Norway Backpacking Guide

Welcome to my Ultimate Guide to Backpacking Norway – a journey into the heart of Scandinavia’s unparalleled natural beauty. I’m Anna, and alongside my partner Matt, we’ve ventured through the dramatic landscapes, historic cities, and serene fjords that define Norway. Our experiences, from the northern Arctic Circle to the vibrant streets of Oslo, have shown us that Norway offers an adventure like no other.

This guide is the culmination of our travels, designed to help you discover the magic of Norway, whether you’re trekking through its vast wilderness or exploring its rich cultural heritage.

Norway’s glamour isn’t just in its breathtaking scenery; it’s a country that encourages sustainable travel and offers a unique blend of adventure, history, and modernity. This guide aims to equip you with the knowledge, tips, and insights needed to navigate this majestic land, ensuring your backpacking journey is as enriching as it is exciting.

What to Expect: A Simple Overview

Norway is not a famous backpacking destination, as it is quite an expensive country. Nevertheless, Norway delivers an array of experiences that cater to every type of traveler. Join me as I delve deeper into what makes Norway an unforgettable backpacking destination.

  1. Stunning Natural Beauty: Norway’s landscapes are postcard-perfect, from the majestic fjords of the west coast to the remote wilderness of the Arctic north. Backpacking here allows you to immerse yourself in some of the world’s most spectacular natural scenery, including UNESCO-listed fjords, towering mountains, and cascading waterfalls.
  2. Outdoor Adventures: For the outdoor enthusiast, Norway is a playground of possibilities. Hike the famous Trolltunga or Pulpit Rock for breathtaking views, ski the powdery slopes of Lillehammer, or kayak along the serene waters of the Nærøyfjord. The country’s diverse terrain offers endless opportunities for adventure, regardless of the season.
  3. Take a look at the Future of Eco-Friendly Travel: Norway is at the forefront of sustainability, making it an ideal destination for the eco-conscious backpacker. The country’s commitment to preserving its natural landscapes, coupled with its investment in green technology and renewable energy, means you can explore its beauty while minimizing your environmental footprint.
  4. It is unbelievably safe: Norway’s well-developed infrastructure, high standard of living, and low crime rates make it an accessible and safe destination for backpackers. The extensive network of trains, buses, and ferries connects even the most remote areas, while the country’s clear trails and well-equipped cabins ensure a safe and comfortable outdoor experience.
  5. Midnight Sun and Northern Lights: Experiencing the natural phenomena of the midnight sun in summer, where the sun never sets, or the ethereal beauty of the northern lights in winter, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that makes Norway a unique backpacking destination.

Travel Costs: Detailed Breakdown

Suggested Budget per Person

  • Low: €60 – €100 per day
  • Middle: €150 – €250 per day
  • High: €300+ per day

These estimates include accommodation, meals, and basic daily expenses but can vary significantly based on your destinations within Norway, the season, and personal spending habits.

Detailed Costs


  • Low: Hostels and budget guesthouses range from €30 to €50 per night.
  • Middle: Mid-range hotels typically cost between €100 and €200 per night.
  • High: Luxury hotels or upscale resorts start at €250 per night and can go much higher, especially in prime locations.


  • Low: Casual dining and fast food offer meals from €10 to €20.
  • Middle: A meal at a mid-range restaurant can cost between €20 and €50.
  • High: Dining at high-end restaurants or enjoying international cuisine starts at €80 per meal.

Cheap Food in Norway

  • Grocery Stores and Supermarkets: Buying food from supermarkets and preparing your own meals can significantly reduce your food expenses. Look for chains like REMA 1000, Kiwi, and Coop for good deals.
  • Picnics and Outdoor Meals: Take advantage of Norway’s natural beauty by having picnics in parks, on the mountains, or along fjords. Many areas around fjords and parks offer public grills and seating areas.
  • Street Food and Food Markets: While less common than in some countries, you can find affordable street food options in major cities. Food markets and halls, such as Mathallen Oslo, offer a variety of dishes at somewhat lower prices than sit-down restaurants.

Explore Norway: Things to Do

Norway’s vast and varied landscape offers an abundance of sights to see and activities to engage in. Whether you’re drawn to the call of the wild, the whispers of history, or the allure of urban sophistication, Norway has something special for every backpacker. Here’s a curated list of must-see attractions and must-do activities that encapsulate the essence of Norway.

