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Norway on a Budget

"Norway" and "budget" aren't normally used in the same sentence; this is one of the world's most expensive destinations. If you're planning extensive travel around the country, consider a rail pass to help trim transportation costs. Because restaurant meals are extremely pricey, this is one destination where it really pays to cook for yourself; look for hostels, vacation rentals or guesthouses that offer kitchens. Grocery and convenience stores can also offer quick and inexpensive meals. Campgrounds and homestays are two other budget-friendly lodging options. Travel during the spring or fall to avoid high-season airfares.

Best Time to Go to Norway

Pleasant temperatures and nearly endless hours of daylight make summer the most appealing time to explore Norway's mountains and fjords. This is also when airfares and hotel rates will be highest. You'll see fewer crowds in the spring and fall, but note that these seasons are fleeting -- this far north, winters are long. The snowy season is less than ideal for sightseeing due to frigid temperatures and scant hours of daylight -- but it's the time to come for skiers and for those looking to spot the aurora borealis (northern lights) in the night sky.

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