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A trip to Norway

  1. Dec 20, 2005 #1
    Me and my family (4 memebers altogether) are going off on a brief holiday to norway on boxing day. We are planning to visit just Oslo and Bergen for the winter season. So i was wondering if any of the peeps here have advice as to what to look out for, interesting stuff etc?

    Also, what is the best way to get from Oslo to Bergen? I heard train is the most convenient and safest, but prices do approach 400 pounds level with 4 adults.

    Cheers!
     
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  3. Dec 21, 2005 #2

    arildno

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    1. MOST IMPORTANT:
    The weather is ghastly in Norway at this time of the year, so be sure to pack warm clothes!!

    2. Oslo:
    Oslo is quite small by European standards, so you can get around quite easily. Try to get hold of the "Oslo-card" (or something like that) which give you and your family free access to use of public transport and discounts in various stores.

    Most galleries and museums are free of charge.

    A mandatory walk is to go down the Karl Johan (the main street), which starts out in front of the Royal Palace, ambles past the National Theatre on your right hand side, the old University on the left hand side, the Parlament (the "great ting") on your right hand side (you'll meet a couple of lions dozing there), and ending up at the Central rail station, in that order (of course, you could proceed in reverse order..). If you just walk, the whole trip doesn't take more than 20 minutes.

    You might want to visit the magnificent Akershus fortress (built in the 13th century or so). It ought to be open for visitors at this time.


    If you're interested in sports, you could travel up to the Holmenkollen area, which has a winter sports museum and a professional ski-jumping "facility".

    3. Oslo to Bergen:
    You've got two realistic options:
    By airplane or the railway.
    Boat is not an option, and renting a car and trying to get there on your own will most likely get you snowed down in the middle of nowhere (in the mountain regions in between). Not very fun..

    Airplane fares aren't a lot more expensive than train fares, so check out the price levels!

    4. Bergen:
    The whole of Bergen is a sight.
     
  4. Dec 21, 2005 #3

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    Beautiful place, Bergen. I went diving once over there at this time of the year (now, THAT is a crazy idea), about 10 years ago. However, if you can avoid Bergen by car, that's a good thing. I remember driving 20km/h on very slippery roads in the nearby mountains, it was a very dangerous experience.
    Also, I think there was a quite heavy tax on driving into the city - I don't know if that's still the case.
     
  5. Dec 21, 2005 #4

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    About 1 pound sterling. Same as in Oslo.
     
  6. Dec 21, 2005 #5
    Make sure you take a LOT of money. Norway is very expensive :-) Nice place but so very overpriced. I was there about a month ago. If you have heard of the Big Mac scale. Well I paid 28E for 2 big mac menus!!!!
     
  7. Dec 21, 2005 #6

    Ivan Seeking

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    I just love the fact that I can log in and talk with people from England, Norway, France, and Brussels, all in one thread, and while sitting in a converted barn, in a pasture. :biggrin:
     
  8. Dec 21, 2005 #7
    Cheers for all the information all. Another question: What the temperature like in Bergen and Oslo now? And would train be considered the safest way from oslo to bergen?
     
  9. Dec 22, 2005 #8

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    Today, the temperature in Oslo is a couple of degrees below zero (Celsius, that is).

    It should be about the same in Bergen, but remember that presence of wind will make the "effective temperature" a lot lower. Bergen in particular might suffer from "windiness", but don't count on the weather staying calm in Oslo either.

    Airplane is equally safe as train as transport, and not a lot more expensive.
     
  10. Dec 22, 2005 #9

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    I think it is great that rubbish is over-priced here! :smile:

    On the other hand, our electricity is a lot cheaper than yours. So there.
     
  11. Dec 22, 2005 #10
    LOL is it? never lived there so wouldnt know :smile:
    For one of largest producers of oil (all stolen of the socts hehe) your petrol prices werent any cheaper.
    WShat I did notice is that clothes werent too bad, they were more expensive but not too much...
    come on join the EU and get rid of that Kroner crap :smile: hehe at least your fish will be competative again...
    Its funny one of my good friends from here (Brussels) is Norweigen, but he landed a Job in the UN, to help develop Malawi. Now imagine that going from the prices of Norway to the prices of Malawi :-).. He bought a bed for 5E!!!!
     
  12. Dec 22, 2005 #11

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    Rock&water are also cheap in Norway! :smile:
     
  13. Dec 22, 2005 #12

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    Snow as well! :smile:
     
  14. Dec 22, 2005 #13

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    And ice! :smile:

    And freezes&sneezes..:grumpy:

    Awful country I live in, actually.
     
  15. Dec 22, 2005 #14
    hehe... not so bad.. Rich place.. but give me the med any day of the week :-)
     
  16. Dec 22, 2005 #15

    Lisa!

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    Have a nice trip, Bladibla!
    Be careful not to catch a cold.
     
  17. Dec 22, 2005 #16
    Awesome information. Thanks for that. If you wont mind, another question: Would it be reasonable weather nowadays to see the fjords in clear view? or would it be an effective iceberg only land over there? (not that its a bad thing)
     
  18. Dec 23, 2005 #17

    arildno

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    Fjords are hardly ever frozen over.
    You'll see your first one when arriving in Oslo. :smile:

    From the Akershus fortress, you'll get a beatiful view of both Oslo and its fjord.

    The fjord is not ringed in by high mountains like those in Western Norway; it shouldn't be too difficult to get a trip to some of those from Bergen as well, although the most spectacular ones, like the Geiranger Fjord is a bit far to the north of Bergen (I think..)
     
  19. Dec 30, 2005 #18
    Just in torque airport atm writing this nessage. Had a nice trip around bergen and Oslo. Ill try to post some pictures and proper sayings after i arrive back in the UK.

    Cheers.
     
  20. Dec 31, 2005 #19

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    I hope you enjoyed yourself! :smile:
     
  21. Dec 31, 2005 #20
    Yeah, it was a nice trip. (The pictures still yet to come..) Me, my bro and mom and dad arrived in Oslo on the 27th, about 2:00 in the morning. Took the 'torp ekpress' to central oslo, arriving at the central bus terminal about 2 hours later.

    Checking in our hotel, the next day, we checked out the the sights: the cathedral/chruch, the University of Oslo, and other stuff. (ill mention more as soon as the photos come up). One other thing i noticed is how COLD Oslo is compared to london, -6 degrees vs +7 degrees. Still, it was managable.

    Bergen. The 7 hour trip from Oslo to Bergen was lots of mountains, snow, snow, and snow. awesome sights.
     
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