I've planned to travel through Norway in only two weeks (know it's not enough, but I try to make the best of it).
Due to the short time, I've decided to take the overnight trains in Norway, and to/from Sweden.
As I'm going to travel alone for the first time, I just would like to know wether it's safe to take these trains, or should I take some precautions for my luggages above the general ones (while sleeping). I'd also be pleased if you can give me advice on what kind of reservation is the best (seat/couchette or sleeper), is it really worth to pay the extras.
And with regard to the summer peak periods, is it advisable to make the reservations before I'm leaving, or is it simply enough on the day of eayh departure?
I suppose the main railway stations have lockers, but are there possibilities to take a shower (in Bodo, Trondheim, Stavanger, Bergen, Oslo, Voss).
Thank you very much for your help in advance.
Well, in general Norway is extremely safe, but that is not to say you shouldn't take the usual precautions. A couple of weeks ago, the Norwegian railway was running some good specials on their website and these are always gone quickly so if possible, try and book ahead!
I haven't come across a shower at the railway in Oslo and that's by far the biggest of the lot. But I haven't ever really looked either so you might want to check with the NSB what they say.
The chair type you select is more a personal thing I think. If you sleep easily, a chair would be fine. On the other hand, if it's hard for you to catch sleep and you don't want to walk around all day yawning, I'd go for a couchette or sleeper.... you'll definitely save money this way; accommodation in Oslo starts at 350 kroner for a bed in a dorm (roughly 40 euro!) for example. You'll probably find stuff a little cheaper in the other cities but it's expensive if you're after accommodation in this country!
Thank you for your infos, I'm looking forward to my joourney beginning next week