Norway, Oslo - Story of my trip to Norway in Oslo

Norway, Oslo - Story of my trip to Norway in Oslo

Norway

My trip to Oslo

For the first time in Norway, I start visiting the capital Oslo, we leave on June 1st from Milan Malpensa with Sterling (36.50 Euros), stopover in Copenhagen and in the evening continue with Norwegian (270 DKK) and arrive in Oslo at the airport of GARDERMOEN 50 km from the center. The fastest way to get to the city is the FLYTOGET train, 20 minutes, but it's too expensive… and I choose the SAS FLYBUSSEN bus, 40 minutes, ticket on board (220 Nok A / R, no Postepay). The bus makes several stops, I get off at the bussterminalen station, it is 11.30 pm and everything is closed, but luckily I have my Garmin to guide me to the FRODE & RAGNAR house in Tromsøgata 31, single room at 225 Nok, a good price for Oslo ... the house has two floors and in each there are several rooms with one to four beds, a bathroom on each floor, a well equipped kitchen with two refrigerators, two burners, washing machines, dishwashers and everything needed for cooking, a living room, tourist and transport guides available, TV in the room, garden, possibility to pay by credit card, breakfast not included.

The next morning at 4.00 it is already clear and in the evening the sun sets at 22.00, but as in all Nordic countries everything opens at 10.00 and closes at 18.00.

I reach the station 1.8 km from the house and as soon as the tourist office opens in Jernbanetorget 1 under the TRAFIKANTEN tower, in addition to supplying myself with useful guides, I buy the OSLO PASS, 390 Nok for three days, museums and free transport (including trains and some boats).

After changing a few Euros, I immediately realize the exorbitant prices ... even to have breakfast you have to look carefully for the right places ... I immediately learn to limit myself to a sandwich at noon and buy frozen food at the supermarket to cook at home ...

In front of the station, the Jernbanetorget square guarded by a large bronze tiger and tall glass skyscrapers, huge BYPORTEN, OSLOCITY, GLASMAGASINET department stores, unbridled shopping, but just to look at the prices… surely it's a modern city.

Primary shopping and walking street for Norwegians is the KARL JOHANS GATE, always crowded with people, Oslo's living room, in its path we find some important buildings: the OSLO CATHEDRAL, the PARLIAMENT, the NATIONAL THEATER and ends in front to the ROYAL PALACE. In the direction of the port we find another area intended for walks, the RADHUSPLASSEN square, the MOLO DI AKER for sunbathing in its open-air bars and restaurants or the AKER BRYGGE a commercial district with countless shops. At the end of the square, the FORTRESS OF AKERSHUS dating back to 1300, includes several buildings, the defense museum, the resistance museum, the Akershus castle, all of which can be visited and offers an excellent view of the port area

The following day we start with the HISTORICAL MUSEUM, Norwegian culture and history and of the time of the Vikings starting from 9000 years ago, a walk in the park of the Royal Palace, the latter open only for periods, with tram 15 I move to VIGELAND MUSEUM exhibition of the 1600 sculptures, portraits and sketches of Gustav Vigeland, not far from the VIGELAND PARK, 32 hectares, 193 sculptures for a total of 630 human figures, the fountain supported by the six giants, the plain of the monolith with 36 granite groups and the 17.3 m monolith made up of 121 human figures (14 years to sculpt it), of great artistic beauty, the list to become a Unesco heritage.

Also in the FROGNERPARKEN is the BYMUSEUM, a museum of the city and its evolution over time.

In the late afternoon I return by tram 12 to Radhusplassen square, in one of the piers there is the BATSERVICE with which I had booked a two-hour boat tour in the Oslo fjords, 195 Nok (8% discount with Oslo Pass), the trip is pleasant among the islets of the area, even if we cannot speak of the real Norwegian fjords. Throughout the Saturday the parks and squares were invaded by young people for the MUSIK FESTIVAL, here and there, stages with musical groups played until night.

On Sunday we go to the BYGDOY peninsula with the boat that leaves from the excursion pier, a residential area and home to some important museums, starting with the VIKINGSKIPSHUSET museum of the best preserved Viking ships in the world, the Oseberg the most spectacular built in 1800 , the Gokstad unearthed in 1880, the remains of the Tune found in 1867, are also exhibited unique finds of Viking art. Not far from there is the NORSK FOLKEMUSEUM Norwegian folk museum, in the open air it has 170 wooden buildings brought from different places in Norway and restored, young people in typical costumes show the farms and the ancient way of life.

