Traveling to Norway soon? No need to tell you that this is one of the most expensive countries in the world. Saving a little money would be great and therefore I recommend you buying a sim card in Norway. Save on high roaming costs and don't let slow overseas data roaming packages fool you as they often reduce internet speed. Also the prepaid sim cards in Norway are NOT that expensive. Totally worth getting one!

Although super expensive, I love traveling to Norway. Its utterly stunning landscapes blow me away every time I visit and road trips in Norway are simply incredible. Are you arriving to Oslo Airport then here is all the information for buying a sim card at Oslo Airport. Click on the link to read more about that, this article is focussed on what is the best Norway sim card for travelers. You will find the best 5G network in Norway, where to buy your sim card, up to date prices as per June 2021 and more tips for getting a local sim card in Norway.

For my research I went to the mobile phone stores in Oslo and Kristiansand and checked the providers website for the latest info. On my blog you can find more than 100 guides for buying local sim cards: USA, Dubai, ThailandFinland, Sweden. If you are traveling to more countries in Europe this can be a handy guide: everything you need to know about buying a local sim card in Europe, with the best prepaid sim card deal per country.

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Why buying a sim card in Norway?

Local bars, restaurants and of course hotels have a reliable and good WiFi connection. But do you want to depend on others? What is the WiFi is down or the signal does not reach your room? OR what about road tripping in Norway? Trust me you want to be connected when driving in Norway, Google Maps will be your best friend to look for nearby gas stations, restaurants, etc.

Many reasons I could come up with for getting a local sim card in Norway.

My recommendation

Traveltomtom recommends travelers to get a Telenor prepaid sim card in Norway. They have the best 4G/5G network and the cheapest prices for data packages.

If you are considering to get a travelers sim card with global coverage I would like to invite you to read my article about the best international sim cards. Some of these global sim card deals are so expensive I would almost call them a scam. Only very few are worth it. When getting a European sim card always make sure Norway is included in the FREE data roaming. Norway is a European country, but NORWAY IS NOT PART OF THE EU!

Norway sim cards and traveling in Europe

Although Norway is NOT part of the EU, some Norway sim cards have free EU roaming included. Always check first with the mobile internet provider when buying a Norway sim card. Ask them if EU roaming is included if you are traveling onwards to other countries in Europe.

Get your Norway sim card online

You can now also find great sim card deals for Norway and Europe online. There are international sim cards that cover Norway as well as Europe and that give you unlimited calling and texting + data. For example $30 gives you 12 GB data. Check out the Norway prepaid sim card offers for travelers on the Simoptions website. Sim cards will be shipped to your home address before your trip to Norway are activated automatically from its first use. Click on the link above or the banner below.

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Mobile internet operators in Norway

There are only 2 mobile internet operators in the country that provide prepaid Norway sim cards for tourists and that is Telenor Norway and Telia Norway. Both mobile operators are also present in neighbouring country Sweden. At Oslo Airport you can also buy a Lycamobile sim card for Norway.

There is also the provider called ICE Norway, but unfortunately they do NOT sell prepaid sim cards for tourists.

Where to buy a Norway sim card

There are Telenor and Telia shops in the city center of every city in Norway. Everyone speaks English and is very helpful. Of course it is also possible buying a sim card at Oslo Gardermoen Airport click on the link and I tell you all about it. In some bigger convenience stores you can also get a Lycamobile sim card, but it is not that common.

Best Norway mobile network in 2021

Not only the price determines the best prepaid sim card for Norway, the network coverage is also important, especially if you are going on a road trip. We don't want to get stuck with a 3G signal!

Is there 5G in Norway?

Surprisingly in one of worlds most developed and organized countries there is not much of a 5G network. Basically there is NO 5G in Norway yet apart from Oslo and Trondheim city center basically. Wake up Norway, countries like Netherlands, Ireland, Italy are big on 5G already.

Let’s have a look at the mobile network coverage maps for Norway from data collected by nperf.com. For a more detailed map click on the link.

Telia Norway 4G network

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Telenor Norway 4G network

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From the above Norway network coverage maps from Telia and Telenor we can clearly see that Telenor has the best 4G network in Norway. That said in all Norway tourist destinations you will find a 4G signal of both mobile internet operators. But if you go on a road trip in Norway I recommend buying a Telenor sim card.

Prices Norway prepaid sim cards in 2021

For the prices I went to the official phone stores of Telia and Telenor and checked their websites. All prices for Norway sim cards below are up to date as per January 2021. For the latest offers I refer to their websites below.

Telia Norway prepaid sim card

A Telia Norway sim card costs 99 NOK ($11). The Cash Starter Pack includes the following:

  • 250 MB data + unlimited calls & sms - valid for 14 days.

You can buy additional data sim packages, for example:

  • 329 NOK ($37) = 4 GB
  • 429 NOK ($48) = 10 GB

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For the latest Telia Norway sim card deals check their website.

Telenor Norway prepaid sim card

Telenor has many options between 10 GB and 60 GB.

  • 449 NOK ($50) = 10 GB data + unlimited calls & sms - valid for 31 days in all of the EU.
  • 549 NOK ($61) = 20 GB data + unlimited calls & sms - valid for 31 days in all of the EU.
  • 649 NOK ($72) = 30 GB data + unlimited calls & sms - valid for 31 days in all of the EU.

They also offer a packages in where you pay 20 NOK ($2) per day for unlimited internet. 

For the latest Telenor Norway sim card deals check their website.

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Best Norway sim card in 2021

A Telia Norway prepaid sim card is cheap, but only good for calling and texting in Norway. Telenor offers more data for a cheaper price and has a better network and therefore:

Telenor is the best sim card in Norway in 2021!

Buy a Norway sim online

Don’t waste time buying a Norway sim card on arrival when you can get one shipped to your home address before your trip. It saves yourself the hassle of finding a store and getting in line. The Simoptions website is specialized in international sim cards for tourists and their sim cards are activated from its first use. Simply put it in your phone during your flight and you are online as soon as you get on the ground.

The following international sim cards are valid all across Norway and Europe.

1. Orange Holiday ZEN - $29.90

  • 8 GB data
  • Unlimited calls in Norway and Europe
  • 30 minutes worldwide
  • Unlimited sms in Norway and Europe
  • 200 sms worldwide
  • Valid 14 days

2. Three PAYG AIO15 - $29.90

  • 10 GB data
  • Unlimited calls within Norway and Europe
  • Unlimited sms within Norway and Europe
  • Valid 30 days

3. Three PAYG AIO20 - $39.90

  • 12 GB data
  • Unlimited calls within Norway and Europe
  • Unlimited sms within Norway and Europe
  • Valid 30 days

4. Orange Holiday Europe - $49.90

  • 20 GB data
  • Unlimited calls in Norway and Europe
  • 120 minutes worldwide
  • Unlimited sms in Norway and Europe
  • 1,000 sms worldwide
  • Valid 14 days

Personally I recommend the last two available option: Three or Orange. Sim cards will be shipped to your home address and are already activated. Click on any of the above links or the banner below for more info.

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I hope the above tips for buying a prepaid Norway sim card were helpful for your upcoming Norway holiday. In case you have any questions don't hesitate to leave me a comment below. I am more than happy to help you out.

Enjoy your trip to Norway!

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