Travel to Norway
Norway has links worldwide from Oslo's new Gardermoen airport but of note is Bergen's connections to Boston and other Eastern US airports. From the UK, Norwegian and SAS fly from several airports to Oslo, Bergen and Stavanger. If you reach Aberdeen then the Wideroe flights to Bergen and Stavanger take an hour directly over the sea.
We welcome clients from the world over. We can advise about payments, postage and travel, and here are our initial suggestions:
Booking from overseas - it's easy!
Travel in Norway works beautifully but the key is careful planning. This is because many bus and train lines have one, two or three services per day as opposed to the hourly service typical of the Alps and UK. Without planning your train or bus to match your flight time, it is possible to lose a day. We advise in detail on getting to your trek the same day, plus the options for interesting overnight stops (Oslo, Lillehammer, Trondheim) if you have a day to spare.
Norway's long-distance bus networks are the public transport backbone of the country. They bring within easy reach the majority of mountainous areas that are not next to one of the few train lines, for example the Jotunheimen. Buses are best booked ahead, online, though it is common for people to pay the driver (with a card) on boarding. The seats are very plush and there is a toilet, plus usually wifi and a USB point.
Norway's trains book out, unlike the UK and Alpine countries where tickets are effectively unlimited even if you end up standing. Coupled with the infrequent trains on lines North of Lillehammer and to Bergen, it is essential to plan and book.
Oslo to Trondheim, Dovre line
(6 hours, via Oslo Airport, Lillehammer and Otta)
This is the line most relevant to our treks: direct trains run North from Oslo, calling at the main airport (Gardermoen) and reaching Lillehammer in 2 hours. Onwards, Otta is a key interchange for buses to the Jotunheimen and the Rondane.
For travel after your trek, these two lines are useful:
Oslo to Bergen
(7 hours, via Finse and Voss)
Being Norway's extra-scenic line and passing its highest station Finse (1,222m), this is a trip in its own right. Beyond the ski resort of Geilo keep switching side to side in your carriage - or try the buffet car - for the best views.
Oslo to Trondheim, R°ros line
(6 hours, via Oslo Airport and Roros)
From Hamar to Storen a separate line goes up the East of the country. Roros is a popular old mining town and the general scenery of the line is forested with moose to be seen from the window.
Here is Norway's railway network:
Much general tourism in Norway centres on the fjords, including the Hurtigruten ship that plies the coast. We advise on journeying to the fjords on your way home from the Jotunheimen and Rondane areas, which is possible with clever combination of buses and ferries. You might then reach Bergen, a great way to finish. Alternatively by hiring a car all the ferries and coastal areas can be reached.
Trondheim's colourful wood-clad houses are a favourite urban Norwegian setting of ours. Bergen has a grand setting and more so than just its central harbour; still, Trondheim is our pick. Stavanger has elements of these coastal settings in a more compact town.
When it comes to Scandinavian capitals we would say that Oslo jostles with Stockholm. Recent new development has drawn the town to the harbourside - the walk-on-roof Operahuset and an imaginitive and popular boardwalk - but the hip Grunerlokka and smart Frogner districts are charming. Ask us for our tips for hotels on the hill.
If you're traveling onwards in Europe, please ask us for travel tips. Our clients from the US and Australia are often trekking as part of a longer trip.
City breaks after trekking - our suggestions