I continue with the KON TIKI MUSEUM tells the journey of four Norwegians and one Swede on two barges, the RA and the KON TIKI, built using papyri and sailed from Peru to French Polynesia. The FRAM MUSEUM, characterized by its triangular shape, houses the Fram ship built in 1892 and defined as the most robust and unique in the world to have arrived further north and south, which can also be visited inside. The MARITIME MUSEUM with many reproductions of ships and a 180 ° cinema room.

Return by boat and evening walk in the center, fun bike rental parks, you insert a card to get one ...

On Monday I decide to turn randomly, moving here and there by public transport, strangely I see how it does not happen in other Nordic cities that there are no ticket checks on the buses (only after 19), even in the metro 'accesses are open ... or are they sure that everyone pays or let them travel for free ... just outside the center the recurring landscape are colorful wooden houses surrounded by greenery, the metro 'and the trams run up and down the hills, you begin to see the real Norwegian nature, the one that the city does not offer, surely you have to have a lot of time and move throughout the region to enjoy the best, this was just the first taste.

We leave with Sterling (408 Nok) for my annual trip to Holland ...

Paul

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Norway, Oslo - Story of my trip to Norway in Oslo

by Paolo -
For the first time in Norway, I start visiting the capital Oslo, we leave on June 1st from Milan Malpensa with Sterling (36.50 Euros), stopover in Copenhagen and in the evening continue with Norwegian (270 DKK) and arrive in Oslo at the airport of GARDERMOEN 50 km from the center. The fastest way to get to the city is the FLYTOGET train, 20 minutes, but it's too expensive… and I choose the SAS FLYBUSSEN bus, 40 minutes, ticket on board (220 Nok A / R, no Postepay). The bus makes several stops, I get off at the station at the bussterminalen, it's 11.30 pm and everything is closed, but luckily I have my Garmin to guide me to the FRODE & RAGNAR house in Tromsøgata 31, single room at 225 Nok, a good price for Oslo ... the house has two floors and in each there are several rooms with one to four beds, a bathroom on each floor, a well-equipped kitchen with two refrigerators, two burners, washing machines, dishwashers and everything needed for cooking, a living room , tourist and transport guides available, TV in the room, garden, possibility to pay by credit card, breakfast not included.

The next morning at 4.00 it is already clear and in the evening the sun sets at 22.00, but as in all Nordic countries everything opens at 10.00 and closes at 18.00.

I reach the station 1.8 km from the house and as soon as the tourist office opens in Jernbanetorget 1 under the TRAFIKANTEN tower, in addition to supplying myself with useful guides, I buy the OSLO PASS, 390 Nok for three days, museums and free transport (including trains and some boats).

After changing a few Euros, I immediately realize the exorbitant prices ... even to have breakfast you have to look carefully for the right places ... I immediately learn to limit myself to a sandwich at noon and buy frozen food at the supermarket to cook at home ...

In front of the station, the Jernbanetorget square guarded by a large bronze tiger and tall glass skyscrapers, huge BYPORTEN, OSLOCITY, GLASMAGASINET department stores, unbridled shopping, but just to look at the prices ... it is certainly a modern city.

Primary shopping and walking street for Norwegians is KARL JOHANS GATE, always crowded with people, Oslo's living room, in its path we find some important buildings: the OSLO CATHEDRAL, the PARLIAMENT, the NATIONAL THEATER and ends in front of the ROYAL PALACE . In the direction of the port we find another area intended for walks, the RADHUSPLASSEN square, the MOLO DI AKER for sunbathing in its open-air bars and restaurants or the AKER BRYGGE a commercial district with countless shops. At the end of the square, the AKERSHUS FORTRESS dating back to 1300, includes several buildings, the defense museum, the resistance museum, the Akershus castle, all of which can be visited and offers an excellent view of the port area.

The following day we start with the HISTORICAL MUSEUM, Norwegian culture and history and of the time of the Vikings starting from 9000 years ago, a walk in the park of the Royal Palace, the latter open only for periods, with tram 15 I move to VIGELAND MUSEUM exhibition of the 1600 sculptures, portraits and sketches of Gustav Vigeland, not far from the VIGELAND PARK, 32 hectares, 193 sculptures for a total of 630 human figures, the fountain supported by the six giants, the plain of the monolith with 36 granite groups and the 17.3 m monolith made up of 121 human figures (14 years to sculpt it), of great artistic beauty, the list to become a Unesco heritage.

