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Norway is so well organized and uncrowded it is one of the easiest places in Europe to tour on your own. If you take advantage of some money-saving options, travel in Norway need be no more expensive than anywhere else in Europe. Here are a few travel tips:

Equip yourself with a good guidebook and expect to travel smart. Guidebooks are $20 tools for $3,000 experiences. And pick up information as you travel. Visit the tourist information office. To travel smoothly, use the phone. Confirm that restaurants are open and reconfirm hotel reservations.

Peak season travel is ideal since Norway lacks the summer crowd problems of Italy or France. And off-season comes with dreary weather and early darkness. In mid-summer you’ll enjoy longer days and livelier sights.

You can sleep comfortably in a private home for $70 to $100 (per double) — even in the big cities. Hostels are another good alternative throughout Scandinavia. In addition, many campgrounds rent bungalows to campers without tents.

Norwegian restaurants are highly taxed and therefore expensive. Enjoy a smorgasbord for breakfast and find daily specials for lunch.

ATMs are the way to go — easy to find, offering decent rates 24 hours a day. Use hard kroner for day-to-day expenses. Many places don’t take credit cards: homey B&Bs, cozy hole-in-the-wall restaurants, markets, and mom-and-pop shops.

By arranging your flight and car rental “open-jaws” and not having to backtrack, you save time and money. If you’re renting a car, do it before and after visiting big cities.

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