Appendix - Charts and Graphs
I did not keep track of all the food & drink on the trip, nor the snacks.. but I can give a reasonable approximation of what it might have cost on average per day. As you can see my estimate puts it rather close to the money spent on transportation.
Looking back, there wasn't much I could have saved in the Transportation
category unless I cancelled parts of the trip. Accommodations
could have been a bit lower; I could have stayed in hostels in Oslo and I believe Bergen and maybe 1 other city. Hotels/airbnbs in those cities weren't too expensive though and I didn't mind getting a bit of extra comfort here and there.. In my mind this is a justified minor extra expense, good for overall morale
I could have been smarter about my accommodation decisions up in the arctic.. but in the end that part of the trip was my favourite and I'm sort of glad it happened.
don't contribute much to the budget in the grand scheme of things, but are a vital part of the experience, so I would probably not have wanted to save any money there.
Food & Drink
is the one place where I could have saved some money. In theory I could have gotten this down by at least $400 by always eating at 7/11. From what I remember they had this large sausage/hot dog wrapped in bacon that was really filling. I would dump lots of onions on it and it would keep me full for a while. I can't remember what it cost, but compared to restaurants it was cheap
. Cheap, but in no way feasible nor healthy.
Ok, so I ate at least 5 of those sausages on this trip.. But it was done in order to drive down costs.. Plus bacon is delicious ..
I say that I could have saved money here, because I did
splurge on nice meals several times. and even average restaurants are expensive in Norway. So I could have, but I really enjoyed most of those meals! And sometimes a really good meal will raise your spirits and completely change your attitude for the rest of the day.. Eating a good fish soup every once in a while can be good for morale.
When I stayed at hotels I made sure that my room always had a breakfast buffet included. As I discovered Norwegian breakfast buffets are incredible
. There is usually a very large selection of food, including seafood, I want to say usually at least smoked salmon and pickled herring, Norwegian brown cheese
, other breads, other cheeses, coldcuts, jams, eggs, vegetables.. The key is to stuff yourself with delicious food in the morning so you don't get hungry again until dinner. You can also think ahead and pack yourself a lunch using buffet items, although hotels will expect you to pay extra. At DNT huts I seem to remember sandwich bags you could purchase and make yourself a couple sandwiches for later during breakfast time.
All in all I think I did a great job keeping costs down, while at the same time allowing myself to occasionally splurge. It all averaged out to pretty much what I expected to pay (+15% ERROR MARGIN)