Tipping in Norway
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Dec 15, 2012 6:16 AM Last Post By: Hapalochlaena
Dec 2, 2012 11:45 AM
Tipping in NorwayHello,
I am about to take a trip to Norway and take a Hurtigrunten cruise.
My question is how does the tipping system work in Norway in general as well as on a cruise.
Does one tip in the restaurants, hotels, etc. as in the US ?
Does one tip the staff in a cruise ?
How much and when (re the cruise) should one tip ?
Dec 2, 2012 2:23 PM
Dec 3, 2012 4:56 AM
Dec 3, 2012 5:50 AM
3Hmm - in the catalogue in Danish and the one i Norwegian (for the ordinary Costal ships sailing along Norway) it says something like: "It is not normal to tip on the ships. If you want to reward an extraordinary effort by one from the staff you can do so".....Would be really crazy is some guest on the ship for 2 hours or 2 days on a port-to-port ferry trip would not tip (you do not tip on a bus, airplane or train - why on a ferry) and those that had bought the ticket in the US where it is sold as a "7-day cruise" were expected to tip. These ships ARE ferries + cargo ships.
For the Explorer tours (which ARE cruise like - those in Antarctica, Greenland etc) the text says something like: "We know that some of our guests WANT to tip - you can do so by telling the staff 2 days before disembarkation - a suggestion could be NOK 80, €9 or USD 12/guest/night".
Dec 3, 2012 9:14 AM
Dec 3, 2012 9:39 PM
5I took the Hurtigruten from Hammerfest to Bergen.
I just payed for a seat, I didn't tip but more importantly, the older German and American tourists who had their own rooms, also did not tip. There was not a air of expectation from the staff for a tip.
So don't put it into your budget and tip only if someone goes above and beyond their normal job description for you.
Dec 4, 2012 12:40 PM
6I have never been on a Hurtigruten cruise, but in general, we don´t tip much in Norway. You can leave some coins for the cleaning staff at a hotel, tip the taxi driver (to the closest 100), leave money on the table at a restaurant (10 %), at the coffeshop or at a bar (a couple of kroner each time you pay a beer), or maybe even add something to the bill you pay at a hairdresser or the florist. But you are not obliged to do so, and you will not upset the staff if you don´t tip. We have quite OK minimum wages in Norway, and no-one are really dependant on the tip to make a living.
Dec 6, 2012 11:00 AM
Dec 10, 2012 4:43 AM
8Hi there people who have travelled on the Hurtigruten lines!
I have been of travelling on one next July-August from the north to Bergen but it seems from the website that the only way you can do that is if you are travelling twin share with someone else.
Surely there must be a fare structure of some kind for people travelling on their own?
Any hints would be very welcome.
Dec 10, 2012 9:53 AM
Dec 15, 2012 6:16 AM
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