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  • Added on: April 30th, 2008
I'm planning a trip to Norway next june. I'd wish any tips you could give me, mainly about interesting places, prices, transports, accom.
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As I recall, prices are very high there...I think I paid $60 (USD) for a hostel bunk in Oslo.

Train & bus transport is very efficient, clean and comfortable (of course, I went to Norway from India...so it may not be as nice as I remember)

Can't tell you too much about interesting places...My purpose there was skiing, so a pretty narrow focus, but Oslo has some wonderful museums. The viking ship museum is pretty neat, as is the polar ship Fram, though I'm a bit of a polar history enthusiast, so maybe it is neater to me than it would be to you. Also, there is at least one if not more art museums that showcase Edward Munch's(sp?) work which I thought were quite enjoyable.

Reindeer sausage and that wonderful brown cheese you find in Norway are marvelous!!!

Despite the high cost, I really want to return to Norway at some point. I would love to go to the far north reaches and spend time with the Laplanders (Sami ?? I think), and also the west coast to see the fjords

by next June do you mean...this coming...June '08. If so, can I P.M. you with a request for a favor?
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if you search the european board with norway lots of great idea's and trips
yes its expensive i was there june 06 and a beer was $16 a 1/2 litre, so don't drink, if you must bring in to the country a bottle of vodka

Bergen is one of the prettiest/ most dramatic places i've visited, and so are the locals.

From bergen you can do a
'norway in a nutshell' (boat, train trip) (google for more info) through the narrow fjord, visit flam, etc

its expensive but well worth it
I will definately go back one day and go on the huertigrugen

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Tip number one: Buy a guide book! And be more specific about what you want to know when you ask a question here.

There's no denying that a hostel bed in Oslo may cost you 60 USD, but that says more about the value of the dollar than about the prices in Norway compared to the rest of Europe. Included in the price you will usually get a huge breakfast, and if there are two of you, you can get a nice hotel room instead of two beds in a dorm.

Oslo has several great museums and parks that can be visited for free. Also, instead of staying in a hostel, there are cabins and campgrounds near every town or city, where you can stay at a relatively low cost.

Anyway, you don't go to Norway to stay in Oslo. You go there to see the scenery. And the scenery can be had for free, as you're entitled to put up your tent anywhere, as long as it's not in a farmer's field or closer than a hundred meters from someone's house. Believe me, most of Norway is much farther away from a house than a hundred meters. #8D)

If you really want to see the good parts of Norway, Google "Lofoten", "Svalbard", "Geirangerfjorden" and "Jotunheimen" for images. All these places can be visited by public transportation and thoroughly enjoyed on foot, carrying a tent or staying in public cabins in the mountains. See http://www.turistforeningen.no/english/ for information about hiking in Norway. If you don't want to do it on your own, there are walking groups you can join.

Good luck!

Bjørn

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Bjørn,
It's good to see a reply from a local, a very informative one at that.

Do you know where I might find a picture of...I don't know how to describe it...There were posters or pictures in many shops in Oslo of a beautiful fairy...do you know what I'm talking about? I'm looking for that picture
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Tip number one: Buy a guide book! And be more specific about what you want to know when you ask a question here.

There's no denying that a hostel bed in Oslo may cost you 60 USD, but that says more about the value of the dollar than about the prices in Norway compared to the rest of Europe. Included in the price you will usually get a huge breakfast, and if there are two of you, you can get a nice hotel room instead of two beds in a dorm.

Oslo has several great museums and parks that can be visited for free. Also, instead of staying in a hostel, there are cabins and campgrounds near every town or city, where you can stay at a relatively low cost.

Anyway, you don't go to Norway to stay in Oslo. You go there to see the scenery. And the scenery can be had for free, as you're entitled to put up your tent anywhere, as long as it's not in a farmer's field or closer than a hundred meters from someone's house. Believe me, most of Norway is much farther away from a house than a hundred meters. #8D)

If you really want to see the good parts of Norway, Google "Lofoten", "Svalbard", "Geirangerfjorden" and "Jotunheimen" for images. All these places can be visited by public transportation and thoroughly enjoyed on foot, carrying a tent or staying in public cabins in the mountains. See http://www.turistforeningen.no/english/ for information about hiking in Norway. If you don't want to do it on your own, there are walking groups you can join.

Good luck!

Bjørn

It's OK. I appologize for not having been specific. I'm new in this forum and didn't know the way it works nor if there would be anyone who knows the country. Now I will. I want to visit the places I find the best. Fjords of Lysse and Geiranger, Trolls Route, Bergen, any waterfall, Lofoten islands and North Cape. A 12 days scheduled trip including accom. in 3 stars and even meals takes me to those places and costs 3000 euros . I wonder if I can do it cheaper by my own, that's why I put my question here. You're right, it's a good help a guide book.Maybe I'm buying one.
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Errr... I need more input. I can't say I know what fairies you may have seen. Alcohol in Norway is so expensive that I'll assume this is not just something you imagined. #8D)

The Norwegian word for "fairy" is (most of the time) "hulder". Maybe that can help you google your way to the picture you're looking for. If not, please describe the fairy picture in more detail, and tell me when you visited. Then I might be able to figure this out for you.

