tipping in Norway

If you are planning a trip to Norway, you need to be familiar with the tipping etiquette in this Scandinavian nation. Tipping is actually not required or expected in most places. It is viewed as entirely voluntary and is up to the individual receiving the service. Norway tipping culture is comparable to Iceland’s and much of the rest of Northern Europe. The Norwegians earn decent salaries and do not depend on tips. However, with that being said, it's quite common to round up the bill to the nearest 10 or 100 NOK.

To be fair, it is just as well tipping is not really commonplace in Norway. This is due to the fact that you are likely to find that this is the most expensive country you have ever been to – in fact, ridiculously so on occasions!

tipping etiquette for hotels in Norway

In Norway Don't Tip at a hotel

Hotel staff in Norway are well paid so tipping in hotels is extremely uncommon. Most Norwegians carry their own bags so porters are only found at the top hotels and they still won't expect a tip. Tipping hotel maids is also not really done in Noway.

The price of your accommodation will include the gratuity for service workers at the hotel. Typically, a night at a budget hotel costs around NOK 800. A Price at a mid-range hotel may cost around NOK 1,200, and a price at a luxurious hotel costs NOK 1,600 or more.

tipping in restaurants in Norway

In Norway Don't Tip at a resteraunt

Waiters in Noway will not expect a tip, but rounding up the bill does seem to be common. You shouldn't expect a service charge and if there is a percentage charge on the bill it will probably be VAT.

It's perfectly fine not to tip but if you do receive exceptional service and wish to tip feel free to leave However if you do receive exceptional service feel free to tip, just understand that it's much more common to round up to the nearest 10 or 100 NOK.

If you tip, it'll often be shared by the entire staff, including kitchen staff. Just remember that service staff in Noway are paid decent salaries. The same goes for bars and cafes

tip etiquette at spas in Norway

After a Spa treatment Dont Tip in Norway

Tipping at a Norwegian spa is unnecessary unless of course you just want to. The reason for this is that the cost of your spa treatments more than likely includes a service fee. If a service fee does not appear on your bill, you could leave a tip that is around 10% of your total bill. You can leave more if you are very pleased with the service.

should you tip your tour guide?

in Norway Don't Tip your tour guide

Hopefully you will plan to go on a tour while in Norway. As with other services in Norway, the tour’s price includes a gratuity. However, if your tour guide is exceptionally friendly and helpful, he or she will certainly appreciate a tip if you want to give one. A tip to a tour guide is never expected, but definitely always appreciated.

should you tip your taxi driver?

in Norway Dont Tip your taxi driver

Some Norwegians tip their taxi drivers and others do not. It is actually moreuncommon to tip taxi drivers in Norway because the price for transportation is higher. If your driver drove you a long way or encountered obstacles along the way (heavy traffic, perhaps), consider leaving him or her a small tip. They will always appreciate the gesture.

should you tip your hairdresser

In Norway Don't Tip your hairdresser

Tipping hairdressers is fairly uncommon in Norway, yet it still occurs. It may even be that if you tried to tp your hairdresser they wouldn't know what to do with the tip. Having said that, in Norway it's common to round up the bill, so you may wish to do that.