Absolute Top Cities

Oslo: Norway’s capital blends modern architecture with green spaces, history, and culture. Don’t miss the Oslo Opera House, the Vigeland Sculpture Park, and the trendy neighborhood of Grünerløkka for a taste of the city’s creative vibe.

Stavanger: Known as the gateway to the fjords, Stavanger also boasts a vibrant cultural scene. Explore the old town (Gamle Stavanger), with its white wooden houses, and visit contemporary art galleries and street art spaces.

Trondheim: Trondheim balances its historical roots with a vibrant youth culture. Highlights include the majestic Nidaros Cathedral and the charming Bakklandet district, where old wooden houses line the streets, offering a glimpse into the past alongside lively cafes and shops.

Bergen: The iconic Bryggen captivates visitors with its stunning natural surroundings and rich maritime history. Hanseatic Wharf and the bustling fish market showcase Bergen‘s heritage, while the Fløibanen funicular offers breathtaking views of the city’s mountainous backdrop.

Natural Wonders

  1. Fjords in Norway: The western coast of Norway is famed for its deep fjords, carved out by ice over millennia. The Nærøyfjord and Geirangerfjord, both UNESCO World Heritage sites, offer stunning vistas of steep mountainsides, cascading waterfalls, and deep blue waters. Consider a fjord cruise or a kayak trip for an up-close experience.
  2. Lofoten Islands: Known for their dramatic peaks, sheltered bays, and untouched beaches, the Lofoten Islands provide a unique backdrop for activities like hiking, fishing, and surfing. The traditional fishing villages, with their iconic red rorbuer (fishermen’s cottages), add to the charm of the islands.
  3. The Northern Lights: Head above the Arctic Circle to Tromsø or the Finnmark plateau during winter for one of nature’s most spectacular displays. The aurora borealis lights up the night sky in a dazzling show of colors.
  4. Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock): Offering one of the best views in Norway, the hike to Pulpit Rock is a must-do for any nature lover. The flat-topped cliff rises 604 meters above the Lysefjord and provides a breathtaking platform for taking in the surrounding landscape.

Historical Landmarks

  1. Viking Ship Museum, Oslo: Discover Norway’s Viking heritage through well-preserved Viking ships and artifacts that date back over a thousand years. The museum provides a fascinating glimpse into the lives and voyages of the Vikings.
  2. Wharf of Bergen, Bryggen: The old harbor is a picturesque reminder of the city’s importance in the Hanseatic League’s trading empire from the 14th to the mid-16th century. .
  3. Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim: This stunning Gothic cathedral, built over the burial site of Saint Olav, the king of Norway in the 11th century, is a national sanctuary of Norway. Its intricate architectural details and historical significance make it a must-visit.

Cultural Experiences

  1. Hiking Norway’s National Parks: Norway’s national parks offer some of the best hiking opportunities in Scandinavia. Tailor your hike to match your experience level, from easy walks to challenging mountain treks.
  2. The Phenomenon of the Midnight Sun: During the summer months, this phenomenon results in continuous daylight for 24 hours a day, offering a unique experience where night as traditionally known doesn’t exist. This endless daylight allows for extended sightseeing, outdoor activities, and experiences.
  3. Northern Lights: Experiencing the natural phenomena of the northern lights in winter is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
  4. Skiing and Snowboarding: Take advantage of Norway’s long winter season and excellent facilities by hitting the slopes in Lillehammer, Trysil, or Hemsedal.
  5. Cycling the Rallarvegen: This popular cycling route takes you through some of Norway’s most beautiful scenery, from the high mountains down to the fjords. It’s suitable for most people and offers an unforgettable way to experience the Norwegian landscape.

Itinerary Ideas

Crafting the perfect itinerary for backpacking through Norway is not easy; it might be even more challenging for a backpacker with a tight budget. Here’s my best itinerary to help you make the most of your Norwegian adventure.

You can choose one of these 1 week itinerary – depending on if you want to see the North or the South (look at the weather and interests) or combine both and get the Extended Norway Experience.

1 Week – Norwegian Highlights

Day 1: Oslo Start your journey in the capital, Oslo. Explore the Vigeland Sculpture Park, visit the Viking Ship Museum, and stroll along the Aker Brygge waterfront. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the change of guard (every day at 1:30pm).

