Norway Fjord in Budget
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Aug 16, 2012 1:04 PM Last Post By: Dirty_Vagrant
Aug 11, 2012 5:17 AM
Norway Fjord in BudgetI am a solo woman backpacker and would like to travel to Norway fjords in budget from Nederland. I dont drive, so that renting a car is not an option. Is there a local transportation that I can experience fjords, or taking a tour cruise is the only option? I am a student above 27 y.o, would that be any discount for ship/train/buses/accomodation? I have searched the forum but I dont find tips of fjord in budget/independent traveling, seems that every one was taking a tour (or is it the cheapest way?) therefore I will be happy if you could share any info on how to do it.
Thanks so much for the info.
Aug 11, 2012 9:23 AM
1Do you know Hurtigruten? (the daily ferry leaving Bergen for the extreme north of Norway. Remember you can buy tickets from any port to any other port -you do NOT have to take a package.
There are other (smaller) ships and busroutes where there are roads connecting inhabited places.
Have you studied http://www.visitnorway.com
It is not my impression that most here are on tours unless you call Norway in a Nutshell a tour (in reality it is a bunch of ticktes). And taking Hurtigruten is buying a ticket for a ship/ferry.
The large majority of ppl. visiting Norway does than in their own or a rented car. But since most of these are used to travel and seeking information they do not turn up on TT very often.
All this said: A"budget" trip in Norway is a costly thing! Do not count on student discounts of any important size. Get cheap railway tickets for longer distances by buying early.
Aug 12, 2012 7:48 AM
Aug 13, 2012 8:58 AM
Thank you for all input. Hitchiking is interesting to try, but it might be the last option since I am a solo female traveler.
Besides budget, my time is also very limited. The target is to see fjords although I can not stay long to enjoy it. So, my plan is :
1. Oslo - flam : train, depart at 06.31 in the morning
2. Stay 1 nite in flam. Questions :
- What is the cheapest bus to go to Stegatstein in the afternoon? Does it have to be a
- I will have to catch a ferry to Gudvangen in the next day. Any input on the cheapest
ferry (as public transportation?) which passes the fjords so that we can enjoy the fjords
without having to take a cruise?
- What is a cheaper bed than
If using a tent, I will have to pay the bagage for Norwegian air. Besides that, the
weather is not predictable now, it may be rainy and cold at night as it is approaching
3. By bus/train from Gudvangen to Voss to Bergen. Any input on the cheapest
4. Any input on cheap accomodation in Bergen?
Thank you very much for your input.
Aug 16, 2012 1:04 PM
4The Hurtigruten is much, much cheaper if you book without a private room - I did this from Bergen all the way up to Tromsø, and slept in the super quiet, super empty lounges. It was glorious (and half price with my student ID!) I saved a ton of money not buying the package.
I also traveled in Norway as a solo female, and you'd be hardpressed to find anywhere in the world where you'll feel safer. In terms of breathtaking natural scenery though, I highly recommend you go with Hurtigruten, and just book the student fare without booking a room. Enjoy! It's mind-blowing.
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