Norway has a reputation as an expensive country, but we have good news for event organisers – venues and accommodation offer excellent facilities at competitive prices. Together with high-tech facilities and priceless nature, we are confident that you will get great value for money.
Is Norway expensive?
Norway can hardly be considered a low-budget destination, but that doesn’t mean that everything is expensive here. With a little bit of planning, you can organise an event that doesn’t break the bank! Read on for more information about prices and tips on how to make the most out of a visit to Norway.
Affordable convention centres
For event organisers around the world, the best news are that many Norwegian convention venues and hotels offer perfectly affordable options.
In March 2019, M&IT released a price survey for European convention centres. The survey revealed that convention venues for 500 and 1,000 people in Oslo are in fact among the cheapest in Europe.
Add to this advanced technological solutions, fast and reliable WiFi, and a strong focus on sustainability, and we are confident that you will find excellent value for money in Norway.
What about average prices for other things in Norway? First of all, remember that the best things in Norway – nature attractions and many outdoor activities – can be enjoyed for free! The fjords, mountains and national parks won’t charge you a penny, and they are always open.
Photo: Gunn Gravdal Elton
In the cities, you’ll find that entry fees to museums and other attractions are comparable to other places in the world.
If you plan an event in Oslo or Bergen, be sure to check out the Oslo Pass and the Bergen Card. These cards grant free public transport, free entry to lots of museums, and discounts throughout the cities.
Cost of food in Norway
It is true that food and wine in restaurants may be more expensive than you are used to. One of the reasons for this is that alcohol is heavily taxed in Norway. However, many hotels outside the main cities offer half board, which gives great value for money.
Thanks to a new-found pride in culinary traditions, there is also an ever-increasing number of restaurants and hotels that serve locally produced, freshly cooked food – including many affordable places of good quality.
Photo: Thomas Rasmus Skaug
More than 4,000 shops across Norway offer VAT refunds for visitors who live outside the Nordic countries when they leave the country.
Debit and credit cards are accepted almost everywhere, but it’s still a good idea to bring some cash. Foreign currency is rarely accepted, so you need some Norwegian kroner (NOK) to get by.
Please note that post offices and some grocery shops or supermarkets do not accept foreign credit cards, although they do take debit cards.
Average price per room per night in January 2021: NOK 960 (source: ssb.no), but prices vary greatly according to location, comfort level and facilities available.