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    Driving between Oslo and Trondheim

    by Gyppo Written Mar 7, 2014

    I'm sure other forms of transport in Norway are excellent, but my favourite way to travel anywhere (bad, I know, for the planet) is by car. You set your own schedule; you can stop wherever and whenever you want; and if you see something which appeals, you can visit. The road between Oslo and Trondheim is stunning (and it gets better as you go on further). To appreciate it, just pull off anywhere - you'll probably find something beautiful.

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    Use the Oslo - Bergen Line

    by mirchica Written Feb 22, 2013

    This is one of the most beautiful scenery railway lines I've ever traveled with. The journey takes around 7 hours for 500 km which is very good as if you travel by car it will take you the same time due to the mountain roads. The price of a single one way ticket could start from 25 to 60 EUR depending on when you buy the ticket.
    I took the train only to Myrdal and after a journey by Flomsbanen (another review) I went on the way to Bergen by car - again beautiful landscapes as in whole Norway.

    The sky over Myrdal Station
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    Hop on Hop off bus tour, Oslo

    by hopang Updated Oct 6, 2012

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    City sightseeing on hop on hop off bus is a wonderful and excellent way to see the major tourist attractions in city of Oslo. This hop on hop off bus service is only available during the summer months between March and October each year. Hop on hop off bus takes approximately 90 minutes each circle. Services are available every half an hour between 9.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. daily. Pre-recorded commentaries on the bus include English, Japanese, French, Spanish, German, Russian, and Italian.

    Bus stops at major tourist attractions and destinations include Oslo Cruise Terminal, Oslo Opera House, Oslo Central Station, Grand Hotel, Karl Johan gate, Oslo City Hall, Noble Peace Center, Oslo Concert Hall, Oslo Parliament Building, Oslo Cathedral, the National Theater, Royal Castle , Vigeland Sculpture Park, Norwegian Folk Museum, Viking Ship Museum, Fram Museum, Kon-tiki Museum and Norwegian Maritime Museum at Bygdoy peninsula and Aker Brygge.

    Hop on Hop off bus at City Hall building in Oslo
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    Oslo Pass

    by hopang Updated Sep 29, 2012

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    Acquire an Oslo Pass when you visit the city of Oslo. It certainly worths your money. A valid Oslo Pass entitles the holder the use of free public transportation in the city such as buses, trams, t-bana (subway) and ferry boat #91 to Bygdoy Peninsula. Holders of Oslo Pass also entitle to visit many museums and other attractions which include the following major tourist attractions:-

    Fram Museum
    Kon-tiki Museum
    Norwegian Maritime Museum
    Viking Ship Museum
    Norwegian Folk Museum
    Munch Museum
    Vigeland Sculpture Museum
    City Hall
    Noble Peace Center
    Oslo Cathedral
    Holmenkollen Ski Museum
    Holmenkollen Jump Tower
    Åkershus Castle and Fortress
    Royal Palace
    Oslo Opera House

    You will also receive discounts to some other popular attractions, shopping as well as eateries in the city.

    The cost of 24 hour Oslo Pass is NOK 270 for adults and NOK 120.00 for children. 48 hour Oslo Pass costs NOK 395.00 for adults and NOK 145.00 for children. 72 hour Oslo Pass costs 495.00 for adults and NOK 190.00 for children. A 72 hour Oslo Pass also entitles the holder a free lunch cruise along Oslo Fjord. Remember to get your Oslo Pass stamped when first in use. You may end up paying a heavy penalty for travelling on public transportation if caught without a valid Oslo Pass.

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    Trams in Oslo

    by hopang Updated Sep 22, 2012

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    Oslo trams (Oslotrikken in Norwegian) is one of the popular public transportation in the city of Oslo beside buses and metro. Oslo trams have six lines covering a total distance of approximately 130 kilometers with approximately 100 tram stops. Oslo trams transport approximately 100,000 passengers daily. It is operated by Oslo Sporvognsdrift with approximately 70 vehicles. It has history that dates back to the late 19th century.

    The following are the lines and the routes:-

    Routes 11 & 12
    From Kjelsås to Jernbanetorget

    Route 13
    From Jar to Nationaltheatret

    Route 17
    From Jernbanetorget to Grofsen

    Routes 17 & 18 (northwest line)
    From Rikshospitalet to Holbergs plass

    Routes 18 & 19 (southeast line)
    From Jernbanetorget to Ljabru

    Single trip for an adult costs NOK 30,00 for one zone and NOK 50,00 for two zones. You may also purchase discount tram tickets at NOK 75,00 for 24 hours or purchase a 7 days ticket which costs just NOK 220,00. However holders of Oslo Pass can use the trams free-of-charge during the period as stipulated in your Oslo Pass.

