Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Accommodation Matters: Where to Stay in Norway

Sometimes when you look at the prices for accommodation in Norway, you may feel sad. However, if the country enchants you so much and that you want to return there again and again – and preferably not to sleep in a tent – you may look for more budget options. But, possibly, at a cost of some comforts.

Accommodation Matters: Where to Stay in Norway

Of course, the first option is campings, far away fishing houses (or "robrua"), motels and hotels for the locals.

In some cases, the price of living in such places is not considerably lower, however, you get an opportunity to cook for yourself and significantly decrease your spending. Campings may be expensive as well – when they are still comfortable. In many of them offer shared toilet and shower. Usually there is a shared kitchen as well equipped with all necessary stuff. Often, you have a mini-kitchen in the house as well – with a microwave or an oven, sometimes there is a fridge.

Accommodation Matters: Where to Stay in Norway

In some cases, those houses can be as comfortable as real cottages, and their price equals to a second-hand hotel's. Or it may be even higher, if a camping is located in an especially beautiful place.  

WHERE TO BOOK 

Certainly, Booking.com and similar websites go first. But if you want to find a cheaper place or look for some special locations, usually they are not the best solution.

There are special websites about campings with the minimum information about living conditions and facilities. However, booking may be more difficult. It is very useful when a camping (usually a large one) has its own website, and sometimes a booking platform as well. If not, you may email or call them. The difficulty may be when a camping works only in summer, and you try to book in winter or spring. Then, they may not answer you back for a lo-o-ng time.

Accommodation Matters: Where to Stay in Norway

Another option is to search local websites. Here, you may find budget accommodation, including hotels. Just keep in mind that cheap accommodation cannot be ideal, especially if it is oriented to the locals. As a usual disadvantage, they do not have a website or at least an email address. Only the phone number. Even worse, usually the owners do not speak English. Even if they have an email address, they may reply very late or do not answer at all. Just call them by phone – and you are welcome.

Mind also that some campings and houses are open only in summer. When you plan to go in autumn, you should take it into account.

Accommodation Matters: Where to Stay in Norway

Some types of accommodation are more attractive by price and location. Those are houses for fishers on rivers' banks and for hikers at national parks. For those who are open to more "extreme ways", there are huts, where everyone can stay. Normally, they are designed for several travelers (up to ten, but it depends on the hut's size).

Whether or not to book in advance? You may argue that you may come across many possible accommodations along the road – and budget ones – that are impossible to be found in advance. On the other hand, and it is typical for Norway, you may pass 100 km and find nothing. Another typical thing is that cheaper variants there should be booked in advance. So, the answer here is quite straightforward.


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