How to save money when on holiday in Norway?
The Nordic social security system is the envy of much of the world, it is comprehensive, generous and competently run. However, it comes at an enormous cost which is recouped through high taxes on most products and services. This can make travelling in Norway an extremely expensive undertaking, but there are ways to see the country for less.
Norway’s natural heritage
One of the main attractions of Norway is its beautiful landscape, where mountains and fjords meet there are tumbling and verdant valley sides to explore and lush greenery all around. Many people chose to combine exploring the Norwegian countryside with an opportunity to get even closer to nature and camp for a few nights between hotel stays. German visitors have a reputation for adapting this and using camper vans to explore the country and provide a home away from home. Some visitors take this to extremes, however, and pack their camper with as much food as it can carry so that they have to buy almost nothing in the country whatsoever. This does not endear them to the locals.
Food and Restaurants in Norway
The social security system is also responsible for making labour more expensive in Norway and this means that any service is expensive. Travellers can reduce this by cutting down the number of times they eat in restaurants and going self-catering for some of the time. Thankfully the cost of eating in restaurants is not so high as to be completely prohibitive except for those on the very leanest budget.
Norway Public Transportation Network
Unless visitors are staying in only one part of the country, transport around Norway can be another high spending area. This is partly to do with taxes again but also because the country is very large and the cities spread far apart. Thankfully, there are a range of rail and even air passes that can save you a lot of money and are very useful. Enquire at any station or airport or even buy online before you travel. There is also a comprehensive bus network across Norway but the distances and journey time involved may make this an unattractive option to many.
Alcohol and cigarettes in Norway
Most people will enjoy the occasional drink on holiday and this can cause problems in Norway. The taxes on alcohol and tobacco mean that consumption of these goods can eat a serious hole in your budget. Smokers are in the worse situation as they will find it more difficult to cut down or go without while drinkers should be able to simply enjoy drinks less frequently without any major problems.
Although Norway can be an expensive proposition, the most important point of this blog post is to point out that no one should let that put them off. The breathtaking scenery, friendly locals and varied culture more than make up for some higher prices than visitors are usually used to.