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2012-06-27 12:47:33 AM
Staying with "friends of friends" and not counting the flight lets you wander around a city for less than a hundred bucks. Who would have thought?

Let's see, do I know any friends of friends in norway? Nope.

Ok, and I have to pay for my ticket?

Guess I'm out a grand, easy. But good on the author for not paying a couple bucks more to get good cuisine and see something special while he was there. What a crafty consumer. Zoidberg would be proud.
 
2012-06-27 12:49:42 AM
Step 1: Travel with rich sugar daddy
Step 2: ?
Step 3: Profit

/i keed
//what about the cost of actually getting to Oslo
 
2012-06-27 12:50:43 AM
but I can still do those things, right?
 
2012-06-27 12:52:43 AM
But some people don't like to swallow, Subby.
 
2012-06-27 12:53:38 AM
How to get around without having a car: have a friend drive you.
 
2012-06-27 12:56:05 AM
As someone who is going to Norway this summer, I am getting areal kick...
 
2012-06-27 12:59:23 AM
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2012-06-27 12:47:33 AM


Staying with "friends of friends" and not counting the flight lets you wander around a city for less than a hundred bucks. Who would have thought?

Let's see, do I know any friends of friends in norway? Nope.

Ok, and I have to pay for my ticket?

Guess I'm out a grand, easy. But good on the author for not paying a couple bucks more to get good cuisine and see something special while he was there. What a crafty consumer. Zoidberg would be proud.


Google "couch surfing" and maybe you can stay many places in the world for free...
 
2012-06-27 01:02:47 AM
i was thinking you could stay in oslo for like 40+ years if you blew up a building and shot a bunch of kids at a summer camp.

too soon?
 
2012-06-27 01:12:16 AM
Cheap living in Oslo? Norway!
 
2012-06-27 01:13:23 AM
Blow $17 on a sandwich and then resort to mooching off of FB friends, camping in a country where overnight it can get down into the 50's during the summer or a website that combines the sketchiness of Craigslist and a hostel. All I needed to read.
 
2012-06-27 01:14:45 AM
How much a day to hunt the Norwegian Blue? Beautiful plumage!
 
2012-06-27 01:22:14 AM
I don't waste money on things like religion so I can afford to take nice vacations.

Or at least I would if I wasn't turning into a J.D. Salinger grade recluse.
 
2012-06-27 01:23:48 AM
Use it as a down payment on $1K
 
2012-06-27 01:40:21 AM

Ken VeryBigLiar: Blow $17 on a sandwich and then resort to mooching off of FB friends, camping in a country where overnight it can get down into the 50's during the summer or a website that combines the sketchiness of Craigslist and a hostel. All I needed to read.


Not to mention $18 on a cocktail. I mean, whatever floats your boat, but that doesn't seem to be a frugal way to go about drinking.

Supermarket food was a wise choice, at least, I'll give him that much. As for prepared meals, uh, doesn't Oslo have street food like the rest of the world?
 
M-G
2012-06-27 01:48:21 AM

Ken VeryBigLiar: camping in a country where overnight it can get down into the 50's during the summer


Sounds like good camping weather to me...

Canton: As for prepared meals, uh, doesn't Oslo have street food like the rest of the world?


It's probably all lutefisk.
 
2012-06-27 01:53:21 AM
I live in Stockholm. Oslo was really freaking expensive compared to here.

/nice place though.
 
2012-06-27 02:08:17 AM
I have a friend from Norway. He tells me two of his friends recently went out one night in Oslo for 4 beers and 2 large pizzas. The bill was US$350
 
2012-06-27 02:09:41 AM

dereksmalls: I have a friend from Norway. He tells me two of his friends recently went out one night in Oslo for 4 beers and 2 large pizzas. The bill was US$350


Someone has to pay for the socialism. Generous safety nets aren't free.

/partially kidding
 
2012-06-27 02:20:19 AM
This whole damn country is ungodly expensive. Breakfast (a yoghurt and a muffin) costs about 42 NOK ($7>). A gallon of milk is roughly $12. I think gas is about the same.

If you come here, don't waste your time in the cities. Get out and hike around the fjords. You'll have a much better time, and will see some spectacular scenery.
 
2012-06-27 02:20:51 AM

dereksmalls: I have a friend from Norway. He tells me two of his friends recently went out one night in Oslo for 4 beers and 2 large pizzas. The bill was US$350


That sounds more like a clip joint.
 
2012-06-27 02:35:06 AM

M-G: Canton: As for prepared meals, uh, doesn't Oslo have street food like the rest of the world?

It's probably all lutefisk.


But it would be cheap lutefisk, which would give him a valid excuse to drink (and more money with which to do it.) Sounds like a win!
 
2012-06-27 02:35:54 AM
The economy sucks so VAT is really high.

If you live in Europe you can generally fly around on budget airlines like Ryanair or Easyjet for cheap.

Not really fair to crash at a friends or camp out, should have stayed at a hostel and said the price. That's more realistic of a weekend vacation.
 
2012-06-27 05:16:16 AM
If you take the time to visit Norway, don't stay in Oslo.
Sure, it might have some nice parks and whatnot, but we have so much more to offer, like wonderful mountains, fjords and nature and friendly people.
 
2012-06-27 05:27:16 AM
I just turned down a job in Norway. I needed to keep my place in Sweden as well as at least get a room in Trondheim, and by the time I did the math I realized I may as well try to get a penthouse in New York while also living in Boston.

A shame. Trondheim is beautiful.
 
