Norway, motorhome or fly and hotel

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    Hi guys, perhaps you can help me a bit. We would like to visit Norway, specifically the Fjords, possibly late this year (October) and I'm interested in options. Obviously we would like to take the motorhome but its a long drive and fuel/ferries/campsite fees could become an issue. The alternative would be to fly out (cheap flights are pretty reasonable from either Manchester or Gatwick). Suggestions welcomed as to routes for going in the camper and what sort of ferry charges we might expect. Also suggestions for hotel/B&B type accomodation. We're probably looking at 7 to 10 days but might stretch to a fortnight.

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    Hi Dave
    We're planning to do the arctic circle next year and most of Scandinavia and hoping to include a trip to Svalbard / Spitsbergen. Planning now although our plans are always very loose just a list of places we want to visit and we also want to make it to Nordkapp. We reckon to take 3 months at least to do the whole trip and will drive all the way.
     
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    Someone has been watching the Hairy Bikers:BigGrin:

    Funnily enough just calculated a trip from here, doing a Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and back
     
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    Many years ago we went on a fly drive holiday to Norway. Picked up a VW at the airport in Bergen. The big advantage was it was LHD and locally plated so we could stare at the Brits on sites,caused some confusion when we picked up a couple of English students hitching.
    That may be worth investigating.
     
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    Im glad a few are thinking of venturing out. Nikki has began planning our trip and looking at various options for a 3 month break. Got a few years before we can go yet so hopefully will have lots of information by the time we go from you lot.
     
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    OP is asking the wrong forum for his post title. Obviously motorhome :Smile:

    Hotels :Angry::thumbdown::thumbdown::thumbdown::Angry:
     
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    Hi Dave,

    Answered some questions about Scandinavia before so here some links that could be of help.

    Suggestions for the trip to Scandinavia

    And here another one

    And here for driving in Sweden/Norway

    In general, October is a bit late for traveling in Scandinavia. The days are getting a lot shorter and chances for bad weather are increasing.

    And given the fact you are planning for a very short vacation, 7 - 14 days i think i would go for the plane.

    Hope this can be of help

    Paul and Ineke
     
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    Why is OP asking the wrong forum? I did say we'd prefer to take the motorhome but as its a relatively short break fly/drive may be a better option. Perhaps if you have nothing constructive to offer you might like to consider keeping your opinions to yourself?

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    Would it be possible to share some of your plans please?

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    I appreciate you'll be starting from a different country but would you mind sharing the route you planned?

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    Any suggestions as to companies providing fly/drive holidays in Norway?

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    Thank you Paul, some very useful and interesting reading in those linked threads. I'll give them a closer read through this evening.

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    If it were me I would fly and take a smallish tent with me. Hire a car from the airport, don't stay in one place, book into a number of hotels and use the tent when you fancy. This would give you total freedom to travel. Then you have the best of both worlds, total freedom. Even for the more mature camper tents are great. :thumb:
    Now all you have to do is convince the wife.
     
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    One thing to bear in mind when going so late in the year will be daylight. There won't be much of it that late in the year. Another one - if you did watch the hairy bikers last night then most of the more spectacular roads that you saw will be closed.

    We have been to Norway on numerous occasions and absolutely love it. I do think however it is best seen in all it's glory which in my opinion is between May and September.

    It's getting more and more expensive to visit in the van so maybe a fly drive will be slightly cheaper but no so enjoyable as being in the van.

    Sonja
     
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    You can have as much info as you want matey:thumb:
    We plan to leave the Uk end of April and be at Tromso sometime in early June to get to Svalbard.
    Have a chat about it at Chester:thumb:
     
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    Thanks for the suggestion Buttons but its me that doesn't do tents:Wink:.

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    Thanks for this Sonja, October was only considered because that is the month of J's ahemtieth birthday, August will probably be more do-able from a work/taking time off point of view.

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    Thanks for that, wilkl definitely chat at Chester:thumb:.

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    Not much help to the OP but we've been to Sweden (passing through) to get to Norway twice, once in a trailer tent with our boys aged 2 and 5 in the late '70's and again in '96 with a caravan, both trips of 5 weeks.

    For some reason, probably based in the south of the UK, we found it easier going out Harwich to Gothenburg rather than direct to Norway from Newcastle with Fjord Line/Fred Olsen in those days. Those options are no longer available but Harwich/Esbjerg with a drive north to Hirtschals and across to the south of Norway or through Denmark across the bridges to Malmo is a longer way round. None of these are particularly cheap routes but Gothenburg north to Oslo and through Peer Gynt country, Gubrandsdalen, to the fjords is a wonderful route.

    We drove to Esbjerg from the Hook of Holland to catch a ferry elsewhere a couple of years ago and that took us 10 hours, 95% motorway with 2 lengthy delays so Hirtschals will add 3 hours or more to the journey time.

    Yes, 5 weeks and 2500 miles in 1978 in a wonderful country and according to the boys the best bit was "that camp site with the swings" Love it"! :shout:
     
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    Hi Dave it was some time ago and it was a firm called Norway Only.
    We flew from Newcastle to Bergen and picked up the van a fixed roof PVC,at Bergen airport. We then overnighted in Bergen,on the quayside. The following day we set out,eventually to Oslo,we had a fortnight.
    We headed to Voss camped on a site at the head of the fjoird following day. At Voss there is a train tour 'Norway in a Day'.We and then took a Ferry across the fjiord to Telemark,famous for the WW2 resistance(Heroes of Telemark) destroying the Germans Nuclear plant.
    Over the Hardanger plateau there was still some snow in July! The van didn't have a fridge so I put a bottle of fruit juice underneath the van to chill overnight-it certainly did,it was solid in the morning.
    On the plateau we camped at places called Skotjland and also in one called Geillo.
    In Oslo we stayed at Bogstad which is a big international site in the lee of the ski jump.
    The site was at the end of a tram route into the centre of Oslo. We went in to the city to visit the Kon Tiki,Viking ships and Fram(Nansens and Amundsens ship) musems.
    Prices were high but now except for the city marginally less than here!
    Eating out can be expensive out of town,not so bad,but choose wiseley.

    Tip Varme polsner is a hot dog! and Smoking whilst driving is a no-no especially in built up areas,
    Whatever you do enjoy it
     
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