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    Default Norway Holiday Advice Please!

    Hi guys,

    Hope all are doing well in Norway country

    Me and the wife are thinking about a touring visit to Norway to check out some of your sights and see how it compares to Scotland. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    We can get a cheap flight into Oslo on 18th June, then departing on the 21st. I'm thinking about hiring a VW Golf from the airport and doing some kind of route from Oslo, through the fjords to Bergen then back to Oslo, as I saw some ideas here:
    https://www.fjordtours.com/journeys-in-norway/

    Does that sound doable?

    What about hotels, are they easy to find along the route or should we book ahead? We'll probably book at least a hotel in Oslo for the night we arrive before heading out.

    Oh, and if any of you are on the way, it would be lovely to meet up too

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    First I would like to say that Oslo is not really that great of a tourist city. Unfortunately it is usually the only international desitination. If you can, fly directly to Bergen, saves you a whole day. You can stay in Bergen the first whole day and enjoy its great architecture and waterfront, great city life with the almost midnight sun.

    If you want to see fjords and great nature, I'd say start in Bergen in the first place. I hope any flights go there directly, if not, fly to Bergen by connecting to Oslo or Stavanger?

    So you plan 3 days and you will mostly drive to try and see as much as possible? I'll ask my dad for any recommended routes. He has lived in Bergen and knows much more than I.

    If you can fly directly to Bergen:

    I think the most special trip from a car-sightseeing point of view, is Bergen-Trondheim, also called the "Atlantic Road", as much of it follows the west coast and full of mountains and fjords. The roads are twisty, small and lots of nature to behold. Though it will take two whole days, and it is too long for a 3-day trip.

    A better Bergen option is to stay there a full day and experience the city, then drive the Sognefjord circuit as your webpage suggested: https://www.fjordtours.com/journeys-...of-sognefjord/

    An 8 hour drive and a full day of sightseeing the great fjords. I would suggest to take half the trip, enjoy walking, hiking, sightseeing rest of the day, sleep over on the half-way, then drive the rest on the next day. This is much more relaxing and you can detour wherever you like. You then arrive back in Bergen on the evening of 20 june. If you are lucky your next day flight is in the evening, so you can sightseeing some more.

    If you must start in Oslo:

    You have three alternatives how to get to Bergen:

    1. Stay in Oslo half the day, explore the main road Karl Johan and Royal building, Opera house and waterfront, then drive half the trip to Bergen and sleep over at my cabin. We can then explore the heavy water plant either the same day or early tomorrow on your way: https://www.google.no/maps/dir/Oslo+...9!2d59.8800821

    * The next day you continue for Bergen. You will drive south of it and eventually get to the west coast before entering the city in the late evening. The next day you can explore Bergen:
    https://www.google.no/maps/dir/Rjuka...4!2d60.3912628

    * On the last day you drive home the fastest way across the Hardangervidda plain:
    https://www.google.no/maps/dir/Berge...24!2d60.210484

    2. Drive immediately out of Oslo and follow alongside Sognefjord before hitting Bergen. This will take minimum 10 hours not including stops and ferries. But possible if you want to both see the Sognefjord and get to Bergen in a single day:
    https://www.google.no/maps/dir/Oslo+...60.3912628!3e0

    * Else spend the night at Brekkestranda Fjordhotel and get to Bergen in 2 hours the next day:
    https://www.google.no/maps/dir/Oslo+...61.0250018!3e0

    *On the last day, like in point 1 drive from Bergen to Oslo on the Hardangervidda plain:
    https://www.google.no/maps/dir/Berge...24!2d60.210484

    3. Drive immediately south of Oslo to my home town and enjoy half the day there (real floating Viking ships!), I live 2 hours from Oslo.
    https://www.google.no/maps/dir/Garde...8!2d59.2675699

    * Then on the same day drive back to Oslo and continue towards Sognefjord, the same trip as point 2, then you HAVE to spend the night over somewhere at the Sognefjord:
    https://www.google.no/maps/dir/T%C3%...8!2d60.8620069

    * This is the only available hotel I could find on the whole fjord: https://www.google.no/maps/dir/Nedre...1!2d61.2048499

    * This one is south of the fjord but still close, just a 30 min drive up again:
    https://www.google.no/maps/dir/Nedre...8!2d60.8620069

    * Then do the Sognefjord circuit in counterclockwise, get to Bergen and spend the rest of the evening there:
    https://www.google.no/maps/dir/Freth...60.3912628!3e0

    * Then on the last day drive back to Oslo like the other points across the Hardangervidda plain:
    https://www.google.no/maps/dir/Berge...24!2d60.210484

    PS: we should probably talk in TS.
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    Great info, thanks Stunt.

    I'll go through all this tomorrow.

    A quick check does show there are no cheap direct flights from any Scotland airport direct to Bergen. But I'll check again tomorrow, ta.

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    Checked more flights, looks like we can fly to Oslo and arrive sat about 5, hire a car on sunday, spend Sunday and Monday driving to bergen, get a Norwegian airline flight back to Oslo on Tue.

    Make sense? I should book flights Wed am I think to get the seats!

    Stunt, are you around Thu am or Fri am for a Skype?

    Cheers.

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    Default Re: Norway Holiday Advice Please!

