It’s no great secret that Scandinavian countries aren’t the first place that people think of when it comes to affordable travel. High wages and a good welfare system result in some happy locals, but unfortunately that doesn’t make it any cheaper for visitors, who have to pay expensive prices without the benefits.
However, that doesn’t mean that you should rule them out if you’re on a budget. The majestic fjords, green hills and excellent public transport links mean that Norway is a fantastic place to enjoy a relaxing break with plenty of activities that you can do for free, or with little cost.
In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the places you can enjoy a holiday in Norway without breaking the bank.
Known as the ‘capital of the fjords’, Bergen’s natural beauty and historic charm make it a favourite destination of travellers world over. Although it’s the second-largest city in Norway, it’s possible to explore it on foot, even with children – and doing so gives you the best experience as you can see all the pretty coloured shops and houses up close.
As well as saving on transport costs, there are plenty of free things to do in Bergen once you’ve finished window shopping. Make sure to check out Bergen Fish Market, which has been in the city since the 1200s. As well as fish, the market also offers fresh fruit and vegetables, meaning that you can easily stock up on produce for dinner.
For outdoorsy families, a trip up Mount Fløyen should definitely be on the cards. If you’ve got some energy to burn, you can walk up, as the hike is suitable for all ages (taking around an hour). However, if you’ve got little ones, it may be worth the small expense of hopping on the funicular train to get to the top. At the summit, you’ll find a massive children’s adventure playground, plus a lake with canoes that you can use for free – pack a picnic lunch and you’ve got a perfect day out.
Geiranger is synonymous with the natural beauty that Norway is famous for – so much so, that it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An awe-inspiring fjord, gushing waterfalls and lush greenery are abundant here, making it a must-visit location for anyone wanting to appreciate the scenery.
The good news is that nature is free, and spending time as a family in the open air can bring a number of benefits, such as reduced stress, appreciation for the world around you, and a chance to talk. If you’ve got older children, grab a kayak and get on the water to experience the fjord in all its glory.
Oslo once ranked as one of the most expensive cities in the world, so you might be surprised to find it on this list. However, with the right knowledge and some careful planning, you can visit this Scandinavian gem without having to take out a loan.
Buying an Oslo Pass gives you entry to over 30 museums and attractions in the city, as well as unlimited free public transportation. Whilst there is a cost to the pass, buying one will mean you save money in comparison to buying entry individually, and it also means you’ll know how much you’re spending ahead of time.
Worried that your kids will be bored looking at art? Then head to the Natural History Museum or Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology for a slightly more accessible cultural activity.
Make savings where you can
There you have it – it is possible to visit Norway without breaking the bank.
One of the most expensive parts of visiting this beautiful country is the accommodation cost, so be prepared to balance your budget by making savings elsewhere. Making packed lunches, walking and spending time in nature can all help you keep the cost down, without compromising on a fantastic trip away.