Day 2-4: Norwegian Fjords (Flåm/Aurland) From Oslo, head to Flåm via the beautiful train journey. Explore the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord, either by hiking or on a fjord cruise.

Day 5-6: Bergen Take a train ride to Bergen. Spend your days exploring the UNESCO-listed Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf, and ride the Fløibanen funicular to Mount Fløyen for panoramic views. It is also a good opportunity to sample fresh seafood at the Fish Market.

Day 7: Stavanger Fly or take a bus to Stavanger, the gateway to the Lysefjord. Dedicate a day to hiking Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) for iconic views over the Lysefjord. Explore Stavanger’s old town (Gamle Stavanger) and its white wooden houses.

North Guide – 1 Week

To make a 2 weeks trip around Norway, follow the 1-week itinerary, then continue to the North.

Day 8-9: Tromsø Fly to Tromsø, the Arctic capital. Visit the Arctic Cathedral, and if visiting in winter, go on a Northern Lights hunt. Summer visitors can enjoy the Midnight Sun and outdoor activities like kayaking or hiking.

Day 10-11: Lofoten Islands Take a short flight or ferry to the Lofoten Islands. Rent a bike or car to explore the dramatic landscapes, picturesque fishing villages like Reine and Henningsvær, and pristine beaches such as Haukland Beach.

Day 12: Bodø and Saltstraumen Return to the mainland and visit Bodø. Witness the Saltstraumen, one of the world’s strongest tidal currents, and explore the rugged coastline. (You could skip this and spend more time in Lofoten).

Day 13-14: Trondheim Conclude your trip in Trondheim. Visit the Nidaros Cathedral, walk across the Old Town Bridge for stunning views of the city, and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of Bakklandet, with its cafes and boutiques.

Where to stay on a Budget in Norway

Navigating Norwegian hostels offers a unique blend of self-sufficiency and subtle social opportunities. While hostels provide the essentials like communal kitchens and lounge areas, the vibe is often more reserved, mirroring the country’s serene landscapes and cultural norm of valuing personal space. Here’s a closer look:

  1. Subtle Social Scene: In Norwegian hostels, the atmosphere is peaceful, reflecting the country’s love for calm and tranquility. While communal spaces are available for guest use, sparking conversations and making connections may require you to take the first step. It’s a place where the initiative to socialize is highly valued, and breaking the ice can lead to enriching exchanges.
  2. Navigating Group Dynamics: It’s very common to find groups or travelers who are together, which might seem daunting if you’re trying to mingle. However, this setting offers a unique opportunity to practice independence while still being open to interactions. Approaching fellow backpackers or joining in hostel-organized activities, where available, can be great ways to meet people.
  3. Embrace the Quiet Adventure: Embracing the quieter, more introspective hostel life in Norway doesn’t mean missing out on adventure. It’s about enjoying the stunning natural beauty around you, using the well-equipped facilities to plan your next day’s exploration, and finding moments to connect with other travelers in a more meaningful, albeit less conventional, way.
  4. Sustainability at Heart: Reflecting Norway’s commitment to environmental sustainability, many hostels take pride in eco-friendly practices. This can range from energy-saving measures and recycling programs to serving local, organic food. Staying at these places lets you travel responsibly without sacrificing comfort.

Hostel Booking Tips

  1. Early Booking: Norway’s top hostels fill up quickly, especially in peak seasons. Booking in advance ensures you get a spot in your preferred location.
  2. Check for Deals: Some hostels offer discounts for extended stays or for booking directly through their website. It’s always worth asking or checking their offers online.
  3. Wanna find a travel buddy? Use the Hostelworld app to make connections before arriving at the hostel. You can also join city groups and country groups.

