I am planning a trip for next year (2009!). I will probably leave Reykjavik around the middle of May and have until around June 1 until I have to fly back home to Canada.
Here is my plan:
I want to take a ship from East Iceland to Bergen, then I want to take a train trip from Bergen to Oslo.
I also want to visit Svalbard, Stavanger, and/or Trondheim though (mostly Svalbard).
Is this asking for too much travelling in two weeks?
How many days should I plan for each city?
What is the best route for this?
Am I missing any cities I should absolutely visit?
Around how much would this cost me, travelling Norway for about two weeks?
Also, I'm going to be coming in from a student visa for Iceland. How does this work for entry into Norway? Would I have to extend my visa?
If any of you could answer any of these questions I'd be grateful. Cheers.
its friggin expensive in norway i can tell you that much already! but im going tomorrow night for 4 days so i can tell you more about it then!!
ill spend a day and half in oslo and then the rest in trondheim, so ill let you know how it goes!
Well, sorry to say it's going to be expensive, especially by USD/CAD standards. The Norwegian kroner hasn't been as 'strong' as it is today in over 20 years....
On to more positive things I'm not sure about your visa, but if it allows for travelling Europe as a whole you shouldn't have any problem. You shouldn't need a visa just for visiting Norway anyway, even if you were just flying in from Canada so I don't think you've got anything to worry about there.
The Bergen to Oslo train ride is famous and recommended. I'd love to visit Svalbard too, but it's pretty far out of the way and my understanding is that it's usually a very expensive flight. On the plus side, Norwegian has just started flying there too, so there's some competition on that flight now which should bring down prices a bit. Bergen, Oslo, Stavanger & Trondheim would be easily doable in two weeks, even though Trondheim is in a different direction than for example Stavanger. Adding in Svalbard will definitely complicate matters, but if you can find a flight in the two week period you're thinking of, then you could actually do them all. I might drop either Stavanger or Trondheim if you're doing Svalbard though, just to give you a slightly more relaxed schedule.
Another place you might consider visiting is Lofoten. Definitely one of the most beautiful parts of Norway, although again quite far north!
To keep budgets down and also save time, check 'Minipris' tickets at NSB.no (Norwegian Railways), you can get tickets for a bargain. Overnight trains operate between Bergen/Oslo, Oslo/Trondheim, Trondheim/Bodo (definitely advise Lofoten), Oslo/Stavanger.