"Arriving by boat is by far the..." Norway Transportation Tip by Kjetil

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Arriving by boat is by far the best way of coming to Norway. There are ferries from different places in Denmark and England that can take you to different Norwegian cities - and you usually arrive in the morning to our beautiful land of fjords and mountains.

Since Norway is not a member of the European Union, you can buy duty free goods on the ferries, and if you are a smoker, this is the time to buy you cigarettes - which are very expencive in Norway.
Train should be your first choice whenever you travel from Oslo to other cities in southern Norway. This will give you a chance to see much more of the beautiful landscape than on a bus for instance.

On the west coast, there are high-speed boats that can take you between Stavanger and Bergen, and in fair weather, this gives you some stunning views of the coast. In bad weather, you'll probably spend most of the time throwing up, so you won't care about dramatic mountains anyway.

If you are traveling to northern Norway - the coastal liner 'hurtigruta' is an incredibly romantic way of traveling. It is one of the most beautiful journeys in the World (cross my heart), and can take you all the way from Bergen to Kirkenes - or on shorter legs along the coast. The back side of hurtigruta is the cost. It can be ridiculously expencive during the summer months, but off season, the price drops to a more reasonable level.

Type: Train

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 7, 2002
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