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Errr... I need more input. I can't say I know what fairies you may have seen. Alcohol in Norway is so expensive that I'll assume this is not just something you imagined. #8D)

The Norwegian word for "fairy" is (most of the time) "hulder". Maybe that can help you google your way to the picture you're looking for. If not, please describe the fairy picture in more detail, and tell me when you visited. Then I might be able to figure this out for you.

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Thanks,Bjorn, for your help:
First, my english may be not good enough.
I would travel alone. I have 2 weeks of holidays for next june 2008. I can choose the date for begining. My trip plan could be something like this:
Arriving in Oslo and visiting the city in one day.
Traveling to the fjords area visiting any recommendable place by the way.
In the fjords area visit to Lysse and Pekrestolen, Geiranger and if possible any other nice one.
Leave the area in north direction to the Tolls valley if possible.
Get to the Lofoten-Vesterallen islands, if needed by plane.
And for ending North Cape.
The order could be opposite. This evening I can get all my brochures and various folders from home for more details about the itinerary I found interesting.
I wouldn't mind driving a rental car.
For spending my nights I just need a room with a bed and a bath.And, at my concern, this costs at least 80 euros ¿is that true?
About transports, are there enough trains or bus lines in the whole west coast which allow me move among major places of my trip?
Greetings.

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Ah. More details. Bueno! #8D)

And I have good news for you. You certainly can do this much cheaper than 3000 Euros for two weeks.

You are going to places that are FAR away from each other. This means you should travel by plane. usually this is very expensive, but this summer you can use a special ticket from the Widerøe airline. Check out http://www.wideroe.no/explorenorway for details. You can fly AS MUCH AS YOU WANT for two weeks for 490 Euros! If you want an extra week, that costs 221 Euros more. The airline takes you to Stavanger (for Lysefjorden), to Bergen (beautiful city and near several major waterfalls), Sogndal/Førde (the "Troll area", more deep and narrow fjords), several airports in the Lofoten area and Hammerfest/Honningsvåg (for North Cape). You can also go to Kirkenes for a trip into Russia, to Brønnøysund for a beautiful town by the sea, Røros for some nice mountain hiking, and many more places. See the map on the Web page.

It's a good deal for your kind of schedule! The ticket is also very flexible, I think, so you can look at the weather forecast and change your plans to go where the conditions are best. Often it is very nice north of Trondheim when it's raining south of Trondheim, and the other way around, so this is a good plan. Being at the North Cape is magic when the midnight sun can be seen, but not so nice if an Arctic rain is in the area...

Many places you can get on public transportation to get where you probably want to go. Rental cars are available, but that will cost much more. Keep in mind that Norwegian towns and cities are small, so you will be fine by walking around and taking buses and trains. If the airport is outside the centre, there's always a relatively inexpensive airport bus available.

In the middle of the summer you should be able to find hotel rooms at about 80 Euros or less, yes. For cheaper options, look at hostels. http://www.vandrerhjem.no/index.jsp/len/?CSL=en should give you an idea of where you can use that instead of hotels, and how much it will cost you. The hostels are VERY nice and with a good breakfast, so don't worry about them being less clean or safe than the hotels. You should be able to find private rooms at about 40 Euros some places.

About food, it will be cheapest if you buy it in the shops instead of in restaurants. At the hostels you can usually cook your own food, if you like.

From Bergen there is a "Norway in a nutshell" package you may want to check out. See http://www.norwaynutshell.com/default.asp for details. It's a little bit expensive for a day (about 100 Euros), but it's a full day, and worth the money when the weather is nice. Also, it's flexible, so you can make an overnight stop wherever you like.

You're in for a treat! #8D)

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Hi, Bjorn:
I'm processing all the information and studying every option. I'm a bit disappointed, maybe it's an expensive and complicated trip... but I'm doing my best to get it. That country is a dream destiny for me.
The first problem I find is defining a route for 12-14 days. There must be dozens of fjords, everyone most beautiful. About the other interesting points, practically the same. Could you give me a help with this?

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i have not read the posts above but my friend from Norway told me that it will be the most expensive place you visit on earth...look for 20 dollar sandwiches (this is a slight exaggeration but barely) Their salaries are incredibly high compared to the rest of the world, they run a tight socialist system, they are very proud about it, they only have 4 million people it works well...but again it is incredibly expensive to visit sorry to tell you (im sure you realized)...so my tips are to plan accordingly...
Josh and Nicole aren't going anywhere for a while, but you can still read about their past trips herehttp://blogs.bootsnall.com/eppyboy

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I'm not sure what part disappoints you. It is not difficult to see Norway cheap. There are lots of no-frills cheap flights to several Norwegian cities from all over Europe. You can sleep for free or at a very low cost (if you want access to showers and toilets) in a tent. Or you can try www.couchsurfing.com or something like that. You can buy cheap food in the shops and you can definitely hitch-hike and no one will expect any payment for it. There's also scheduled public transportation to take you anywhere you want. And the best experiences in Norway (hiking in mountains and along the sea) are completely free, there's no "National park entrance fee" anywhere.

