My wife and I have wanted to go to Norway for a long time. Finally we are both retired and have more time, so I have been surfing the web for info on Norway. We would like to spend a few days in Oslo with distant relatives, visit Stavanger, then get to Bergen and spend a week exploring the coast and fjords. But, I am shocked by the prices I have seen. Hotels with bad reviews at US$200+ per night, good review hotels US$250 to US$300+, small car rental at US$400+ per week, taxi from airport to downtown Oslo US$120. Coastal cruises or tours sound wonderful, but very expensive.
Why is Norway so expensive? Am I somehow doing something wrong?