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The Rough Guide to Norway [Paperback]

Phil Lee
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3 Sep 2012 Rough Guide to...

The Rough Guide to Norway is the definitive guide to Scandinavia's most inspiring country. You'll find insider tips on where the locals spend their time, as well as advice on how to make your money go further.

This 6th edition features all-new colour photography on every region, as well as extended sections on Svalbard and Spitsbergen, winter and summer adventure activities and Norwegian flora and fauna. The chapter on Oslo now makes it easier than ever to visit this buzzing, style-conscious capital set on the doorstep of stunning alpine landscapes. You'll also find plenty of advice on visits to Viking settlements, great art and historical museums, and the Arctic wilderness, as well as expanded information on exploring the country via the Hurtigruten Coastal Steamer. At every step, The Rough Guide to Norway steers you to the best hotels, cafés, restaurants and shops across every price range, giving you clear, balanced reviews and honest, first-hand opinions from authors who know their herring from their lutefisk.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 6 edition (3 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405389710
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405389716
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 12.3 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rough Guide to Norway 24 Aug 2011
I brought this book as we was going on a cruise along Norway's coast, so we was stopping at quite a few places. Each town that we stopped at, was in the book and the information on what to see and how to get around on buses was invaluable. We saved a lot of money compared to the ships excursions and found many places of interest to visit.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars high standard tourist fodder 28 July 2009
As usual the rough guide offers more than bog standard tourist fodder, with very good sections on history, politics, arts and culture. However the places covered tend to be firmly on an established tourist trail. Great if you want churches and museums, but not so useful if you're looking for 'active' holidays in Norway's fine country and sea side.

Trekking doesn't have the coverage it has in other rough guides, and angling, a big draw for many visitors, gets hardly any mention. Flora and fauna together only get a couple of pages - Phil isn't really an outdoors person.

If you want camp sites these are better covered in free maps from Tourist Information (although i would strongly advise not relying on Tourist Information for much else, quality varies considerably) and bus and ferry times are more reliable from the web.

The guide does give a reasonable overview of what the general travel options are, perhaps the best around, but if you want more I suggest using the phone to contact rural hostels/hotels/campsites directly for relevant info on their areas. Or choose books from the 'Further reading' section and leave this one at home.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not enough info on cruise destinations 27 Jun 2013
By chrisd
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As the title says, I am off on a cruise to the fjords soon and considering the likes of Olden and Andalsnes are popular cruise destinations, there is very little info on either.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent Rough Guide 12 Nov 2012
By Fias 17
I used this on a visit to Norway, after reading another of the author's Rough Guide titles. Mr Lee's writing has nice balance of information, insider knowledge and personality - at times he's funny but he also goes into a lot of detail about the places. I feel its well researched and enhanced my trip. I can see silver darlings' point, but these guide books can never be all things to all people's interests. For the majority of visitors this will have everything you need in.

I've previously taken more than one guide abroad (easy with a Kindle) and I think in general Rough Guides are the best choice - they always seem to have more personality and in-depth information in them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and quite easy to navigate 5 Oct 2013
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As a guide, it was good - but on the average to poor side... I chose it because it was the most recently published at the time I went to Norway but unfortantely a lot of the entrance prices and opening times were wrong! It was easy to navigate in the book itself but the maps were poor. I know that rough guide are usually a reliable company for guides but this partucular one was a bit disappointing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not helpful for cruising the fjords 27 Aug 2013
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I was a bit disappointed by this book, because I found it to be lacking in detail. To be fair though, I was cruising the fjords so wanted a lot of detail about just that area. It may be helpful it you are touring a larger area of Norway independently.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough for plan 14 April 2013
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It has good maps and description of interesting places.

It's not enough to plan a trip by car. Many information missed for the ferry and tourist boats. To improve also the selction ohf hotel/hostel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Stays on the beaten track 23 Mar 2013
I was a little disappointed with this rough guide. On my trip to Norway, I visited Tromso, Bergen and Oslo. The sections on each of these places did little more than cover the very obvious attractions - all the museums and sites that one would be hard pushed to avoid. Smaller museums and attractions that I discovered through visiting the tourist offices (surely a key source for rough guide writers) were sometimes not covered at all in the book.
But the worst section was the restaurant/cafe/bar section. It is well known that Norway is not the cheapest country in the world, but it is possible to eat out reasonably well for £20-30 per head if you look around, especially with some lunchtime offers. However, this book (especially in Bergen and Tromso) only covered four or five, high-end, overpriced tourist haunts. Bergen in particular has some excellent places to eat that are about five minutes away from the central "Bryggen", but the guide completely ignores them. Other rough guides that I have used have covered restaurants for a far broader array of budgets and tastes.
Most of the information seems accurate, but again, it would have been worth mentioning in the introduction to the Bergen section that a lot of museums are only open in April-September, or open only one day a week outside these times, thus making the Bergen Card (which it recommends) something of a waste of time and money.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I normally love the Rough Guide series and have used them extensively when travelling in the UK. This guide is different and disappointing - as other reviewers have said it is... Read more
Published 9 days ago by JPW
3.0 out of 5 stars Limited/Basic Information
I was going on a cruise to the Norwegian Fjords. However, this book does not contain too much information of these ports my cruise line is going to. Read more
Published 3 months ago by mile high nd
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful & informative guide
I bought this to accompany a trip on a Hurtigruten ship up the west coast of Norway. It proved to be a useful companion, able to provide information on most of the ports of call. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sentinel
5.0 out of 5 stars You've Seen the Book
Had the book version when I toured Norway on my motorbike 2 yrs ago, but it got wet.
Got a Kindle and downloaded the book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. Neil A. Valentine
5.0 out of 5 stars Good cruise accompaniment
Don't want to take the cruise shore trips so hoping to use this to devise my own! It is full of great information
Published 15 months ago by Pat
4.0 out of 5 stars useful & concise
I already own two other books on Norway that I bought for a previous trip and bought the Rough Guide as an update to supplement those. Read more
Published 18 months ago by mcclean
3.0 out of 5 stars it is okay
in genaral i like the rough guide books and normally i am happy with it. the guide to norway is satifactory.
Published 19 months ago by aaj
5.0 out of 5 stars Best guide for Norway
It is - as the RG series is - a highly reliable guide that will direct you to the sights of most interest to all but the hardiest adventurer, for those heading for areas that offer... Read more
Published 20 months ago by green_penguin
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