It is no secret that Norway is a very beautiful place, neither is it a secret that this Scandinavian country is one of the most expensive to visit in Europe. A lot of people are afraid to put Norway on their list of places to visit because they feel they may not be able to afford it. That assumption is very correct. But there are also plenty of options for visitors traveling on a tight budget.
Check out the following tricks and tips for visiting Norway without breaking the bank
Travel off season.
Just like in every other country, there are times in the year when all roads lead to Norway. If you are traveling on a slim budget, you should avoid this period. This is when you will have extra high cost of food, accommodation and attractions. After all, who will not want to take advantage of the influx of visitors? To make your money last, travel off season when there will be fewer people, cheaper accommodations and less crowded attractions. This means planning your visit outside the tourist season which is usually spring and summer.
Book local transport in advance.
You will surely not be surprised to find out that cabs are as expensive in Norway as they are everywhere else. This is why when traveling on a budget; your best bet is to make do with local transport such as train and buses. Additionally, you are likely to spend more on transport fare if you book your trip in advance. For example, the Norwegian railway offers what is known as minipris fares. These are discounted fares on train routes booked and paid for in advance. So make sure you use the buses and trains for long distance and stay away from the cab stands.
Walk when you can.
If you are going for short distances or you really want to save more, you can walk to your destination. Norway is a very beautiful country and you will definitely see interesting sights along the way. Another ideal option is to ride a bike. There are different places in different cities in Norway where you can either hire a bike for the day or for your total stay in the city. This is a very cheap way to get from place to place and will afford you the opportunity of enjoying the different sights and keeping in shape.
Use more wallet freindly accommodation.
While there are some really high end accommodations for visitors to Norway, there are also some that will match your budget requirements. From budget hotels like Yess! Hotel, a great low budget hotel Kristiansland to campsites, hostels and couch sharing with locals.
Look for free attractions
If you are visiting on a budget, you will most likely want to avoid attractions where you have to pay an entry fee. Fortunately, there are no scarcities of places you can visit for free. For example, the fjords, natural parks and waterfalls don’t collect entry fee. Why pay for what you can enjoy free? Visit the parks and be one with nature or enjoy the majesty of the fjord as it flow past.