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JES28 Aug 19th, 2019 06:58 AM

Norway help..How expensive to visit? How do we best do this itinerary?
 
We're considering Norway for next summer (July) and have been reading that many people wait until they can afford it. Wondering just how expensive it is?
We would fly into Oslo and want to head to Bergen, see the Fjords and then the Lofoten Islands. Wondering the most efficient way to do this while enjoying the country?

Many thanks in advance

travelgourmet Aug 19th, 2019 07:04 AM

This will probably get moved to the Europe forum, but I will offer that, for food and drink, Norway is the second most expensive place Iíve ever been, behind only Switzerland. That being said, a lot of the big ticket costs (hotels, transport, etc.) are knowable in advance, so if you find a decent price on a hotel and any internal travel, you can always scale back you food budget (and avoid alcohol) and still have a good time.

JES28 Aug 19th, 2019 07:11 AM

Thanks Travelgourmet! And I didn't realize I posted in the wrong place...I'm not sure how to move it but I'll repost in the correct place.

JES28 Aug 19th, 2019 07:14 AM

Norway help..how expensive to visit? How do we best do this itinerary?
 
We're considering Norway for next summer (July) and have been reading that many people wait until they can afford it. Wondering just how expensive it is?
We would fly into Oslo and want to head to Bergen, see the Fjords and then the Lofoten Islands. Wondering the most efficient way to do this while enjoying the country?

Many thanks in advance

jubilada Aug 19th, 2019 07:16 AM

The moderators will move it soon enough.

Moderator1 Aug 19th, 2019 07:18 AM

Moved to Europe and tagged for Norway

thursdaysd Aug 19th, 2019 07:20 AM

For the fjords and islands I recommend a Hurtigruten cruise. If staying in cities like Oslo this is one time when I would actually recomend AirBnB, so you can do your own cooking.

mms Aug 19th, 2019 07:44 AM

Take a look at the Norway in a Nutshell. It will take you from Oslo to Bergen, or vice versa. We really enjoyed it. As for Norway being expensive, yes it can be. For us, we had already been to Iceland and Denmark on that trip, so I think we were used to the costs by then;) But you can also make budget choices and it won't be too bad. Our hotels in both Oslo and Bergen were reasonably priced, but the food was expensive, and we did not go anywhere nice, just very casual/low key places.

JES28 Aug 19th, 2019 07:52 AM

That's a great idea Thursdays, thanks!

JES28 Aug 19th, 2019 07:57 AM

Thanks mms, I was recently in Iceland too and good to know it's similar. Our hotels weren't too bad, it was mostly the food & drink that were crazy expensive.
We're foodies and love to experience the food in the different places we travel but I think if we know we need to reign that in here we can set those expectations. We love to cook too so might be fun to do that if we get an Airbnb using ingredients we can't find at home.

JES28 Aug 19th, 2019 08:02 AM

Thursdaysd, I'm having trouble navigating the Hirtigurten cruise website. Do you know if you can do day or overnight trips vs doing a whole set multi day cruise?

thursdaysd Aug 19th, 2019 08:22 AM

Yes you can, but I don't know how to book that. I would call the local agent, I found them very responsive. Supposedly you can book day trips etc. on the Norwegian website, but I couldn't figure it out myself.

Michael Aug 19th, 2019 08:28 AM


Originally Posted by JES28 (Post 16972479)
We're considering Norway for next summer (July) and have been reading that many people wait until they can afford it. Wondering just how expensive it is?
We would fly into Oslo and want to head to Bergen, see the Fjords and then the Lofoten Islands. Wondering the most efficient way to do this while enjoying the country?

Many thanks in advance

In the fjord area outside the cities there are campgrounds that also rent cabins for much less than the hotel room; but you should bring your own sheets (sleeping bag liners might be the way to go).

You might want to take a look at my trip report. I usually try to give prices and we try to travel fairly modestly. Click on my name to find the report, which is getting old, but it will give an idea of what is available at a lesser cost.

JES28 Aug 19th, 2019 09:13 AM

Great, thanks Michael - will do!

greg Aug 19th, 2019 09:14 AM

>>> have been reading that many people wait until they can afford it. Wondering just how expensive it is?
It appears you are looking this as something static. Looking at your other threads, it looks like you are coming from the U.S. Presuming your travel fund is in USD, then one of the relevant info is how much NOK you can get out of your dollar fund. This is far from static. Just look at the exchange rate over last 10 years. If you asked someone who traveled before 2014 without this context, you will be given a bleaker budget view of traveling in Norway.
https://www.xe.com/currencycharts/?f...o=NOK&view=10Y

JES28 Aug 19th, 2019 09:20 AM

Good point Greg, had thought about that too. We're going on restaurant menus and looking at pricing and realizing it's not much different than here (NY metro area). Prices for alcohol have been pretty ridiculous lately at restaurants in our local area so we're used to it. It has been so nice traveling to Spain, Croatia, Geece Italy where it's so reasonable compared to here.
If comparing Norway to the rest of Europe it's definitely MUCH more expensive...but these other locations have been a huge decrease in what we're used to.

JES28 Aug 19th, 2019 09:21 AM

Any thoughts on if I will need air conditioning at a hotel in Oslo in July? The one I was looking at is a top pick on TripAdvisor but just realized does not have it.

hetismij2 Aug 19th, 2019 10:07 AM

No you won't need airco. Just take the train to bergen rather than doing the NIN route. It is still a stunning tri and you will lose some of the crowds.
You can book the Hurtigruten for part of the journey. You do not have to do the whole thing. On the Norwegian site there is the option to book havn til havn. It is pretty easy even without Norwegian. Alternatively email or phone them. You want Bergen to Svolvaer. You can fly back from Bodo to Oslo.

It is an expensive country, eating out is very expensive, hotels seem expesnvie, especially to Americans i think, because the rooms tend to be small. It can actually be worth buying the city cards for the free public transport and the discounts they offer at certain restaurants. DOn't let the expense put you off though!
DO book accomodation early, especially on Lofoten which has (sadly) become a trendy destination.

menachem Aug 19th, 2019 02:10 PM


Originally Posted by JES28 (Post 16972511)
Thursdaysd, I'm having trouble navigating the Hirtigurten cruise website. Do you know if you can do day or overnight trips vs doing a whole set multi day cruise?

You can. And to see those, you need to go to the www.hurtigruten.no website. Also, if you book trips that are under 24 hrs duration, you don't need to book a cabin, but can just get on and travel: it's public transport, you can book in any hurtigruten port.

clarkgriswold Aug 19th, 2019 04:47 PM

Bergen and Oslo & other parts of Norway had record high temps this past July , 92 on a few days and up to 97 on one day.

Amerikalinjen Hotel has a good location and nice, quiet air conditioning. Ask for 5th floor or higher/ no street noise.

Thon Hotel Cecil is great value, includes a great breakfast and even a light dinner, and has air conditioning.


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