if you’re looking to venture into the cities, you should know hotels in city centers are very expensive. Museums cost about $10 and the food is more affordable in eateries located away from the major places of interest.
About the Author:
Edward Francis is a traveling freak who has traveled many destinations around the world. He also loves writing about his traveling experiences and the places he has explored. He also writes for a site http://www.shaktihimalaya.com/ offering luxury Himalayan experiences for travelers. Other than traveling he also has a passion for cooking new dishes from all over the world. Apart he loves to spend his free time playing with his pet.