Posted by Erik Vigmostad on January 19, 2010
Planning a trip to Norway this summer. My father grew up in Kristiansand and a trip from Oslo south to Mandal and up to Vigmostad to trace roots for sure.
Also want to go to Bergen and see Fjords. I think I will rent a car and drive from Oslo->Kristiansand->Mandal->Vigmostad->Oslo. And then train ride to/from Bergen with Fjord trip (Norway in a nutshell?).
Other way would be to continue drive to Stavanger and on to Bergen. Drop car off and train to Oslo.
Or train the whole trip???
Reply by Wildcat Dianne on January 20, 2010
Taking the train around Norway will be the best way to see the country. I would look into a Eurail Pass that covers Norway for a certain amount of days. Norway is an expensive country, and I believe renting a car would be more money after gas and other expenses than taking the train.
My great-grandfather grew up in Arendal, near Kristiansand, and I visited the Dyrenpark, the zoo, in Kristiansand during my visit to Norway in 1995. You can check out my journals Norway 1995: My "Immigrant Song" Experience along with Friendly Oslo and several other journals about my month-long trip.
Good luck and have a great time in Norway!
Reply by latti on January 22, 2010
I was in Norway last year - visiting friends. I was using bus & train to go from Oslo to Gjovic and back. Agree with previous - take in consideration that Norway is very expensive country.
For your route I would suggest Oslo - Stavanger by train. Then take a car to Bergen. Then up to you drop car and go to Oslo by bus/ train or keep driving. Nature in Norway is fabulous.
P.S. you can check train and bus timetables/ prices online starting from Oslo Airport. It was easy to use and you see all conections.
Reply by Erik Vigmostad on January 23, 2010
Thanks to both of you. I'll research trains/buses more! I do want to go inland to Vigmostad from Kristiansand/Mandal. Maybe rent a car for a day or two. There is a great place to stay in Vigmostad too.
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