Norway is a fantastic country for solos. It's safe, has great transportation links and English is widely spoken. If you are looking to visit Norway, I have put together a list of solo female-friendly accommodation, with the help of our solo female community. What makes accommodation solo female-friendly? Friendliness, safety and location.
The country has all types of accommodation and although it is known for being expensive, you can stay cheaply if you bring a tent with you. Norway has wild camping, which means that you can camp anywhere for free as long as you get the property owner's permission (or camp at least 150 metres from the nearest building). This includes camping around Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen), the dramatic ledge overlooking Lysefjord.
You'll find cabins here if you don’t have a tent although they obviously cost more. There are hostels here such as Hi Hostels but if you visit after August they sometimes rent out to students so book your accommodation before you come just in case.
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You’ll also find chain hotels, boutique hotels, resorts and lodges to stay in. If you’re venturing into rural Norway look into the Norwegian Trekking Association who offer cabins along the way. For all accommodation in Norway, click on the link below.
This hostel is minutes walk to the town’s main street and bus terminal. The rooms are clean with comfortable beds and each room has a flat-screen TV and private bathroom whether you decide to stay in a female dorm or single room. Take advantage of the free breakfast buffet too.
- Prices from £37 / €41 for a 4-bed female dorm
- To book, check prices or availability for Alesund Hostel
Good areas to stay in – Nowhere is very far in Bergen but to see the main attractions such as the fish market and Bryggen, look for somewhere near the historic wharf to stay.
Budget City Bergen is just a short walk into town. There is a kitchen and grocery shops nearby so you can cook your own meals. You don’t get your own private bathroom here but you do get a private room that is clean and comfortable.
- Prices from £72/€80 for a single room with a shared bathroom
- To book, check prices or availability for Bergen Budget Hotel
Once a former print shop, this hotel has wooden floors and oak furniture and is in a perfect location just a few steps from Bryggen. Choose from a choice of different views including harbour and city views from the penthouse room. Breakfast is included.
- Prices from £118/€133 for a twin room with a private bathroom
- To book, check prices or availability for First Hotel Marin
Ranked the best hostel in Norway over several years, we love this stylish affordable accommodation. When you're not exploring the city (but it is practically on your doorstep), you can relax on a sofa and watch TV in the living room. Use the kitchen to make your own coffee or treat yourself to a cappuccino from the coffee machine. Plus there is a washer and dryer to get your clothes clean and fresh before moving on.
If you choose a private room, you'll get your own wardrobe to hang your clothes, a mirror, and a reading light and a desk for planning your time in this charming city. Marken Guesthouse is a great and safe place to stay and located in a very quiet and safe area. It’s in one of the nice pedestrian areas in Bergen, near the railway station and Bergen Storsente.
- Prices start from £31/€35 for a bed in a 10 bed dorm
- To book, check prices or availability for Marken Guesthouse
This is the perfect place to meet others in a quiet, relaxed environment. The hostel is clean and comfortable with a garden, and the staff can help arrange tours for you.
- Prices start from £47 / €60 for a single room with a shared bathroom
- To book, check prices or availability for Flåm Hostel
Situated on Aurlandsfjord’s waterfront you are only a few minutes away from the ferry and bus station. The single room comes with a private bathroom and a view of the fjord. Plus the owners are really friendly too.
- Prices from £127 / €161 for a single room
- To book, check prices or availability for Aurland Fjordhotel
Stay at – In Geiranger you'll find premium hotels such as luxury and boutique. Look at staying in a cabin instead of a hotel if you are travelling on a modest budget. If you want to experience the outdoors at night, there are areas where you can camp.
Stay at Nygård Camping which offers cottages with their own kitchens and private patios.
- Prices start from £72 / €92 for a one-bedroom cottage
- To book, check prices or availability for Nygard Camping
This hotel is really close to the Hurtigruten Ferry Terminal and on the shore of Bøkfjorden, a perfect waterfront location. Most of the rooms have a view of the fjord and there is an a la carte restaurant for seasonal cuisine or you can go into town to save money on your food costs. Breakfast is included and they also offer tours.
- Prices start from £112 / €142 for a standard double room with a private bathroom
- To book, check prices or availability for Thon Hotel Kirkenes
Whether you visit during the summer or winter months, you can stay in a wooden cabin similar to those found in the wilderness with the Sami tribe. It isn’t cheap and costs from NOK 2000 per night but it does include breakfast and a 3 course dinner and they arrange lots of activities such as husky mountain hikes and sea fishing.
- To book, check prices or availability for The SnowHotel Kirkenes
There are a few choices of accommodation in the Lofoten Islands such as staying in a rorbu – a converted fisherman’s hut, a farmhouse or you can stay in hostel and dormitory accommodation at Kremmervika Rorbuer. The Lofoten Islands are also a good place to camp as there are a few campgrounds here that are open from May to September or you can wild camp. Skagen Camping is a good spot near the beach.
