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1. Posted by KristenS (Budding Member 56 posts) 10y

I have gather info for flying to Norway and lodging. However what type of prices for meals should I expect? I am not plannig on fine dining. (I have done the USA / Norway converter online and already know the conversion rate)

2. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 10y

I like to judge the cost of a country by how much a beer costs. I have a friend who just returned from Norway and he said a beer cost generally $6-10, so I think food will be fairly expensive as well. Not very scientific, I know.

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 10y

Agree with John7buck. Beerprice is a good indication. And I have been there as well. We cooked our own meal, while camping or staying in huter. We once had a very simple meal: some french fries, schnitzel and some green stuff for about 20 US. But that's almost 5 years ago. Norway is the most expensive country of mainland Europe.

4. Posted by KristenS (Budding Member 56 posts) 10y

Thanks to both for the info. I want to go just have to plan accordingly. Going to the market is how I often eat while traveling, sounds like I be doing the same thing in Norway.

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 10y

As a foreigner living in Norwegian, I have to say yes, it is expensive.

However, beer price is not a good indicator of overall cost of food there, since alcohol is taxed very very heavily and this is where the extra high prices come from! Unless you plan to do a lot of drinking, the effect on your budget would be limited.

Eating out in Oslo, if you stay away from the most expensive/touristy places, you would be able to get a good meal for between 100 NOK and 150 NOK. Yes, the 100 NOK meals might not be in places very obvious for travellers, but it's reasonably findable. Note that this doesn't include drinks. With a 150 NOK you should easily be able to have a dinner and a non alcoholic drink in most places (say 50-60%). There is of course a whole league of more proper restaurants and more touristy places which probably have meals starting at 150 and up to 250 (say 30%). The other 10-20% would be even more expensive.

Naturally, this is eating out and I'd try to avoid doing that all the time. Although there are not many markets (I've never been to one), there are supermarkets of course. Probably even more useful are the vegetable stands that are all over the place in suburbs like Grünerløkka in Oslo (they can generally be found in any city though), where greens go for pretty cheap.

Even cooking everything from scratch I think you'd be looking at 50 to 100 NOK a person a night though. Meat especially is expensive, so minimizing on that will bring your cost down.

Outside of Oslo you might find better prices but I tend to find them pretty similar as food has to be trucked so much further....

Yes, it's expensive (Oslo is the most expensive city in the world according to the last survey I read!), but get out of the cities and enjoy the fantastic nature and beauty of the country. It's unique and well worth the trip up there!! Just remember not to celebrate with too much alcohol or your budget won't be kind

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y


This is an interesting thread.
I have always avoided Scandanavia, because I expect it to be horribly expensive. Maybe, with threads like this, I will be able to establish some kind of reasonable Scandanavian budgeta and go, at last.


7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Hello John7buck

I think alchol might be particularly expensive, in Scandanavia. I have heard, that the government puts huge taxes on it. It might not be a good indication of how expensive other things are.


8. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 10y

Quoting Mel.

Hello John7buck

I think alchol might be particularly expensive, in Scandanavia. I have heard, that the government puts huge taxes on it. It might not be a good indication of how expensive other things are.


Have you read Sam's post?

9. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 10y

cost of Norway in general=VERY VERY EXPENSIVE!!! If you have ever been to South Beach Miami, times the price by 3 and you are getting close to Oslo prices. It is the only country in the whole of Europe, where I have found you even get charged to go to the toilet in McDonalds! Going in to McDonalds is usually the safe bet to not have to pay to use the public toilets in Europe, but not in one McDonalds in Oslo. Drinks are hell expensive even a medium sized bottle of cordial was more like you expect to pay for a mid priced drink at the bar in places like America. You also get charged a very expensive bottle tax on cordial bottles, which is returned to you only if you return your bottle to a store which recycles them.

Oslo was about on par with Reykjavik/Iceland for the most expensive city in the world that I have been to in 48 countries. I have heard that Greenland or Longyearbyen in Svalbard up the very north of Norway (bit of an island off the mainland part) are meant to be even more expensive than Oslo. I guess you couldn't really class any places in Greenland or places in Svalbard which have little more than 1000 people as cities.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 3, 2007, at 4:31 AM by aharrold45 ]

10. Posted by KristenS (Budding Member 56 posts) 10y

Thanks for all the input on this thread. I certainly have quite a bit to consider. I am not a drinker so that is not going to be a hardship. I knew how the Norwegians felt about drunkenness. So it is no surprise why the cost of drinks is expensive. Saving up big time seems to be more important that going other places I have been. Thanks again.