Norway is one of the most expensive destinations to visit in the world, but that doesn't mean you should skip the country entirely. Despite high prices, there are a number of tactics that will help make a trip more affordable while still providing memorable experiences.
Plan a Stay in Gardemoen
Gardemoen, where's that? Less than thirty miles from Oslo, you'll find this unknown suburb that's home to the city airport. While that sounds like a far distance to commute in and out of the city for daily touring, Gardemoen hotels are a fraction of the price compared to inner city Oslo hotels, and a 23-minute high-speed train will take you to the Drammen district. At the very least, consider this area for your arrival and departure nights when airport convenience is key.
Go Outside in Stavanger
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Stavanger's natural landscape is the biggest draw for travelers, and exploring the outdoor playground is a budget-friendly activity. Look for Turistforetning hiking trails which are clearly marked with information or maps that are widely accessible throughout town. Many hikers and climbers choose to stay at hyttes, or cabins, within the mountains, but hotels in Stavanger are more comfortable if roughing it isn't your style.
Splash Around in Kristiansand
Norway is a summer destination just as much as a winter one, and Kristiansand in the south is a great option in good weather. Pack your bathing suit to swim at the town beach or at Hamresanden, a three-kilometer stretch of sand. Skip the saltwater by swimming in the many lakes, or simply enjoy the waterfront by walking the boardwalk, taking a sightseeing boat, or fishing. Waterfront hotels in Kristiansand are easy to find!
Stay Up Late in Tromso
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Tromso's scenery is spectacular, but the views of the skies are best of all. Each winter, visitors enjoy displays of the northern lights. Spotting the Aurora Borealis is as simple as going outside after dark, but you can also choose to cross-country ski or snowshoe to more isolated spots. Joining a guided excursion is possible too, at a higher cost. Regardless, there's an option for every budget. To save on Tromso hotels, look for Airbnb's since owners like to escape the Arctic cold in winter and rent their apartments out.
Eat Like a King in Trondheim
Trondheim is home to the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and with 25,000 students in town, there are plenty of restaurants to meet a low budget. One of the best options is the 18th-century Tavern which offers specials on klubb, a Norwegian potato dumpling often cooked with bacon. Here you'll get as many as you can eat on Tuesdays for less than 100 krone. Don't forget to try the other student favorite: a pølse hot dog served in a lompe tortilla. All Trondheim hotels can point you to their favorite!
If you've wanted to head to Scandinavia, take advantage of these tips and a strong U.S. dollar (the krone is at ten-year low) while you can.
This post originally appeared on The Girl And Globe “Budget Hacks: Traveling In Norway For Cheap” on February 26th.