Driving between Oslo and Trondheim
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.
Use the Oslo - Bergen Line
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.Related to:
Hop on Hop off bus tour, Oslo
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.Related to:
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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:-
Norwegian Maritime Museum
Viking Ship Museum
Norwegian Folk Museum
Vigeland Sculpture Museum
Noble Peace Center
Holmenkollen Ski Museum
Holmenkollen Jump Tower
Åkershus Castle and Fortress
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.Related to:
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Trams in Oslo
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
From Jar to Nationaltheatret
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.Related to:
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Oslo Bus Terminal
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.Related to:
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Oslo Central Station
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.Related to:
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By boats in Oslo
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.Related to:
Express boat from Flåm to Bergen
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.Related to:
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
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.Related to:
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By Oslo Metro
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.Related to:
Getting around by train in Norway
Norway with all it's fjords and mountains is not exactly a train friendly country, but we have trains that cover most cities from Kristiansand in the south to Bodø in the north. It is also possible to get to Narvik a bit further north if you travel from Sweden (I have added this link as well)
The Nowegian traincompany NSB have some tickets called "minipris", which can be bought from 90 days before your travel. There are a limited amount of these tickets, but they are a really bargain, so if you have the chance to be a bit flexible on the dates at the same time as you plan well in advance you could be able to get one of these tickets.
Especially in winter and snow there could be problems with the trains not being on time or being replaced by buses, so if you visit during this time of year, you should be prepared for problems and have a little patience.Related to:
Driving in Norway
Being in Norway, you shall do what the Norwegians are doing (!).
I am trying my best to copy them as a driver but I am still going crazy when in front of me, an 85 yrs. old “Viking” driving a huge Volvo, 2 liters with 60 km/hr.
We have somehow to respect the way they are valuing the rules and I am sure that everybody will have to learn from them about prevention.
They are stopping every time when somebody starts thinking about crossing the road. Their kids are still riding their bicycles on the road without any problem…
As I am always saying, Norway is our lost and last “sanctuary” and we must help them to save it like this.
quite a STUPID car-Toll-system
Well, lets start with the positive part of that Toll-system: I did not pay anything yet, maybe because I am just a "tiny fish" who does not owe them more than around 20 euros or so...
IMHO this is the most stupid way to collect money from foreign cardrivers, stupid for them and stupid for us:
The Toll-system for cars is fully automatic and an invoice will be sent to your homeadress ! It might take 1-6 months untill you get a letter from Great Britain and who knows, maybe I will have my 1st invoices already in my postbox in Vienna, while I am still driving through Norway. (This is what I thought, while planning to drive through Norway untill early November)-.
OK, then I had my carproblems and came home already end of September and found out : I did not yet get the invoice in my postbox, although I did not drive anywhere in Norway after Sept. 11th.
Next question is : Will they send 1 bill for all places where I passed through these automatic toll-meters or will I get seperate ones for Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim etc.
Another possibility is to pay at some petrolstations in the outskirts of the cities, BUT it is YOU who has to remember how much toll you owe them and pay in that exact amount.And when you dont pay enough that way, they will send you an invoice for the rest !
Around Oslo the Shell-stations will collect this money, in Bergen it was ESSO, so you always have to read first the instructions somewhere at a few parkingplaces, where the system is explained...
And then you can only hope that you pay at the last and not at the last-but-one station of that area...
The same system apllies for Bergen and other towns, while overland-roads are mostly to be payed cash
Motorcycles are totally free on these tollroads !
cars & motorhomes pay the same tariff
trucks are much more expensive and hopefully this automatic system
can tell my high motorhome from a truck !!Related to:
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Laerdalstunnel - the longest streettunnel on earth
Laerdalstunnel with a total length of 24,5 km is the longest street-tunnel on earth ! Just be prepared that you have to drive through it around half an hour, when you take the speed-limits seriously. The good part of it: you will hardly meet any other cars there, except at special times, overtaking is allowed at many places, and it is also quite safe, because oncoming trafic can be seen a long time in advance.
This tunnel is about 10km from Borgund and when you arrive from the west, you will most probably drive through this tunnel !
Lærdalstunnelen is using a special kind of "light-show" to keep the drivery "busy" and attentive, and what is even more surprisising:
This tunnel is totally free of charge !Related to:
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