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Wekiva May 12th, 2018 04:59 AM

Need advice on 3 day fjord experience out of Oslo
 
Our group is 2 couples, one of which is celebrating a milestone anniversary. We've booked flights into Oslo arriving Sept 26 and departing Stockholm on Oct 5. Nine days on the ground, so a shorter than usual trip.

Our original plan was to spend 2.5 days in Oslo and then take a train to Bergen to catch a 2 night cruise on Hurtigruten up to Trondheim where we'd fly to Stockholm to end the trip with 2.5 days there. After sitting with the wives last evening we reviewed the ship we'd be on (Hurtigruten MS Vesterålen) which has dampened the group's excitement for the cruise somewhat. Of all the Hurtigruten ships this one most closely resembles a research vessel going to the north pole. I realize it would still be a great experience, and it's not all about the ship in this type of situation...but it did cause us to ponder if there might be other options to see the fjords.

So we do have a window of time (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) that we could use in a different way. I see several options:
1. Obviously, stay with the plan above and enjoy the research vessel.
2. Still take the train to Bergen (we actually love train travel with scenery and I'll be catching up on work emails) but stay in Bergen and do a day trip on a boat the fjords. Or possibly rent a car and drive along the fjords instead of floating through them. Then fly directly from Bergen to Stockholm.
3. Should we do something similar to #2 but take a train to Stavanger (just looking on a map at a larger town near fjords).
4. Another option?

So there you have it. If you had 3 days to get out of Oslo to see beautiful scenery and then wanted to fly to Stockholm...what would you do?

Thanks

Wekiva May 13th, 2018 04:40 AM

Topping for the Sunday crowd.

Marija May 13th, 2018 06:26 AM

Here’s what we did:
  • train from Oslo to Bergen, night in Bergen
  • bus to ferry across the Hardangenfjord, night in Ulvik at the Brakanes hotel
  • bus to Voss, scenic train to Flam, ferry on the Naeroyfjord, overnight the Stalheim
  • bus/ferry to Balestrand on the Sognefjord, overnight Kviknes hotel
  • ferry back to Bergen, fly to Stockholm
The train ride from Oslo to Bergen, across the spine of Norway, was beautiful. We had more time than you, but you could just do part of the “Norway in a Nutshell” route from Oslo and stay the night at the Stalheim or in Flam and then continue on to Balestrand, spend the night, and then go to Bergen and spend the final night in Bergen. There are many possibilities. Trains, buses and ferries are well coordinated in Norway and using public transport was very easy. We stashed our suitcases in Bergen so we only had backpacks.

funwithfam May 26th, 2018 10:10 AM

where did you stash your luggage?

PalenQ May 26th, 2018 01:22 PM

there are ferries Bergen to Stavenger I believe too and the NIN - Norway in Nutshell excursion which you can do on your own like Marija tells about - would be a wonderful excursion from Bergen - could incorporate en route to/from Bergen and Oslo. Yes the Oslo-Bergen train is so scenic - book tickets in advance for discounts at Norwegian rail's site - for lots on trains and NIN check www.seat61.com; BETS-European Rail Experts and www.ricksteves.com

dyoll Jul 16th, 2018 07:28 AM

The Hurtigruten is transport, not a conventional cruise with entertainment. What difference would taking a 'Research vessel' make? Looking at the information it sounds more interesting than the other ships - fewer passsengers, talks and courses.
Rather than taking the train directly to Bergen consider doing the Norway in a Nutshell tour - https://www.norwaynutshell.com/origi...in-a-nutshell/
You might just catch the last Hardangerfjord in a Nutshell tour from Bergen. You could fly out of Bergen after doing a few tours and seeing the city.

PalenQ Jul 16th, 2018 08:29 AM

Yeah, NINutshell is so so easy and great - need to experience fjords from water and this excursion is so lovely - we saw whales - just buy all-inclusive ticket in Bergen for all segments.

hetismij2 Jul 16th, 2018 09:42 AM

The Vesteralen is a wonderful ship. Small and friendly. It is my favourite of the Hurtigruten ships. It is the spirit of the Hurtigruten. Relaxed, small and comfortable. OK so it doesn't have ahot tub on the deck, or fancy suites, but don't do it down.


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