6 Days in Norway: How Much Did It Cost?

For many years, I waited to visit Norway.

Finally, last Oct, I booked return air-tickets to fly into Stockholm (read my post on Stockholm travel tips), and entertained thoughts of visiting Norway from there. My plan indeed happened, but instead of doing a full solo trip, I had friends who joined me in Norway at short notice. I was really glad they came! They were so awesome to travel with and this Norwegian trip was one of the most memorable (because Norway’s views are so dramatic) trips I’d ever taken. If my friends didn’t come along, there would be experiences I would’ve missed out and also, it would cost much more to go Norway as a solo traveller.

Norway Travel Costs • The Petite Wanderess

So, how much did 6 days in Norway cost me?

The ego in me would have happily let everyone assume Norway cost me an arm and a leg hahaha, but in fact, I spent much lesser than expected. So I thought I’ll do a post to share my itinerary and travel tips!

Is Norway Expensive?

No doubt, especially food and public transport costs. For a very short ride, the public bus in Bergen was easily the most expensive one I’d ever taken anywhere in the world, costing NOK 37 (S$6 / USD$4.40). I’m very sure you won’t hear me whining about Singapore’s public transport costs for a long time.

My itinerary for 6 nights in Norway:

To summarise, I flew from Singapore to Stockholm via Swiss Airlines (flight review here!), spent 2 nights, then flew Stockholm to Bergen and spent 3 nights, then took a bus to Stavanger and spent 3 nights, then flew back to Stockholm for my international flight.

• (Brunch at Stockholm Arlanda Airport)
• Fly from Stockholm to Bergen by SAS airline
• Meet up with friends at Bergen Airport
• Take Airport Bus from Bergen Airport to city centre
• Walk to Zander K Hotel, check in
• Eat food (as late lunch) cooked by friend’s Mum
• Visit Bryggen
• Go up Mt Floyen via Funicular tram
• Watch sunset at Mt Floyen
• Go down Mt Floyen via the same funicular
• Grab dinner (Mcdonald’s) and go back hotel
• Breakfast at hotel
• Round-trip Norway In A Nutshell. Lunch and tea breaks along the way
• Dinner in Bergen (Peppes Pizza)
• Breakfast at hotel
• Take public bus to Ulriken643 (base of cable-car station). Take cable-car up Mt. Ulriken
• Hike down from Mt. Ulriken
• Dinner in hotel room (cup noodles and snacks from Singapore)
• Breakfast at hotel
• Check out, take Kystbussen bus from Bergen to Stavanger
• Late lunch / Early dinner (cook pasta) at AirBNB apartment
• Breakfast (instant noodles, pasta, fried Norwegian eggs) at AirBNB apartment
• Meet up with friend at ferry terminal, take car ferry to Tau, drive up to Preikestolen
• Hike up to Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen)
• Snacks (snacks brought from Singapore) at Pulpit Rock
• Hike down
• Drive back to Tau, take car ferry back to Stavanger
• Early dinner at Noodle Noodle at Stavanger
• Breakfast (instant noodles) at AirBNB apartment
• Petroleum Museum
• Coffee break at museum
• Early dinner at Døgnvill Burger
• Breakfast (cup noodles from Singapore + fried Norwegian eggs) at AirBNB apartment
• Check out of AirBNB
• Take airport bus to Stavanger Airport
• Fly SAS from Stavanger to Stockholm
• (Late lunch at Stockholm Airport)

Here’s a breakdown of my full travel costs in Norway:

Regional Flights:

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) air ticket (Stockholm → Bergen): SEK 899 (S$143)
• Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) air ticket (Stavanger → Stockholm): SEK 637 (S$101)

Subtotal: SEK 1536

Domestic Transfer:

Kystbussen bus, one way, from Bergen → Stavanger: NOK 480/pax (S$79 / USD$57)

Subtotal: NOK 480

Accommodation:

Bergen:  Zander K Hotel with breakfast: NOK 5050 for 3 pax, 3 nights → NOK 1684/pax (S$276 / USD$199)

Stavanger: AirBNB apartment: S$343.40 for 2 pax, 3 nights = S$171.70/pax in total. (We booked another AirBNB room for 3rd friend because he joined at the last minute.)

