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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 24 August 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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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 23 March 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2012
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
on 5 October 2013
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 23 February 2014
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. As you might expect, it would especially helpful on the larger towns/cities on the trip from Bergen to Kirkenes (near the Russian border). Some smaller settlements weren't even mentioned, but those which were had adequate information on the main attractions, places to eat/sleep and cultural events. I certainly found it very helpful for places like Bergen, Alesund, Trondheim & Tromso.

Information on food was also interesting, and the brief guide to language also proved helpful, even though English is almost universal in Norway. Simple maps helped with navigation, and the index also proved useful. Recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 27 June 2013
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 August 2013
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
on 14 April 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2013
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. Great for history and background to areas that I was going to visit.
Suggested routes were excellent and suggestions of sites to visit en route.
Info about where to eat and hotels to stay in were no good to me as Norway is so expensive!
Hay ho. However, still had a great time and looking forward to visiting again.
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