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Norway Tourist Traps

  • Fish Market

    Bergen Tourist Traps

    All of the guidebooks said you had to visit the fish market but our first reaction upon seeing it was that we weren't at the right place. But of course we were and what we found was a lot of vendors who didn't strike me as even remotely Norwegian selling a lot of fish that wasn't locally harvested, some of it clearly frozen, some of it marked with...

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  • Souvenirs

    Bergen Tourist Traps

    There are many places to purchase sweaters in Bergen and the Fish market is actually the best place. Be careful of the shop at the end of the wharf that sells windstop sweaters. These are designed in Norway and made in Singapore. They are not authentic. There is no law on labeling source like in the US but if you ask the sales clerk they will be...

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  • Food / drink

    Bergen Tourist Traps

    McDonalds - they seem to be everywhere these days. The prices in this branch are considerably higher than in the UK. The range of products is the same so why not do yourself a favour and sample some of the local cuisine instead! Try real fish instead of plastic fish!

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  • the excursion to Saltstraumen

    The tidal current in Saltstraumen is an excursion that was offered as well by Hurtigruten from Bodoe but hoever I talked about it afterwards they said it is nothing special at all and it was a waste of money !Maybe that applies only to certain times of the year, maybe they had been there in a bad time, when the best part of it was over...

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  • Waiting to watch the midnight sun

    The midnight sun was disappointing. The night without darkness is fascinating, but as for the sun itself, it doesn't dip down and up again like a V. It rather gets lower and closer to the horizon, then higher again, but most of the slow motion is from north-west to north-east. We saw it in the far north in May, over the sea. So there was no point...

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  • Norway - Yes, but No Way in a car!

    Most roads in Norway are insufficient for drivers. This is due to the landscape being full of mountains/alps and rivers/seas. Tunnels are not unusual to be several miles long and bridges are common. The landscape is absolutely astonishing. BUT, the roads are narrow--and when I say narrow I mean NARROW. For instance, travelling on the "highways"...

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  • DO NOT EAT WHALE !!!

    Norway is one of the few countries in the world where wahling is permitted. It is officially justified on 'scientific purposes', but fact is that you can find whale meat in the menu of many restaurants and even in souvenir shops. Support instead the developping whale watching industry in the Vesteralen islands and other areas. In spite of the...

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  • Prices

    Norway must be one of the most expensive countries in the world ... even in rural areas, you can expect to pay a fortune while shopping for the basic necessities in the supermarket. Prepare for outrageous prices when eating out. That said, you can find decent accomodation at a reasonable price, and driving/gas is not overly expensive, too. The same...

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  • Briksdalsbreen glacier

    Briksdalsbreen is a snout of the Jostedalsbreen glacier between the Sognefjord and Nordfjord. There is a road up from Olden that takes you to a parking lot and tourist facility with stunning views all around. From here you can walk or take a horse cart pulled by a Norwegian breed Fjording horse up to the glacier lake in front of the snout....

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  • Speed Limit

    In Norway there is a speed low speed limit.Don`t drive faster! It will be very expensive if you are caught.A collegue had to pay 800,- € for driving 20 km to fast! Bad for you! Nothing helps! ALWAYS LOOK THE SPEED LIMIT

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  • Don't be taken in

    This roadside sign can be encountered all over Norway and is supposed to mark natural and man-made wonders. While in many cases it does, in even more it means a long detour to see something like a small zoo or a path across the country that you would normally enjoy to take a walk along but not when your destination is still hundreds of kilometres...

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  • Cheap air tickets to/from Norway

    Note that cheap airlines flying in and out of Norway may use peripheral airports, and if transiting to another flight you may have to travel to another airport to do so. Haugesund (for Stavanger og Bergen) and Torp/Sandefjord for Oslo airport are the key cases.Myself I wound up with a domestic ticket conncecting to an international KLM flight once,...

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  • Cheap air tickets to/from Norway

    Note that cheap airlines flying in and out of Norway may use peripheral airports, and if transiting to another flight you may have to travel to another airport to do so. Haugesund (for Stavanger og Bergen) and Torp/Sandefjord for Oslo airport are the key cases.Myself I wound up with a domestic ticket conncecting to an international KLM flight once,...

