Thought I would give an update on Norway now that I have completed six days of my 13 day trip. Six days in Norway and $6 spent on food so far. I have not been lying awake at night with hunger pangs either.
The duvet overheating me is what wakes me at night.
Nordic Choice Hotels are feeding me well. Each day I have had smoked salmon, bread, brie, assorted fruits, yogurt, an egg, a salad, juice, several double lattes and more. Every hotel has complimentary breakfast and I am now staying in my second Clarion Collection Hotel where they also serve a light dinner buffet.
I am not shedding the pounds like I expected on the Norway diet. The 12-mile hikes help, but looks like I might need to boost the activity level. The Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret in Bergen has free bicycle rentals for guests. May have to up the activity level to 50-mile bike rides to get the Norway diet on track. There are plenty of mountains here in Bergen to hike too.
I walked by a packed Irish Pub in Bergen Tuesday evening. Price of a pint is 96 NOK or $16 US. I have not had a beer in a week. That is probably something I have not done in 30 years. Sober living in Norway is not bad; particularly since I encountered several drunks today for the first time on this trip. Half of them were American tourists. I think the other half were Brits. I blame it all on those low cost carriers serving Bergen and leaving tourists with too much spare cash.
The train to Bergen from Larvik would have been $90 and 9 hours. The NSB.no website kept coming back with a message of fail every time I tried to buy a rail ticket online. No matter which credit card I used.
Flew Norwegian Air instead on a $33 ticket plus $17 for a checked bag.
$50 and 50 minutes to fly from Torp Airport in Sandefjord, about 80 miles south of Oslo in the area where I was staying at Farris Bad spa resort. Another $15 for the airport express bus from Bergen BGO Airport directly to my hotel.
Norway is expensive if you buy food and stuff. In six days I have spent $150 on transportation for three train tickets, one bus ticket and one airline ticket. Only $6 spent on food. Nordic Choice Hotels provide plenty of food to get by for the day.
And Clarion Collection Havnekontoret provides a free bicycle too.
Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.
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I even had a Subway ham sandwich. If you eat ham, Subway is possibly more prevalent than McDonalds in Norway. They have a special 25 NOK ($4.25) 6-inch ham sandwich that I have seen advertised in a dozen or more shops in the five towns and cities I have been.