Also in the FROGNERPARKEN is the BYMUSEUM, a museum of the city and its evolution over time.

In the late afternoon I return by tram 12 to Radhusplassen square, in one of the piers there is the BATSERVICE with which I had booked a two-hour boat tour in the Oslo fjords, 195 Nok (8% discount with Oslo Pass), the trip is pleasant among the islets of the area, even if we cannot speak of the real Norwegian fjords. Throughout Saturday the parks and squares were invaded by young people for the MUSIK FESTIVAL, here and there stages with musical groups played until nightfall.

On Sunday we go to the BYGDOY peninsula with the boat that leaves from the excursion pier, a residential area and home to some important museums, starting with the VIKINGSKIPSHUSET museum of the best preserved Viking ships in the world, the Oseberg the most spectacular built in the 19th century , the Gokstad unearthed in 1880, the remains of the Tune found in 1867, are also exhibited unique finds of Viking art. Not far from there is the NORSK FOLKEMUSEUM Norwegian folk museum, in the open air it has 170 wooden buildings brought from different places in Norway and restored, young people in typical costumes show the farms and the ancient way of life.

I continue with the KON TIKI MUSEUM tells the journey of four Norwegians and one Swede on two barges, the RA and the KON TIKI, built using papyri and sailed from Peru to French Polynesia. The FRAM MUSEUM, characterized by its triangular shape, houses the Fram ship built in 1892 and defined as the most robust and unique in the world to have arrived further north and south, which can also be visited inside. The MARITIME MUSEUM with many reproductions of ships and a 180 ° cinema room.

Return by boat and evening walk in the center, fun bike rental parks, you insert a card to get one ...

On Monday I decide to turn randomly, moving here and there by public transport, strangely I see how it does not happen in other Nordic cities that there are no ticket checks on the buses (only after 7pm), even in the subway the entrances are open ... or they are sure that everyone pays or lets them travel for free ... just outside the center the recurring landscape are colorful wooden houses surrounded by greenery, the subway and trams run up and down the hills, you begin to see the true Norwegian nature, the one that city ​​does not offer, certainly you have to have a lot of time and travel throughout the region to enjoy the best, this was just the first taste.

We leave with Sterling (408 Nok) for my trip every year to Holland ...


By train to Oslo

As we know many areas of Norway are inaccessible for most or even all of the year, and it is not so easy to move with a certain agility, but the group of Spaniards I met seemed to have a certain familiarity with maps, geographical maps, and all the necessary information on practicable connections between Bergen and Oslo we decided together to leave by train, and some of them began to get excited at the mere idea of ​​crossing wonderful mountains and valleys, always having the enchanting scenery of the fjords at hand. I inquired immediately, and made a very pleasant discovery I read that the railway line that connects the cities of Bergen and Oslo (better known as the 'Bergen railway') she had recently been elected by the Lonely Planet as one of the best routes in the world to do by train, just what my frozen ears wanted to hear!

It soon turned out to be a perfect decision, because once on the train I was practically attached to the window with my Canon tightly in my hands and I began to utter exclamations of wonder about every 20 seconds. We crossed the highest mountainous plateau in Europe, theHardangervidda, and the landscapes that followed one another were nothing short of breathtaking, of those that really leave you speechless and with the distinct feeling of being completely in another world. To be honest stuff from another world was also the train in and of itself punctual, hygienically very clean, super comfortable (each seat is about twice as wide as we are used to sitting in Italy), with free wi-fi on board, dining car, e even an entire carriage dedicated to children.


The Trolltunga trekking: departure

I quickly packed everything I would have deemed necessary in my 60LT backpack, while Ilaria had everything inside her small 40lt. We load those 20 kg on our shoulders and leave for the airport, everything goes smoothly and in a few hours we find ourselves catapulted to Oslo, the Norwegian capital. The pungent climate does not make us regret having brought winter clothes with us, the fact is that Oslo would have had to wait, among our plans we would first visit Bergen, a charming town in the north and then we would continue our journey to Odda, the small village from which the departure for the Trolltunga trek is compulsory.

A few days later, when we arrived in Odda, we decided to lean on a campsite in the area, a really nice and spartan place on the shores of a wonderful lake, just a nice place to appreciate the Norwegian natural wonders and prepare for the journey to Trolltunga.

To get to Trolltunga we expect a trek of about eight hours round trip, but we decided to spend a night out in a tent, so we could have allowed ourselves the luxury of admiring a sunset and a sunrise in that wonderful Norwegian landscape. .