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    Oslo Bus Terminal

    by hopang Updated Sep 14, 2012

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    Oslo Bus Terminal is a long distance bus terminal. It caters for passengers travelling by buses to various cities and various parts of Norway especially in the north and cities outside Norway such as Gothenburg, Malmo and Stockholm in Sweden. It is located at Schweigaards gate 6 to 14 beside Oslo City Shopping Center and located within a stone's throw from the Oslo Central Station which is the hub of Oslo's public transportation. The nearest metro station is located at Jernbanetorget, approximately 200 meters away. We travelled to Oslo with Swebuss from Stockholm, a distance of just 500 kilometers.

    The Oslo Bus Terminal is comparatively small with hardly any shops and restaurants inside. For those who prefer last minute shopping or to chill out in a restaurant while waiting for their buses, they can head to the nearby Oslo Shopping Center which has more than 90 shops and restaurants. Operating hours of Oslo Bus Terminal are between 7.00 a.m. and 11.00 p.m. from Monday to Friday and between 8.00 a.m. and 10.00 p.m. on weekends.

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    Oslo Central Station

    by hopang Updated Sep 10, 2012

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    Oslo Central Station (OsloSentralstasjon in Norwegian) is the largest train station in the country. You can travel not only to various parts of the country by trains, but also to other countries in Europe via Sweden and Denmark. Oslo Central Station is made up of two large buildings, one new and the other an old existing building. The station has approximately 20 tracks. Oslo Central Station has been opened to the public since 1985. It is indeed the hub of Oslo's public transportation. Numerous cafes, restaurants and shops are located inside Oslo Central Station for the convenience of the passengers. Several hundred thousands passengers pass through Oslo Central Station every year.

    The Oslo Central Station is connected to other parts of the city by buses, trams and metro. All six metro lines run through Oslo Central Station via metro station Jernbanetorget which is located just outside the central station. Oslo Bus Terminal is also located within a stone's throw from Oslo Central Station. The station building was designed by John Engh and the station is operated by Norwegian National Rail Administration.

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    By boats in Oslo

    by hopang Updated Sep 1, 2012

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    You may travel by ferry boat #91 from the pier just opposite the City Hall in central Oslo to Bygdoy peninsula where most of the great museums in Oslo are located. Those great museums are Norwegian Folk Museum and Viking Ship Museum (first stop at Bygdoy peninsula) and Kon-tiki Museum, Fram Museum and Norwegian Maritime Museum (second stop at Bygdoy peninsula). It costs just NOK 40.00 per adult single trip. You may travel free-of-charge when you purchase an Oslo Pass from the tourist information office in central Oslo. There are ferry boats to Bygdoy peninsula every twenty minutes during peak hours between 12.00 noon and 4.00 p.m. daily. You may also purchase mini sight-seeing fjord cruises (some including lunch) from the piers or from the tourist information office.

    Ferry boat to Bygdoy peninsula Ferry boat to Bygdoy peninsula Cruise in Oslo
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    Express boat from Flåm to Bergen

    by travelfrosch Updated Aug 28, 2012

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    UPDATE: As of 2012, the hydrofoil runs only from Flåm to Balestrand during summer.

    A scenic way to get to Bergen is via the express boat. This hydrofoil works its way down the Sognefjord to Bergen, and offers spectacular views on the way. If you're interested in traveling to Balestrand, the express boat is the best way to get to that lovely village (or at least the most fun!)

    The boat runs daily from June-August, with one or two departures per day. Total travel time from Flåm to Bergen or vice versa is a little over 5 hours.

    In 2009, One-way fare from Flåm to Bergen is NOK 645 for a single adult, NOK 968 "miniprice" for a round trip. There are also discounts for a "family" (up to 2 adults and 1 child) -- check the website for details. 50% discount for Inter-Rail (but NOT Eurail or Scanrail). The rules and restrictions change frequently, so always ask when purchasing.

    View of the Sognefjord Superlatives fail me here Fjord to sea as we approach Bergen Impressive. Most impressive.
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    Hurtigruten!

    by travelfrosch Updated Aug 12, 2012

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    This voyage, dubbed "the most beautiful journey in the world," lived up to its motto for us. Luxurious ships depart daily from Bergen and Kirkenes, making the journey up the Norwegian coast through spectacular scenery. The northward trip takes 6 days, making calls at a number of cities, towns, and villages on the way. The ship will then turn around and return to Bergen in an additional 5 days.

