We want to visit the Bronnoysund, Nordland area (specifically Hattfjelldal), in summer of 2017 and are looking for any thoughts on using Hurtrutigen cruise lines, to and or from Bronnoysund and Bergen or one of the northern airport cities of Tromso, Kirkenes or Honningsvag for examples. We will also include Oslo and possibly take the train to or from Bergen. All comments and thoughts are really appreciated. Best regards to all.
I'm visiting my friend who lives in Trondheim next week! she has a car, and she suggested a few ideas -
1. Atlanterhavsroad including Ålesund
2. Helgelandscoast including Namsskogan Arctic wild zoo + Torghatten
3. Lillehammer/Oslo including Hunderfossen familypark and Olympic centre
4. Boattrip to Kristiansund
Personally I love the nature and beautiful views, I've been to Oslo before so I think suggestions number 1, 2 and 4 are the best... she suggests we spend one night in Alesund so we can have time there. She also has a cabin in Helgeland coast but she says we probably have to choose which place to stay... we have only 6.5 days... she also has a cabin at Nerskogen and she thinks we can stay there for a night and maybe could catch the northern light....
This is her itinerary -
Thursday 10.11 - We'll come around 16:00 so we'll spend the day in Trondheim
11.11 - 9.00 Breakfast at Møllenberg bakery
11.00 Check the city; Olav statue, Stiftsgården + Munkholmen
13.00 Coffee/lunch at Bakklandet – The street with old houses
15.00 Ladestien walk + Sponhouse
20.00 City evening
12.11 - 08.30 Breakfast
11.00 Shopping and hopefully farmers market
12.00 What do you wish to do this day? --- I suggest that we take this day for a day trip
13.11 - 9.00 Breakfast
10.30 Orkanger – check Bårdshaug Herregård
13.00 Mountain trip – Chasing Aurora Borealis
14.11 - 9.00 Breakfast
10.00 Dombås/ Hjerkinn (Close to Snøhetta) + checking for musk and small exploration of Norwegian nature
15.11 and 16.11 - road trip to one of the places I wrote before, on the 16.11 we have to come in the evening to Trondheim again beause our flight is at 17.11 in the morning....
What do you think, where is a must place to go? thanks for helping!!
Hello. It is so beautiful in Norway in the winter. Is there someone in her who would like to try skiing in Norway this winter?
Want to travel from Bergen to Geiranger by bus (via Stryn) and ferry through Geiranger fjord in September. Is there any benefit in booking in advance? How can we pre-book seats? When can we do that ?
I am planning a trip to Norway in early October. Will I be able to see Northern lights? Arriving in Oslo the 5th and staying till the 7th. I don't have to catch my flight back till Oct. 11th. My plan is to leave Oslo on the 7th and travel to Bergen and make my way down to Stavanger and then back to Oslo on the 10th. Is this able to do? After Oslo I have no accommodations planned. how hard is it to find a room or hotel while travelling? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Hi folks, me and my wife are planning on a trip to both Sweden and Norway and would like to find out the ideal route, especially the way to Lofoten Island.
We are on a 2 weeks trip and will be touching down + depart from Oslo.
These are the places we would like to cover and the order as planned:
Option 1: Oslo(Touchdown) → Stockholm → Gothenburg → Bergen → Lofoten → Oslo(Depart)
We would like to leave Lofoten for the last destination before heading back to Oslo for our return flight. Can anyone advice if the planned route(Option 1) is feasible or there's a better alternative.
My plan was for two of us to travel from Bergen to Kristiansund traveling via Hurtigruten through Geirangerfjord. Today I was informed the boat is having problems and our reservations are cancelled. We were scheduled to leave 14th August and arrive 15th August. Can anyone give me any viable alternatives? I am traveling with my daughter and she has never visited Norway before.
Hi, we are planning to travel to Norway and will be arriving into Olso on 27 Oct. we would like to visit Tromso, Bergen, Alesund. (By train or Cruise)... Any suggestions? Thank
Could someone suggest the best option for experiencing the Fjords, Bergen/ Flam Railway, Cruise and related scenic beauty on the following skeletal travel schedule (For first half of September 2016).
Day one - Depart from Bergen
Day four - Reach Oslo by evening.