We leave in the early afternoon, in addition to the two of us a Russian girl joined the trip, I thought she was unprepared initially, but I would have to change my mind shortly. We begin the trek to Trolltunga full of expectations, we were warned that the first thousand meters were the hardest, in fact the first hour of walking is composed almost exclusively of stone steps laid by Nepalese Sherpas now very experts in the construction of trails in high mountain. During our climb, slowed down due to the weight on our shoulders, we frequently meet other tourists who are intent on continuing the journey towards the way back, it was a relief to know that soon all those people would be gone, leaving us like this ¬ that magical place all to ourselves, that confusion in such a beautiful place was already beginning to sicken me.

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During the first hours of trekking, in one of the many sections equipped with ropes to facilitate the climb, I turn to check if my travel companions are continuing their exhausting walk well, when I see Sam, the Russian model with a cigarette in her mouth and with both hands busy climbing up the rope, I never thought that a human being could smoke while tackling such a challenging climb and with his hands full, but evidently I was wrong. So we continue our walk for several hours surrounded by a landscape that rivals that of the Lord of the Rings.

Every now and then we are accompanied by the rain that timidly resounds in contact with our ponchos while at other times we enjoy flashes of sunshine that illuminate and warm our skin. The landscape is typical of a Norwegian postcard, rocks and greenery as far as the eye can see, lakes, streams and fjords are like spots specially painted on a canvas of land already rich in landscapes.. Every now and then he does not fail to see some mounds of ice that are still struggling with the sun for its own survival, it will have to resist a few more months for the arrival of winter.

With this landscape in the background we advance and continue to gain altitude while the throng of people head towards the house in the opposite direction to ours, this displacement is increasingly thinning out until we are practically alone in the land of the fjords, now it is possible for me to admire and appreciate nature without the chaos of the flood of people who crowded this land .

After about four hours of walking and with nine kilometers covered, we decide to camp. We would have spent the night overlooking a beautiful blue lake, the magical color that only water at low temperatures can give. This is how we hurry to pitch the tent and put on dry and winter clothes, the five degrees of the evening are felt, but we are enjoying the last rays of a dying sun that give that place magical and full of life colors. , after which we will be accompanied by darkness, but our tents will be an excellent refuge to make up for the cold of the hostile Norwegian night.

It is thus that after a nice meal and a hot tea, we lie down in our sleeping bags where the often warmth of the bag will help us fight the four degrees of the night, our traveling companion Sam who had pitched a tent in a few meters from us does not seem to be very prepared for the cold, her small sleeping bag is light and cannot cope with cold temperatures, so much so that she has to resort to the insulating blanket, an aluminum layer that is able to hold the hot body, but despite that I'm sure he won't have had a good night.


Places of interest to visit

As often happens when making 'impromptu' trips, programs and roadmaps are prepared which are then punctually never respected my Spanish friends had meanwhile changed their itinerary, ed the following day I found myself alone, with a whole other day to take advantage of before meeting up with them again for the return. I visited the Viking Ship Museum, the Vigeland Park, which contains about 650 sculptures in bronze, wrought iron and granite, and finally the Bygdoy, the impressive Norwegian Folklore Museum which is located about 7 km outside the city.

Oslo is wonderful, and if I can give some advice to those who want to drop by, I do it very willingly because it is fairly obvious. cover up well because it's really cold, bring enough cash with you because you will have an unpleasant impact with the prices of everything, try to book all travel trips via the internet at least one day in advance. Be cheerful, Oslo is truly a wonderful city and will definitely be worth a visit, it doesn't matter if for once in your life you go a little over your budget, there is always time to recover.


ITINERARY IN NORWAY: what to see and which public transport to use

Below you will find one summary of my 6 days itinerary in Norway.
I focused on information related to public transport and I have reported the links where you can find any further information.

FIRST DAY OF THE TRIP TO NORWAY BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Oslo

  • Ryanair flight from Bergamo (Orio al Serio) to Oslo (Torp / Sandejord)
  • the airport is located 110 km from Oslo that is accessible via the private bus company Torp-Ekspressen
  • for the visit of Oslo, having only half a day available (I concentrated only on the historic center), I did not have the need to take means of transport. My expectations were quite low but, after all, I liked the city!

⇒ How about taking a guided tour of Oslo? Here is a nice way to discover the city and its main attractions.

