Help Sought with Norway Itinerary
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Nov 19, 2012 10:54 AM Last Post By: rjsol
Oct 29, 2012 6:18 PM
Help Sought with Norway ItineraryI am doing the planning/booking for a trip to Norway in August 2013 for my husband, who is of Norwegian ancestry, and myself. I'm seeking advice on the most efficient itinerary to incorporate all of these destinations, which are important to him:
2) The Oslo-Bergen Railway
4) Geirangerfjord--ferry journeydown the fjord.
5) Heddal Stave Church
6) Jotunheimen National Park (hike)
Any advice, including hotel recommendations, welcome. We are hoping to stay around 900 Nkr per night (or less) for accommodation. Thanks!
Edited by: sharkushka
Oct 31, 2012 1:13 PM
-For the Oslo-Bergen trip be sure to check out the Minipris-ticket offers from NSB (the Norwegian state railroad company). They are a lot cheaper than the regular fares. You can buy train tickets 90 days before the travel date. You can find more info about it here: http://www.nsb.no/our-tickets/minipris-article38289-4337.html
-For some of the hikes in Jotunheimen it is advised to use a guide. Bring warm clothes, summer can be cold in the mountains!
Nov 4, 2012 1:04 AM
2Thon Hotels reduce their room prices over the summer months - used Thon in Arendal and Oslo last year and in both cases, the two of us stayed for @ 900kr per night for bed and breakfast. Thon Astoria was the hotel used in Oslo.
Thon have several hotels in Bergen. Also seen mention of Hotel Victoria too.
We stayed at Citybox in Bergen last year and thought it overpriced at 900kr per night for a double room on a room only basis.
Pygmalion and Cafe Opera in Bergen fine for meals out.
Bergen Card good for museums and transport around the city - Floibanen worth the ride either daytime or twilight or after dark. (if I was ever going to propose to GF, that's where it would have happened one night in September a few years back, but as we've both been there and had one ring each, it's not on the agenda!).
Nov 4, 2012 12:32 PM
Your cheapest sleeping would of course be camping...but check out hostels and "vandrerhjem" as http://www.montana.no/en/ and http://www.haraldsheim.no/?metrolingual=en
You could do the norway and in a nutshell tour which also nsb can arrange or others
As for getting to geiranger from bergen check out
Hiking in jotunheimen is pretty straight forward, you definately need a map (they sell them everywhere) and some good clothes, but there is no need for a guide in my opinion. I would go from geiranger to Lom, it is not far, and get some advice from the tourist office there.
There are plenty of nice cabins. Leirvassbu, turtagrø, spiterstølen, krossbu are just some close to Lom, they are also quite cheap. It is very popular to go from one to the next and so on and make a roundtrip.See also
Renting a car is expensive and especially if you want to drop it off somewhere else, but renting one in Bergen, drive to geiranger and lom/jotunheimen and drive back through some stunning fjord and mountain scenery to Bergen might be an option.
Heddal stavkirke is just one of many, it is about 2 hours away from oslo (on one of the three most used routes to bergen). The problem is I doubt you could do it without a car since the nearest town, Notodden is maybe 10 km away. You could take a local bus from notodden, but I think you will be looking at a full day project. There are other churches though...
Nov 6, 2012 9:43 AM
5Heddal stave church is somewhat away from the other areas you're intending to travel. It takes almost 10 hours by car going from Heddal to Geiranger and about five hours between Heddal and the southernmost entry point to Jotunheimen.
There are several stave churches in the Valdres region between Oslo and Jotunheimen, in addition to Borgund just west of the Filefjell mountain crossing on route E16. It has one of the best and most exquisite exteriors of the remaining stave churches, and have served as an inspiration for reconstructing other stave churches. The Urnes stave church southwest of the Jotunheimen national park is the only one on the Unesco list, and has pre christian pagan woodcuttings on the exterior. It is also situated next to the beautiful village of Solvorn which is a good place to stay for the night.
So if you don't have a spesific reason to visit the Heddal church you're going to be in an area with 6+ churches anyway :)
Enjoy your trip!
Nov 16, 2012 6:43 PM
6This tour will cover most of your wishes:
The tour will take minimum 4 days, but it is recommended to stop one day in Ålesund, one day in Geiranger and one day, at least in Bergen.
Nov 19, 2012 10:54 AM
7Hiking advice can be found here
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