Guest blog post by Louise, founder of The Adventure Land
Many travel experts have ranked Norway as one of the best places for solo travel. It has a lot to offer from its natural beauty to colorful architecture and fascinating history. What’s more is that it’s recently been named the happiest country in the world.
It’s also one of the safest countries in the world making it perfect for solo travel. Here are some tips for planning a solo trip to Norway.
1. Plan Ahead
One of the best things about solo traveling is that you’ve got everything in your hands. You have freedom because you don’t have to worry about another person influencing your plans or decisions.
On the other hand, you have to plan your trip properly, especially your accommodation and transportation. You should also plan your route in a way that saves you time, energy, and money. Of course, leave a little room for spontaneity.
2. Bring Warm Clothes
It doesn’t matter if you’re living out of a backpack or a suitcase, make sure you have warm clothes. Even in the summer, some visitors still find Norway quite chilly.
For traveling in Norway, I think you will need a down jacket or wool sweater, a rain jacket or multipurpose outer layer, warm socks, and trekking shoes/boots. You might also want a pair of hiking sandals. You want items that can compress and fit in your backpack when not in use. The lighter you pack, the better for your back (assuming you’re backpacking).
3. Learn Basic Norwegian
Anywhere you go, it’s always better to know some phrases in the local language. How are you, nice to meet you, thank you, where’s the bathroom, and how much is this are all useful phrases to learn. Locals typically appreciate your effort to learn their language. But aside from that, it’s also a great way to start conversations and meet new people.
4. Don’t Draw Attention To Yourself
Even though it’s ranked as one of the safest countries, you can never be too safe. Part of being a wise solo traveler is to know what to do and what not to do. Avoid being too flashy and drawing attention to yourself, stay in open and public places (especially at night), and exude confidence. As much as possible, you should also inform someone from home or even your hotel staff about your whereabouts.
5. Stay in Hostels
Traveling in Norway is not cheap, and one of the best ways to save is on accommodation. Hostels are a great way to save money and meet other travelers. Before you make any bookings, read reviews from previous visitors. Also, hostels usually have shared kitchens. That’s useful because you can cook your own food, which can also save you some money.
6. Be Open
Norwegians are often very friendly. One of the best things about traveling solo it that you get opportunities to make new friends. You get a clean slate with everyone you meet along the way, so be bold and courageous (with caution).
7. See the Fjords
You cannot go to Norway without seeing the fjords! In fact, this could be one of the main reasons why you’re visiting in the first place (as it was mine). The trails and the views are incredible. Afterwards, it’s easy to have a brand new appreciation of nature and feel so renewed after it all.
8. Embrace Technology
I agree with people when they say stop looking at your screen. But when you’re in Norway, I think it will come naturally. The beautiful scenery will honestly make you forget or care less about social media. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t embrace technology some.
Bring your smartphone, camera, power bank for on-the-go charging, extra batteries for charging, and earphones. Embrace what technology has to offer but don’t be so dependent on it.
9. Go Camping
At least once, you should try camping in Norway. Whether or not you are a nature lover, there’s just something about camping that you can’t get from any other accommodation. It’s one of the best ways to experience nature! Many national parks are waiting to be explored, and camping might be the only way to do so.
10. Bring a Tripod
Whether you are an avid Instagrammer or not, you’re going to want to take pictures of Norway’s beauty. And the downside of solo traveling is that you have no one to take your photo.
You can take selfies, but that can limit what’s captured in your photos. You can always ask someone to take a photo of you, but that’s not always possible. So, consider a selfie stick, gorilla pod, or tripod for better photos.
Have you traveled solo in Norway or would you like to? What’s the most alluring thing about Norway?
Louise is the founder of The Adventure Land, where she and her associates blog about outdoor experiences, tips, and tricks that will help you have an exciting adventure. She is also a tour guide at a travel company. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.