How much does a round trip through Norway cost? Again and again you read and hear that Norway is one of the most expensive travel destinations. But is that really true? We have compiled all the costs of our Norway road trip for you. We traveled with our own car and stayed most of the time in Hytten on campsites.

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We are Sabrina and Andreas, two adventurous travelers who never miss an opportunity to discover the world. Whether by plane to distant countries or with our campervan Bruno, we just love to travel. We hope to give you helpful tips for your next trip on our blog.

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Info about the currency

The currency in Norway is called kroner (NOK). The conversion rate is about 1 euro = 10 kroner. This makes the conversion accordingly easy.

KronenEuro
100,99
1009,89
100098,88

Norway costs – The journey

What is the saying? All roads lead to Rome…. Norway 🙂 If you want to travel to Norway you have, depending on what your starting point is, various options. By land, by land and water, by air.

By car & ferry to Norway

No matter from where you start in Germany, you have to go to the German-Danish border and then cross Denmark completely until you arrive in Hirtshals, a small town located at the (almost) northernmost tip of Denmark. There you take one of the 2 available ferry companies (Colorline or Fordline) for the crossing to Kristiansand in Norway.

Both ferries run several times a day and take about 3 hours for the crossing. Colorline is much more comfortable than Fjordline, as there is a proper lounge area with restaurants and stores. With Fjordline you have only simple seating and little comfort. The prices for both companies are about 200-300 euros for a car with 2 passengers for a round trip. You can book the whole thing on the website directferries.com.

Arrival by car – without ferry

If you can’t or don’t want to use a ferry for the trip to Norway – e.g. because you want to stay as flexible as possible – then you can also try the overland route via Denmark and Sweden. The distance is then about 700 kilometers longer, but you are not dependent on the travel times of the ferries.You drive from Germany to Denmark, further over the Storebælt Bridge and the Öresund Bridge to Sweden.

Via Copenhagen and Gothenburg you drive along the coast to the border to Norway. Unfortunately, driving over the bridges is very expensive. For a simple car under 6 meters in length, the one-time crossing of the Öresund Bridge costs 49 euros and at the Storebælt Bridge you pay another 35 euros. As you can see, the toll for the two bridges (almost 170 euros there and back) makes the cross-country trip neither financially nor temporally worthwhile.

Arrival by plane and onward journey by rental car

If you do not have your own car or do not want to drive such a long distance by car, then you can best arrive by plane. Use the capital Oslo as destination airport. Numerous airlines connect Oslo with all relevant airports in Germany. Flights from Germany, for example, are available for round-trip flights (with stopover) from 200 euros per person.

Rental cars are generally a bit more expensive in Norway than in Germany, which was also one of the reasons why we decided to travel to Norway with our own car. For a middle class rental car with very good insurance (without excess) you pay in the summer for 2 weeks well and gladly 1000 euros. If you choose a cheaper type of insurance (“deductible is reimbursed”) then you get a rental car from 500 euros.

Toll roads and ferries in Norway

There are toll sections on many roads in Norway. You will be informed by a sign a few hundred meters in advance, but most of the time you have no other choice (except to turn back) and therefore there is no alternative. At the toll bridge, you are then automatically photographed, of which you notice nothing. Actually, you would have to pay the tolls at kiosks or supermarkets, or also create a credit there. Alternatively, you can do this already from Germany.

But we chose the easiest way and did nothing. Caa. 6 months after our vacation came the bill (from England from EPC plc- Euro Parking Collection). But this was not one Euro more expensive than what we would have had to pay on the spot. In total we had to pay just under 83€. Since the south of Norway in particular is crisscrossed by many fjords, in some places you have to overcome them with a car ferry. We also took the ferry several times on our trip within the country.

Norway Prices – Hotels, Hytten, Tents

Right on the second day we noticed that you pass campsites quite often (actually every few kilometers). Through a short internet search we found out that almost every campsite also rents out simple wooden cabins, which are equipped with everything you need (except a toilet) and with a price of 500-700 NOK (55-80€) are also quite affordable. And most importantly, you never really need to book in advance (although it can be advisable at popular sites).

Cheap Hotels in Norway at Booking.com *

If you are on the road with a camper you can also save some Euros, because in Norway you are allowed to stand freely due to the Everyman’s Right. In Norway’s beautiful nature there is also almost nothing more beautiful.

How much does food cost in Norway?

What we had heard before our Norway vacation is that food and actually everything is pretty expensive in Norway. So the question has arisen, what we take with us and what we buy locally. In the end, we had the trunk full of water, apple spritzer, rice, pasta, fried potatoes and other foods that are durable and easy to transport. So we didn’t really have to buy anything locally!

Okay, every now and then we bought fresh bread, eggs and cheese at the supermarket. The food in the supermarkets was not as expensive as suspected. For most things we could see a premium of about 30-50% to the German prices. For example, bread costs about 4-6 euros in the supermarket. Cheese also costs about 4 euros. However, there were also quite favorable food. So we bought a package of creamed spinach for 1 euro. Cheap supermarkets are, for example, Rema 1000 or Coop.

How much do activities cost in Norway?

One of the main activities in Norway is free, yet at the same time comes with a cost … hiking. While the hikes are usually free, the associated parking is unfortunately not. And if you think at this point “Well, then I’ll just pay a few euros for parking”, you should hold on tight. Depending on the popularity of the hike and the available parking spaces, it can get really expensive. The parking lot at the Trolltunga has cost us times just slack 50 euros for half the day.

Norway costs – total costs of our round trip

But what did the 14 days trip through Norway cost us in total? In the end, our stay in Norway was cheaper than expected. Our road trip has cost including all costs just under 2,000 euros and thus 1,000 euros per person for 2 weeks. For that Norway is considered so expensive, we have found this to be quite cheap.


Do you have any other questions about the cost of a Norway road trip or were the costs different for you? Or would you add more costs to the list of travel costs of a Norway road trip? Then feel free to write us a comment below the article!

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