Subtotal: NOK 1684 + S$171.70/pax, for a total of 6 nights

Attractions:

  • Bergen // Funicular tram to Mt. Floyen, 2-way: NOK 90 (S$15 / USD$11)
  • Bergen // One Day Round-Trip Norway In A Nutshell from Bergen: NOK 1440 (S$237 / USD$171)
  • Bergen // Cable-car tickets (1-way) to Mt Ulriken: NOK 110 (S$18 / USD$13)
  • Stavanger // Petroleum Museum entrance fee: NOK 120 (S$20 / USD$14)
  • Stavanger // Petroleum Museum locker: NOK 10 (S$1.64 / USD$1.18)

Subtotal: NOK 1770

Transport:

  • Bergen // Airport bus to city centre, one-way: NOK 100/pax (S$16.40 / USD$11.80)
  • Bergen // Bus from city centre to/fro base of Mt Ulriken’s cable-car station: NOK 37 x 2 trips = NOK 74 / pax (S$12 / USD$9)
  • Stavanger // Car ferry for 1 car (my Norwegian friend’s car), two-way, + parking at Preikestolen, + petrol: about NOK 152/pax (S$25 / USD$18)
  • Stavanger // Airport bus from city centre to Stavanger Airport: NOK 130/pax (S$21 / USD$15)

Subtotal: NOK 456

Meals & Drinks

Bergen

  • McD dinner, average NOK 80 / pax
  • Norway In A Nutshell //  1 main & 1 coffee at Gudvangen NOK 209 , 1 fish & chips at Flam NOK 145, 2 coffee at Flam NOK 95. Shared between 2 girls: NOK 449 = NOK 225 / pax
  • 1 large Peppes Pizza (menu states good for 2 but it was more than enough for us 3): NOK 271 =  NOK 90 / pax

Stavanger

  • Small fruit juice bottle from supermarket: NOK 17
  • Coke bottle on morning ferry: NOK 40
  • Coffeeon afternoon ferry (NOT gourmet coffee but plain coffee, take using a small paper cup like on planes): NOK 27
  • Coffee on morning ferry (NOT gourmet coffee but plain coffee, take using a small paper cup like on planes: NOK 28
  • Dinner for four (4 Asian dishes such as rice or ramen) at Noodle Noodle: NOK 686 = NOK 172 / pax
  • Small fruit juice bottle from supermarket: NOK 17
  • Coffee at museum cafe: NOK 48
  • Dinner for three (3 burgers, 1 set of chicken wings, 1 milkshake) at Døgnvill Burger: NOK 740 = NOK 247/pax
  • Supermarketing at Stavanger: NOK 798 (4 servings of pasta and ingredients, 5 packets of instant noodles, eggs, grapes, yoghurt) = NOK 266 / pax

Subtotal: NOK 1257 / pax = S$206 / USD$149


Summary (per pax):

Regional flights between Stockholm & Bergen: SEK 1536
——
Domestic transfer: NOK 480
Accommodation (6 nights): Hotel – NOK 1684 + AirBNB: S$171.70
Attraction & entrance costs: NOK 1770
Transport: NOK 456
F&B: NOK 1257
——
Total: SEK 1536 (S$244) + NOK 3963 (S$651) + S$171.70 =

How Much I Spent in Norway in 6 Days:
≈ S$1066

My international air tickets from Singapore to Stockholm via Swiss Airlines were an additional S$800+, just thought of letting you know. Also, I didn’t include what I spent on miscellaneous items such as souvenirs and gifts in this list, neither what I spent in Stockholm.

Lolololl I’m indeed quite shocked! And proud of our achievement considering how expensive Norway can be, but if you study the itinerary carefully, you’ll realize that we skipped some meals, shared some meals when we don’t feel that hungry, and also made do with cup noodles or home-cooked food sometimes. In fact, we only sat down twice in restaurants (Noodle Noodle andDøgnvill) for food; the rest were alternatively settled somehow. O.O

This post isn’t meant to proclaim that Norway is NOT expensive.

It’s to show you that Norway may not be as expensive as you think, as long as you
1. Travel in the right season.
2. Be savvy about travel expenses.
3. Travel with the right people.
4. Be prepared.

Did we set out to do Norway on a shoestring?

