Norway is a beautiful country. It’s also ridiculously expensive. Lodging, dining, car rental, groceries, you name it, the place is expensive. But did I mention that it’s gorgeous?
That’s why I was rather intrigued by the Scandic hotels promotion that Magic of Miles posted recently. You can get 13 nights at hotels across Norway this summer for a total cost of about $1,030 (7980 NOK). That’s about $80 per night.
Take a walk on the beach in Grimstad one day and climb to the top of Svolværgeita in Lofoten the next day! Visit the fish market in Bergen and take a walk in Stavangers charming old town.
With our offer you can stay 13 nights at a fixed price during the period 18 June – 27 August 2015.Choose among more than 70 Scandic Hotels in Norway. From EUR 466 (NOK 3 990) per person in a shared double room, you get 13 nights in standard room during a two week period. Children under 13 years always stays for free in the company of adults.
The Fine Print
Their rules actually don’t seem too bad.
- The nights must be consecutive and occur between June 18 and August 27.
- There is no discount or refund if you stay less than 13 nights.
- There may be limited availability.
If there is a gotcha in this deal, it seems to be in the booking process.
The way it works is that you book the first night (using promo code NOR — how unique!) for the full amount. Then you call the reservation center to book the remaining 12 nights. Oh, and the first night is non-refundable and non-changeable.
So you’re basically buying one night at $1,030 and then getting 12 nights free.
While you can’t change or cancel the first night, it appears that you can make changes or booking of the other nights right up until arrival. (At least that’s how I interpret it.)
Oh, and never mind that they advertise the deal as $515 per person — it requires double occupancy, so better to think of it as $1,030.
$80 per night to stay in Norway seems great to me. We spent a long weekend at the Clarion Havnekontoret in Bergen and it was just silly expensive (we used points). I’ve never stayed at a Scandic, however, so can’t say how they compare.
Doing a quick glance around a few cities seemed to indicate that a typical night would be in the $150-$200 range, so $80 seems like a steal.
Scandic advertises that all their rates include breakfast which is pretty common in Norway. For a budget traveler, that means you should wear your sweat pants and try to eat enough to last you all day.
They also allow kids under 13 to stay free with the adults in the same room. Again, no experience with that myself, but would love to hear if it’s as simple as that, of you have to book a bigger room to begin with.
If I had a trip to Norway coming up this summer, I’d definitely be thinking long and hard about this deal. My biggest concern is the lack of information out there in terms of how it works — there just isn’t a lot of intel for promotions from some of these smaller chains, so it sort of feels like buying a pig in a poke.
But if you take the leap, combining this deal with some cheap Norwegian Air Shuttle airfare could make for a reasonably priced trip to Norway this summer.
And those are words you don’t hear every day.
What do you think? Is it a valid deal? Does Scandic run promotions like this frequently? Would love to hear your thoughts.