If it were cheaper, it would be cold European Bali with nomads ordering decaf flat white with oat milk. People would come and stay for the whole summer spending money on all railway rides and helicopter views. Yet, it is considered as one of the most unaffordable places on the globe. Is it so?
1. Norway will rob you
If you are stupid with spending money, even South-East Asia or the cheapest European countries such as Georgia and Ukraine will leave you with no money. So whether the country takes all your 3-month salary depends more on your skills and ability to stop buying 7 coffee in a row.
In 2016 I went to Oslo for 2 days – 5€ spent (I really needed that hot tea in MacDonalds)
In 2017 I went to Stavanger for 4 days – 7€ spent.
June 2017, Bergen for 3 days – 3€ spent.
March 2019, Bergen for 4 days – 14€ spent (Man, I am getting richer!)
So you can save money even while traveling in Scandinavia. How? Walk, connect with people, get food from your home country, and be ready for the adventures.
2. Norway is cold and dark
Even though half of the year is pretty depressing, there is still another half. From February on, the day length is getting longer and already in March, you can go hiking even at 6 pm and still get the best sunset on the top, hike down and still not get lost in the darkness.
And funny, but it has been my 4th time in Norway, and every time I am so lucky with the weather. So maybe it is not as bad as people assume?
Haha, go with the Norwegians to a bar, and I’m sure they will have even more fun than you.
Even though it might seem a bit difficult to become close friends with the Norwegians, but from my own experience, people are easy-going and curious about foreigners.
Just give them time to get to know you. Adapt to their speaking speed, listen first, ask questions, show sympathy and I am sure you both will find more things in common than you ever thought.
Every time when I come to the country of fjords, I am surprised how the locals will to help me. Last year, my friends and I were knocking on the random doors just to get under the roof during the short downpour, and guess what! The very first house opened the doors to us, and a young couple gave us tons of cookies, tea, and even played guitar for us.
Yes and no. Most probably many love Norway because of its breathtaking landscape and stunning ski resorts, fjord cruises, and helicopter views. However, Norway has way more to offer.
Bergen, Stavanger, or Oslo just paralyzed me with its beauty. Moreover, each of these cities differs from each other so much. Oslo is a multiculti megapolis with an alternative way of thinking, minimalistic Scandinavic architecture and wide streets.
Stavanger is a hipster paradise with abandoned theaters, hospitals that were turned into concert halls and party spots. It is pained with graffiti and sells cacao and chai late on every street.
On the other hand, Bergen is a typical Norwegian port with cute small houses, stunning views, running and cycling roads, hundreds of foreigners and students.
And man, Norwegian music fests! Could you ever imagine to party up on the mountain with a fjord view to the beats of electro music? Or have you ever tried a motorcycling ride across all the lakes, waterfalls, and bridges? Sounds good, doesn’t it?
Have you ever got that feeling that a homeless Norwegian or a Swiss has more money than you when backpacking or hitchhiking? I do, every time. Yes, the country’s social security and people’s average income are way higher than in most Asian, African or even Eastern European countries. Still, people spend way more than us on a daily basis. The insurance, the rent, the transportation, the fuel, that freaking small cappuccino cost them way more than where we live. So they do earn a lot, but they spend a lot. So by the end of a day, not all of them feel that they are the richest nation.