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Costs of Travel in Scandinavia: What I Spent in 3 Weeks

Scandinavia is known for being one of the most expensive regions in the world. The three weeks I spent in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark did not do much to dispel this notion for me, personally. To give you an idea of the costs of travel in Scandinavia, I wanted to share my personal expenses over the 22 days I spent there. I’ve broken down my expenses by individual countries, and also given a total for all of Scandinavia. I hope this helps you plan your travel budget with a little more accuracy!

Note: All prices are reflected in US Dollars. The prices listed are AFTER any split charges have been divided. (For example, if I bought a $20 bottle of wine and split it between 4 friends, I would list the price as $5 split 4 ways).

 

 

Costs of Travel in Norway (13 Days)

 

Accommodations: $324.12

Airbnb in Oslo for 1 night (split 5 ways) – $26.55

Airbnb in Fredrikstad for 6 nights (covered by work) – $0

Airbnb in Oslo for 1 night (split 3 ways) – $49.97

Airbnb in Bergen for 2 nights (split 2 ways) – $89.60

Trolltunga Hotel in Odda for 2 nights (split 2 ways) – $158.00

 

Food and Drinks: $394.54

Oslo: $40.63

Tacos at Los Tacos – $10.49

Brunch (smoked salmon & coffee) – $30.14

 

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Fredrikstad: $50.98

Lunch downtown (Salmon kebab lunch) – $21.75

House groceries – $24

Smoked Haddock Pudding in Fredrikstad- $2.83

More groceries – $2.40

 

Oslo: $61.67

Panini at train station – $7.25

Dinner in Oslo (gnocchi appetizer & a beer) – $23.00

Panini & OJ – $11.44

Coffee & croissant at train station – $3.07

Chips on train – $4.80

Pizza Dinner – $12.11

 

Bergen: $114.30

Glass of wine on the plaza – $12.17

Dinner (mussels appetizer & seafood plate, split 2 ways) – $37.00

Coffee – $5.90

Seafood Baguette – $12.30

Reindeer Sausage – $8.00

Sushi dinner (split 2 ways)- $28.5

Double espresso – $2.95

Snacks/groceries – $7.48

 

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Odda: $126.96

Burger & fries $18.81

Haddock dinner – $35.17

Groceries/food for Trolltunga hike – $20.72

Deer stew dinner and glass of wine – $52.26

 

Travel: $239.83

Train from airport into Oslo – $23.45

Train from Oslo to Bergen – $0 (covered with Eurail pass purchase)

Boat from Bergen to Rosendal – $48

Bus from Rosendal to Odda – $7.25

Taxi to Trolltunga Hotel – $6.58 (split 2 ways)

Taxi to/from Trolltunga hike – $73.78 (split 2 ways)

Bus from Odda to Oslo – $80.77

 

Attractions: $6.14

Floibanen tram ticket – $6.14

 

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Miscellaneous: $25.04

Airbnb Cleaning Fees – $12.34

Public Bathroom Use – $1.23

Foreign Transaction Fees – $7.53

Postcard purchase – $1.23

Mailing postcard – $2.71

 

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TOTAL NORWAY EXPENSES: $989.67 / PER DAY AVERAGE: $76.12

 

Special notes:

The first six days in Norway I was with a group of 7 others from my work organization. We stayed in an AirBNB in Fredrikstad all together and shared a rental van for the week. These two costs were covered through work. We also did some group shopping for groceries and cooked most dinners together. Costs during this time were much lower than they would have been if I’d had to pay for accommodations and/or travel, or we’d been staying in Oslo and had the opportunity to eat out more frequently. My “per day” average in Norway without this week would have been closer to $121.

 


 

Costs of Travel in Sweden (6 Days)

 

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Accommodations: $122.65

Airbnb in Karlstad for 1 night (split 2 ways) – $26.65

Interhostel in Sweden for 5 nights (paid per bunk) – $96.00

 

Food and Drinks: $181.18

Stockholm: $165.01

Breakfast fruit/yogurt bowl – $9.50

Espresso and croissant – $6.49

Groceries – $9.59 (split 3 ways – covered 2 breakfasts & 2 dinners)

Coffee & croissant – $9.57

Dinner at Den Gyldene Freden (Herring app split 2ways, Seafood soup & glass of wine) – $59.42

Drinks at the Limerick – $45 (split three ways -oops!)