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  • Cheap air tickets to/from Norway

    Note that cheap airlines flying in and out of Norway may use peripheral airports, and if transiting to another flight you may have to travel to another airport to do so. Haugesund (for Stavanger og Bergen) and Torp/Sandefjord for Oslo airport are the key cases.Myself I wound up with a domestic ticket conncecting to an international KLM flight once,...

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  • Enjoying the GLACIERS

    It's not a trap if you're smart BEFORE. But: YOU DON'T WIN WITH THE GLACIERS without the proper equipment!!! And that's the big pity, cause BEING THERE it's REALLY WORTHY ALL YOUR EFFORTS..!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Buy Norwegian if you can pay

    Unfortunatly, a real Norwegian sweater worths 1000 to 1500 Kr. If you find one at a lower price, be prepared to be desapointed.

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  • Runde island birds paradise

    Very often bad weather. If you want to see puffins and seabirds (as many as 170.000 pairs) phone in advance to know if the weather is good and the ship start to the tour!+47 70085916www.runde.no

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  • High prices for ferries

    Always think twice if it is really necessary to go by ferry. There are hundreds of ferries in Norway and at the end of the trip the sum of money paid for ferries will be the second highest of all expenses. (the first is petrol expenses - if you go by motor-home) If possible find a road that goes around if only it is not much longer.

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  • The Golden Route

    "The Golden Route" in its commercial version takes you from Oslo up the Gudbrandsdalen Valley, the Romsdalen valley to Åndalsnes by train, by bus onwards up the Trollstigen road, past Tafjord, then the Eagle Road down into the Geiranger Fjord. From Geiranger by bus onwards to Stryin via Dalsnibba viewpoint, past Lom and Otta where you again board...

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  • North Cape, bussiness with or without...

    It is stupid, but after 10 days travelling and only 2 of them rainny ones, the rest with sunshine, I had not thought of having misty, almost dark weather at North Cape. There is not a single brochure showing a cloudy Cape, in all of them you see a clear sky with the midnight sun.Well, it is a trap!There are many chances that you find clouds or mist...

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  • "Norway in a Nutshell"

    This is a trip mainly by public transportation that takes you out of Oslo across the Hardangervidda mountain plateau, down to Flaam by an interesting stretch of railway, out on the fjords for a while, back on a bus steep up the mountains again and back to Oslo on the train. I don't intend to be ironic, because it's a very nice trip that gets rave...

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  • The Ultimate Trap

    The Ultimate Tourist Trap is as many VT members have found out, the North Cape. There has been a lawsuit against the commericial operators of the North Cape - yes, it's very commercial - because you have to pay a ticket (expensive) to get out to the point. There is a law that grants free access to all public lands without hinderance and this is...

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  • Summer rush and Trains

    No traps to speak of-- except one thing that escaped me and a few fellow travellers... Make sure that you confirm your days ticket on your scanrail-eurail pass. during summer the volume of traffic may leave u hi and dry.I had got onto the train from Fauske to Oslo-- vis Trondhiem, and i realised that though i could be on that train with my ticket,...

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  • North Cape - Too Expensive for What You...

    Before you visit the North Cape, make sure you know its price! The North Cape is the (assumed, but not the real) northernmost point of Europe's mainland. It consists of a 200 m high cliff with a tourist facility on top (restaurant, movie theater, post office, souvenir shop) and is about 250 km away from the nearest town (Alta). The entrance fee to...

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  • Very high petrol prices!

    Although Norway extract its own oil petrol prices are one of the highest in Europe. So I recommend to refuel your car before driving to Norway!

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  • Shopping on the ferry to Norway

    For people from Norway it might be already a good trade to do shopping on the ferry, but I was really astonished, the "dutry free" prices on the ship were still so high, much higher than in Denmark and much much higher than in Germany. I heard that lots of Norway people go shopping in Denmark when they have the possiblity. So, if you´re travelling...

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  • Outdoor beer at Aker brygge

    In Oslo, the area called Aker brygge is very popular during spring and summer. Lots of us go there because of so-called 'utepils' which translates to 'outdoor pilsner beer'. For some reason, most Norwegians find that drinking beer outside is as close to Heaven as you can get. After a day or two in Oslo, you will probably be aware of the fact that a...

