Norway is a phenomenal place to visit thanks to its fantastic cuisine, bounteous nature and fascinating history – not to mention the amazing northern lights. And following an increasingly favourable exchange rate between the pound and Norwegian krone in recent months, the country is more affordable than ever.
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Travel like a local
The Travel Like The Locals website packages regular public transport – such as buses and ferries – into sustainable and affordable tours of the Fjord Norway region, so you don’t have to worry about poring over bus timetables. Head this way to see some of the popular round trips from Stavanger.
Grab a Bergen Card for big discounts
The Bergen Card lets you travel on all public transport in the Bergen region, including buses and the Bergen Light Rail system. And it provides discounts on all sorts of attractions, entertainment and restaurants too – such as fjord tours and the Fløybanen funicular railway. Cards last between 24 hours and 72 hours – see the website for more details on how to purchase them.
Take the train from the airport
Rather than jumping in a taxi at the airport – catch a train. The Bergen Light Railway takes you straight to the city centre for as little as NOK 38 if you buy your ticket in advance. If you have a Bergen Card it is free and you will get a discount on the Airport Bus too!
Get a cheap flight
You can save a bit of money on your trip by taking advantage of a cheap flight. Scottish airline Loganair offers regular flights from Edinburgh to Bergen and Stavanger and Newcastle to Stavanger on Norway’s west coast. You can also fly to Bodø or Tromsø in the arctic via Bergen for a chance to see the northern lights.
Take advantage of reasonably priced accommodation
The hotels in Norway provide good value for money and generally offer prices that are similar to those in the UK and weekend stays are cheaper than midweek. An alternative to staying in a hotel could be to stay in cabins on one of the many campsites in the region.
Go outlet shopping
You can grab some great bargains at Bergen’s factory outlets – like discounts on traditional wool and knitwear at Dale of Norway, which has been operating since 1879 and doubles up as a ‘living museum’.
Eat local food
Some of the best, and cheapest, food in Norway involves locally sourced ingredients. Fish soup is popular and relatively cheap, while svele, a batter-based cake is ubiquitous and delicious. And if you’re looking for something unique, try Ostehuset (the Cheesehouse) or the Fish and Cow in Stavanger, or a tasty reindeer hotdog from Trekroneren in Bergen.
If you’re renting an apartment, the cheapest way to eat is to cook your own meals. You can find everything you need at the local supermarkets or grocery shops. Look out for local foods such as cheeses, sausages and bread – Brunost (brown cheese) – is a Norwegian speciality, and a must-try for visitors.
Find a free walking tour
Many cities have free walking tours, in Stavanger try the three lakes hike or discover the city’s impressive Street Art history which through it’s NuArt festival has established Stavanger as one of the world’s leading destinations for Street Art. Alternatively try a tour such as this one in Bergen, where you don’t have to pay anything at all, except for an optional tip for the guide at the end.
Join a tour instead of hiring a car
Rather than hiring a car, travel sustainably and join one of the many tours offered by Fjord Tours during the winter months. Round trips such as Norway in a Nutshell, Sognefjord in a Nutshell and Hardangerfjord in a Nutshell take in the best sites the region has to offer.
Go to ski school
Ski schools offer great value for money – the mid-week prices at the ski resorts of Voss and Myrkdalen outside Bergen are particularly reasonable.
Norway’s most amazing attraction is totally free – the beautiful landscape of soaring mountains and flooded valleys. There are numerous routes for hiking thanks to the well-maintained paths through the hills, although in wintertime it’s recommended that you hire a guide or join an organised tour for added safety.
Discover more about Norway:
Fjord Norway – the region containing around a thousand fjords that tretches along Norway’s western coast – is home to some of the most stunning vistas on the planet. These deep valleys, carved out by ancient glaciers, provide the backdrop for some unforgettable hikes and beautiful cruises through the land of the Vikings.
The northern Lights are among nature’s greatest phenomena, and Northern Norway is one of the best places to see them. Cities such as Bodø, Narvik and Tromsø offer a great combination of cosy accommodation, shops and lively restaurants. Combine this with the region’s stunning scenery, fresh air and thrilling activities and you have a winter destination like no other.
Surrounded as they are by fjords and mountains, Bergen and Stavanger in Norway make for an unforgettable weekend away. And in addition to their natural beauty, these trendy cities are packed with excellent, five-star restaurants and unmissable historical sights.