If you are always thinking that you can get more of your vacation, you should definitely choose to visit these two beautiful countries in the same trip.
We have just returned from the most beautiful holiday we have planned so far, 8 amazing days in Norway and 3 relaxing days in Denmark, and we are eager to share with you all the secrets of how to plan your perfect Nordic holiday, starting from budget, accommodation, transport and ending with tourist attractions.
First of all, as we all probably know Norway and Denmark are two countries with a very high living standard that involves big travel costs. As such, we had to plan our trip 6 months ahead, which involved buying plane tickets, booking accommodation and car rental.
In this article we tried to summarize the travel budget for our holiday in Norway and Denmark.
Line companies do not have direct flights from Bucharest to Oslo and Copenhagen. So for Oslo, there is the Wizz Air flight to Oslo Torp Airport (about 120 km from Oslo) and the Blue Air flight to Oslo Gardermoen airport (about 50 km from Oslo). We have opted for Blue Air and the airplane ticket bought in January for July cost aprox. 80 EUR / person (cheapest we could ever find, really 😀 )
When we returned from Copenhagen to Bucharest, we flew also with Blue Air and the airplane ticket cost aprox 70 EUR / person.
The regional train that took us from the Gardermoen airport to Oslo Central Station cost 10 EUR / person (travel time around 20 minutes).
From Copenhagen Central Station to airport we took the metro and a ticket cost 5 EUR / person (travel time around 15 minutes).
If you want to travel outside Oslo, and we highly recommend it, you can rent a car from one of the specialized dealers Avis, Budget or Hertz. Renting a car for a 4-day period costs approximately 300 EUR, including full coverage insurance.
The standard of hotels in Norway and Denmark is really high. You can stay without any problem at a 3* hotel, which has similar quality services with a 4* hotel in other European country.
In Oslo, most hotels are near the Oslo Central Station. A double room with breakfast at a 3* hotel can be booked with prices starting from 90 EUR / night.
Outside Oslo, the accommodation prices are even higher, due to short offer, as everyone is travelling by camper vans (dope!). In places like Bergen (the second largest city in Norway), Andalsnes or Sogndal, a double room with breakfast at a 2* or 3* hotel ranges between 110 EUR and 150 EUR / night.
In Copenhagen, you have more accommodation options, but the prices are higher than Norway. A double room with breakfast at a 2* hotel can be booked from 130 EUR / night.
Food and drink
What do we love to do in vacation? Relax, eat and drink. We suggest you to keep the drink part for when you meet with your friends (back home 🙂 ) and tell them your stories about your holiday. The alcohol prices are dizzying, so don’t bother to include too many drinks in your budget 🙂
In Norway, a lunch menu costs in average 30 EUR / person and includes one dish (soup, salad or steak) plus a drink. The cost of fast-food does not leave a big difference in your pocket either so not surprising at all to find a Burger king menu at same price of 30 EUR. We’ve had also few traditional dishes, which we will tell you more in another article.
Now…let’s talk about the beer 🙂 Alcoholic beverages in Norway have different prices starting from high to exorbitant, depending on the level of alcohol they contain. Average price for a draft beer is 8 EUR (50cl/4% alcohol), a reasonable quality wine bottle starts from 15 EUR and 33 cl water 3 EUR.
Unlike its northern neighbors, in Denmark food and beverage prices are much lower: for a lunch or dinner menu you should spend in average 20 EUR / person for one dish and a drink.
Both Oslo and Copenhagen provides you with some touristic cards entitled Oslo Pass and Copenhagen Card. Well, with these cards you have free public transport, free entrance to museums and exhibitions, city tours and other discounts. In other words, officials from the two capitals have been thinking about giving the visitors the opportunity to better manage their budget. A Copenhagen card for 3 days costs 72 EUR / person and an Oslo Pass for same period costs 78 EUR / person.
In the following articles we will detail the sights that we have visited and what impressed us the most. So stay tuned! 🙂