Hostels we love

  1. Hostel Rønningen (Oslo): Located on the peaceful outskirts of Oslo, Hostel Rønningen offers a perfect blend of city accessibility and serene nature.
  2. City Hostel (Bergen): Situated in the heart of Bergen, this hostel is perfect for urban explorers eager to dive into the city’s rich history and bustling market life. Its central location makes it a great base for discovering Bergen’s cultural gems.
  3. Pulpit Rock Hostel Vaulali: For adventure seekers, this hostel serves as the perfect starting point for hiking to the famous Pulpit Rock.
  4. Voss Hostel (Voss):  Located in the adventure capital of Norway, guests can indulge in skiing, white-water rafting, or paragliding, then unwind in the hostel’s comfortable, friendly atmosphere.
  5. Gjestehuset 102 (Svalbard) Located in the remote and magical setting of Svalbard, Gjestehuset 102 offers a unique chance to witness the Northern Lights away from the world’s hustle.
  6. Furu Hostel Bøstad (Lofoten Islands): Set in the stunning Lofoten Islands, Furu Hostel is a haven for nature lovers and photographers alike. Its location is ideal for those seeking to explore the island’s dramatic landscapes and enjoy the midnight sun or the Northern Lights, depending on the season.

Read our guide to the best hostels in Norway.

How to get around


For covering long distances quickly, domestic flights can be a practical option, especially when traveling to the northern part of the country or the Svalbard archipelago. Airlines like SAS, Norwegian, and Widerøe operate frequent flights connecting cities across Norway.


Norway’s railway network, while scenic and efficient for certain routes, is not as extensive as those in countries with more developed rail systems. The main train lines that are particularly useful for travelers are:

  1. The Bergen Railway (Bergensbanen): This is one of the most famous train routes, connecting Norway’s capital, Oslo, with Bergen, Norway’s second-largest city. It’s known for being one of the most scenic train journeys in the world, crossing the Hardangervidda plateau and offering stunning views of Norwegian landscapes.
  2. The Dovre Railway (Dovrebanen): Connecting Oslo and Trondheim, this route passes through the Gudbrandsdalen valley and across the Dovrefjell mountain range, providing beautiful views of the Norwegian countryside and opportunities to spot wildlife.
  3. The Sørland Railway (Sørlandsbanen): Linking Oslo and Stavanger, this line traverses a variety of landscapes, including forests, traditional Norwegian farmlands, and the southern coastline, making it a picturesque journey from east to west.


Companies like NOR-WAY Bussekspress and regional operators provide frequent services between cities, towns, and popular tourist destinations. Main bus routes:

  1. Oslo – Bergen (via Hønefoss, Gol, and Voss): This route connects Norway’s capital with its second-largest city, offering stunning views of the Norwegian countryside and mountains.
  2. Oslo – Trondheim (via Hamar, Lillehammer, and Dombås): Serving as a key link between the south and the north of Norway, this route passes through historic cities and beautiful landscapes.
  3. Bergen – Ålesund (via Volda): Connecting the west coast cities, this route offers breathtaking views of fjords, coastal landscapes, and the unique Norwegian terrain.
  4. Oslo – Stavanger (via Kristiansand): This southern route connects Oslo with Stavanger, passing through charming towns and along the scenic southern coastline.
  5. Oslo – Kristiansand: A popular route for those heading to Norway’s south, known for its beaches and summer attractions.
  6. Trondheim – Ålesund: Ideal for travelers looking to explore the western fjords and the coastal beauty of Ålesund.


Given Norway’s vast coastline and abundance of fjords and islands, ferries are a vital part of the transportation system. They offer not only a means to get from point A to B but also some of the most picturesque views of the Norwegian coastline. Routes like the one from Bergen to the Lofoten Islands are popular for the breathtaking scenery they pass through.

Car Rental

Exploring Norway by car can unveil some of the country’s most breathtaking landscapes, offering access to routes like the Atlantic Ocean Road and the Trollstigen mountain road. However, it’s important to consider a few aspects for a smooth journey. Norway’s roads, particularly in rural areas, can be narrow, and winding, and may require slower speeds to navigate safely.

During the summer, road construction is common, as this is the optimal season for maintenance and repairs, which can lead to delays and detours. Planning extra time into your itinerary is wise to accommodate these potential hold-ups.

In the winter months, driving conditions become more challenging. Some roads may be closed or blocked due to heavy snowfall and ice, particularly in mountainous regions. It’s crucial to be prepared for winter driving with appropriate tires and to stay informed about current road conditions. Always check the status of roads before embarking on your trip, especially in winter, to ensure they are open and safe for travel.

Despite these considerations, driving in Norway can be an incredibly rewarding experience, offering unparalleled views and the freedom to explore at your own pace. Just remember to plan accordingly, stay informed about road conditions, and allow extra time for travel, especially when navigating the country’s more remote and scenic routes.


