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  • A backpacker’s guide to Norway

    Without a shadow of a doubt, Norway is one of the most beautiful countries on the planet. Such stunning natural beauty is a heavy responsibility, but Norwegians are taking great care to preserve their natural heritage as best as possible, so if you are a backpacker in search of beauty in any forms, you can’t help but instantly fall in love with this country as soon as you step foot in it.

    Visiting the wild Norwegian countryside is the experience of a lifetime, but the beautiful cities also have many charms that lure travelers to them. If you want a backpacking trip that takes your through stunning natural parks, lively cities and remote  villages, then here’s a backpacker’s guide to Norway to help your plan your journey.

    Budgeting

    Norway is notoriously expensive, which does not bode well for a backpacker traveling on a tight budget. However, there are ways to make sure that your money stretches as far as possible, even if you won’t be able to live in luxury (the beauty of the country will compensate for that).

    The least you can expect to pay per day is 500 NOK  (Norwegian krons), if you stay in hostels and self-cater. Even fast-food chains like McDonald’s are more expensive than in other countries, but at least in cafes and restaurants you are not required to leave a tip (although tipping is never seen as offensive).

    One of the best ways to save money in Norway is to bring some supplies (just make sure that you know the border regulations. This is useful especially if you enter Norway via Sweden, where food is less expensive.

    Transport

    Train in Norway, photo by Percita

    Since Norway is really large, you have to be prepared to spend quite a lot of time traveling, and also to dish out some money, because public transport in Norway is not cheap. It helps if you buy a rail pass, or a ‘minipris’ ticket if you have a fixed itinerary.

    You can book minipris tickets online and if you book in advance, you might be lucky enough to find some very affordable tickets. It’s possible to backpack in Norway, and although you might have to way a bit to get picked up by someone, the wait will be made much sweeter by the scenery. Less luggage means more chances to hitch a ride, and drivers are generally friendly and might even invite you for meals or to stay the night.

    Eat and sleep

    Eating out is very expensive in Norway, and even a takeaway sandwich can cost you as much as 50 kron. However, if yo stay in hostels, you can cut back on accommodation and food costs at once, as many hostels have kitchens where you can prepare your own simple meals. Convenience stores are a good place to look for snacks (or even a full meal if you are not a big eater), since you can find sausage sandwiches or a kebab.

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