Best Places To Stay in Norway

Norway is a fantastic country to visit. It's safe, has great transportation links and English is widely spoken. I've spent a total of 2 months in Norway travelling around the country, staying in various accommodations. If you're looking for the best places to stay in Norway, I've included the best cities and destinations and recommended accommodation options that you'll find there, no matter what your budget, I've covered all in this article.

N.b. If you don't have time to read the whole article, the best places to stay in Norway are Oslo, Bergen and Tromso.

Best Places To Stay in Norway

Types of Accommodation in Norway

Norway has all types of accommodation from chain hotels, boutique hotels, resorts, hostels and lodges. There is Airbnb in the cities which can be cheaper than staying in a hotel and you get the luxury of staying with a local who can give you tips on where to go and how to get around.

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. And if you’re venturing into rural Norway look into the Norwegian Trekking Association who offer cabins along the way. 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.

I've listed all the popular areas in Norway with the best places to stay in alphabetical order below. For all other accommodation in Norway, check rates and availability here

Best Places To Stay in Norway

Best Places To Stay in Norway

Ålesund

Best for: Nature 

Alesund is a charming city with Art Nouveau architecture. For accommodation choices, there are boutique hotels to cosy guesthouses, offering a variety of options to suit different preferences and budgets. Stay in the city centre for easy access to Ålesund's main attractions, including the Jugendstilsenteret (Art Nouveau Centre), Aksla viewpoint, and the harbour area. You’ll also find numerous cafes, restaurants, and shops within walking distance when you stay in the centre.

Alesund is also a great base to explore the surrounding fjords and islands. From here you can take boat trips, hiking excursions, or scenic drives to nearby attractions such as Geirangerfjord (one of Norway’s most beautiful spots) and Sunnmøre Alps. * Check rates & availability for all accommodation in Alesund

Scandic Parken – $$

This 4-star hotel is in central Alesund, close to the Hurtigruten Ferry Terminal, Byparken Park and the Art Nouveau Centre. You can try cuisine from this region in the Brasserie as well as international dishes. Most of the rooms have great views of Alesund and floor to ceiling windows for an even better view.Check rates & availability: Scandic Parken  

Best Places To Stay in Norway

Bergen

Best for: History

Bergen is a lovely city in Norway. If you only have time to visit one other city except Oslo then I definitely recommend coming here. It's known for its Hanseatic history and is famous for Bryggen, Bergen's historic harbour area which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. * Check rates & availability for all Bergen accommodation

Bryggen – Nowhere is very far in Bergen but to see the main attractions such as the fish market and the colourful wooden buildings of Bryggen, look for somewhere near the historic wharf to stay. Staying in this area means you are close to attractions like the Hanseatic Museum and the Floibanen Funicular.

Nordnes – Situated on a peninsula just a short walk from Bryggen, Nordnes offers a tranquil atmosphere with parks, seaside promenades, and views of the fjord. It's a great choice if you're seeking a quieter stay while still being close to the centre of the city. 

Nygårdshøyden – Located close to the center, Nygårdshøyden is a vibrant area known for its cultural institutions, including the University of Bergen, art galleries, and theaters. It's a lively neighbourhood with plenty of dining options and a youthful vibe. 

City Hostel Bergen – $

This stylish yet affordable hostel has been ranked the best hostel in Norway more than once. When you're not exploring the city (but it is practically on your doorstep), you can use the kitchen and dining area to make your own coffee or lunch. Plus they offer laundry facilities to get your clothes clean and fresh before moving on.

If you choose a private room, you'll get your own desk for planning your time in this charming city. City Hostel Bergen is a great and safe place to stay and located close to the Bergen Fish Market, Leprosy Museum and KODE Art Museums. * Check rates & availability: City Hostel Bergen

First Hotel Marin – $$

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. * Check rates & availability: First Hotel Marin

Flåm

Best for: Nature

Flåm is nestled in the heart of the Norwegian fjords. Its nature is stunning with waterfalls and greenery making it a perfect location for the nature solo. 