Norway is often hailed as a van paradise for several compelling reasons, making it an ideal destination for travelers seeking freedom, adventure, and the unparalleled beauty of nature. Driving through Norway in a van allows you to experience these landscapes up close, with the freedom to stop and immerse yourself in the scenery whenever you wish.

Across the country, you’ll find clean and accessible toilets. This attention to public amenities extends to well-maintained picnic areas, rest stops, and service stations, ensuring that your basic needs are met even when you’re exploring remote areas.

Also, you can often park your van and set up camp in some of the most beautiful spots in the country, right in front of stunning fjord views, without the need for formal campgrounds.


Cycling in Norway presents an extraordinary opportunity to immerse yourself in its natural beauty, though it’s important to note that many routes, particularly those through mountainous terrain, are best suited for experienced cyclists.

For those seeking adventure in Norway’s vast outdoors, routes like the Rallarvegen are iconic. Stretching through some of the most scenic parts of the country, this route offers stunning views and a sense of solitude that’s hard to match. However, it traverses mountainous areas with varying surface conditions and can be demanding. It’s a journey that requires not only physical preparedness but also a level of experience in handling different terrains and weather conditions.

Cities like Oslo and Bergen are becoming more bike-friendly, offering rental schemes that allow for easy exploration of urban areas on two wheels. These city rides are more accessible to cyclists of all skill levels, providing a pleasant way to see the sights without the need for advanced cycling experience.

If you plan to cycle around Norway make some careful planning, including checking the weather, ensuring your bike is well-maintained and equipped for the journey, and carrying necessary supplies.

Walking and Hiking

In cities, much of the charm can be discovered on foot, with many urban centers offering pedestrian-friendly streets and paths. For mountain enthusiasts, Norway’s right to roam “Allemannsretten” allows hiking and sleeping anywhere in the countryside, forests, and mountains, provided you respect nature and local regulations.

Best Time to visit Norway

Deciding when to visit Norway as a backpacker depends largely on what you want to experience, as each season offers its own unique attractions and activities. Here’s a breakdown to help you plan your trip:

Spring (March to May)

Spring is a time of renewal in Norway, with days getting longer and nature waking up. This season is ideal for witnessing the melting snow, blooming flowers, and budding greenery, especially in the southern parts of Norway. Hiking and cycling conditions improve significantly towards the end of spring.

Summer (June to August)

Summer is peak tourist season, thanks to warm temperatures, extended daylight hours, and the Midnight Sun in the Arctic Circle, allowing for outdoor activities around the clock. It’s the best time for hiking, cycling, and exploring Norway’s fjords and coastal areas. However, be prepared for higher prices and more crowded attractions.

Autumn (September to November)

Autumn brings a stunning display of colors in the Norwegian landscapes, with fewer tourists and lower prices. It’s an excellent time for hiking in forests and mountains, as the cooler temperatures and changing foliage create a beautiful backdrop. As the days get shorter, the Northern Lights begin to make their appearance in the north.

Winter (December to February)

Winter in Norway is magical, offering snowy landscapes and activities like skiing, snowboarding, and dog sledding. This is also the prime season for viewing the Northern Lights, especially above the Arctic Circle. Keep in mind that daylight hours are limited, and some attractions may be closed or have reduced hours.

Things to Consider

  • Northern Lights: For the best chance to see the Aurora Borealis, visit between late September and late March, when nights are darkest.
  • Midnight Sun: Experience 24 hours of daylight north of the Arctic Circle from late May to late July.
  • Weather: Norwegian weather can be unpredictable. Always pack layers and be prepared for changes, especially if you’re venturing into the mountains or coastal areas.

Choosing the right time to visit Norway as a backpacker depends on your interests and what you hope to get out of your trip. Whether it’s the endless daylight of summer or the dark, cozy nights of winter, each season offers a unique way to experience the stunning natural beauty and rich culture of Norway.

