There is no place like Norway. From beautiful people, to crisp and delicious food, to dramatic and awe inspiring scenery, Norway is a country not to be missed. Unfortunately, Norway is one of the most expensive countries in the world. This makes Norway a less than ideal country to travel in for all you budget backpackers and runaways. However, when do manage to save up a few thousand dollars and make it to the Northern paradise that is Norway, the following means of transport will ensure that you keep your costs low.
The Color Line
The Color Line Ferry / Cruise ship is perhaps the cheapest and most relaxing way to get into or out of Norway. The Color Line offers service between Stromstad, Sweden, Hirtshals, Denmark and Kiel, Germany to Sandefjord, Larvik, Kristiansand, and Oslo for rates much lower and often quicker than the train. Discounts are offered for students, so remember to present your card while buying tickets.
Norwegian Air has recently become one of Europe’s budget airlines. Although it is still not as cheap as Ryan Air or Easy Jet, it is not as expensive as the large international carries either. Norwegian Air offers service from most European countries to Norway. It also offers very competitive prices when it comes to domestic flights. So, if you heading to Norway or trying to travel about, be sure to check out their website.
Although busses in Norway are not as fast as trains, they are considerably cheaper. More, busses can take you just about anywhere and are remarkably comfortable.
The Flam is one of the most famous rail lines in Europe and the world. It travels through some of Norways most spectacular Fjors and waterfalls and overcomes huge altitude gradients. The Flam line is a part of the line that runs from Oslo to Bergen (Norways second largest city in the West). Although it is more of an experience than a means of transport, it is something not to be missed if you can afford it.
The Hurtigruten Cruise Ship
The Hurtigruten cruise ship is by far the most beautiful way to get around Norway. Although, as a cruise ship, it is not the cheapest way to travel, it is an experience not to be missed. No other means of transport offers such stunning views of the infamous Norwegian Fjords. The food and accommodation is top quality as well. Some ships even offer top deck Jacuzzis, the perfect spot to take in the mid night sun.
Traveling in Norway is going to dent your budget significantly. There simply isn’t anyway around it. Fortunately, you get what you pay for and in Norway it’s some of most breathtaking beauty this world has to offer.