The best place to stay in Flåm is near the waterfront area, close to the Flåm Railway Station and the harbour. You'll find several hotels, guesthouses, and accommodations within this area which are close to restaurants and transport options making it easy to travel to and from here. Plus, you'll be spoilt with stunning views of the surrounding fjords and mountains at the waterfront. * Check rates & availability for all Flam accommodation

Flåm Hostel – $

For the budget traveller, this is the perfect place to meet others in a quiet, relaxed environment. The hostel is clean and comfortable with a garden, and a kitchen to cook in plus there's a laundry room too. The Flam Museum is a short walk away and the staff can help arrange hiking, biking and kayak rentals for you. There are only private rooms here so you'll have your own space. * Check rates & availability: Flam Hostel

Hotel Aurlandsfjord – $$$

Situated on Aurlandsfjord’s waterfront, Hotel Aurlandsfjord is located a few minutes away from the ferry and bus stop. The single room comes with a private bathroom and a view of the fjord. And because it's a family-run property, the owners are really friendly too. * Check rates & availability: Hotel Aurlandsfjord

Geiranger

Best for: Nature & Fjords

Geiranger is located in western Norway, in the Sunnmøre region. It lies at the head of the UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord.

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. * Check rates & availability for all Geiranger accommodation

Nygard Camping – $

Nygård Camping is in a great spot between the mountains. It's an ideal place to base yourself if you're planning to hike, rent or a bike or go skiing in the winter months. You stay in your own cottage with a kitchen a private patio so you have lots of privacy. Plus there's a small grocery store and bakery nearby too.  * Check prices & availability: Nygard Camping 

Kirkenes

Best for: Culture & History 

Kirkenes is north of the Arctic Circle, on the border of Russia. In the winter, it's a prime destination for spotting the Northern Lights. For adventure lovers, you can ride sleds, drive snowmobiles, go ice fishing, or ski across the snow. In summer, you can go hiking, take boat rides, or watch wildlife.

Because it's close to Russia, Kirkenes has a mix of Norwegian and Russian traditions. You can learn more about them by visiting local museums, art galleries, and events. It also has a history from World War II, which you can explore at places like Grenselandmuseet and the Andersgrotta Bomb Shelter. One special thing about Kirkenes is its big crabs. You can join a safari to catch them and learn about them.

Kirkenes is definitely a unique place to visit in Norway and the best area to stay here is the town centre where you'll find guesthouses to hotels and also Airbnbs. In the centre there are cafes, restaurants and shops and you're nearby the bus station and attractions too. * Check rates & availability for all Kirkenes accommodation

Thon Hotel Kirkenes – $$

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. Rooms start from a standard double room with a private bathroom. * Check rates & availability: Thon Hotel Kirkenes

The SnowHotel 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 but it does include breakfast and a 3 course dinner and they arrange lots of activities such as husky mountain hikes and sea fishing. Check rates & availability: The SnowHotel Kirkenes

Lofoten Islands

Best for: Getting Active 

Like everywhere in Norway, the The Lofoten Islands are stunning. The island have a rugged coastline with towering peaks against calm sea inlets and colourful fishing villages. It's a good destination if you want to hike or try fishing. It's also ideal for spotting the Northern Lights during the winter months. 

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. * Check all accommodation in The Lofoten Islands

Eliassen Rorbuer – $$

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. Stay in a one-bedroomed cottage here. Check rates & availability: Eliassen Rorbuer

Lofoten Sommerhotell og Vandrerhjem – $

Lofoten Vandrerhem is in the centre of Kabelvåg and a really good location to explore from. There is a guest kitchen you can cook in, a media library you can read in or watch TV with the other guests. There's also a campfire cabin with a fireplace to keep you warm, as well as a sauna on the quayside if you need some more heat on a winter’s day. Plus you get a free breakfast too. * Check rates & availability: Lofoten Sommerhotell og Vandrerhjem

Oslo

Best for: City & Sightseeing

Out of all the best places to stay in Norway, Oslo is one of the best! As the capital of Norway you simply have to stay here. Oslo has a lovely feel to it. With its contemporary urban culture, it doesn't feel like a big city. It's also big on being eco-friendly. It's known for its Opera House, Viking Ship Museum, and Vigeland Sculpture Park. Plus, it also has its own islands within the Oslo fjord. 

 

In Oslo, 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. 

I recommend pre-booking your accommodation if you want to stay somewhere central. If prices are above your budget, look at Airbnb instead. I stayed in a private room in an apartment that I found on Airbnb which was cheaper than a hotel room. Check all accommodation, prices and availability in Oslo

Citybox Oslo – $$

For a budget option in Oslo, this 3-star hotel near Karl Johans Gate and the Opera House is close to the sites and the train station. There are nearby restaurants or a microwave if you prefer to stay in, and a TV lounge to relax in. Choose from a single room with or without a balcony or a double room. * Check rates & availability: Citybox Oslo