Backpacking Essentials & Safety Tips

A backpacking adventure through Norway’s majestic landscapes and vibrant cities is an amazing experience. Gear up for the adventure of a lifetime through unreal landscapes. Here’s the lowdown with all the insider tips you need to keep it smooth and lit:

Pack Wisely

  • Weather-Ready Clothing: Norway’s weather can be unpredictable, with possible sudden changes. Pack layers, waterproof and windproof jackets, and comfortable walking shoes. This applies for all year long. Do not think that because it is summer you do not need to pack winter clothes, as you’ll regret it.
  • Sun Protection: During the summer and especially under the Midnight Sun, don’t forget sunglasses and sunscreen to protect against prolonged exposure to sunlight.
  • Sleeping Mask: also important to get some sleep under the Midnight Sun, a sleeping mask. Even some guesthouses do not have curtains so make sure you pack it.
  • Lighting: For camping or hiking during darker months or in remote areas, a headlamp is invaluable.

Navigation and Transport

  • Rail Passes: Consider investing in rail passes like the Eurail Pass for cost-effective and flexible travel across Norway’s extensive rail network.
  • Public Transport Apps: Utilize apps like Entur for schedules and tickets for trains, buses, and ferries, simplifying your travel plans.
  • Hiking Maps: For outdoor adventures, ensure you have updated maps or GPS apps. Norway’s trekking associations offer detailed maps for popular routes. Kamoot app can help you plan your hiking tips.

Budgeting Your Trip

  • Accommodation: Hostels and camping are the most budget-friendly options. Also, bear in mind yo are allowed to free- camping in many places, so it might be interesting to carry a tent with you. Many hostels offer kitchen facilities, helping you save a lot of money on meals.
  • Dining: Take advantage of Norway’s “matpakke” tradition by preparing a simple packed lunch. Grocery stores like Rema 1000 and Kiwi offer affordable food options.
  • Free Activities: Many of Norway’s natural attractions are free to visit. Also, look out for free walking tours in major cities to learn about the culture and history.

Special Hostelgeeks Tip: Supermarkets like Rema 1000 and Kiwi are your go-to for scoring major discounts on food, especially as the day winds down. They often slash prices on fresh items nearing their sell-by date in the evenings. So, plan a supermarket sweep later in the day to grab those deals.

Safety and Etiquette

  • Nature Respect: Follow the “Leave No Trace” principles in the outdoors. Stay on marked paths and respect wildlife and nature.
  • Emergency Numbers: Know the emergency numbers (112 for police, 113 for medical, 110 for fire) and consider downloading the Hjelp 113 app for GPS location services in emergencies.
  • Cultural Respect: Norwegians value personal space and quiet. Be mindful of noise levels, especially in hostels and public transport.

Stay Connected

  • Wi-Fi Access: Norway offers widespread free Wi-Fi in public spaces, cafes, and hostels. It’s handy for planning and staying in touch without incurring roaming charges. If you plan to hike a lot, think about getting an eSim. Data prices are high in Norway, so it might be easier to buy an eSim.
  • Travel Adapter: Norway uses Type F power outlets. Ensure you have a suitable adapter for charging your devices.

Safety Tips and Responsible Travel

To ensure a safe and responsible journey, here are some essential safety tips and responsible travel practices to keep in mind:

  1. Weather Awareness: Norway’s weather can change rapidly, especially in mountainous areas. Always check the weather forecast before heading out and be prepared for all conditions with appropriate clothing and gear.
  2. Hiking Preparedness: When hiking, especially in remote areas, carry your phone (with data available), a map, a compass, and a GPS device (this could be your phone – make sure you have battery enough). Inform someone of your route and expected return time. Stick to marked trails and respect any local advisories or closures.
  3. Road Safety: If you’re driving, be mindful of narrow and winding roads, particularly in rural and mountainous regions. In winter, roads can be icy and snow-covered, requiring winter tires and cautious driving. Always give way to buses and emergency vehicles.
  4. Water Safety: When participating in water-based activities, wear a life jacket and be aware of local conditions and regulations. The water in fjords and rivers can be very cold, even in summer, increasing the risk of hypothermia.
  5. Emergency Numbers: Know the emergency numbers in Norway—110 for fire, 112 for police, and 113 for ambulance.

