Norway's Natural Beauty
Throughout Norway there is impressive beauty and spectacular scenery, making it one of the most striking countries to visit in Europe. There are vast areas that are unpopulated and untouched, and many natural areas have been turned into national parks. Norway is most famous for its fjords which are found on the west coast of the country.
Prices in Norway can be high, particularly in the cities. In the countryside you'll find the best deals, although accommodation may be a little more rustic (but not necessarily). If you're on a tight budget be sure consider staying somewhere with a kitchen so you can prepare your own meals.
Rates can be highly variable based on season. Special discounts are not uncommon so be sure and ask about any specials if you're staying at a hotel. Like elsewhere in Europe, hostels and camping are likely to be your most affordable options.
Types of Accommodation
In cities, all types of accommodation are available including hostels, hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts. Reservations are recommended, particularly during the peak seasons because rooms fill up quickly and you're likely to get the best price if you book in advance. Ask about special discounts because rates can be variable. Outside of the cities you'll find cheaper options including camping huts which will sleep an entire family, mountain cabins, youth hostels, and more. Some of these options can be quite rustic and you will need to bring your own sheets. You will also be expected to clean before you leave.
If you're planning to stay in an area longer than a week your best option may be an apartment rental. These are often available in cities. In more rural areas you can find houses and cabins available to rent for discounted rates based on the length of your stay. This is also a more interesting option as they are often owned by farmers or locals who can offer you a unique insight into the area.
Accommodation in Norway can range from rustic to fancy. If you're looking to camp and experience nature to its full extent, then there are plenty of options. There are also cabins that a simple and affordable, or luxurious and high end. Regardless of your budget and your travel style, you're sure to find something that meets your needs.
Hostels are available in many cities and some rural areas. They often have a kitchen so guests can prepare their own meals. Because restaurants can be expensive in Norway, this can significantly reduce your daily budget. Camping is another fun option although this requires that you be prepared with the appropriate equipment.
Oslo is the capital and largest city in Norway. Although most visitors go to Norway for the natural beauty, Oslo is easily worth at least a few day time. It is an expensive city to visit, and accommodation is no exception. Rooms can be difficult to come by during peak times so it is best to make reservations in advance. Also look at a calendar and confirm that there are no fairs or conferences going on during your visit, as these can greatly restrict the number of rooms available and drive up costs.
Youth hostels are available to those on a budget, but unlike most capital cities in Europe, they are limited in number. Outside of town there are some camping options but these can be somewhat inconvenient for those who hope to explore the city. Public transportation in the form of buses makes some of the accessible, but the time it takes to travel into town can be frustrating.
Budget hotels and guesthouses are available and can sometimes compete with the prices of hostels if you're traveling as a couple. Regardless of where you plan to stay, definitely make plans well in advance.
Bergen is the second largest city in Norway and is also the gateway to the country's fjords. There are many hiking opportunities just outside of the city and it's a great jumping off point to explore much of the country's natural beauty. It's also an eclectic city that is home to some of Norway's best bands and artists. There is a wonderful cultural scene and plenty of opportunities to enjoy indie music.
During the summer months, rooms may be difficult to come by in Bergen, but outside of this peak season you should not have a problem finding a place to stay. Peak season is consider to be between the months of May and September. Making reservations well in advance is the best way to make sure you keep prices low. Those visitors who wait until the last minute to find a room, or show up without a place to stay, inevitable end up paying more, even in the off season months.
There are a good number of hostel and budget accommodation available as well as guesthouses, high end hotels and more. Breakfast is often included in the price of the room. For those on a budget, shared bathrooms with private rooms are often an option at hostels as well.