I'm leaving for Norway in a week and getting worried about finding accommodation. Does anybody know any cheap (say less than 80 euro for a double) accommodation in the town of Sandefjord or surroundings? Most things available on the net are expensive hotels (and they are already full too), I would prefer to stay in family-owned small B&Bs or guesthouses.
What I do in most countries is just driving and looking for roadside signs like "zimmer frei, free rooms, guesthouse, etc.", without bookings or internet searches, and usually have no problems finding accommmodation. It worked perfectly in Spain, Portugal, France, Wales, Ireland, Italy and even Finland. But I have doubts if it will be possible in Norway and, if so, what prices I may expect in such places.
I will be travelling June 6-12 in Western Fjords area - my travel itinerary is as follows: Sandefjord - Geilo - Hagafoss - Flam - Vik - Balestrand - Stryn - Hellesylt - Geiranger- Andalsnes- back to Sandefjord
Thanks for any advice
Heh, I'll be very interested in accommodation in Sandefjord as well. Stupid ferry arrives at a really inconvenient time at night. So far I think our plan (for August) is to drive on to Tønsberg (half an hour according to google maps) or possibly Skien (an hour) and stay in the youth hostel there, assuming they are okay with late checkin.
It's not a bad idea to book ahead. Two years ago when I spent a night in Flam, I met travellers who told me the whole place was fully booked. So booking ahead paid me well that time.
Even if you are not backpacking and planning to spend your nights in a dorm, the YH is a good option regarding theirs moderate prices. It is especially a worthy choice in Andalsnes. A good starting point is http://www.vandrerhjem.no. If You are planning to "sleep-as-You-go" then contacting the tourist information is not a bad idea.
God tur / Have a nice journey!
Köszönöm szépen Danube for your advice and the link, i've booked hostels in flam stryn and andalsnes, surely I'll have a good time there. Still looking for accommodation in sandefjord.