    Travelers have a variety of travel options and price ranges. You can take a full-up, 11-day "round trip" cruise, or a "half-round trip" (6 days north or 5 days south). Prices vary with time of year, class of cabin, car passage (yes, you can bring your car!), etc -- check the website for details.

    For those with limited time and/or money, another option is to take a "port-to-port" trip. For our part, we took the 3-overnight trip from Svolvær to Kirkenes in the least expensive cabin available (NOK 400 per person, double occupancy in summer, half that off season). The website has a list of up-to-date fares and cabin options. For those living outside Scandinavia, your best bet is to email Hurtigruten directly if you want a cabin. Book well in advance if you're traveling in June or July.

    Also check the website for the latest specials. For example, you can bring your car for free if traveling from Kirkenes to Bergen in 2007.

    MS Nordnorge arrives in Svolv��r
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    By Oslo Metro

    by hopang Updated Aug 11, 2012

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    Oslo Metro (Oslo T-Bane in Norwegian) has only 6 lines, i.e. line 1 to 6 with different colours for each line. Oslo Metro covers a total length of approximately 100 kilometers. It has history that dates back to the end of the 19th century. Oslo Metro has a total of 105 metro stations, of which only 16 stations are underground and the rest are aboveground. All six lines run through the following stations in the city:- Majorstuen, Nationaltheatret, Stortinget, Jernbanetorget, Gronland and Toyen. Our advice is to buy Oslo Pass and your travel by metro is free-of-charge and don't forget to get your Oslo Pass stamped when in use for the first time. Penalty is heavy if you are caught without a valid ticket.

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    By Hurtigruten to Harstad

    by globetrott Written Apr 7, 2012

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    Hurtigruten has a regular stop in Harstad on the northbound voyage at 06.45 - 08.00am and in the southbound voyage between 08.00 and 08.30am. So all you can do is take a short walk to town, BUT all the sights that are explained here in my page are much too far away to do that while the ship is in port.
    So you have to take the bustour from Harstad to Sortland like I did, and I really enjoyed it a lot !
    And when your tour is almost over - you might be lucky like I was : while we crossed the bridge in order to join our ship in Sortland, our ship passed by right under that bridge - see it in my last picture !

    our bus is on the bridge & our ship is below !
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    Cruising by Hurtigruten to Vadsoe / Vadsø

    by globetrott Written Apr 6, 2012

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    All of the Hurtigruten-ships will make a short stop in Vadsø on their NORTHBOUND cruise from Bergen to Kirkenes. They will stop there for just 30 minutes in order to load and unload their goods and passangers and you as a passanger will have enough time to walk over to the other shed with that small exhibition about the airships "Norge" and "Italia" , that had docked for the last time on the european continent here in Vadsoe / Vadsø in order to fill up their tanks and provisions in 1926 and 1928.
    Well, maybe the expression "cruising" might be a bit misleading for the ships of Hurtigruten, especially for people who have made a lot of cruises already, but Hurtigruten is certainly the best way to see all of the coast of Norway. Hurtigruten is the name of the well-known post-ships cruising every day of the year along the norwegian coast on a fixed schedule between Bergen and Kirkenes.
    The ship will open the gangway for passengers to go ashore and they will also start to unload and load all sorts of goods, cars, different articles from small boxes to giant machineries. In case that you like to see more of the places closeby, you have to book one of their excursions and join the ship again at the next port.
    Cars can be taken onboard of a Hurtigruten-ship, when they are not higher than 2,5 meters and not wider than 2,45 meters.
    A roundtrip Bergen - Kirkenes - Bergen takes 11 days, but you can as well book also for just a few ports, if you wish to, BUT booking is adviseable at least in the summer-months, when the ships are mostly fully booked !
    In winter there are just a few people onboard, there will be NO single-cabin surcharges then !

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    take the ferry to Hirtshals in Danmark

    by globetrott Updated Feb 7, 2012

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    Another quite easy way to get to Kristiansand is by ferry from Hirtshals in Danmark. That ferry will be the fastest way to get to the southern tip of Norway from central Europe.
    Once that you came that far up in Danmark, dont miss to take a sidestep to SKAGEN where the Baltic Sea meets the Atlantic and forms a permanent rush of waves that is quite unique in this world.

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    get there by train

    by globetrott Updated Feb 7, 2012

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    Unfortunately you cannot go to very many places by train in Norway, but To Kristiansand you can get easily by train or overland-buses, from Oslo for instance the train takes about 6 hours and will take you through a scenic landscape.
    Below you will find a link to the train-system in Norway, timetables and prices !

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