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Breaking out of the Nutshell: Oslo, Bergen, the Sognefjord and Copenhagen

Breaking out of the Nutshell: Oslo, Bergen, the Sognefjord and Copenhagen

Mar 27th, 2011, 06:26 PM
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Dayenu, thanks. I just would rather have sunshine than rain. I'm mentally prepared for rain, but things are so much more fun when the sun is out !
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Mar 28th, 2011, 04:50 PM
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Thanks for the kind comments. I'm glad the trip report is useful. Songdoc, we loved the whole experience and I'm not sure I'd change a thing, other than allot more time. But I'll think about that and get back to you later in the week (we're currently in Hanoi and will be away for a couple of days at Halong bay).
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Mar 30th, 2011, 05:32 PM
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Just to add to ms_go's thoughts... it was our first and only trip there, and it was an all-too-brief stay. I can't say if there was something special that we missed, but who can say for sure?

All I do know for certain is that we enjoyed the things we did a great deal. But not everyone enjoys driving as much as I do, and not everyone loves hiking as much as we do.

But out of our many, varied travels, this one ranks in the top 3 for scenic splendor. And that's a bold statement.

Just on thing to bear in mind: everything is expensive there. Everything. So be prepared!

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Mar 31st, 2011, 07:30 AM
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Utterly fantastic. I am printing this for a leisurely read. I just bought tickets to Norway for this summer. I am contemplating a hiking tour with Backroads because the timing just happens to be perfect (I stumbled across the tour after I had already bought the tickets).
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Apr 18th, 2014, 08:44 AM
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Thank you for such a detailed report, it is very helpful.
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Apr 18th, 2014, 03:55 PM
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Thank you, anjun. I'm glad it was helpful. It was fun to re-read this trip report--it seems like so long ago...and it's making me want to go back.
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Jun 1st, 2014, 06:34 PM
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Thank you for your report
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Jun 12th, 2014, 07:49 PM
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bookmarking. Great pictures and report thank you
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Bookmarking. Thank you!
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Apr 24th, 2015, 03:59 PM
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My wife and I are planning to drive all the way up through Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, before dropping back down through Estonia, Latvia, Poland and Czech Rep.

I came across both your posts from '09 and '10 and it seems that you are one of the few people to have written about traveling through Norway by car (as opposed to train and bus).

I really liked both your posts and will look to use some of your suggestions. We are planning to travel this August and am wondering if we need to book all our accomm in advance (and if so, how far in advance), or if we can 'wing' it at all (or maybe in some places, but not others?), which has been our preferred method through other parts of the world?
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Jan 14th, 2016, 05:49 PM
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We are about to plan almost the same trip. We just need to decide between Stockholm or Copenhagen as our last city. Seems our families are similar, and we also live in Chicago.

Curious why you chose Copenhagen over Stockholm ?

Also, are the roads between the fjords twisty-turning nerve-racking driving, like parts of Italy ? Or a bit smoother ?

Thanks !
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Jan 14th, 2016, 07:01 PM
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Hi bbergen, it's been a few years...I know we considered both Copenhagen and Stockholm, and I think it just came down to flight price/schedule/logistics. We are going to Stockholm this summer. We enjoyed Copenhagen and have heard good things about Stockholm, so I don't think you can go wrong either way.

Re: the roads, our recollection is that most of the main routes were fairly easy driving, but there were a few roads, such as the the one around the less-visited side of the Lusterfjord, that were a little more "interesting."

Stay warm...it looks like Chicago is in for a very cold weekend!

And to the previous poster, DonCall, thank you and sorry I never saw your post--I haven't looked at this thread in awhile. Hope you had a good trip.
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Mar 2nd, 2016, 06:53 AM
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Just read through the report, Ms_go - I'm doign the early stages of planning a Scandinavian trip by car in summer 2017. Thanks for the great details? We're hoping to start in Stockholm, go to Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Copenhagen, and fly from there home on a two week trip. I think I'll add a drive from Oslo straight to Nes Gard, thanks to your great details, and then to Bergen from there.

We'll probably fly from Stockholm to Oslo, though. I'm still doign lots of research!
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May 18th, 2016, 06:03 PM
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Planning stages...Read this trip report and want to for reference to tighten up my final itinerary. Thanks for sharing!
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May 19th, 2016, 06:56 AM
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Thanks for topping this. Can't believe it was almost six years ago. I went back and looked at our pictures on zenfolio again... we really had some nice scenery on that trip!
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