The modern Oslo Opera House

SECOND DAY IN NORWAY: itinerary from Oslo to Flam

  • in the morning departure in train from Oslo and arrival at Mydral (VY.no). Along the journey, which lasts about 4.5 hours, they can be admired rural landscapes, forests, lakes and mountains
  • Flamsbana scenic train from Myrdal (you need to wait for the connection in this small mountain village) up to Flam (VY.no). It is the most spectacular stretch of all and, not surprisingly, it is considered among the most beautiful railway sections in the world. Going down a narrow valley, towards the fjord, from the window you can admire a wild landscape and spectacular waterfalls. Flam, the point of arrival, is a quiet village but often overrun by tourists who disembark from cruise ships. If you have time, take the shuttle organized by the tourist office to the Stegastein Viewpoint, a nice viewpoint on the fjord

What to see and what to do in Flam in Norway? Click on the link and discover all the activities to do.

Some dwellings on the fjord in Flam

THIRD DAY OF THE NORWAY TOUR: from Flam to Voss

  • in the morning you take the ferry from Flam to Gudvangen (Visitflam). With a slightly higher price, you can make the route on a super modern and full electric boat. The route crosses the Naeroyfjord, one of the two fjords that have entered the UNESCO World Heritage
  • from Gudvangen, small village with very little to offer other than a reconstructed Viking village (which I have not visited), take bus n. 950 up to Voss (www.skyss.no). There will probably be one already waiting as soon as you disembark from the ferry (connections are expected). In this case tickets can only be purchased on the vehicle. The journey is very beautiful and crosses suggestive landscapes again. Voss is the quintessential sports town such as rafting, canyoning, paragliding, mountain biking and so on. I, who am not very sporty, preferred to take a walk along the lake, visit the Folk Museum and browse among the houses scattered along the hill

The Naeroyfjord: navigation by public transport in Norway

FOURTH DAY WITH NORWEGIAN PUBLIC TRANSPORT: from Voss to Bergen

The most logical thing would be to take the train that quickly connects Voss to Bergen. But I wanted to reach Bergen via the fjords. So here's what I did:

  • bus from Voss to Flam (www.nor-way.no). I also spent this trip glued to the window: beautiful! Once you get back to Flam, if you have time, you might rent a bicycle and take a stretch of cycle path that runs along the fjord to Otternes Farm (the last stretch up to the farms is tremendously uphill)
  • ferry from Flam to Bergen. I advise you to buy it well in advance (www.Norled.no), especially during the tourist season, because only one leaves a day and it is quite crowded. The cruise takes about 5 hours and passes through fjords, godforsaken villages and an endless amount of islets. Although monotonous, it is a beautiful journey. Sit comfortably, relax and enjoy the scenery

»» What to see in Bergen? I suggest you visit the city on a private tour

Villages along the navigation between Flam and Bergen

FIFTH DAY IN NORWAY what to see in Bergen

Today no moving, the day is dedicated to visiting Bergen. The city is wonderful and there is a Nordic atmosphere, especially in the neighborhoods of Bryggen and Marken. Here it is what to see in Bergen in one day.

The only means of transport you will need is the Floibanen funicular up to Mount Floyen (www.floyen.no). On fine days, the view is truly beautiful.
Otherwise it is not necessary to take Bergen public transport as the city tour can be done on foot.

The alleys of Bryggen in Bergen in Norway

SIXTH DAY IN NORWAY WITH PUBLIC TRANSPORT: from Bergen to Oslo

  • after spending a few hours visiting what you have not yet seen in Bergen (e.g. museums, neighborhoods and parks), it is time to take a transfer (Flybussen) towards Bergen airport
  • domestic flight from Bergen to Oslo (Torp / Sandejord). Be careful because the Ryanair flight that will take you home does not depart from Oslo's main airport but from Torp / Sandejord. Then book the flight that takes you directly here from Bergen (it costs more than the other airport but the two are very far away so it is not worth planning a further movement between the two airports). The company is thereWideroe. Stand by the window because you fly low and the view is spectacular: islands, glaciers, valleys and waterfalls. The train from Bergen to Oslo would have cost something less (not very much) but it would have taken about 7-8 hours, retracing part of the routes already seen on the second day
  • if you have a long stopover at Sandefjord - Torp airport(at least 4-5), do not stop at the airport but take a trip to Sandefjord. You will take the free transfer that will take you to the train stop (it leaves exactly 10 minutes before the train arrives). Ask for information at the info point. The train will take you, after just one stop, to Sandefjord (www.nor-way.no). Alternatively, take a taxi (around 25-30 euros). The small town may not be unforgettable but it has a nice whaling museum, a whaling ship docked at the harbor and a waterfront
  • back at the airport (train from Sandefjord to Torp and then transfer by free bus that will wait for you at the stop), it's time to resume the Ryanair flight to Italy

The view over Bergen from Mount Floyen


NORWAY: INFORMATION AND CURIOSITIES

Before leaving for the travel itinerary in Norway, there is some information and curiosity that is good to know.

