Hi guys. I got a nice deal to Oslo this Easter and I want to make a little trip in Norway.
I arrive on March 20th and leave on March 25th (at night).
So I was thinking:
Spend the nights of 20 and 21st in Oslo.
On the 22nd, travel to Bergen. I'd like to take a boat to see the fjords (which fjord is the prettiest to go from Bergen?) and maybe take the scenery train (The Flam Railway).
Do I have time to do all that? Should I spend the 3 nights in Bergen or should I stay one night somewhere else?
Any tips of budget accommodation? Ensuite, please. I'm pregnant and gotta pee lots of times during the night!
What is the best way to go to Oslo to Bergen and vice-versa?
The "Visit Norway Website" leads you to a tour called NORWAY IN A NUTSHELL. Is that a good thing to do or one of those things you just see everything from inside the bus? We also enjoy driving... Is that a good idea? Gas must be really expensive!
Sooooo many questions... I'm sorry, but I really could use some help!
Many, many thanks.
You are travelling over easter, which is typically a big deal in Norway. There are a few public holidays in there, which might complicate things, and expect that you need to book trains and buses ASAP! As the locals are travelling at that time too.
The train is the best Oslo-Bergen. You can do the Flaam railway, from my understaning, you get of the train, get onto the other line, ride up and down, and get onto the next train to Bergen, unless you want to stay in Flaam.
I would fly between oslo and bergen. Faster and often also cheaper than the train, if you dont book long time i advance. Check www.norwegian.no. Personally i would consider go skiing or something, but maybe not easy of you're pregnant. The weather is rather unpleasant in the western parts of the county in winter(rain and wind). Skiing can be done not far from oslo. Easter is nice in the mountains, but norwegians go to the mountains during the holiday so can be a bit crowded.
About driving. The roads are generally bad, but there are some scenic drives. And of course it give you greater freedom. Petrol price is around 1,5 euro per litre.
If you need a place to stay in Oslo then check out Anker Hostel..
It's pretty cheap and someone I know who has been there says it's clean and basically a nice place to stay.. =)
And I agree that it's best to take the train from Oslo to Bergen and back, and that you should probably order soon..
Have a great trip to Norway, hope you'll find it awsome=)
Does anyone else thinks it's not a good time to go to Bergen because of the weather?
I really can't ski while pregnant... But I'd take other suggestions.
I'll have to disagree with rest about the train being the best way to travel from oslo-bergen. The train is comfortable, but takes 7-8 hours. And to get a cheap ticket you should book already, if they're not already gone. Check www.nsb.no for train tickets. It's the only train company in norway. The cheap tickets costs around 40 euro, regular price is around 90 euro. Flights with norwegian ranges from between 35 and 70 euro, plus around 30 euros for bus/train to and from the airports, and it should only take around 3 hours from you leave oslo to you're in the centre of bergen. I travel between oslo and bergen quite frequently and would recommend flying. That being said the train ride is quite scenic. I think it was rated among the world's ten nicest train lines in the world by the chicaco tribune a few years ago. So it might be worth it, all though i personally don't think it would be worth spending a day on the train for.
I didnt mean to scare you away from bergen. Its a beautiful city, but it's known for a lot of rain. On average around 230 days with rain a year and march is a rainy month. You will still enjoy it, just bring good clothes. I just suggested that the mountains could be a better idea for the season, but of course i understand that its not possible when you are pregnant.
Don't worry too much about the weather.