Solo Female Travel in Norway

Norway, located in Northern Europe and known as the Land of the Midnight Sun, is a spectacular travel destination steeped in natural beauty and unique cultural experiences. This Nordic country, stretching out over the western part of the Scandinavian Peninsula, is renowned for its stunning fjords, picturesque countryside, abundant wildlife, and the northern lights (Aurora Borealis) in the Arctic Circle. Additionally, Norway's rich Viking history, distinctive coastal cities like Oslo and Bergen, impressive skiing opportunities, and a highly developed system of hiking trails attract every traveler with an appreciation for natural beauty and history.

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Safety:Very safe

Norway is an extremely safe country for solo female travelers. It's a country known for its low crime rates and respect towards individuals of all genders. Although it's always good to keep standard safe travel practices in mind, such as not walking alone at night in unfamiliar areas, the threat level is generally very minimal in Norway. Useful public services including public transportation are reliable and easy to navigate, further adding to the safety of traveling in this country.

Transport:Easy

Norway has a well-organized and reliable public transportation system that includes buses, trains, trams, and ferries. The major cities are especially easy to navigate with extensive bus lines and tram lines in places like Oslo. The ferry ride through Norway's fjords is also a popular way to move around. You may find the rural areas a bit more challenging due to less frequent bus services, but generally, it's manageable. English is widely spoken, which eases communication. However, be prepared for high transportation costs as Norway is an expensive country.

Things to do:Fascinating

Norway is highly appealing to solo female travelers because of its diverse array of sights and activities. The breathtaking fjords and mountains offer ample opportunities for hiking and nature photography. Wildlife lovers can encounter reindeer and majestic sea eagles. You can satisfy your urban travel cravings in cities like Oslo and Bergen, where you can soak in the Nordic culture, enjoy their art museums, and indulge in delicious seafood. Norway also offers unique experiences such as the chance to visit the northernmost point of Europe, the remote Arctic Svalbard islands, where polar bears live. On top of that, the country's high safety standards ensure a worry-free exploration journey.

Food:Above average

Norwegian cuisine offers a delightful blend of traditional dishes, inspired by the country's natural resources. With a focus on fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, you'll find ample seafood options, including salmon and cod. The country is also renowned for its game meat such as elk and reindeer. Norwegian berries and fruits make for tasty desserts, and their brown cheese is a must-try. Although traditional dishes prevail in most areas, bigger cities like Oslo present a decent assortment of international cuisine, catering to various palates. While the country isn't globally known for its culinary scene, the food diversity, quality, and innovation make a significant impression.

Budget:Expensive

Norway stands out as one of the more expensive countries to visit. Lodging, dining, and transportation can be relatively high compared to other destinations. Although free activities like hiking and experiencing natural wonders can balance expenses a bit, you may find budgeting slightly more challenging here.

Is Norway worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 15 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.8/5

Safety

4.9/5

Food

3.9/5

Budget-friendly

2.6/5

Family travel experience

I felt safe everyday and everywhere, locals were so helpful and everyone speaks English, we booked the hot tub and sauna and it was really nice, it's easy to explore by car and there are many things to see, it's expensive but worth it

Posted: April 12, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I took a ferry and a bus to go camping alone in Kristiansund. I had a great experience. I never felt in danger. I did itch hiking on the way back to catch the ferry and I found a very kind man to drive me. I felt safe all the time even during the drive with a stranger.

Posted: March 25, 2024Experienced: September, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 1/5Safety: 5/5
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Reem

Reem

Norway

Solo travel experience

I hitchhiked from southern to northern norway and it was overall a very safe and friendly experience. While couchsurfing in Oslo, I met some amazing people. Nature on the roads is unbelievably beautiful. There is a general quiteness in the head while being in this country.

Posted: December 27, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Family travel experience

Amazing trip, I have seen some of the best views and done amazing walks. Would totally recommend if you can afford it. Keep in mind Norway is really expensive (same prices as Switzerland!) and especially Lofoten as it is so far away from everything and most of the products are imported. I wouldn’t be able to tell you exactly what my budget was as I travelled with my family. Great great walks with amazing views, totally breath-taking.

