Request for travel advice

Old May 14th, 2003, 01:58 PM
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Request for travel advice

Hi there:
My fiance and I are spending part of our honeymoon in Norway. We are flying to Stavanger and from there need to get to Oslo in one day. I have three questions relating to these plans:
1. Which is a better way to see and enjoy Norway's great scenery--by rental car or by train? (Remember we have only one day of travel time.)
2. If the train is the best way, which route should we take? How easy is it to get good photos from a moving train in this area? And, if we go by train, how long will this take?
3. If a rental car is the best option, which is the best route to take? How long will this route take?
4. As we have only three days in Oslo, what are the best sites to see? (We are avid on historical sites and on scenery and culture.)
Thanks so much to everyone who takes the time to respond.

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Old May 14th, 2003, 02:03 PM
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You might want to repost this message with a heading that includes the fact that you want info on Norway.
Example: Need travel advice on Norway

Every question on this message board is pretty much asking for travel advice, but not that many people go to Norway.
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Old May 14th, 2003, 06:15 PM
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I suggest you start by going to the home page and clicking "destinations" and following to Oslo.

And go to the official Oslo website:

I think you will really enjoy the city. We took the bus from downtown to the folk museum and then walked to the Kon-Tiki museum and took a small ferry thru the fiord back to town. For a superb view of the city and fiord take a bus to the ski jump.

You'll get some of the freshest seafood in the world right on the harbor so enjoy the restaurants there.

Sorry I can't help with your transit from Stavanger but it looks a long way on the map - 300 KM, 190 miles - as the crow fies so I would guess it to be more like 300 miles. Let somebody else do the driving if you have to do it in one day.

I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time.
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Old May 15th, 2003, 01:28 AM
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The distance between Stavanger and Oslo is 450 km. If you don't mind driving I would drive. You can stop whenever you want. It takes about 7 - 8 hours to drive. The train is also about 8 hours. If you deceide on driving, you should get a road map. There are not many options on which route to take.
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1. and 3. The best way would be a rental over the mountain on the narrow 'Suleskar road', to Dalen in Telemark county. Possibly visit Rjukan on your way to Oslo. The route would take 7-8 hours. But is best if you want to enjoy Norwegian with so little time.

2. Most scenic by train would be Flaggruten ferry to Bergen and the afternoon train to Oslo arriving Oslo late. If you take the southern route make sure to take a few hours stop in Kristiansand. A small delightful town, but the train ride itself isn't what you would call fjord/mountain scenery.

4.Scenery wise Oslo isn't that spectacular. Walking from Akerbrygge to the Bygdoy peninsula is nice. Sognsvann lake at the end of the Sognsvann Metro line likewise. Or Frognerbekk-valley a forgotten part of the Vigeland park (on the far end.)
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I think that the best way to go from Stavanger to Oslo is by car. I drove this route last August (check out this link The trip took us about 7 hours and we didn't make many stops. But it is a scenic route that is for sure. You can find more information on

Are you planning to stay in Stavanger a little bit? Are you guys into trekking? If yes, you should try to make it to Kjerag (check this picture:

Remember to check out Vigelandsparken while you are in is beautiful

Have a great trip

Stavanger, Norway
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