- Have a US quarter, one Euro or 50 UK P. to get the luggage carts. You put the money in the slot to release the cart and will get the money back when you park it back.
- Get a window seat to get the peak at the hundreds of small islands/island community just before landing at Bergen
- Car rental is pretty easy and if you could book in advance (with pre-paid), it is less expensive if you feel comfortable driving and you have a group of more than 2 people. With the extensive driving that I did for six days, the tolls came at about $90.
- If you are planning to take the ferry from Gudvangen to Flam and also to take the Flam Train, look at the schedules because it involves return trip in a bus Look at the ferry schedules to get the maximum out of your trip. For example, we spent a lot of time before going to Gudvangen in the Tvindefossen waterfalls and when we reached there we found out that there is no return ferry/bus available to get back to the car. So we decided to drive to Flam instead of taking the ferry.
- If you have a car and have a couple of hours in Flam, drive up to Stegastein platform. It is a very narrow road but the views are pretty awesome. In summer months, you could drive past that platform and heard that it is very scenic. We were
- Renting a car and driving around is really fun, there are number of speed traps and the speeding fines are pretty high. Read about the camera speeding tickets before going. You will notice them all over the place.
- If you are traveling alone, it may be more expensive driving But gives you a lot of flexibility.
- Pack a good winter jacket(s) and good hiking boots if you enjoy outdoors.
- Bergen is very beautiful and everything is in a walk-able distance. We stayed in the hostels in Norway most of the time and the overall experience was good.
- If you happen to go during the shoulder season to hike up Trolltunga, don’t pay for the guided hike ’till you find out Or keep checking the TA forum to see the trail conditions. We went to the trailhead and a lot of people were hiking by themselves, so we decided to do the same. As long as the trail is well walked and you can follow the path, there is no need for the guide (as long as the weather is good and you have hiked before with some serious hikes). The problem is when the hiking trail is not clear because of the heavy snowfall in the previous days, in that case you should go with the guide & You will see the mile markers all the way and see a lot of people hiking.
- In my opinion, it is better to go to Norway for hiking during the shoulder season to avoid the crowds. Especially in Trolltunga, less than 20 people were there when we reached but it took a while to take our pictures there. There are a bunch of guys taking nude pictures there. You need good waterproof hiking boots,
- Take an extra pair of socks when you go to the Trolltunga hike and on the way you’d surely get your feet wet and it’s not fun hiking with wet socks.
- The ferry system and the
- Being a vegetarian will be difficult in small towns, so pack something that you could eat to survive if there is no vegetarian food. In big towns, you can always find, Italian or Chinese food.
- It is cheaper to book the breakfast with your hostel stay instead of paying for it on the day.
Olavs Church, and make the return back to Gudvangen via the town Vik. Before headed out to Aurland tunnel, we drove to Stegastein platform and the views are spectacular. The length of the tunnel (25km) prompted engineers to include various features like different color lights in the tunnel, areas where you can pull over the car to take a break, etc., to alleviate claustrophobia and tiredness. We drove through a number of small towns and had to take ferries twice before reaching Balestrand. There’re beautiful roadside falls so good worth stopping for.
come back to Gudvangen, and it involves road trip to Dragsvik, ferry to Vangsnes and road trip Gudvangen and driving through a high mountainpass, all of them with amazing views.
pictures there and stayed there for more an hour enjoying the views. Hike back was hard and the streams that were shallow when we crossed in the morning had a lot of water going and we had to find spots to cross without getting our shoes wet, but there’re few streams we had to cross walking on the water. We got back around 9pm tired and hungry, a Chinese restaurant appeared to be a god sent gift at that time :-)
Fish Market and found a parking lot little further. So we parked the car in the parking lot and took the bus to get to the hostel, which is pretty easy and simple. After putting our stuff in the hostel, we ventured out and walked around the fish market and the city. The city is very walker friendly and there are very nice neighborhoods we walked around. The fish market area is very lively and good to hang around in the late evenings.