Tacos at La Neta – $11.13

Hot dog & Ice Cream – $10.22

Espresso house coffee – $4.09

 

Karlstad: $16.17

Ice cream cone – $3.78

Caprese salad lunch special – $12.39

 

Travel: $42.83

Bus from Oslo to Karlstad – $10

Croissant sandwich – $4.42

Burger and fries at Phils Burgers – $11.12

Reservations on train to Karlstad and back – $17.29

 

Attractions: $14.76

Vasa Museum entrance – $14.76

 

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Miscellaneous: $20.28

Linens at hostel – $5.70

Laundry – $3.76

Postcards (purchase & mail) – $9.68

Bathroom – $1.14

 

TOTAL SWEDEN EXPENSES: $381.70 / PER DAY AVERAGE: $63.61

 

Special notes:

As you probably noticed, food and drinks were the most expensive part of this leg of the trip. Den Gyldene Freden is the world’s oldest tavern still in its original location, dating back to 1722, so we splurged on a nice dinner there. (Worth it, and highly recommended). We also spent a lot on drinks that night, and my regular coffee purchases didn’t do me any favors either. However, we didn’t hit up very many museums in spite of Stockholm being one of the most museum-dense cities in the world so we could have done worse on attraction costs.

 


 

Costs of Travel in Denmark (3 Days)

 

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Accommodations: $118.20

Globalhagen Hostel in Denmark for 3 nights (paid per bunk) – $118.20

 

Food and Drinks: $410.47

Wine – $5.52

Chips – $2.85

Sandwich – $5.35

Coffee $3.31

Wine bar & Drinks – $120

Drinks – $34.94

Dalle Valle Buffet – $36

Brunch – $24.97

Coffee – $3.15

Groceries – $10

Host Dinner – $141

Brunch – $12.20

Coffee – $3.94

McDonalds – $4.09

Coffee – $3.15

 

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Travel: $8.30

Reservations on train to Copenhagen – $8.30

 

Attractions: $0

$0

 

Miscellaneous: $3.94

$3.94 razors

 

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TOTAL DENMARK EXPENSES: $528.67 / PER DAY AVERAGE: $176.22

 

Special notes:

Again, food costs were my biggest expense here. I bought coffee everyday if not twice a day, and we splurged on a night out spending a lot on drinks. We dined at Host, a Michellin star restaurant in Copenhagen which was expensive but one of the most beautiful meals I’ve ever eaten. I highly recommend trying it out if you like fine dining and seafood! Again, we did really well hitting up free attractions and spending the bulk of our time exploring on foot and taking in the sights of the city. If you do a better job than I did keeping food costs down, you could spend a lot more on attractions and come out about the same.

 

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Total Costs of Travel in Scandinavia (22 Days)

 

Accommodations: $564.97 (An average of $25.68 – not sure I could have beat this easily.)

Food & Drinks: $986.19 (One Michellin star restaurant, one historic diner, and way too much booze and coffee.)

Travel: $290.96 (Our taxi to and from Trolltunga skewed this for us.)

Attractions: $20.90 (Food was our main attraction, plus other free places.)

Miscellaneous: $49.26 (only souvenirs purchased were postcards!)

GRAND TOTAL: $1900.04 ($86.37 per day)

 

Note: These costs do not include any pre-travel purchases (gear, travel insurance, snacks brought on the plane, etc.) and I’ve left out my flight since I’m only traveling one way. (It cost about $350 one way from Chicago to Oslo). They also exclude any expenses incurred for work purposes that I would not have made otherwise (train rides on the way back from dropping off our rental car, for example).

 

I also purchased a Eurail pass which allowed me to use the Eurail approved trains on any 15 days over a 2-month period. That covered my train ride from Oslo to Bergen which I would have otherwise purchased separately. It cost me $610 for the pass (which I purchased during a promotional sale). I also purchased travel insurance, which cost me around $350 as well, though this covers six months of travel rather than just the 3 weeks figured here.

 

All told, I spent about $400 more than I was hoping on this leg of the trip, though I can trace that back to the Trolltunga Taxi and two fancy dinners we enjoyed in Stockholm and Copenhagen. All experiences that I don’t regret in the slightest. Hopefully this gives you a better idea of what to expect in terms of costs. Dining out is quite expensive and traveling to and from cities isn’t particularly cheap, but there are definitely lots of ways to make this a more affordable journey.

 

Let me know how this compares to your experience and your favorite tips for saving money!

 

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