Traveling through Norway in Style

There are countless ways to travel through Norway and after partaking in almost every mode myself, here are a few recommendations of how to get around in style.

The Rauma Railway - where modernity and mountains meet

These two-wagon trains have a modern design and comfortable seating, which is always a plus. While locals do use this train for their daily commute, the main purpose caters to tourists. The route was skillfully constructed to pass through the most scenic viewpoints and during the summer months, there is an audio guide in several languages to help travelers better understand the nearly area. Most tourists hop off at Bjorli but I chose to walk around the very slightly more populated Dombås.

Price: 220 NOK (adult)

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National Tourist Routes via the Bus - save money while enjoying the view 

During the summer months, local buses run more frequently which is a major perk for budget travelers who, like me, opt not to rent a car. Check schedules before choosing this method if traveling in winter, as buses run less frequently. This particular ride drove us along one of Norway’s National Tourist Routes – a series of roads with picturesque viewpoints. We started in Åndalsnes and headed to the famous Trollstigen viewing platform before arriving in Geiranger.

Price: 135 NOK (student fare)

Traveling through Norway in Style

Fjord Cruiseshow the locals traveled before Norway’s roads were built

Long before Norway created the public roads and National Tourist Routes in existence today, many locals relied on ferries and boats to get them from one place to another. My ferry cruise from Kaupanger to Gudvangen lasts just over two hours and takes travelers through Nærøyfjord, the world’s most narrow fjord and not surprisingly, also part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is an audio guide that informs guests when the ferry is approaching noteworthy landmarks.

Price: 130 NOK (student fare)

Fjord Ferries

The Flåm Railwayanother scenic route to enjoy in style

Similar to the Rauma Railway, this train takes travelers from Flåm to Myrdal, where many people (including myself) change trains for the Bergen line (271 NOK). However, unlike Rauma’s modern trains, The Flåm Railway has a much more vintage design. The ride only takes about an hour and I suggest arriving early to snag a window seat, as there are no seat assignments. Better yet, aim to sit by a window that opens near the top so you can take better quality photos.

Price: 260 NOK (adult) one-way; 360 NOK (adult) round trip

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Going Localtravel in style minus the costs

While I mostly traveled from place to place via bus, train or ferry, I was able to enjoy a few boat rides and car drives from my local guides. These were the most enjoyable because I had to pay little attention to where I was going, giving me more time to day dream about my surroundings. For those of you planning a trip to Norway, most people choose to rent a car because many touristic attractions are not easily accessible by local bus. Plus, you have more freedom to travel as your own pace.

Price: priceless

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16 Comments

  1. Bobbi Lee Hitchon September 10, 2012  2:36 am Reply

    The mixture of modern and traditional of the Rauma railroad looks really interesting in that photo. I think I would like cruises through the countries fjords best. Though you are right in that local lifts are priceless.
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    • Megan Eileen McDonough September 10, 2012  3:41 am Reply

      I really enjoyed the Rauma Railway. It was nice having an audio guide explain what I was looking at :) I'm sure a cruise is a great way to see the fjords!
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  2. Sofia January 26, 2013  2:59 am Reply

    Norway is a beautiful country, and if you know your way around it doesn't have to be too expensive. I just left a few months ago but will definitely be back and explore more!
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    • Megan Eileen McDonough January 26, 2013  4:31 pm Reply

      That's awesome Sofia! I agree - there are definitely ways to explore Norway without going over budget. The public transport there is pretty fantastic and also affordable.

    • Megan Eileen McDonough June 12, 2013  8:15 am Reply

      Norway is one of my favorite countries that I've visited. I'm sure you will make it there one day!

  3. Escapist January 7, 2014  5:57 am Reply

    Norway is quite an expensive destination... Not among the top budget travel destinations. I am still aching for it...
    ...and there are so many places to visit, I could probably put a dozen on my list.

    • Megan Eileen McDonough January 7, 2014  5:14 pm Reply

      It is expensive but there are tons of ways to save money. Buses, for example, are super cheap and reliable.

 

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