Norway is distinguished by wilderness and beauty and can give many evoking experiences. It is important to treat nature with respect, know one’s physical limitations and take the necessary precautions. Proper equipment is a must. Pay attention to local advice about weather forecasts, etc. If you have little “outdoor” experience it is advisable to participate in group outings to be safe. You can travel in Norway on a fairly tight budget. Here are 10 tips for cheap accommodation, activities and means of transport.
The cheapest way to stay in Norway is to bring a tent. Public right of access in Norway means you ca put up your tent practically anywhere free of charge. There are also campsites for tents and caravans throughout the country, where you pay a small charge and can use the showers and kitchen. These campsites often have simple cabins for rent as well.
- CHEAP ROOMS
If you are travelling by car in Norway, look for “Room for rent” signs. Sometimes, they are only in Norwegian i.e. ‘Rom Til Leie’. With a little planning, you can easily find budget accommodation. There is a wide range of reasonable accommodation available in Norway.
VIP backpackers have cheap rooms in Norway. B&B Norway is an organisation that provides Bread & Breakfast throughout the country. Norwegian hostels are part of hostelling international, and there are 75 hostels from the north to the south of Norway. They offer reasonably-priced accommodation and the chance to meet people from all over the world who are in Norway for the same reason as you.
- BUDGET PRICED CABINS
Norway is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. Vast areas with extensive networks of waymarked walking trials await you.. Walking is free, and there is a wide choice of cabins available for people who want to explore the mountains and wilderness. The Norwegian trekking association has 460 cabins of warying standard. The cheapest are the no – service cabins where you bring your own food.
- WALKING HOLIDAYS
Bringing your own tent and walking in the mountains is free. If you book a room at one of the Norwegian trekking association’s no-service or self service cabins, you pay a reasonable amount that varies with the standard of the cabin. The self service cabins are slightly more luxurious and a bit more expensive.
- SEA FISHING FROM SHORE
Bring your fishing rod on a cycling or motoring holiday in Norway. Sea fishing from the shore is free.
- CYCLING HOLIDAYS
A cycling holiday where you bring your own tent is a cheap way of exploring Norway. If you dont like tents, you can book reasonably priced cabins at Norway’s many campsites before you set off. If you dont want to cycle on your own, you can book an organised cycling trip.
- BUY YOUR OWN FOOD AT SUPER MARKET
Buying food at a super market is the cheapest way of felling our stomach. The following are the cheapest of the many supermarket chains in Norway; Bunnpris, prix, rema 1000, kiwi and rimi. You can’t buy wine or spirits in ordinary shops and super markets in Norway. You have to find a Vinmonopol wine and spirits store. Since it is a state-owned chain, it is required to make a profit, and expensive wines are actually, competitevely-priced in Norway.
- EAT AT SMALL ASIAN RESTAURANTS
In cities and towns. You will often see small asian restaurants. Many of them are cheap and serve good quality food. In Oslo, many of these restaurants are located in the Grønland area. Or a long Torggata, which goes from Oslo city centre to the Grunerlokka area. You can drink tap water, so it is unnecessary to order a bottle of water with your meal. Most restaurants will bring a jug of water and glasses to your table free of charge.
- GETTING AROUND
The Norwegian state railways (NSB) sell mini price tickets from NOK249. Irrespective of the length of the journey. These tickets must be booked in advance at www.nsb.no also check out (Norway in a nutshell), which is a reasonable priced, well organised round trip. www.fjordtours.com
Travelling by bus can be a cheap option, and the bus company Nor-way bussekspress covers most of the country and sometimes has good discounts. Book tickets online in advance to get the best deal.
Many places offer good discounts for youth, students, seniors and families. If you qualify for any of the above, you must always mention it. Students must show their international student ID card (ISIC).
Driving a car in Norway
If you come in your own car or hire one when you get here, there are lots of reasonable accommodation options available to you, and there is a wide range of impressive national tourist routes throughout Norway.
- BY AN “EXPLORE NORWAY TICKET”
The airline wideroe has many good deals on round trips in Norway. Go for their “Explore Norway Ticket”, which offers ultimated air travel for two weeks during the period from 21st june to 27th aug.