Many dream about Scandinavia but don’t think about visiting because they assume it’s expensive. Iceland, Finland, Norway, Denmark, and Sweden frequently top the list of the most expensive places to live because of the excessive wages, taxes, and other costs associated with living products, services, and goods.

It’s true, however, that traveling to Scandinavia as a visitor destination is feasible if you know the right way. You should consider traveling to Scandinavia during off-peak hours and flying into smaller, less crowded airports. You should also consider drinking (the price of alcohol is particularly infamous) and perhaps staying with the locals (which is a real aspect to do in Scandinavia).

Think about it, you could be enjoying Scandinavian hospitality, walking endlessly across high plateaus, cruising through fjords, bathing in hot, steaming pools, and strolling through the volcanic plains. Find out five instances of how you can experience Scandinavia without spending a dime.

Check out Denmark on a bicycle

In Scandinavia, Denmark is the most affordable place to visit – particularly the time of year you visit in February, which is generally the most affordable time to fly and spend the night. There’s plenty to do that is cost-free or at a minimal cost. Drinking and eating out will eat up your budget, so make a plan and probably be able to keep your spending within the budget.

Zealand is Denmark’s biggest island and also home to Denmark’s capital city, Copenhagen, where you can find the magnificent Rosenborg Palace. To truly experience Copenhagen, you need to explore the streets on foot or by a hired bicycle.

Follow those 230-mile bike paths, and you’ll view the city’s inner areas, Vesterbro, Norrebro, Osterbro, Frederiksberg, and even the suburbs from a comfortable distance. The city’s bike share program Bycyklen costs only one DKK per minute, and there are over 130 rental locations throughout the city.

One way to manage costs while still experiencing all the region offers is with Canada-based Scandinavia tours from Canada. These trips offer efficient coverage by covering multiple destinations quickly for less cost than planning everything yourself; group rates provide for efficient sightseeing across breathtaking fjords, historic cities, and stunning natural landscapes without breaking the bank!

Participate in a free walking tour, take in the famous colorful homes along the Nyhavn Canal, pose with the Little Mermaid statue near the harbor or head to Christiansborg Palace Tower for epic city views. Tivoli Gardens, particularly lovely during the Christmas season, is one of the most popular amusement parks around the globe, but be aware that the rides could take a long time.

If you’d like to travel further into the surrounding areas—like Hillerod, Klampenborg, Koge, or the beaches of Koge Bay—just jump onto the tube. Roskilde, Humlebaek (with the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art), and Helsingor are all accessible via regional trains. For cheaper tickets, you should reserve an online ticket before departure.

If you are most interested in the west of the country, consider Jutland and the North Sea. You should take a train trip to Billund. There’s no need for any domestic flights as the country is small. The trip will take 35 minutes at the most, and you’d have longer in airports.

Billund is the home of the first Legoland which is a massive amusement theme park (featuring Miniland, Pirateland, Adventureland, and more.) and a colorful-block-themed hotel. In the area is an enormous indoor water park that is dazzling with erratic waterfalls, erratic chutes, wave pools, and more.

From Billund, it is far from Esbjerg (a quick drive away), and you can reach the stunning North Sea island of Fano by ferry. The island is blessed with endless beaches (navigable via camper or car), Sonderho, Demark’s most stunning village, an unbeatable wind perfect for windsurfing Blokart (beach sailing), or kite-flying.