Travel query (Oslo/Bergen/Tromso/Svalbard)
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Aug 16, 2012 12:25 PM Last Post By: Dirty_Vagrant
Aug 16, 2012 12:34 AM
Travel query (Oslo/Bergen/Tromso/Svalbard)Hi all,
I am going to be in Oslo at the end of August, and hoping to take my partner on a surprise trip for about six days.
I have my ideal destinations, but am finding it difficult working out transport options.
The best possible arrangement for me would be:
Oslo > Bergen (Train)
Bergen > Longyearbyen (??)
Longyearbyen > Tromso (Plane)
He loves trains and Soviet history, so combining the Oslo/Bergen train journey with a trip to Longyearbyen (including Pyramiden) would be perfect. The trouble I'm having is getting from Bergen to Longyearbyen, as we can't afford the Hurtigruten cruise journey.
Any suggestions for making this itinerary work in a small amount of time and on a budget, or any alternate suggestions that might include the Oslo/Bergen train trip and Longyearbyen, would be greatly appreciated.
Aug 16, 2012 2:27 AM
1You can ONLY fly to/from Svanbard. Hurtigruten's cruise department may have a few trips there, but the normal daily boat does not leave the Norwegians coast.
ON BUDGET a trip to Svalbard is not really worth it. What is interesting there is the nature = costly tours.
Also VERY late - far too late - to get (relatively) cheap airfares to Svalbard if it is august 2012!)
If those 6 days are starting in Oslo (that you both have seen?)- train to Bergen 1 day - seeing Bergen 1 day - flying to Tromsø (1 day and in steps) - seeing Tromsø for ½ day, flying to Longyearbyn (other½ day) - 2 full days in Svalbard, flying back to Oslo ( in one day you CAN do it in 6 days - and will spent a fortune and see very little due to lack of time.
Just my opinion.
Aug 16, 2012 3:32 AM
2Thanks for the advice.
You make some very valid points!
Could you perhaps let me know if you think the below is an achievable/worthwhile plan?
31st Aug Train to Bergen & half day in Bergen
1st Sept Fly to Tromso (half a day in both)
2nd Sept In Tromso (whole day)
3rd Sept Fly to Longyearbyen (day in Longyearbyen)
4th Sept In Longyearbyen (day trip to Pyramiden)
5th Sept In Longyearbyen (land Dog sled expedition)
6th Sept Fly onward
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
Aug 16, 2012 11:40 AM
3I am sure the trip is possible - if you have the money - I would never do it:
31st: You do NOT take the Norway in a Nutshell trip and see a bit of fjords etc but just the train - IMHO a waste of time when you could see so much more in so little time.
2nd: Lots of things you find interesting in Troms`+
4th: Spending 200€/person seeing some old factory buildings - you can see as amny as you want on any trip to Russian (or EEurope) - personally I do not get it
5th: Dog "sledging" on wheels for an hour or so - 100€/pax. Again - travelling 1000s of km to in order to do this touristy thing! Not what I ever would spend my time or money on. Arn't the ppl. where you live that train huskies in summer with wheeled carts that could take you on a drive for free?
Sorry that I am so negative - but for me this would be a splendid waste om precious time and a lot of money. Save Svalbard till you can afford and have time for a week long boat trip round the islands.
Spend those 6 days seeing Bergen+fjords or Norwar in a nutshell - Bergen + Hurtigruten to Ålesund (a boat to Stavanger) - or some of the many other nice places in Norway where you do not have to take so many long distance fligts. Even 6 days in Copenhagen - to pick a random popular place - will be cheaper and easier -and much closer.
Aug 16, 2012 12:25 PM
4Did you know you can book the Hurtigruten without booking a private room, at a fraction of the cost you probably usually see in advertisements? I did this a few years ago - I called it "squatting" on the Hurtigruten. (It also cost me even half of that price with my student ID, making it totally affordable even for a poor student). You might not want to pursue this option since you'll be traveling with your significant other, but I slept every night in the totally empty and really comfy lounges and it was fantastic. I took the Hurtigruten up to Tromsø and then flew to Longyearbyen (the flight cost $100), then flew from Longyearbyen down to Oslo ($150).
I didn't book any nature tours in Svalbard (mistake!) but once I got there, I majorly lucked out - my couchsurfing host had connections with Spitsbergen Travel, and got me an incredible deal on a tour up above 80* north (it cost me about 1/7th the regular fare). So yeah, it can definitely be done on a budget, but the budget options aren't too well advertised.
Norway is a really expensive country, but there are also some hidden bargains in there. It's also one of the most spectacular places I've ever seen, and worth the splurge, if you can manage it.
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