    I'll be happy to talk to you now or any other day, I'll keep on TS and skype is ofp_stuntman

    Your suggestion

    Sounds doable, go for it, but only if Tuesday return flight is 17:00 or later! When is the departure time of the returning flight? You need at least 8 hours to drive to be safe, one more hour to check in luggage, 30 more minutes for returning the car, add 30 more minutes for road jams. So leave Bergen no later than 10 hrs before departure.

    This means you spend Sat in Oslo, Sun driving to Bergen and arrive in the late evening (easily doable in single day). Monday in Bergen you do the Sognefjord curcuit and arrive back in Bergen late evening. Last day you drive to Oslo in the early morning I presume.

    You have more hotel choices then by far if you drive all the way to Bergen. My suggestion was incase you wanted to drive up to Sognefjord on the first day to save you some time. Then continue down the Sognefjord and get to Bergen the next day on Sunday. This gives you a full day in Bergen on Monday, before driving back to Oslo the next morning on Tuesday.

    Your suggestion above is thus sound if the departure flight is 17:00 or later. It means sightseeing in Oslo on Sat, driving to Bergen on Sun, sightseeing Sognefjord on Mon, drive from Bergen to Oslo airport on Tue. This gives you realistically only a few hours to sightseeing Bergen. If you want to see the whole city quickly, make sure to use the trolley up to the highest cliff.

    The trolley: http://www.visitbergen.com/ting-a-gj...ken643-p824813

    An alternative

    Here is another alternative that gives you a full day to sightseeing Bergen or drive in the nearby fjords.

    I have re-checked hotels close to Sognefjord and found this for Sat 18-Sun 19. 4.5 hour drive from the airport, arrive around 11 o clock in the late evening: https://www.google.no/maps/dir/Garde...8!2d60.8620069

    Fretheim Hotel in the town of Flåm: http://www.booking.com/hotel/no/fret...=total;ucfs=1&

    Then the next morning on Sunday you are to start on the Sognefjord trip right away and arrive back in Bergen in the evening.
    https://www.google.no/maps/dir/Freth...60.3912628!3e0

    This option gets you right to the Sognefjord on Sat, Sightseeing whole Sat and arrive in Bergen. Spend whole Mon in Bergen and/or its neighbouring fjords, drive back to Oslo airport on Tue.
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    Gah, some of the cheap flights I found last night are booked now. So change in plan to get some other routes and cheapest seats:

    16th Edinburgh to Oslo, arrive 17:05

    Stay in Oslo overnight.
    Hire a car on 17th and plan a driving sightseeing route to Bergen with either one or two overnight stops. Your cabin sounds great, what's it like around there? Also heard that Flam is a good place to visit. What other Fiords can we check out on the way to Bergen?
    Return car at Bergen on 18th or 19th then just stay in Bergen and enjoy that city.

    20th Bergen to Copenhagen, arrive 14:40

    Pop into Copenhagen for the afternoon and dinner (any Danish EAF'ers close by?)

    20th Copenhagen to Edinburgh, leave 22:00

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    Default Re: Norway Holiday Advice Please!

    Okay, that changes some things.

    The route to Bergen from my cabin has no fjords to speak of compared to the northern route by the Sognefjord. I would recommend going straight to Sognefjord on the 17th after hiring the car, sleep over halfway down the fjord, and sightseeing the rest of the fjord the next day and get to Bergen in the late evening of 18th. Then spend the whole day of 19th as you said in the city, I recommend to keep the car for at least half the day, to get around the city which is very spread around across three peninsulas. Get to watch the city from the cable trolley, a restaurant on top of the hill.

    I recommend then to book one of these two hotels - they are both in the same town and halfway on the north side of the Sognefjord, the correct side to continue sightseeing the next day. Trip from Oslo takes at least 6.5 hours. It means you get at least 4 hours of potential sightseeing during this long trip from Oslo on the 17th. Then do the rest of the fjord and get to Bergen on the next day on the 18th.

    Hotel 1 (only 2 rooms left)
    http://www.booking.com/hotel/no/krin...g=en-gb;cdl=no

    Hotel 2 (only 2 rooms left)
    http://www.booking.com/hotel/no/drag...g=en-gb;cdl=no

    The route to drive, 6.5 hours, add some hours for stops, walking and sightseeing:
    https://www.google.no/maps/dir/Oslo/...d61.204367!3e0

    The next day you continue the whole fjord to the estuary, and then follow down the beautiful scenic route of Road White 57. It is a rugged coastline down to Bergen. Trip takes 5 hours, plenty of time to sightseeing in a leisurely pace. It is a scenic detour and should avoid most of the heavy traffic on the E39, which is the main road.
    https://www.google.no/maps/dir/Bales...60.3912628!3e0

    So in the end, skip my cabin and I might just meet you in Oslo instead.
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    Great advice, thanks buddy.

    And would be great to meet up in Oslo on Thu evening

    Cheers.

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    Default Re: Norway Holiday Advice Please!

    Looking some more at the scenery, it looks like the detour route 57 seems to be overgrown in most places, so you can't really see much.

    You should probably take E39 in any case, taking the ferry an hour short of the estuary. It goes right through the mountains, has a few long tunnels, but once you get on the other side you follow another fjord and it is also very beautiful. Safe bet is to follow E39 after all.

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