Posted: November 21, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 1/5Safety: 5/5
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Sophia

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Germany

Solo travel experience

I can recommend Norway for every female solo traveller! I've never felt that safe in a country, you can just put your tent up everywhere, hitchhiking works fine, people are incredibly kind and helpful! ❤️ I backpacked Norway from north (starting in Tromsø) to south (down to Kristiansand) and stayed with locals, camped, or booked hostels. I walked, took busses, trains, ships or hitchhiked. Honestly, I think Norway is the best country to do that! 10/10!

Posted: October 21, 2023Experienced: September, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 5/5
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I spent two days in Oslo, took a train to Bergen, rented a car and traveled to Trolltunga, then flew north to Tromso and rented a car/drove around the Lofoten Islands. It was the most monumental solo trip I've ever taken.

Posted: July 7, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Norway was my first independent trip abroad and it was amazing! Beautiful raw landscapes, well-marked hiking trails, interesting culture, and everyone spoke English. I felt really safe there (although I was still careful and cautious), and everyone was so kind and helpful.

Posted: May 19, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 5/5
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Family travel experience

Norway is STUNNING. I went to the Lofoten Islands up north, and I was in awe the entire time. I’m from Alaska, so I’m used to mountains and incredible nature. When I say I’ve never seen anything like Norway’s northern mountainous islands, you can believe I mean business. Absolutely beautiful, and it’s so easy to navigate and get around—people speak English everywhere!

Posted: May 8, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Norway is absolutely beautiful. I've been there 4 times, coincidentally once in each season. When it comes to cities, I recommend Oslo because of the Viking Museum and the Munch Museum, Bergen and Stavanger for the panorama, and Tromsø to see the Northern Lights and learn more about the Sami people.

Posted: December 6, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 5/5
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I adored Oslo. I was living on an island in Oslo, and the host had kayaks: an absolutely fantastic experience and host. I traveled to the islands by ferry, visited the Nobel Peace Museum, went to Frogner Park, and even did a "Norway in a Nutshell" tour, which wasn't planned, but was amazing. My host encouraged this. I usually don't go on tours, but this was a fantastic way to make sure that I would see the fjords and waterfalls, and the package included a train, ferry, bus etc.

Posted: November 28, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 5/5
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Local tips

Norway is a country with incredible nature. The Lofoten and the western coast are known for their magnificent views. In Oslo, take time to get to know the city. Walk along Akerselva on a nice day. Sample dishes in food halls. Swim in the fjords (you can swim out to several islands). Visit Kampen, an old working-class district with wooden houses. In Trondheim, see Nidaros Cathedral and enjoy the restaurants. An hour north from Trondheim is Stiklestad - the place where Norway was Christianized in 1030 - a spectacle about this event takes place there in the summer.

Posted: July 5, 2022
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Meet locals in Norway

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Polina

Polina

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Hi, I’m from Ukraine and due to the war I had to live my country. Right now I’m in Norway. It’s a wonderful city I love being here. I also love travelling and dogs))

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Nnenna🌸

Nnenna🌸

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18 year old girl on a solo interrailing trip! I reallyyyy want to get to know some people<3 I love music (90s rock holy grail) and culture, so museum trips or drinks over some live music is perfect for me🪩

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Stay with locals in Norway

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Polina

Polina

Askøy

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3 days

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Hi, I’m from Ukraine and due to the war I had to live my country. Right now I’m in Norway. It’s a wonderful city I love being here. I also love travelling and dogs))

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Noura

Noura

Oslo

Can host for:

3 days

About me

Hey lovely ladies! ❤️ I'm Noura, a 20yo adventurer who's been soaking up the vibes in Oslo for nearly 3y now. Tho I'm not a native Norwegian, I've explored every nook and cranny of this city, so I can be your tour guide! I'm all about that travel life and I'm looking for a fab travel buddy. Remember, ladies, we always got each other's backs! 😉

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Kamila

Kamila

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Hi, I’m Kamila! I am 23 years old and starting medical school in the United States later this year, so I’m very interested in solo traveling and meeting new amazing people this summer! I love to hike, run, practice yoga, read, and learn new things.

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Eilish

Eilish

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I love trying new foods and traveling. Being artsy, I can't help but stop and check out cool stuff I come across, always on the lookout for some design inspo. My interests also include hiking, gardening, yoga, and enjoying a good nap.

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