Where to Stay on a Budget in Norway and How to Find It


We have discussed the fact that Norway is not quite as expensive as you may believe it to be, as well as the ways in which you may travel throughout Norway without spending a fortune. What about making accommodations, though?

I’m so pleased you asked!

Although hotels and hostels in Norway are not known for having the finest deals (in fact, on a scale of best to worst, they are probably closer to the “worst” end of the scale), this does not imply that lodging needs to put a significant hole in your travel budget.

In point of fact, if you are prepared to be a little imaginative and open to new experiences, then the cost of your lodging doesn’t have to make much of a difference at all!

All of my guides on where to stay in Norway can be found on this page, so if you’re seeking for the most affordable places to stay in a certain city or region of Norway, you’ve come to the right place.

But before we get into that, let’s have a look at the accommodations that are available to you in Norway, shall we?

Camping in the wild

If you are going to be in Norway during the summer and you have the ability to bring a tent with you, then this is the option that offers the lowest cost of housing (sorry, it’s free), and it also allows you to get even closer to the stunning natural scenery of Norway.

According to Norway’s “Right to Roam” legislation, you have the legal right to set up a tent on virtually any uncultivated ground in the country, so long as you keep your campsite at least 150 metres away from any occupied home or cabin.

You are also not permitted to stay for more than two days, but as long as you do not harm the natural environment, you should be alright.

You may learn more about the Right to Roam by reading the information that is provided here.

Campsites

If you want access to amenities like flush toilets and hot showers during your camping trip, rather than setting up your tent in the wilderness, you might look into staying in a campground instead.

You will be required to pay, but the total cost will still be less than what you would spend for a hotel stay.

And if you don’t have a tent, a lot of campgrounds provide little houses that you may rent instead of sleeping outside.

It is typically more affordable than staying in a hotel or an Airbnb, particularly if you are travelling with a large group, and it offers a far higher level of comfort!

If you search the name of the location you will be travelling in addition to the word “camping,” you should obtain all of the information you want.

These camping cabins are especially helpful if you are seeking for lodging along hiking paths in Norway (since hiking without a tent = hiking with a lot happier back!). In Norway, hiking without a tent means hiking with a much happier back.

Couchsurf

In many parts of Western Europe, couchsurfing may have reached its peak, but in Norway, the culture of couchsurfing is still going strong! Couchsurfing was a great way for Dan and I to spend our first week in Trondheim, and I’ve met a lot of other travellers who have successfully made their way around the nation using the service.

Because it’s such a simple way to interact with locals and receive the greatest insider advice on a city, I’m a big fan of Couchsurfing. It’s one of my favourite travel websites. The fact that it is free to stay there is also a significant boon to your financial situation.

Airbnb

Because Booking.com maintains far lower service costs than Airbnb does, nearly every accommodation that can be found on Airbnb in Norway will also be listed on Booking.com, where it will be offered at a reduced price.

Because there have been many issues for hosts in Norway, as well as horror stories of stranded travellers with last-minute cancelled bookings, I would advise you to avoid booking through Airbnb here.

The general attitude toward Airbnb in Norway has changed quite a bit since the Corona incident, which occurred in April of this year.

There is also the option of using Vrbo, a website that has earned a stellar reputation and is always adding new vacation rental properties in this area.

Because vacation rentals include access to kitchens, they are an excellent choice for anyone looking to travel to Norway on a budget. Being able to prepare your own meals throughout your trip will be the single most effective approach to cut costs.

If you want to know more about how to eat on a budget in Norway, you can read the post that I’ve written about it here; nevertheless, in a nutshell, if you’re on a tight budget in Norway, you should try to eat out as little as possible.

And I know this is going to make me seem like a stalker, but the interiors of Norwegian houses are so, so gorgeous — like, nicer than the interiors of most hotels – and Vrbo provides the ideal justification for you to look inside of them. Check out the available Vrbo listings in Norway here.

Hostel

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you probably already know that I have a strong preference for staying in hostels. I may have even admitted that I had fantasised of opening one of my own eventually. They are capable of being really spectacular.

Unfortunately, the buzz on the streets of Norway is that the hostels here tend to be on the less fantastic side of things compared to other countries.

I mean, they’re just nice, but I wouldn’t exactly describe them as “oh my gosh, I’m enamoured with this place, can I move here? There’s even a hostel dog!” fantastic.

To be fair, getting to that level of extraordinary is quite difficult. On the other hand, when you consider that you spend $50 a month for a bed in a shared dormitory room, perhaps it is not too much to ask for.

It may be difficult for you to stomach forking over such a large sum of money for a dorm bed that you would be better off splurging for an Airbnb or even a hotel.

Norwegian hostels are really expensive, and while at least you can be assured of high standards, it may be difficult for you to stomach the cost of staying in a hostel. A passing notion only.

However, if anybody has been at an amazing hostel in Norway, please share the information about your experience in the comments section, as I would really appreciate it and it would be great to hear some positive news about the culture of hostels in Norway.

P.S. If you do decide to book a hostel, make sure you check for any additional fees associated with the use of the linens — they will get you every time!

Due to the fact that this is the most popular booking site in Norway, you can expect to discover the greatest prices on hostels here.

Hotel

In general, the cost of lodging throughout Norway appears to be outrageously high, but the cost of hotels in the rest of Western Europe and the United States appears to be rather comparable. Which suggests, rather counterintuitively, that hotel rooms could be the greatest value.

Hold on, it can’t possibly be the correct phrasing. They are in no way a good value for the money.

However, great hotels in Norway cost roughly the same as nice hotels in a lot of other countries, so if you’re thinking about splurging on a hotel someday, perhaps you might consider doing so when you’re in Norway if you want to get the most bang for your buck.

There are a few unique hotels in Norway that have caught my attention, such as this igloo hotel in Alta, this 9th generation family-run hotel in Solvorn, Sognefjord (which dates back to1640!), or this other Sognefjord hotel that is in just about the most spectacular location for a hotel ever, and this Oslo hotel, which I’ve heard from so many people is “insanely cool,” whatever that might mean. Although I’m more of

Trains that run overnight

And as a final piece of advice, don’t forget that if you have a few lengthy train rides to do, you can do them overnight and save money on a hotel room for the night!

Although I wouldn’t recommend doing this too frequently (I spent about a third of my nighttime snoozes on night trains while I was in Russia the previous year, and by the time I left the country I was as irritable as a two-year-old), doing it a few times will undoubtedly reduce the strain that your finances are under.


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