But because you only have two weeks and you want to see the "best parts" of Norway, which are spread out all over the country, you must have efficient transportation. Norway is not a large country, but because of its shape, the distances and travel times can be vast. The main road (E6 - European route 6) through the country is 2,630 kilometers long, and that one's not even following the coast but mainly goes the shortest distance possible along the borders of Sweden and Finland. The many mountains and rugged coastline means that the roads are not meant for driving fast on them. The speed limit in Norway is maximum 80km/h, and many places it's 60-70. So it makes sense for you to fly, and the offer from Wideroe (490 Euros for unlimited flying for two weeks) is probably your cheapest option for getting around quickly.

As for the fjords, you don't have to see all of them, as they are similar, yes. The Geirangerfjorden is famous because it's long, deep and narrow. Lysefjorden has some really nice straight walls into the water and some excellent walks you can do up on the mountains surrounding the water. Sognefjorden is close to large areas of wilderness and great hiking. So you could pick just one of these (or others) and claim you have seen the fjords. But they are all special, too...

Lofoten is VERY different from the fjords. It's an Arctic archipelago, with dramatic mountains pointing straight up from the sea. Seeing the scenery is number one there, but it's also fascinating to see how people have managed to get a good life there, thanks to the fishing in the area.

North Cape is another kind of experience. It's just one of those places that feel like the end of the world. On a sunny NIGHT it can be quite a special place to be.

Then there are several cities that can be interesting to visit, but they can all be seen efficiently in one day. And cheap, because all you have to do is to walk around and observe. In Oslo there are excellent and good museums as well, which is handy on a rainy day. There can be many rainy days in Norway in summer. (But never in the whole country at once, so if you can move to where the sun is shining, that's not a problem.)

I think your "mistake" is trying to see the whole country in just two weeks. Instead, you should pick one or two areas and do them well. That will save you lots of transportation costs, and you can probably find a fairly inexpensive place to stay, somehow. Maybe rent a cabin somewhere, or do a multi-day walk in the wilderness, from one public cabin to another, and another and another. Or sleep in a tent.

A quick tour of Norway will have to be relatively expensive, but you should be able to do it much cheaper than 3000 Euros for two weeks. 1500 is a realistic budget, I would say. Getting free or close to free accommodation by sleeping in a tent or staying with people will drastically cut down on your expenses. "Unfortunately", there's nowhere else you can go cheaper to see the natural sights of Norway.

Good luck.

Bjørn

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i have not read the posts above but my friend from Norway told me that it will be the most expensive place you visit on earth...look for 20 dollar sandwiches (this is a slight exaggeration but barely) Their salaries are incredibly high compared to the rest of the world, they run a tight socialist system, they are very proud about it, they only have 4 million people it works well...but again it is incredibly expensive to visit sorry to tell you (im sure you realized)...so my tips are to plan accordingly...

Yes, maybe you're right. I know about the life stand in Norway. But let me tell you something, in that sense I had some surprises in my previous trips. My most expensive trip was Argentina, more than New Zealand, a country with a high life stand too. And it was OK.When I was there everything was incredibly easy. There was always something/someone to solve my problems. The things used to have ONE ONLY price for them and for me, a tourist, and one price reasonable, considering their life stand. Nothing to do with South America !!
I'd like Norway to be similar. But that's true, it's expensive, even when the country is worth for sure.
That's my doubt !

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Bjorn:
That's right. I'm trying to see many things in few days. That's the way I have to travel, since I have few days a year to do it, and my choice is making 2 short trips, better than a long one. And I have in mind it's difficult (and expensive) traveling anywhere that way. But I'm to pay for that, because is what I want, and your country attracts me wery, wery much.So much that I'm in doubt with paying or not those 3000 euros for the scheduled trip... But otherwise I have to put a reasonable limit to spending.
So, I'll study my options for some more days and decide then.
I find difficult deppending on public transport (even when it's excellent), because I would arrive to a station or airport and I would have to move carrying my case in the search of an accommodation, since I couldn't have any booked one.I should carry the case during the day-tour, then I'd arrive next place to overnight, and the same: the search.I don't know if there would be transports among the stations, airports, hotels, and visiting places. Anyway, I think I would have to coordinate too many things. That's why I was considering a rental car.
I had a look at the nutshell pass option, the one of the flights, and lots of information. Anything helps.

1500 euros! Wish you were right! I wouldn't mind paying some more for having an overnighting place a bit better than a tent, and for doing a tour visiting the places I wish. But paying ¿how much? That's the question.
I hvert fall jeg takk din hjalp. (Or something like this)

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  • Added on: May 3rd, 2008
I'm not reading all the replies as they are a bit too lenghty.
One tip for Norway - if you're coming from any neightbouring country, buy anything you can carry (mostly booze and fags, but also foods) before you cross the border. Norwegians themselves, come for shopping to Sweden.
It's the most expensive country in Europe, along with Iceland.
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