NORWAY: COST OF LIVING

It is useless to hide, the trip to Norway costs. It's a lot!

The cost of living in this country is very high and you will quickly realize it. Transportation, lunches and souvenirs have almost double prices compared to what you might pay in Milan (therefore in a large Italian city). A few examples? Sandwich in a bakery 8 €, bottle of water 3-4 €, beer in restaurant / pub 8-12 €, pizza margherita 15 €, main course in restaurant 25-30 €, public transport in Oslo 3.5 €, souvenir tea towel 12 -15 €, etc.

If you still want to visit Norway, you have to turn a blind eye and open your wallet (or swipe the card which is more comfortable)!

My advice is to enjoy your trip anyway and don't deprive yourself of a visit or a dish at the restaurant if it's freezing outside. After all, it is a matter of a few days and everything is allowed on vacation.

We spent around € 1,300-1400 per person in 6 days but we stayed in nice hotels (those don't have such high prices compared to Italy) and in the evening we always dined in a restaurant. If you sleep in B & Bs or hostels and if, to feed yourself, you go to bakeries (they close early) or to the supermarket, then the budget is reduced.

The fortress of Oslo: in Norway by public transport

WHERE TO STAY IN NORWAY

Traveling with my partner, who is particularly demanding, over time I have begun to appreciate the higher-end facilities. You want for the comforts, for the panoramic view or for the courtesy. The fact is that in Norway I have always chosen nice structures (so not really cheap).

I preferred to book in advance as, especially outside the cities, there are not many facilities.
We stayed here:

  • Oslo: Amerikalinjen. Beautiful, stylish and located right in front of the station. Unforgettable also for breakfast. It was the TOP of the whole holiday!
  • Flam: Flam Marina & Apartments. The facilities here are few and far between. This solution is excellent if you are 3-4 people. The rooms are small but there is a nice sitting area (with kitchen) and the view of the fjord leaves you speechless
  • Voss: Store Ringheim Hotel. Undoubtedly the most evocative and picturesque of the trip. It is located just outside Voss (the transfer is free) where the facilities are very expensive and not much. Here, however, in an idyllic setting with views over the valley, the property has very nice rooms and an excellent restaurant
  • Bergen: Clarion Hotel Admiral. Needs a refresh, at least in the rooms, but the central location and view some rooms have over Bryggen is unmatched

Our hotel in Voss nestled in a magnificent landscape

WHEN TO GO TO NORWAY

Any tourism office would say (as always in these cases): "it is beautiful in all seasons". The statement is certainly true but with the cold and the dark not everyone will appreciate the trip to Norway.

The summer months, when the days are longer and the temperatures milder, are certainly the ideal time to visit these areas.

Curiously, as noted in several places (including the Lonely Planet), dopo il 15 agosto non si è più nell’alta stagione ed i prezzi degli hotel dovrebbero scendere leggermente.
Io ci sono stato proprio in questo periodo e, salvo un giorno di freddo e pioggia a Oslo, gli altri ci è andata piuttosto bene (a Bergen abbiamo addirittura trovato 2 giorni con 25 gradi!).

Il paesaggio dal finestrino del treno tra Oslo e Flam

CONTANTI E CARTE DI CREDITO IN NORVEGIA

La moneta locale è la corona norvegese (NOK). L’euro, quindi, non è accettato.
Per fortuna il cambio è piuttosto semplice perché, semplificando, 10 NOK corrispondono ad 1€.

Il 99% dei negozi, ristoranti e hotel accetta la carta di credito e, anzi, in alcuni casi accettano solamente quella. Perfino per il pagamento di un souvenir da 3 euro o per un caffè si paga con le carte.

Per sicurezza, io ho preferito comunque portare un po’ di contante (l’equivalente di circa 150€). Si può prelevare al bancomat direttamente in Norvegia oppure cambiare nella propria banca in Italia (meglio comunque avvisare qualche giorno prima di modo che possano procurare le corone).


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