- To book, check prices or availability for The Lofoten Islands
Eliassen Rorbuer is a holiday resort with modernised fishermen’s huts that still have their character. Situated on the island of Hamnøy near the fjord of Reinefjord with rocks that are some of the oldest on Earth and a mecca for climbing.
- Prices from £115 for a one- bedroomed cottage
- To book, check prices or availability for Eliassen Rorbuer
Lofoten Vandrerhem is in the centre of Kabelvåg and a really good location to explore from. There is a lounge to relax in with a fireplace to keep you warm, as well as a sauna if you need some more heat on a winter’s day. Plus you get a free breakfast buffet too.
- Prices start from £90 for a twin room with a shared bathroom
- To book, check prices or availability for Lofoten Vandrerhjem
You’ll find everything from hostels, B&Bs and hotels in Oslo but accommodation isn’t cheap so consider Couchsurfing to save the pennies. Møllergata is central and from here you can easily walk or hop on public transport. You’ll find accommodation at Karl Johans Gate, which is the city’s hub and where you’ll find lots of shopping and dining choices. If you’re looking for cheaper accommodation, stay near to the Palace Park in the area around Bislett Stadium. Pre-book if you want to stay somewhere central.
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This hostel is in an excellent location near Karl Johans Gate. There is a 24 hour reception and you can meet other travellers in the lounge area or over the buffet breakfast (which is included). Choose from a 4,6, 8 or 12 bed dorm or your own private room.
- Prices from £43 / €48 for a 6-bed dorm bed
- To book, check prices or availability for Saga Poshtel Oslo Central
This guest house is close to the tram and walking distance to shops and restaurants. There is a gym and a garden to enjoy in the summer. It is in a good location but you may need earplugs if you are a light sleeper due to the noise of the tram.
- Prices from £72 / €80 for a single room with shared bathroom
- To book, check prices or availability for Ellingsens Pensjonat
This guest house is in a good location with shops and restaurants nearby. The tram is close or you can walk 20 minutes to the Royal Palace and National Gallery. A budget room has a shared bathroom or opt for a single room with private bathroom, kitchenette and TV.
- Prices start from £77 / €87 a night
- To book, check prices or availability for Cochs Pensjonat
The Stavanger Region
Stavanger Pop Up Hostel
Situated in a former office in the centre of Stavanger, this hostel is 15 minutes to the city centre. There’s a common area where you can meet other travellers and some of the rooms have a view of the mountain or the sea. Bear in mind that this is a cheap property with open spaces and if you like your own privacy it may be better to stay in a guest house or hotel. Choose from a female-only dorm, mixed dorm, or a private room.
- Prices from £30 for a dorm bed per night
- To book, check prices or availability for Stavanger Pop Up Hostel
There isn’t a hostel scene in Tromsø so you’ll be lucky if you find one hostel in the city. There are lots of good hotels and apartments which are conveniently located in the centre and walkable distance from most of the sights.
If you need to work during your stay you have your own work desk. The lobby offers snacks too so you don’t even need to find a restaurant after a long day of sightseeing. Plus it’s only a short walk from the Polar Museum, Aquarium and cruise terminal.
- Prices start from £57/ €64 for a single room with a private bathroom
- To book, check prices or availability for Smarthotel Tromso
With a choice of cabins or places to put your own tent, Tromsø Camping is in a perfect location for those who want to be close to the city yet stay in nature. You are also close to the hiking trails of Tromsdalen.
- Prices start from £57 /€64 for an economy cabin (and less if you have a tent)
- To book, check prices or availability for Tromso Lodge and Camping
The Scandic Grand Tromsø offers a buffet breakfast and free tea and coffee. Located on a shopping street, the main attractions are just a short walk away. You’ll also find an onsite cafe and bar serving local and international cuisine.
- Prices from £70 / €80 for a twin room with private bathroom
- To book, check prices or availability for Scandic Grand Tromso
Good areas to stay in – If you prefer to stay in the city centre expect to pay more for your accommodation than staying in the outskirts. Areas such as Lilleby are on the train line into the central station and a better option if you are on a budget. You’ll also find campgrounds just outside the city centre.
This campground is near to the Trondheim Fjord with access to the beach. You don’t have to bring your own tent as they have small cabins for rent. There is food onsite too. The grounds are only open between May and the beginning of September.
- Prices start from £42 / €47 per night
- To book, check prices or availability for Flakk Camping
Trondheim Hostel is one of the few hostels here. As well as a 4-bed female dorm you can also stay in a private room with a shared kitchen and bathroom. There is a TV area which is a good place to meet other to sightsee with.
- Prices start from £32 / €36 for a bed in a 4-bed dorm
- To book, check prices or availability for Trondheim Vandrerhjem
This hotel is across from Stiftsgarden royal residence and offers private rooms. There is free tea and coffee and you also get a fridge in your room. It’s a short walking distance from Torvet Square where you can shop or party to your heart’s content.
- Prices from £67 / €75 for a single room
- To book, check prices or availability for City Living Schøller Hotel
Have you stayed in solo female-friendly accommodation in Norway? I'd love to hear your comments below.