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Norway (Lonely Planet Country Guides) [Paperback]

Anthony Ham , et al.
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1 May 2008 Lonely Planet Country Guides
Lonely Planet Norway
Plummet down the dramatic Flamsbana railway to the breathtaking fjords below
Trace Isben's footsteps while sipping aquavit at his old table in Oslo's atmospheric "Grand Caf "
Hear the ice creak as you crunch your crampons over the chilly Longyearbreen glacier
In This Guide:
Color itineraries to inspire, whether you're hunting out where to husky sled or spending a long weekend in Bergen
Norway's stunning landscape revealed in a new color chapter
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  • Paperback: 468 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 4th Revised edition edition (1 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741045797
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741045796
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 337,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lonely Planet, like your passport, should always be kept close.' --Denver Post, January 2008

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From breathtaking fjords to magical national parks and the eerie midnight sun, this indispensable guide will help you experience all that Norway has to offer no matter what your budget.

*extensive coverage of Norway's great outdoors, including skiing and hiking

*coverage of accommodation, eating and transport options, from lakeside camping to fjord-touring ferries

*55 detailed maps

*concise and practical Norwegian language guide

*essential money-saving tips for travel in one of the world's most expensive countries --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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86 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wise investment, very detailed and accurate 6 Nov 2005
I never was a great fan of the lonely planet guides and probably never will be. Most travel books I buy have big pictures with highlights of the must see points in a place. My partner on the other hand has an eye for the detail and the lonely planet guides are the only ones she will ever buy.
When we started looking for a book for Norway for our trip this summer, this was one of the few books available on the areas we wanted to cover. And I have to admit, the detail and accuracy of the book is quite astonishing.
We started our journet in Bergen and moved on to some remote parts. Where as the Bergen Guide(available from the tourist board) is your best bet for Bergen, you will not find find a better book for the other parts of Norway. All details like locations, restaurants, trips, activities were remarkably accurate and went a long way in making our holiday memorable.
I might finally be getting converted to a lonely planet fan!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the spend 10 Dec 2006
Found the book a very handy reference for the journey - interesting and well written, with a good deal of practical detail, great value recommendations. Excellent coverage of both cities and more remote areas. The author's own fascination with the country is very contagious. Highly recommended.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't disapoint 16 Feb 2002
No mather what type of travel budget you are on you've to watch out going to Norway. This book is the best investment you can make to avoid blowing your budget. Readers used to Lonley Planet guide books know what they get. This edition is no exeption. Even with some factual errors you'll know what to see, what to avoid and how to get around. Usefull even for me as a Norwegian getting hints on those not as common attractions.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This is a very informative book about Norway and the Norwegians. Just check the details about the airports. I suspect the book is out of date for such details because they change so quickly. Check the website for the latest.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Organised and Useful Guide 16 Feb 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a review of the 5th Edition published in 2011.

We needed a Norway guide as we were planning to visit a number of ports off a cruise ship and wanted to do our own thing rather than pay the usual extortionate rates for trips. This book did the job just fine as there was generally a map of the town we were visiting and the main attractions were described and shown on the map. It was therefore easy to plan our own itinerary and to guage whether it could be done on foot.

My impression is that this is one of the better country guides I have come across. It was very easy to navigate around and find what I wanted. 90% plus of the book is devoted to places, as opposed to general observations about the country which I doubt anyone finds very interesting. For each place there is quite a lot of useful practical information on getting the best out of a visit. There is good information on transport for each location, which is particularly helpful in Norway.

My only niggle is that the book gives the appearance of being a very cheap print job. There is colour printing only on the first 13 pages and frankly it is of such a poor quality that you wonder why they bothered - it is not as though colour printing is expensive these days. Given the quite high price of this sort of guide I really do not think that it is that clever saving a few pennies in production.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mainly caters for travellers with a fat wallet 30 Jan 2012
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I was going to give this 2 stars but on reflection that seemed mean-spirited, given the lowest rating is 1 star.

On the positive side, this is another forumula-written Lonely Planet tome, with all the usual stuff about getting there, where to stay and where to eat out (in the main towns). Its easy to follow and decipher. Some good background information too, about Norway's history and customs.

On the other hand this is one of the least densely populated countries in Europe, with a wealth of spectacular scenery, a diverse collection of national parks, world class mountaineering venues, hiking and cycling trails, all supported by a network of hostels and huts. And many travellers visit Norway for those reasons (though you might not think it, reading this guide).

If you're one of those travelling for outdoor activities, and maybe on a tight budget in this breathtakingly expensive country, this book will frustrate more than inform.

It provides a basic location map of the national parks, but not even outline maps of the parks themselves (a basic map of each, showing peaks and hut locations would have been great).

The page in the book devoted to information about maps neglects to explain there are a series of maps specifically aimed at walkers and cyclists, at scales of 1:50,000 to 1:200,000. Stanfords (stanfords.co.uk) sometimes stock them.

Given that many road tunnels and some bridges are closed to cyclists, it would have been good to have been provided with more information on that, or whether this information can be found on maps.

And maybe less information on restaurants, upper-end hotels etc as much of this is available elsewhere (and in the case of the former, very rapidly becomes out of date and useless).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I wanted 27 Feb 2012
I haven't used Lonely Planet before but will do so again (always provided there's no Cadogon Guide for where I'm going).

I only wanted to know a little about the places I am to visit on a cruise to see (or not)the Northern Lights. This guide told me all I needed to know, concisely, clearly and authoritatively. It has been invaluable in planning what to do at each stop-over.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A must read before you visit Norway
Published 6 days ago by Chas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent travel guide, very informative.
Published 8 days ago by Sue Gemmell
5.0 out of 5 stars A practical and well informed guide
I found this very useful on a recent trip on the Huitgruten Ferries when there are over 30 ports it helped us find the most amazing views in Tromso which we would have missed.
Published 3 months ago by Ann Biddlestone
3.0 out of 5 stars Regular useful guide
I used this in my last trek and it was useful. However these guides are more and more aimed at the better off car driving travellers and not the 'Europe on a budget' trekkers as... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jayaitch
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book
I am still old fashioned and like a book rather than devices. It arrived in time, is easy to read and relevant information.
Published 8 months ago by L. Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book,...
I found this book very helpful during our trip to Norway in July. It is a great source of information for some who has never been. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Andrej
5.0 out of 5 stars Norway, land of the Midnight Sun and Aurora Borealis
The Lonely Planet guys have done it again, the travel guide ticked all the boxes! All the - ology info one could possibly need.
Published 10 months ago by Mrs L E Hall
2.0 out of 5 stars sparse information
I am a long term LP user, but this was was my first KINDLE version purchase... I was deeply unimpressed, both with the guide and with the kindle formatting. Read more
Published 11 months ago by trieste
4.0 out of 5 stars Covers the main places in Norway
It is good to have a basic guide, but do not limit yourself to this. It covers the main places of Norway.
Published 11 months ago by Nous
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value
This book was really useful when we were on our Hurtigruten trip from Bergen to Kirkenes and all around the coast of Norway.

Thank you.
Published 15 months ago by ms
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