Honestly, no. We didn’t actively plan any budget to keep to, and actually had a lot more spare cash that ended up unused. In Norway, we simply went along with the flow, keeping our plans flexible to cater to the erratic weather, our energy levels, our appetites and how we felt for the day.

Sometimes, it’s either too late (waited for sunset at Bergen’s Mt Floyen till 10pm), or we’re too lazy or too tired from hiking to find food so we just made decisions that will require the least efforts. At Stavanger, there was a good budget supermarket near our apartment. Since we have an excellent kitchen at my AirBNB, we ended up happily choosing groceries and easily settled the breakfasts, and even a pasta dinner.


Tips to keeping costs down in Norway!

  1. Travel with friends. Splitting accommodation and food costs would be easier. 
  2. Be flexible about meals and programs. I’m actually pretty easygoing when I travel, not needing to eat at restaurants for every meal, or buy expensive stuff. My only agenda is Norway In A Nutshell and hiking Preikestolen, so as long as I achieve them two, I’m contented. It’s awesome if your travel companions are as easygoing too! I had a very stress-free trip! =D
  3. Car-pool, if available. My Norwegian friend drove her car from Stavanger to Preikestolen and we saved a good amount from not taking the ferry+bus package! Thank you Caroline (she blogs at The Travelling Sloth, go check it out!)
  4. Book hotels with buffet breakfast included, such as Zander K Hotel, so you can kickstart your day with food in your tummy and either skip lunch or have a lighter lunch.
  5. Book AirBNB apartments with a kitchen. Get groceries at the supermarket and cook simple meals for breakfast. (Get S$50 off your first stay with AirBNB when you sign up using this link!)
  6. Bring some comfort food and snacks from your home country. I always pack Asian-flavoured cup noodles whenever I go Europe!
  7. Drink tap water. We didn’t buy any mineral water at all in the 2 cities, simply getting tap water to boil and then drink.

Hope you enjoyed this post!

Have you been to Norway? What do you think about Norway’s prices?

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8 comments

  1. This is incredibly helpful! I’ve been meaning to visit Norway (and take the scenic train up to Bergen), but couldn’t justify the cost. I struggled in Sweden myself, even when I was crashing at a friend’s place – everything else was just too expensive! That being said Scandinavia is one of my favourite place, and I would love to return one day. Probably with more money to boot haha

    1. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment, Alyssa! ❤ I know right, Stockholm was expensive to me too when I was there for just 2 nights, so I was mentally prepared for a more costly time in Norway. But thankfully, having flexible travel companions in Norway indeed helped to offset some costs especially for accommodation! And the 8-hour ride from Oslo to Bergen, I wished I could do that! But I just couldn’t fit Oslo into my too short trip already for that ride, so I guess I’ll have to take that train another time.

      I’m wishing to return to Norway ASAP too! There’re too many places to visit! Dreaming about it everyday, hahaha!

  2. That’s pretty reasonable! I heard Norway is so expensive Norwegians go to Sweden for cheap groceries 0____o hahahahha! I have not been there but it is definitely on my bucket list! I have had my fair share of instant noodle dinners too while on the road (;

    1. Yep it’s pretty reasonable considering that we saved on food costs somehow, ha! Norwegian groceries are indeed expensive, they will buy and store in their freezer (like those ice-freezers we see at 7-Eleven stores in SG) and never waste food. Even for prepaid simcards, Norwegians will share among peers if people are visiting, cos everything is just too exp! These are the real-life cases I know of! The transport is a killer too.

      Eating instant noodles while travelling somehow is strangely comforting, haha!

  3. Hi Kristine,

    I saw you tweeting about blogging and I thought I’d check out your website. I really like it. Keep making great stuff!

  4. I have heard Norway is very expensive to visit, but from your post as long as the travelers plan their budget wisely and be flexible it wont cost that much. I usually book accommodations coming with breakfast so I wont have to spend extra on it, or choose somewhere have kitchen so I can make my own food, and AirB&B is a great option for that. Travel with friends also saves lots of costs, glad you had a great time, and see the things you got to see.

    1. Thanks Julie! The part about hotel breakfast or having a kitchen is really useful for booking stays in places such as Norway! Very glad to be able to cut costs on that part, and also because hotel breakfasts in Norway seem to be usually cold food usually. I’m happy to be able to eat warm, soupy noodles for breakfast in cold weather!

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