Friday, 21 April 2017

Visit Norway. Part II: Accommodation and Public Transport

Norway is really expensive, thus we had to skip hotels. Plus, our focus was on the nature, not on towns. Luckily, the country offers a lot of campings of all shapes and prices. Starting from tents that you bring with you and finishing with comfy cottages with all necessary camping equipment. 

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Showers and toilets are usually very clean and situated in a separate building. Shared kitchens have all necessary stuff. You will find a laundry as well.

Showers, washing machines, and dryers are paid. A shower costs, in average, 10 NOK for 5 minutes. Washing machine and a dryer are also 10 NOK per usage.

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If you stay in such a house, usually you will find all camping equipment: a set of dishes for cooking and eating (not without several upsetting exceptions though), a small oven, a fridge, pillows and blankets. Almost always bed linen is not included in the price. They are quite costly, so you’d better have your own. If you book a house in advance, remember to clarify those moments!

Final cleaning is almost 100 per cent is not included in the price. It is costly, so many people prefer to clean themselves, as all the necessary stuff like mopes and baskets can be found inside the house.

You may write to a camping or make a phone call in order to book a place. Usually there is no deposit or even credit card information required. Or, you may insert the word “camping” in your Google-maps and choose.

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Some travelers do not book in advance at all, and prefer to find something on the way. However, we feel safer to have a guaranteed place in advance.

Another type of accommodation in Norway is private cottages. They may be cheaper or more expensive than campings. Note, that during a high season (from June until the end of August) they are usually rented for the whole week – from Saturday to Saturday. And that is not always convenient when you plan a trip and have a short holiday.

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Finally, motorhomes that are very widespread as well. It is also a decent way to explore the country.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT 

Public transport in Norway is not as comfortable as, for example, in Swiss. However, it is quite decent in Norway, especially in the Fjord Region, but not in the North, for example.

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Travelling by train or by bus may have some disadvantages, like:

  • it is expensive; 
  • the number of places you can go to is limited; 
  • you depend on the time-table (of course, buses do not shuttle every quarter an hour in rural areas); 
  • you will have to look for an accommodation in the vicinity from bus stops/stations. 

However, despite all those factors, your travel by public transport may be feasible and quite pleasant. I myself know a number of very positive examples. Still, I recommend to have a car.


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