Hurtigruten Bergen Round Trip: Oslo transportaion - train or plane?
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Feb 8, 2012 1:00 AM Last Post By: eiriku
Feb 6, 2012 7:23 PM
Hurtigruten Bergen Round Trip: Oslo transportaion - train or plane?I'm in the beginning stages of our round trip Hurtigruten cruise Dec 27th (already have reservations on the Midnatsol). We will be traveling in and out of Norway from Oslo. In checking the train schedule, it looks like there is an 8:11 train from Oslo arriving in Bergen at 14:52. If we take the train, we'd arrive in Bergen on the 26th, spend the night, do some sightseeing in Bergen, and then board the Midnatsol on the 27th.
Or, we can fly to Bergen. I checked SAS and it looks like the earliest plane leaves Gaerdemon at 10:40 and arrives in Bergen at 11:30. If we fly, we could leave Oslo on the 27th, and sightsee a bit before boarding the Midnatsol, thus avoiding a hotel night (we're staying with friends in Oslo).
If we fly, would there be enough time for sightseeing before getting on the boat? Or even if we fly, should we still plan to get to Bergen on the 26th? Even if we get to Bergen on the 26th, since it is Boxing Day, will there be much for us to do? Will the funicular be operating?
We will arrive in Oslo before Christmas, so there will be plenty of time for visiting and sightseeing before we leave for Bergen.
Feb 7, 2012 3:35 AM
it looks like there is an 8:11 train from Oslo arriving in Bergen at 14:52
Are you certain this leaves also on Boxing day? I would double check that :)
Going to Bergen on the 26th is not worth it in my opinion. Everything except a few kiosks and small supermarkets will be closed. A few restaurants will be open, but probably not the good ones. Even many hotels close down (at least partially) for christmas. However some bars and clubs will be open, boxing day is a big night out for many young people.
The funicular website only states that it has a "special" schedule, which might mean many things apart from them departing very often. Museums will be closed too.
I would recommend that you rather stay with your friends in Oslo an extra day. This is also the darkest time of the year, the sun goes down in Bergen/Oslo before 4pm. Bergen on the 26th will in other words be an empty, dark and boring experience... :)
When does Midnatsol leave? The 27th is a regular day where things are going more as usual, so if you have the time go sightseeing then instead. Or maybe when you come back, as it is a round trip? The whole christmas week is not a busy period in any case. It will be much more so when you return after new years.
However, reading your post, I must say again. This is the dark period. And you won´t see much nature on your cruise. Further north hardly anything at all.
Edited by: eiriku
Feb 7, 2012 4:29 AM
2I'd take the train, especially in winter. Booking in advance may get you a very good rate via the NSB website and it's not that expensive to also upgrade to first class online. Self and partner did the Bergen-Oslo way round last July and didn't regret it. I've done most of the route four times in the winter months and it is magical, especially on the mountain sections...
Feb 7, 2012 2:30 PM
Feb 7, 2012 2:48 PM
4Thanks for pointing out the lack of sunlight - yes, I am very aware of the amount of light, or lack of it. I've created a table with the times of daylight if there is any for various points in Norway. I also have the position of the sun at noon. Once we get above the arctic circle, the sun doesn't get above the horizon, although for several hours it will be dawn or dusk-like. We are hoping to see the northern lights, realizing that might not happen.
I've already been to Norway in the summer, and above the Arctic Circle - I am curious, now, to see it in the winter.
Edited by: rsftraveler
Feb 8, 2012 1:00 AM
Bags feeling light?
Coffee table looking bare?
Get your guidebooks, travel goods, even individual chapters, right here.
(4 star Hotel)
From US$218.08 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$90.76 per night
(4 star Hotel)
From US$104.58 per night