2012-06-27 05:44:46 AM
I live in Norway- I bet the express train from the airport is more than $100 round trip.

Six beers in a bar is $100.

A meal for one in a decent restaurant is $100 before alcohol.

It costs me $150 to fill my car with petrol.

Two days of long term parking at the airport is $100.

A bag of groceries is $100.

Five packs of cigarettes of a bottle of Jameson is $100

Cover charge for two people in a night club is $100.
 
2012-06-27 05:51:01 AM
Went to Norway by ferry from Newcastle once - it's the only time I have ever seen frozen meat in a duty free shop. Lots of people had come to Britain to buy a load of clothes and groceries as it was actually cheaper to get a ferry to another country to load up on stuff for the next 6 - 12 months. Absolutely beautiful country though, well worth a visit no matter how expensive.
 
2012-06-27 06:38:36 AM

Norwegian Squirrel: If you take the time to visit Norway, don't stay in Oslo.
Sure, it might have some nice parks and whatnot, but we have so much more to offer, like wonderful mountains, fjords and nature and friendly people.


A moose once bit my sister...

/I absolutely cannot believe no one had alluded to that cinematic sequence yet.
 
2012-06-27 07:51:38 AM
I just visited Bergen two weeks ago - gorgeous. But so expensive. $15 or so for a beer. $13 for a meal at McDonald's. Ouch.
 
2012-06-27 08:19:26 AM
Oslo was the only place I'd traveled where trying to save money by buying groceries instead of eating out didn't help much. Had a $30 burger at a regular restaurant because it was one of the cheapest things on the menu. It was the kind of place where, if you saw a store selling $5 sodas, you kept note because it was a deal.

Bergen was still expensive, but a bit more reasonable. And it was gorgeous. The ferry ride from Flam to Balestrand was incredible. Definitely worth the visit, but I would skip Oslo next time.
 
2012-06-27 09:07:15 AM

Norwegian Squirrel: If you take the time to visit Norway, don't stay in Oslo.
Sure, it might have some nice parks and whatnot, but we have so much more to offer, like wonderful mountains, fjords and nature and friendly people.


See the loveli lakes...
The wonderful telephone system...
And mani interesting furry animals.
Including the majestic moose.

/a moose once bit my sister
 
2012-06-27 09:11:30 AM
/shakes tiny fist at Dee Snarl
 
2012-06-27 09:17:44 AM

astoreth: Oslo was the only place I'd traveled where trying to save money by buying groceries instead of eating out didn't help much. Had a $30 burger at a regular restaurant because it was one of the cheapest things on the menu. It was the kind of place where, if you saw a store selling $5 sodas, you kept note because it was a deal.

Bergen was still expensive, but a bit more reasonable. And it was gorgeous. The ferry ride from Flam to Balestrand was incredible. Definitely worth the visit, but I would skip Oslo next time.


In 2000 I took a train adventure from Amsterdam to Copenhagen to Oslo to Bodø; from there to Tromsø via Hurtigruten ferry, then by bus to Narvik, thn by train to Stockholm.

There were mani loveli lakes.
 
2012-06-27 01:36:15 PM

Smackledorfer: Staying with "friends of friends" and not counting the flight lets you wander around a city for less than a hundred bucks. Who would have thought?


Yeah that was kinda lame.

If you have a place to stay, 100USD is plenty of money every where. In a large city like Oslo you wouldn't even have time to see all the free stuff.

A McDonalds meal is probably 10USD (of course this dude also cheated by bringing free food from Denmark. Free as in, it didn't count towards his budget).
 
2012-06-27 01:39:51 PM

lohphat: dereksmalls: I have a friend from Norway. He tells me two of his friends recently went out one night in Oslo for 4 beers and 2 large pizzas. The bill was US$350

Someone has to pay for the socialism. Generous safety nets aren't free.

/partially kidding


They have a farking lot of oil. Though I think, can't be arsed to look it up, that they've saved most of their oil money in an investment fund, so they have enough money for the next 100 years.

And of course, unlike deadbeat Arab countries, they also do other stuff to earn money.
 
2012-06-27 07:51:35 PM
$100 per day in Oslo not doable....$150 per day is. I have been to Oslo a couple of times....it is butt-busting expensive

However, if you get their Oslo Pass ($40 per day....and cheaper per day if you get multi-day) gets you into all the museums, covers all public transport costs on those days, and even gets you free parking in city owned garages. Its a great deal if you consider Oslo prices

Last time I stayed in a nasty hostel at about $45 per nite. I never seen so many people stay in such a ghetto type place....but nothing is cheaper in the winter time

Everything in Oslo is expensive....the only thing I found of comparable US prices were some dairy products. And, probably better to eat if cost conscious because it will fill you up cheaper...and keep you from getting hungry again (high carb noodles make you hungry quick)
 
2012-06-28 10:48:09 AM
Hey fark travellers,

I want to go to Europe in the next year with my husband, what's the cheapest way to get there? I figure once I'm in Europe I can take Ryanair or Easyjet to any city I want, but it's getting over the ocean that's the expense. I was thinking Icelandair because they have cheap deals from toronto.

I want to visit:
-Copenhagen (couch surf with buddy)
-Germany (cousin lives there)
-Amsterdam
 
2012-06-28 02:36:07 PM

shortymac: I was thinking Icelandair because they have cheap deals from toronto.


Check their website for non-summer deals. Plus, you can fly through Iceland, stay for a few days, and continue on to any of their destinations at no extra charge. Off-season (After the end of September, and before May) usually have the best prices, so plan accordingly.

/Lived in Iceland for a year
 
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