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dublin
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Day trips

Can anyone advise me as to whether it is possible to go on any fjord cruises nearby Oslo as a one day trip. I'm thinking about going to Oslo but only for a couple of days, and also will the weather be any good for it if I go during Jan???

Thanks for any advice!!!

FAYE

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Well, Oslo is situated directly on one of the largest fjords, the Oslofjord. But this fjord is perhaps not the classical, the type you probably have seen on photos. For the more dramatic narrow fjords you need to go the west coast, for instance nutshell tour (train-boat-bus), can be done in a loooong day.

Generally, summer is of course the best for crossing over to western fjords, but winter has its charms too.

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The answer to this is NO! Going in January is a waste of money if you want to see the fiords, the days are too short.

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It's possible to get to f.x. Sognefjorden and Hardangerfjorden in about 5 hrs one way by car from Oslo. 6hrs by car to Gerianger. About 6hrs with train to Sognefjorden.

If you just wants to go on a boat trip on Oslofjorden - it's nice, but not spectacular, and it's possible all the year round.

January is a bad time to go to the fjords. A lot of fog, only a few hours of daylight. I guess May-October is the best time. The fjords is probably most beautiful in May and June when it's still a lot of snow in the mountains (but some of the most spectacular roads will still be closed at that time).

If you want to go on a winter trip to the Norwegian mountains, I guess February will be the best month.

dublin
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Thanks everyone! I guess I'll hold off till it heats up a little - I didn't consider the length of the days at all!!!

Faye

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Precisely. And if you go in summer, you can enjoy the very long days and the magic twilight (in June, it does not get really dark).

Geiranger is 8-10 hrs by car (from Oslo) in Winter, because the mountain pass is closed and one ferry is not running.

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I did an evening cruise of the Oslofjord and found it to be a bit lackluster, I'm sorry to say. For a mini-day trip, Ostensjovan Lake was interesting and a nice walk through the forest.

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The Ostensjovannet (Ostensjo Lake) is spectacular if you like birdwatching - depending upon what season you will be here.

…wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%98stensj%C3%B8vannet

Mora than 200 different species of birds has been seen here. Here are a couple of albums to show you ("Lysbildevisning" mans "View slideshow"):

http://tinyurl.com/26tdfo

http://tinyurl.com/23zwmc

http://tinyurl.com/5cg25a

Oslo is surrounded by vast forests and hills - making many options for hiking and landscape experiences:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marka%2C_Oslo

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