I am trying to plan Norway in a Nutshell for two. I have planned from Oslo to Flåm. I am now trying to get reservations for boat from Flåm to Gudvangen. The one I was searching for included Nærøyfjord in Sognefjord. It then connects with a bus from Gudvangen to Voss. Then train from Voss to Bergan.
The next leg is coastal steamer Bergan to Kristiansund.
Can anyone help me with these plans and reservations. I seem to be stuck.
I (31yrs) and my wife (30yrs) , along with my Parents (60yrs) (Total 4 people) are planning to visit norway for our vacation next week.(Starting July 15th 2016)
We all love to travel. We would love to see norway with different means of transport to get around & see...like Air , Road , Ferry & rail. We are not much into hiking & camping but do enjoy places of interest on our way. We are vegetarians and would be preferring to Rent apartments wherever we go, considering there might not be enough options for us eating outside. Also we are comfortable cooking quick meals & pack them for our On the go tours.
After going through few itineraries and Search I have put down the following plan. Would really appreciate if anybody can let ms know if the plan is smooth & workable. Any suggestions are welcome.
15th July : 3: 30 AM : New Delhi to Oslo (12 noon , 15th july) (14hrs including stopover)
overnight stay in oslo.
16th : Oslo to Svolvaer By Air. (we may have to do this via bodo OR oslo to bodo by air & bodo to svolvaer by ferry). Renting a Car in svolvaer . (expensive?) Overnight in Svolvaer or Kabelvag.
17th : Driving on E10 , exploring Lofoten on the way to Reine . Overnight in Reine. (Robuer Stay).
18th : Morning : Moskenes to Bodo Ferry. And then we have to go from BODO to ANDALSNES.
For this which option should we do :
A. Bodo to Andalsnes via Trondheim , Dombas BY RAIL (We may do overnight train to reach next morning) OR
B. Bodo to Trondheim By Air and Trondheim to Andalsnes via Dombas By Rail?
19th : Renting a Car in Andalsnes to reach Geiranger via trollstigen.
19th : We will have Car to drive around . Also we can do Geiranger cruise that day. Overnight stay on Geirangerfjord area. (any recommendations?)
20th : Driving around Geiranger. Stay in Geiranger.
21st : Driving to Alesund & dropping Car.
Alesund to Bergen By Air. Overnight stay in bergen.
22nd : Bergen sighseeing for a day. Overnight stay in bergen.
23rd : Bergen To Flam (Norway in nutshell). Overnight stay in Flam.
24th : Flam to Oslo : overnight in Oslo.
25th : Oslo sightseeing.
26th ; Morning Flight Back to Delhi.
We would welcome any suggestions if we are cramping too much or overstaying any place which can be changed. I know its last minute & we have lot of bookings to do in term of transportation & accommodation.
My friend and I are busy making plans to visit Norway.
Our trip starts at Oslo (where our plane lands). Then we are going to take the train to Voss, and a bus to Tyssedal to start our hike to Trolltunga. We have planned a 3 day trip to Trolltunga, Mosdalsbu to end in Odda.
Then we woud like to visit Prekestolen and Kjerag. But we are not sure what the best way is to get there starting from Odda?
Tips and trips would be appreciated
Will I incur a fee when withdrawing from ATMs in Norway & Sweden?
I'm travelling from Australia and wanted to use my Visa Debit card instead of pre ordering NOK & SEK and having excess cash
Hearing numerous conflicting answers as of late I'm travelling to Norway & Sweden shortly from Australia can I use my Visa debit card as opposed to ordering NOK & SEK before I leave have been told I can't withdraw from ATMs very confused
I can book a flight to Oslo in early september for 6 full days. I mostly like nature and want to see beautiful views, but also interested to get to know Oslo. how much time should I stay in Oslo in your opinion? Should I book "Norway in a nutshell" trip? The flight back will be from Oslo too so I can book a round trip but which one? It seems as if it's a lot of rides for 2 day trips but they're going from one place to another and don't have time to stay and visit the cities.... So is it worth it? Or maybe should I book an airbnb for 6 nights in Oslo and take day trips on my own... will it be cheaper?
