Norway is the most expensive country I’ve ever visited, but it’s also one of my favourites. It’s clean, it’s efficient, it’s safe and very easy to travel around because the Norwegians all speak English fluently. If you like sushi or fish, then you’ll be in foodie heaven in Norway. Oslo is an artsy city with lots of galleries and museums, plus an impressive Opera House that could give the Sydney Opera House a run for its money. I spent a few days exploring the sights and nightlife of Oslo, then took a train north up to Bergen. This rail journey is considered to be one of the most impressive in the world, and the scenery certainly didn’t disappoint. Bergen is a very cute seaside town with cobbled streets, colourful buildings and a fantastic fish market. If you have the time, I highly recommend hiking to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)- it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done in my entire life. The fjords are spectacular, and you simply can’t leave without taking a ride on the water.
Norway is very expensive. If you’re on a really tight budget, I suggest you wait until you have the money to visit. I found on average that a main course in a restaurant would be around 250-300 NOK (£25-£30).
Find last-minute hotel deals. Hotels in Oslo are expensive, so I would advise you to look on last-minute booking sites such as Booking.com. For budget-friendly hotels, I would recommend Smarthotel Oslo (I paid 625 NOK) or Citybox.
Couchsurf or stay with friends. There are a couple of hostels in Norway so you might want to check out Hostelworld but they are still on the pricier side for Europe. If you have friends in Norway then that will save you a lot of money on accommodation, or you could try Couchsurfing.
Avoid eating out. If your accommodation has a kitchen then try cooking meals at home, or opt for snack food such as burgers or pizza. If you’re staying at a hotel, take advantage of the complimentary breakfast then save your money for a meal in the evening.
Book your trains or buses in advance. You can get some good prices online if you book your trains or buses in advance. If you leave it until the last minute, the prices shoot up. For trains visit NSB.no and for buses visit NOR-WAY Bussekspress. I loved the train journey from Oslo to Bergen- it’s certainly a must-do.
Consider Norway in a Nutshell. I personally didn’t do Norway in a Nutshell, as I chose to do things on my own, but it’s a great way to see Norway if you’re short on time. Norway in a Nutshell isn’t a tour as such- it’s a bunch of different types of transport including the scenic Bergen Railway, the breathtaking Flåm Railway and a fjord cruise.
Get a tourism card. If you plan on doing a bunch of touristy things in Oslo, you should get an Oslo Pass that gives you entry to a number of museums and attractions, free travel on all public transport, free parking in municipal car parks, free entry to outdoor swimming pools, free walking tours, discounts on sightseeing, ski simulator, Tusenfryd Amusement Park, ski rental, and special offers in restaurants, shops, entertainment and leisure venues. You can choose a card that is valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours.
You must must must do the hike to Preikestolen. If you’re visiting Norway in the summer months, then do not miss the opportunity to hike to Pulpit Rock. It will take your breath away.