Responsible Travel

  1. Respect Nature: Follow the “Leave No Trace” principles to minimize your impact on the environment. This includes taking all trash with you, not disturbing wildlife, and staying on designated paths.
  2. Cultural Sensitivity: Norway has a rich cultural heritage, including indigenous Sami communities in the north. Respect local traditions and customs, and seek to learn about the history and culture of the places you visit.
  3. Eco-Friendly Choices: Opt for eco-friendly accommodations, transportation, and activities where possible. Many businesses in Norway are certified as sustainable, and choosing them supports environmental conservation efforts.
  4. Local Economy: Support local economies by shopping from local artisans, eating at local restaurants, and choosing local guides and tours. This not only provides you with a more authentic experience but also helps sustain the communities you visit.
  5. Wildlife Encounters: Keep a safe and respectful distance from wildlife. Feeding, approaching, or attempting to interact with wild animals can be dangerous and disruptive to their natural behaviors.

Resources and Planning

Here are essential tools and resources specifically tailored for booking and organizing your Norwegian adventure:


  • Known for its wide range of options and user reviews, this platform can help you find accommodations according to your budget and preferences across Norway.
  • Offers a price comparison for hostels only. They have some cool filters like “best for solo-traveler” and more.
  • Hostelworld: Ideal for backpackers looking for budget-friendly options, Hostelworld lists hostels in major cities and tourist spots, complete with ratings and reviews.


  • Vy (formerly NSB): For train travel within Norway, Vy’s official website and app provide schedules, ticket booking, and useful information on rail passes.
  • NOR-WAY Bussekspress: For long-distance bus travel, the NOR-WAY website is your go-to for routes, schedules, and online ticket purchases.
  • Avinor: Managing most of Norway’s airports, Avinor’s website offers flight information, airport services, and booking for domestic flights.
  • Ruter: Essential for navigating public transportation in the Oslo area, offering schedules, route planning, and ticket purchases.

Activities and Sightseeing

  • Visit Norway: Beyond accommodations, Visit Norway provides detailed guides on attractions, activities, and events throughout the country, from the Northern Lights to fjord tours.
  • GetYourGuide and Viator: These platforms offer a variety of tours and activities, with options to book everything from city walking tours to adventure sports in Norway’s great outdoors.
  • Outtt: For hiking and outdoor activities, Outtt offers detailed guides, maps, and practical information tailored to exploring Norway’s natural beauty.

Practical Information and Planning

  • Operated by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, Yr offers accurate weather forecasts for Norway, helping you plan your activities according to the weather.
  • The Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT): For hiking enthusiasts, DNT’s website provides invaluable information on trails, mountain cabins, and hiking tips.
  • Entur: This platform integrates all public transportation in Norway (trains, buses, ferries, and trams), allowing you to plan your journey across different modes of transport seamlessly.

Norway Money Saving Tips

Traveling in Norway can be expensive, but with some strategic planning and savvy tips, you can make your adventure more affordable. Here are some money-saving tips to stretch your budget further in Norway:

  • Stay in Hostels or Camp: Opt for hostels with communal kitchens where you can cook your meals. Camping is also a cost-effective option during warmer months, thanks to Norway’s right to roam (“allemannsretten”) which allows you to pitch a tent almost anywhere in the wild for free or a nominal fee at designated campsites.
  • Tap Water: The tap water in Norway is clean and drinkable. Refill your water bottle instead of buying bottled water.
  • Use Hospitality Networks: Platforms like Couchsurfing allow you to stay with locals for free, offering not only a place to sleep but also a unique insight into Norwegian life.
  • Book in Advance: Whether it’s trains, buses, or flights, booking your tickets in advance can save you a significant amount. Look out for minipris (discounted) tickets on trains which are much cheaper but limited in number.
  • Consider Travel Passes: For extensive travel, look into options like the Eurail Norway Pass or regional travel passes that offer unlimited travel within a specific period.
  • Use Public Transportation: In cities, take advantage of efficient public transportation systems instead of taxis. Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, and other cities offer day passes for unlimited travel on buses, trams, and subways.
  • Takeaway and Convenience Stores: Opt for takeaway options from supermarkets or visit convenience stores for cheaper meal options compared to sit-down restaurants.

Conclusion: Kickstart Your Adventure

Remember, the key to a successful trip lies in preparation. Book your transportation and accommodations in advance, take advantage of the numerous free and budget-friendly activities, and take advantage of the breathtaking natural beauty that Norway generously offers. Whether you’re hiking through its vast wilderness, exploring its vibrant cities, or chasing the magical aurora borealis, Norway promises an adventure that’s both enriching and unforgettable.

Safe travels,