I will also be in Trondheim for a week in November to visit a friend of mine and she'll take me to some nice places to see but it will be in the winter so it's probably better if I see some of this beauty in September. But again, I don't want to feel as if I missed getting to know Oslo. I may take a longer trip to Norway next summer for 3 weeks and then I have more time for everything. The question is what to do in this 6.5 days.... Thanks for any help! :)
So Im going to Oslo next week and it has become apparent I have left to too late to book the Norway in a Nutshell tour to do in one day from Oslo! It all hinges on the Myrdal to Flam train being booked out at the time to do it all in one day.
So I've started to look at it independantly and all seems quite simple but I do have a couple of questions if anyone can help?
- It looks like I can do this over 2 days but would mean a night in Flam or Voss. Voss it probably going to be easiest so can get the earliest train back to Oslo. Does anyone have any thoughts on Voss or whether should make an effort to stay in Flam. If we stay in Flam we could get there mid afternoon. Can you do any short hikes easily from the centre of town?
- i have found the cruise website and they seem to offer quite a few ferries from Flam to Gudvangen. I have read I should get on a tourist ferry for views. They seem to operate a new ship which is set up for tourists but all sold out. i am looking at one of the standard ships. Do you know if they all offer outdoor viewing areas?
- Finally, the only element I cannot book is the bus from Gudvangen to Voss. Do these run in time with ferry arrivals. Also, it is very unlikely but may time the ferry to take train back to Oslo. How long after arrival in Gudvangen should i allow bus to Voss to then take train to Oslo.
I think it is most likely we will try and go from Oslo to Voss via Myrdal, Flam and Gudvangen in one day and take early train to Oslo so at least get one final afternoon in Oslo.
All the above means we get one long and short afternoon in Oslo. the final question is the expense doing this trip and shortened time in Oslo worth doing? I think it is but my mate is not sure!
Thanks for any advice
Help! Am travelling UK to Bergen early November and thence by ferry up the coast of Norway, hopefully to see the Northern Lights. Help! Will the weather be wet or snowy? Cold or not too bad? How about clothing? Which is the best to take with us. This is the main problem. Also, is it easy to buy essentials? Can anyone help with these items or give any other tips. Very grateful. Looking forward to the trip, Norway!
We are a couple in our 30s, interested in hiking, scenery, and visiting sites (churches, towns).
We have 4-5 days to visit the western fjords in mid-June and are trying to decide how to divide our time. We will be coming from 3-4 days in Lofoten. Our options are:
1) Fly from Bodo to Alesund on Tuesday afternoon. Rent a car and make our way from Alesund to Bergen, seeing sites in the Geiranger area, maybe Jostedalsbreen, Lustrafjord, and Naeroyfjord areas. Fly out of Bergen late Sunday afternoon. (We would have five nights to split among these areas, likely sleeping Alesund Tuesday night and possibly Bergen Saturday night.) OR:
2) Fly from Bodo to Bergen on Tuesday afternoon, and do a round-trip driving trip from Bergen into Sognefjorden. (We would drive into the fjords Tuesday evening.)
First, is it worth trying to see the Geiranger region? Or will we lose a lot of travel time, without gaining much in terms of variety of scenery/experience?
Second, if we do the round-trip in Sognefjorden, where should we base ourselves? Would it make sense to stay in Balestrand or Solvorn the whole time, or should we split between multiple areas (e.g. split with something like Aurland)? Any suggestions on a 4-day itinerary for that region (Weds-Sat full days)? We will want to hike, get out on the water, and see sites. We prefer places that are less crowded even if slightly less stunning, rather than places that are considered the most beautiful but overrun by tourists.
My friend and I are planning to visit Norway this September for 2/3 weeks. Neither of us drive so we will be relying on buses, trains and ferries to get around. We've heard that the bus and train systems are pretty extensive in and between cities. We wanted to see as much as we can while we are there, but also don't want to spend a fortune doing it. When trying to look up prices we are having a hard time doing so. Are they typically pretty expensive or are they reasonable priced? Is it also possible to buy tickets that let us jump on and off buses/trains whenever we want? We are really excited to come visit but don't want to be severely limited to where we can go.
Any experience, feedback about
Thanks in advance,
I am planning a 2 week trip to Norway and Stockholm in September.
After researching on all the many stunning options we could go in Norway, I have narrowed it down to Oslo, Tromso, Bergen and exploring the Fjords. I decided to leave Lofoten islands, Trondheim, Alesund and Stavanger for next time.
We are flying into Oslo and leaving Stockholm.
