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Eating cheaply on the road through Norway

We're doing 10 nights in Norway in late September; 6 of those will be "on the road" as we drive through Andalsnes, Solvorn, Bergen and then down through Valle and back to Oslo. We'd rather not spend too much money on expensive restaurant meals (though I'm sure we'll eat out here and there). Only two of those nights include breakfast in the price of the room and I'm not sure how often we'll run into grocery stores. We were thinking of getting a small disposable cooler (maybe even styrofoam?) when we leave Oslo and toting it along in the backseat of the car. We're thinking it would hold some cheeses, meats, etc. Roadside picnic foods that might need to be kept cool.

Is this a realistic thing to expect to be able to buy easily and cheaply in Oslo before we start our drive? Are bags of ice as common in roadside markets as they are in the US? I know there are collapsible soft-sided coolers we could bring but we'd rather keep it disposable since we have 10 nights in Scotland after Norway and will have little use for it there or at home, plus we're trying to pack as light as possible, of course.

Any thoughts would be welcome!

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Look for the Coop stores. The website is only in Norwegian, but the stores are all over from Oslo to small towns.

The "Coop Marked" is Coop Norge's brand for the smallest stores in rural areas. In contrast the "Coop Obs!" Stores are hypermarkets. Think Walmart except the workers get living wages.

You will not starve in Norway. If on a budget, look for the kabob eateries in the big cities like Oslo. On the road, it could be a couple of pølse at the gas stations.

If you are staying at a hotel or hostel, buy the breakfast (frokost) buffet and eat like a camel. That will get you through their day.

I should add that Norwegian make their sandwichs with only one slice of bread. If you use two slices, the Norwegians will know that you are a foreigner. The sandwich toppings should not need chilling. Meats are typically cured and the cheese should hold up. Hold the mayo. Add a pickle. I'm a winter person but I suspect that you should not have heat problems late September.

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I used my Nexus "Maps" app, going to "Andalsnes". Then did a search for coop and located a" Coop Prix", store, a discount version of the Coop brand on Kamsvegen near Storgata.

Also found a REMA 1000 on Storgata and Ringgata. As said, you won't starve.

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We developed a liking for the hot dogs at the Shell stations....

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Good luck on the ice, but as Edgar says, there's plenty of stuff that will do fine almost infinitely in a grocery sack in the back of the car -- and Norway's a summer place for me. When you get tired if sausage and cheese, there's canned goods like pate that comes in small tins. Most have pull tab tops, but every once in a while you might need a John Wayne.

Hi,I were 4 nights in Norway last March. I went on Lofoten Islands with a flight by Mailand. I rented a car and I draw by Narvick to Reine. I have eaten continental breakfast in Hotel and I resisted until evening...I added only a little snack in the afternoon and I drunk a great quantity of liquids as mineralwater, smooty or fruit-juice. I saw that continental breakfast was enough for my needs. Good Shops wich I found in Norway were Coop in Svolvaer. Here I bought Island yoghurt,cheese and fresh bread. I survived eating very little...I have not found good vegetables unfortunately...but I had expected because temperatures are very low. I had replaced vegetables with fruits.

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Good luck finding bags of ice in Norway. Once our friend scaped snow from the Jotunheimen Mt. for the collapsible cooler he brought from home (travelling in only a carry on. Some objects have priority.) In two weeks, we found an ice machine only at the last hotel in Bergen. Bar tenders in our hotels that had small bars were reluctant to part with ice. Remember, utilites---and everything else--is very expensive here. You've had good suggestions. The breakfast buffets are phenominal and can hold you most of the day. Gas station/rest stops have food choices. Or stick to things that don't have refrigeration. Few small hotels had mini refrigerators. Despite the high costs, we found this a fabulous trip and would do it all over if there weren't so many other places to investigate.