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I will be picking up my XC90 in Goteborg in early September and am looking for a 7 day itinerary that will take me to Norway (preferably to Bergen). Does anybody have any suggestions and family friendly hotels would be appreciated.<p>Thanks!
 

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The link below should give you ALL the info you need!...........btw, Norway is beautiful and a trip to Bergen is a must! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><br><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=60308" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=60308</A>
 

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There is a rather well known itinerary between Oslo and Bergen called Norway in a Nutshell. It is intended to be done via bus, train, and boat, however, you can mix and match as you like. Also, as you have your own car, you can replace the 'bus' segment and most of the train segments with 'Volvo' segments, and travel at your own leisure. <p>The Nutshell tour travels from Oslo to Flam on an historic old railway. At flam, one takes a boat ride through Aurlandsfjord and Naeroyfjorden. Then, a bus takes you to Voss on a high mountain road (RV13), where you then get back on the train to travel to Bergen.<p>If I were doing this trip with a car, you could shadow the train (or scenery similar to) from Oslo to Flam. We drove from Oslo to Flam via a slightly more northern route, however, there a multiple paths one can take, and a more southerly route may be more entertaining, depending on your interests. Then at Flam, you can take the best part of the historic train ride (about a two hour roundtrip). Returning to Flam, you can then take the ferry to Naeroyfjorden. Then leaving from flam, you can drive the RV13 to Voss and then onto Bergen. We did not make the last stretch to Voss and Bergen as we went further north, however. the advantage of doing this tour on your own is that you can ride the train and ferry roundtrip and thouroughly enjoy the scenery. also, you can enjoy the roads, which is of course, a main attraction of driving in Norway.<p>I might suggest two items for planning your trip: Lonely Planet Norway and the BB Map of Norway and Sognefjord. Regarding hotels, we stayed at the Fretheim in Flam - nice place, a little pricey, but excellent views. It is 'family run' but has the flavor of a much larger hotel. We also saw the Pension in Flam which looked very nice, and somewhat more peaceful. A roundtrip from Gothenburg to Bergen and back in 7 days is possible, but you may be a lttile rushed. I would plan on two days Gothenbrg to Flam, 2 days in Flam, 2 days in Bergen, and one very, very long day back to Gothenburg (or drop off in Drammen, if you like). Good luck on your trip, and welcome to the forum.<p>Bob: thanks for compliment about our trip summary - It was a great trip through Norway. I just learned that our car has arrived in Baltimore. So within a couple weeks, she shoud be arriving. A little warmer here than Norway, though!
 

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I am intrigued by dropping off in Drammen. What does transport to Oslo cost? Can one get a return flight out of Drammen?
 

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Carl.....<p>Last summer, my wife, daughter and I did the OSD and did our drop-off in Drammen. Drammen is about an 1 hr (?) southwest of the Oslo airport; basically a large suburb of Oslo and no airport there to my knowledge.<p>The gentleman, "Jack", I dealt with at the Drammen drop-off ([email protected] )was very nice and knowledgeable of the program...the location however was a bit difficult to find..my Norwegian cousin made several cell phone calls in route. You might ask him to send you instructions on how to find the location and he may have a better idea of costs for transport to the Oslo airport (which is north of Oslo near Hurdal). I would recommend the Drammen dropoff to save you gas $$$ and more importantly, the time it'd take to drive your XC90 back to Goteborg. BTW, AutoTransport flat beds your vehicle to Goteborg; they do not drive it the ~ 5 hrs. Dropoff with Jack was a 30 minute fill in the paperwork process...recommend you take your digital camera to document your vehicle's drop off condition (I had no issues but just in case....).<p>You will LOVE the drive across Norway to Bergen...I've done it several times and this time, in our new V50 was by far the best. I'm envious of your upcoming trip in the fall. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Rick
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>carl_in_cali</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I am intrigued by dropping off in Drammen. What does transport to Oslo cost? Can one get a return flight out of Drammen?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>In a word no. But Drammen is not far from Oslo. Take the train to what translates to the Central Station (in Oslo). From there take the high speed train out to the airport. Very straight forward actually.
 

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Can It Be Done?<br>We are planning on arranging on OSD of a C70 next June, 07. We are trying to fit in as much travel in a short period of time and look for all your experienced input. Our plans entail: arriving in Göteborg on a Sunday and arrange for an early Monday AM delivery of our C70. If we can skip the lunch and factory tour, head up E6 to Oslo, Norway. We would spend our first evening staying in Oslo. Tuesday destination would be Flåm, by way of E16 and 50, spending the night in Flåm. On Wednesday, depart Flåm, by way of E16 to 13 by Voss towards Granvin, taking the ferry to 7, heading towards Eidfjord. Near Kongsberg, take 40 to E134 to Dramen. Spend Wednesday night in Drammen. Thursaday AM. Drop off the C70 in Dramen and take the train to Oslo and fly to Copenhagen where our 10 day cruise will depart at 9:pM. We will be seeing a lot of major seaports in the Baltics but we really wanted to see the interior of Norway. Again, all your honest input would be helpful. We do have a little flexibility in time and funds but not allot!<br>
 

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Yes it can be done! We did an OSD in May 05. Picked up an XC-90 2.5 T awd Nnd drove To Oslo . Overnight two nights in Oslo,beautiful city in the spring.Then off to Bergen over the Mountains through a snow squall and through the verr long tunnel. All in one day. Iwouldnt advise it in one day though. Two days in Bergen on Norways 4th of July. What a blast. Did Norway in a Nutshell from Bergen.Train, train.boat,bus,and train back to Bergen. Back to Goteborg over the high plateaus . Just like the moons surface. Covered with snow. Billowy clouds sometimes blended in so there was no horizon. Agreat travel guide is Rick Steeves bookon Scandinavia. We did the whole trip in 7 days. Should have taken 14.Plan to do it again in a few years. Its a trip of a lifetime,enjoy it. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>bobigski</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Yes it can be done! We did an OSD in May 05. Picked up an XC-90 2.5 T awd Nnd drove To Oslo . Overnight two nights in Oslo,beautiful city in the spring.Then off to Bergen over the Mountains through a snow squall and through the verr long tunnel. All in one day. Iwouldnt advise it in one day though. Two days in Bergen on Norways 4th of July. What a blast. Did Norway in a Nutshell from Bergen.Train, train.boat,bus,and train back to Bergen. Back to Goteborg over the high plateaus . Just like the moons surface. Covered with snow. Billowy clouds sometimes blended in so there was no horizon. Agreat travel guide is Rick Steeves bookon Scandinavia. We did the whole trip in 7 days. Should have taken 14.Plan to do it again in a few years. Its a trip of a lifetime,enjoy it. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Did you go through Eidfjord? That is probably the most scenic way to do Bergen to Oslo. I have some pics from my family's trip through there here:<br><A HREF="http://dadolphson.googlepages.com/2006swedenandnorwaytrip3" TARGET="_blank">http://dadolphson.googlepages....trip3</A><br>We did Gothenburg to Eidfjord in one day, no problem making it there before it was dark, even with a few "detours" along the way <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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