Day 1: Arrive Oslo at 7am, take 10am flight to Tromso, arrive 12noon. Explore Tromso, early rest to recover from jet lag (from 33 hour total travel time from Melbourne)
Day 2: Explore Tromso + Norther Lights tour in evening
Day 3: As above
Day 4: As above
Day 5: As above
Day 6: Take 2pm direct flight to Bergen, arrive 4:30pm. Explore Bergen
Day 7: Full day to explore Bergen
Day 8: Depart Bergen on Fjords cruise (Hardangerfjord or Sognefjord), stay overnight at Balestrand or Solvorn
Day 9: Depart Balestrand/Solvorn for the Norway in Nutshell towards Oslo
Day 10: Full day to explore Oslo
Day 11: Depart Oslo 8:30am flight, arrive Stockholm 9:30am. Explore Stockholm.
Day 12: Full day to explore Stockholm
Day 13: Full day to explore Stockholm
Day 14: Depart Stockholm
Does this itinerary sound intuitive in regards to order of stops? I wasn't sure if we should explore Oslo first for 2 days, then fly to Tromso, spend a few days there, fly to Bergen and then do the Norway in Nutshell backwards to Oslo. I didn't want to do the NiN in 1 day as I felt it might be exhausting and would rather spend a bit more time enjoying the Fjords. What do you think?
A few questions I have:
1) Would you suggest staying at Bergen for 2 nights and do day trips out to Hardangerfjord or Sognefjord, before departing on the Norway in Nutshell, instead of staying 1 night in Bergen and 1 night in Balestrand?
2) What day trips could we do from Bergen or Balestrand?
3) Would you recommend staying overnight in Flam, Balestrand or Solvorn?
4) For the NiN journey, which train journey is the most scenic? Is it the one from Voss to Bergen? The reason for asking is, on Day 9 above, if we left Balestrand for Oslo, we would be skipping the Voss to Bergen train ride completely, and didn't want to miss it if it's the most scenic train ride.
5) I considered the Hurtigruten cruise, but I wanted to save this for our next trip to Norway, to cover off the other attractions in Norway.
6) It's a bit confusing reading all the different day trip possibilities on Fjordtours and Norway in Nutshell websites, which Fjord trips would you most recommend seeing?
7) Are there any parts of the itinerary where I have allocated too much or too little time for?
Would greatly appreciate feedback. Thanks
By the way, I understand that going to Tromso last means more darkness, but I have checked the sunrise/sunset times and 10 days difference is only about 30 minutes difference, I have contacted the tours and they have said it shouldn't make too much difference. Going to Tromso at the start of our trip (2nd Sep) will be during the new moon, whereas leaving it last it will be close to the full moon, with brighter skies.
Hello. We would like to go to Pulpit Rock on a day trip from Bergen. I know it is a 6.30 hours journey 1 way. If we rent a car, we need to take at least 3 ferries. Do you know if those ferries operate until late at night? Is it OK to climb Pulpit Rock late afternoon? (or is there a latest entry time?) Thank you.
We are a couple in our early 30s and will be in Norway for 10 days in June. We are focused on seeing Norway's natural beauty and spending time outdoors.
We'd like to see Lofoten, hike in Jotunheimen, and visit the fjords to the west, but wonder whether that will be too rushed and we should pick two of the three areas instead.
1) Should we pick 2 of 3? If so, which 2 are the best choice? Are two areas (e.g. Jotunheimen and west fjords) more similar, so that we would get more variety doing only one of the two?
2) Alternatively, is the below itinerary reasonable or will we feel too rushed?
We fly into Oslo and out of Bergen. We were thinking:
Day 1-3: Oslo --> fly + ferry to Lofoten, then spend two full days
Day 4: Ferry + fly to Trondheim, spend half day to break up travel
Day 5-7: Drive Trondheim to Jotunheimen, spend half day, next full day, and next half day hiking. Evening drive to fjords on day 7.
Day 8-9: Fjords (where to go / base ourselves?), Day 9 evening transport to Bergen
Day 10: Bergen (night flight out of Bergen)
Hi. I'm looking into a norwegian fjords cruise but would also like to visit glaciers. Which ports of call should I look for to be able to do so please?