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  • Shopping around doesn't help

    At some time during your visit to Norway, you'll probably find yourself in a souvenir shop wondering why the Hell a small plastic troll have a price tag that would be more fitting on an Italian sports car. If you think about searching for the same plastic troll to a better price somewhere else, forget about it. Norwegian souvenirs cost the same...

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  • Beware of Nordkapp

    OK - so you want to see the midnight sun - to stand on the Northern tip of Europe and look out at the calm ocean while the nocturnal rays of romantic sunshine reflects in your hair. FORGET NORDKAPP!!!The Nordkapp plateu is controlled by a private company, and you have to pay through your nose to even enter the area - where you can stand in a windy...

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  • The Olympics were exciting and...

    The Olympics were exciting and there was a big effort to preserve the town and surroundings but the real beauty of Norway is the natural beauty of the landscape and its people.

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  • Feristdanger, that is...

    Feristdanger, that is something you have to look out for when you are off the beaten path. Its used to keep the animals inside a area and as there is not allowed to put up fences on some roads, they use this roadbarrels.

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  • Think about this - you enter...

    Think about this - you enter Oslo with your chopter, and suddenly the sky is full of other chopters. I guess you should check on the air activity before arriving with your exclusive transportation. Just a tip for you first class travellers.

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  • In my first time in Norway I...

    In my first time in Norway I was shocked to see so much Muslims people etc.. Are living there.Some of the tourists I'd met also agreed with me,it's just very unlike to see it in such beautiful country, it's also in Denmark & Sweden.Not intention to insult them but thats a fact .

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  • All right, there's nothing to...

    All right, there's nothing to do. But it's a trap, anyway. It's the toll you have to pay when you enter the Nordkapp area. I know that tourism is a great resource and it must be exploited, but Nordkapp had a romantic aura that is completely lost when you arrive there and are asked about your home country (Statistics). But the real problem is when...

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  • When in Bergen, forget about...

    When in Bergen, forget about the funicular to get on top of Mt Floyen. It's only gonna take you about 20 minutes to walk up there and, of course, you're gonna save 50NOK per head, which I think is way too expensive for a 800m ride.

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  • Places to get a suntan are...

    Places to get a suntan are usually a tourist trap. A fun alternative and actually a faster way to get a tan, is finding a snowy spot late in the spring. The reflection from the snow has an effect that will give a tan faster that you would realise.

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  • Bewarw of the most expensive...

    Bewarw of the most expensive stores and restaurants, or people whose trying to trick you...Don't buy tickets etc. in the streets...Watch out for thiefs- Hold on to your wallet when your at the underground or bus.Norway is not really known to be a criminal country, but just in case..

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  • The tourist shops. Watch out...

    The tourist shops. Watch out for many items (especially trolls) that are often made in China.Knitwear is real quality, but is a real rip-off compared to UK prices for similar quality (double price). Unless you really want a Norwegian sweater, don't bother. Prices start from NOK 1100.

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  • Bus to the North Cape from...

    Bus to the North Cape from Honningsvag. It leaves only once a day, but during weekends there is no connection back! Plan your trip to go to the Nort Cape during the week and not the weekend. I have been forced to spend a lot of money to come back from the North cape. If you decide to rent a car be prepared to pay a toll and entrance fee for the...

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  • In winther time - slipper y...

    In winther time - slipper y roads - especially if your'e not useed to it !Oslo might by dangerous in some partsBiggest hazard might be standing in line waiting for the cab to take you to your hotel on late night weekend. You might risk being struck down by some drunk guy ! but in all - nothing much to worry about here :)

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  • Stay away from buying...

    Stay away from buying something at the Gardermoen Airport.The prices are less in the city than at the airport, although the city it is not cheap either.The Karl Johan street has many shops that one can be without. The shops at beginning of the street from the Central Station offers a lot of shirts and all kinds of sweaters(the typical norwegian...

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  • Nordkapp

    Nordkapp: There is a large visitor centre that attracts hundreds of tourists every day, don't get me wrong .. it IS worth a visit but bear in mind that it is NOT the northernmost point in europe as it claims to be (see my 'Off the beaten track' bit). The entrance fee is VERY expensive as are the souvenirs in the shop (e.g. Sami hats were 50% more...

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