Saga Hotel Oslo: BW Premier Collection

This 4-star boutique hotel is in an excellent location if you're planning on visiting the Royal Palace. It's a 15 minute walk to Vineland Scuplture Park (which is definitely worth a visit!) and it's a short ride away from Oslo Central Station too, so you can travel around the country from here. Reception is open 24 hours and you can meet others in their cosy lounge or over breakfast which is also included. Choose from a standard single, superior king or junior suite. * Check rates & availability: Saga Hotel Oslo

Cochs 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. * Check rates & availability: Cochs Pensjonat

The Stavanger Region

Stavanger is a coastal city in Norway. As well as its obvious natural beauty, it has culture and plenty of history. Known for its picturesque old town with white wooden houses, it's also a gateway to the stunning Lysefjord and the iconic Preikestolen cliff. Even though Stavanger's oil industry has shaped its modern economy, it still retains its charming maritime character. Head here for a vibrant arts scene, delicious seafood, and plenty of outdoor adventure. * Check rates & availability for all Stavanager accommodation

Central Economic Stavanger – $

For a budget option in Stavanger, this hostel has everything that you need. It’s in a great location, it’s spotless and has friendly hosts. Plus being a hostel means that you may meet another traveller or two! There are female-only dorms, a kitchenette and even a hairdryer for us ladies. * Check rates & availability: Central Economic Stavanger

Thon Hotel Stavanger – $$

This is a 3-star hotel located very close to Stavanger Station and just a short walk from Stavanger Cathedral. It has a nice lounge area, and the staff are friendly and helpful. Each room comes with a minibar, Smart TV, and a desk, and you get a nice breakfast included in the price. * Check rates & availability: Thon Hotel Stavanger 

Hotel Victoria – $$$

If you're looking for even more comfort, this is a 4-star hotel with a Victorian style situated right by the waterfront, offers a view of the old town. It's been around since 1900 and has a cool cocktail bar and a gym, plus you get a nice view of Vagen Bay. The rooms are cozy, and breakfast is included. * Check rates & availability: Hotel Victoria 

Tromsø

Best for: Winter Arctic Adventures

Tromso is a great destination to visit. It's one of the best place in Norway for Northern Lights so if you only have limited time in Norway, you have to put Tromso on your itinerary. It's located in the Arctic Circle and is known as the ‘Gateway to the Arctic.' Here you can learn about the Sami heritage, the traditional reindeer herders and meet the reindeers, or go husky sledding. This is where I saw the Northern Lights which were amazing. 

Tromsø has various types of accommodation to suit your budget. You can find hotels ranging from luxurious to budget-friendly, cozy guesthouses, charming bed and breakfasts, and one hostel that's located in the centre. Stay in the city centre to see its impressive Arctic Cathedral and Arctic-alpine gardens. * Check rates & availability for all Tromso accommodation

Smarthotel Tromso – $

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. I love these Smarthotels that are an international brand. * Check rates & availability: Smarthotel Tromso

Tromso Lodge and Camping

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. Located next to a river, it's only a 5 minute drive from the city and you are also close to the hiking trails of Tromsdalen. Choose from an economy cabin or one with a garden or mountain view.Check rates & availability: Tromso Lodge and Camping

Scandic Grand Tromso – $$

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. Plus there's a fitness centre and a gym included in your rate! * Check rates & availability: Scandic Grand Tromso

Trondheim

Best for: Partying and Outdoors Adventures

Trondheim, a cozy city in Norway, blends old charm with modern vibes. It's Norway's third-largest city and it's actually not that big. Its famous cathedral, Nidaros, is stunning and draws lots of visitors. Music festivals and nightlife add to the fun here. Plus, you're surrounded by nature, perfect for hiking and skiing. Trondheim is the place to visit for history, partying, or outdoor adventures. 

In Trondheim, you'll find plenty of 3 and 4 star hotels and apartments, depending on what type of accommodation you prefer 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. If you're on a budget, you’ll also find campgrounds just outside the city centre. * Check rates & availability for all Tronheim accommodation

Flakk Camping – $

Flakk Camping is a great budget option. 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. Do note that the grounds are only open between May and the beginning of September. * Check rates & availability: Flakk Camping

Trondheim Vandrerhjem – $

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 others to sightsee with. * Check rates & availability: Trondheim Vandrerhjem

City Living Schøller Hotel – $$

This 3-star 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. Plus they have single rooms too! * Check rates & availability: City Living Schøller Hotel

I hope that this guide has given you some ideas of where to stay in Norway. The best place to stay in Norway ultimately depends on what type of experience of you want to have when you’re there. If you're looking for further reading on specific areas in Norway, I've listed my articles below.

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