From India.. family of four (56,53,25 and 20 yrs)
Planning to visit Norway in September 2016.. Developed an itin which is like
Day 1. Reaching Oslo afternoon. Oslo local sight seeing- stay near Oslo central Station
Day 2 Short trips in Oslo city
Day 3. Starting early morning Norway in Nutshell by train ferry .. till Bergen.. - Stay in Bergen
Day 4 Bergen to Hellesylt by bus- Stay Hellesylt
Day 5 Geiranger fjord - ferry ride- By bus To Alesund
Day 6 Evening Flight to Oslo
Day 7/8 Stockholm sight seeing Please comment on the workability and other suggestions for travel & stay.
Not much interested in hiking. Is a Tromso visit for chasing lights / Arctic exploer worthwhile in September? But this may be our only chance to Norway
Thank You. Sajith
Apologies if this is a duplicate - I tried to enter this yesterday but don't see it here, so ....
I'm trying to figure out if it's possible to do a same-day round trip from Flam to Balestrand by ferry. All my research so far suggests the schedules are geared for travel in the opposite direction (i.e., from Bergen to Flam, with afternoon return via Balestrand).
We're planning to travel in mid-June this year, west from Oslo to Flam by rail, with sequential overnight hotels already booked in Flam, Gudvangen (ferry trip from Flam), Voss (950 bus from Gudvangen), and then Bergen (rail) where we pick up a car for the last 4 days. Just trying to slip in a visit to Balestrand so we see the larger span of the Sognefjord and enjoy lunch(?) in another lovely fjord-side village.
Thanks for any assistance, even confirming that it's not possible, or suggesting alternative ways to see the majesty of the Sognefjord.
Hello. We will be visiting Norway for 4 days at the end of May. We'll spend 2 days in Oslo and looking for a second place to visit. Train ticket from Oslo to Bergen seems to be as high as plane return ticket! Does renting a car for 3 people make sense or is it still expensive? And would you recommend 1 day Bergen 1 day Stavanger or would it be too tiring? Thanks :)
Hello all I am planing a trip this summer to Hattfjelldal, Nordland and I can't find a hotel and I tried several, 7 or 8, hotel sites, including Trip Adviser. TA did have several things to visit, see and 3 restaurants though, no hotels. Has anyone visited or stayed in this remote small village of Hattfjelldal ("hat mountain") population ca 1500, near Trofors? It has an airport that was upgraded during the WW II occupation though has no scheduled commercial flights but, has a 'FlyKlubb'. I prefer to stay right in this small town where my Great Great Grand Father was born confirmed in the church, etc.. All and any comments are appreciated.
I want to go to Jotunheimen but I can't find information about buses and low fare transportation to there. The way i've found was going to Lom by bus from Otta, but I had a problem to find the bus company to do this, so... I really have some idea about what to do, how to get the transportation with low price to the national park 7th april. Anyone can help me?
I am senior, experienced traveler and travel solo. I considered taking escorted tour which travels from UK airports to Bergen continuing on coach to hotel in Balestrand for 7 nights half board. I live in US and could travel from Manchester, Gatwick or Bristol. There are 2 or 3 free days to do sightseeing. Some of the day tours are included, others optional. Group will travel by boat to Bergen to see city plus stop at harbor. A day tour to see Jostedal Glacier and northern landscapes beyond Fjords. Optional visit to see Glacier and Museum. Norway in Nutshell, riding Flamsbane line, Mydral to Flam, 20k. descent, 2 hr. cruise thru Aurlands fjord to Gudvangen. Included trip to Sognefjord to Kaupanger. Hotel is near the Balestrand village. Need to hear the areas mentioned in the tours are the most scenic or if there are better choices that can be done if traveling independently. Is it easy to travel in Norway to some of the popular scenic areas without having to pay for the tour. If it can be done I would save the supplements for solo traveler and might be able to get flights to Bergen for less. I did see that Norwegian air has non stop flight from Manchester to Bergen and I could book Aer LIngus to Dublin on to Manchester. Is it easy to prebook bus, train land ferry tickets. I would plan making this journey before end of August. Need guidance from travelers who know the scenic areas in Norway. If I decide not to book this tour, can one travel easily in Norway by public transportation and ferry? Is Balestrand a convenient base? Any suggestions for other base that might be more convenient for taking day trips and help with hotels. I am experienced hiker and active so try to pack as much as possible into my trips. I like visiting historic areas, museums and photography. Many thanks to all.
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