So me and my friend are soon going for a 17days-long trip to Norway. We will be staying for 2 days in Bergen, then we will go through the national parks to Oslo, where we will be also staying for 2 days, before we take off back to Prague (Czech republic).
We have only 2 more weeks left before we go. We have most of the equipment needed now, but what we re not done with yet, is the exact route of our trip. Because we re not from Norway, it is quiet hard for us to include the things, that re really worth seeing, because we simply do not know what they are.
We have couchsurfers in Bergen as well as in Oslo and Odda. In odda, the host is so kind that he agreed to guide us on a Trolltunga trip.
"Checkpoints", that we will be going through are Bergen, Odda, Sognefjord, Geilo, Oslo. We plan to simply camp in the wilderness if couchsurfing will not be a possibility.
We have also managed to put up a list of what we think might be worth seeing, but again, that is just our opinion. Could you please tell us the main points of interest that we should not miss and any other things that are worth seeing and come up to your mind? We would really appreaciate i t as we are not citizens of Norway.
Also, few additional questions:
Any kind of map that you would recommend for orientation in the wilderness?
Any tips for some special food that we should take from home or some low cost food that is worth buying in Norway? Of course we plan to bring some cans and food like that with us, but still...
Are trecking shoes needed or will we be fine with more light-weight, running shoes?
Any other usefull tips and information is really welcomed and appreaciated.
Thank you a lot!
I will try to help you, but need some clarifications first. My first question is; Are you going straight to Bergen and with what kind of transport?
And also what kind of transport are you taking from Bergen to Oslo? So; how many days do you have for the route between Bergen and Oslo?
I think I would recommend trecking shoes in the mountains/wilderness.
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I have the same question as Bente; how are you getting from Bergen to Oslo? I guess you are taking the train or something? You have already booked those tickets too I hope? It's not exactly cheap this time of year, since all Norwegians have July off, things tend to be rather packed!
You should definitely check out The Norwegian Trekking Association for both maps and accommodation options. They rent out cabins all throughout Norway, and also have several recommended routes on their site. They have an office in Oslo.
Have you considered Flam? Other popular things to see/places to go include Geiranger fjord/ Trollstigen / Voss / Preikestolen, although none of these are exactly 'on route' between Bergen and Oslo
With regards to food, I find for things like canned foods the prices aren't too crazy here. Meat and alcohol are where things add up really fast!!
Hi, thank you for the tips!
We will fly to Bergen from Prague. In Bergen, we plan to stay for about 2 days and then use about 12days for the trip from Bergen to Oslo (where we also plan to stay for about 2 days before we fly back home), during which we would like to treck most of the route. We would use buses/train only where really needed.
Then I agree with Sam. Get in contact with The Norwegian Trekking Association for both maps and accommodation options. I am sure you will have a great time, but be aware that weather can change very fast in the mountains, so be prepared.
Sounds like a great trip and I agree that the Norwegian Trekking Association is the best place to get maps and guidance on the huts/cabins. From Sognefjord you can get to both Jostedalsbreen - continental Europe's largest icefield - and Turtagro on the edge of Jotunheim which is an awesome hiking area with well marked tracks. In Oslo be sure to go to the ski jump tower at Holmenkollen - that's a must see for the capital.
When I was there (staying in cabins) I found that self catering was (fairly) reasonable but restaurants and alcohol were very expensive. Have a good trip!
and then use about 12days for the trip from Bergen to Oslo (where we also plan to stay for about 2 days before we fly back home), during which we would like to treck most of the route
So if I understand this correctly, you want to trek most of the route between Bergen and Oslo? You do realize that is about 400km, a little bit depending on how you are measuring this, and that's following roads. If you start getting off the beaten path, you'll be hiking some rough territory, and km's won't go quite so quick. Just want to check you realize this. Every year a number of foreign tourists die in Norway by getting lost or falling off a ledge, so be careful!