Off topic: From Norway to Sweden - which is the best way?
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Evangelia Mouma  Identity Verified
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Mar 16, 2008

Hello fellow translators who happen to know Norway and Sweden!

We are planning a trip to Norway and Sweden by caravan for this summer and we are going to visit Oslo, Bergen, Alesund and Trondheim first and then Kiruna-Sweden. But because we do not know the roads in Norway after Trondheim -if they are narrow for a caravan, sinuous, uphill- and, on the other hand, we do not want to miss the view to the fjords after Trondheim, we do not know what to do: go eastwards to Sweden after Trondheim and then to Kiruna or travel up to Narvik and then down to Kiruna? What would you suggest?

Any other suggestions are also welcome, needless to say. A meeting for coffee?

I am sorry for bringing up holidays in mid March -and some of you will probably see the post on Monday ("I don't like Mondays")- but we've had summery weather here in Greece for some time now -very distracting- and it was an appealing way to spend a Sunday while in T-shirts and basking in the sun.

Many thanks!
Evangelia


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jmadsen  Identity Verified
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We drove from Narvik to Trondheim Mar 16, 2008

Two years ago I went on a three-week holiday trip with my family through Sweden and Norway in a caravan, and we drove the stretch from Narvik to Trondheim without problems. The most problematic was actually driving in the cities. We went into Stockholm but left as quickly as we could, because a caravan is very diffcult to drive in a city. Driving outside cities is no problem. Though, the roads in Norway tend to be more narrow because of the mountains but we can easily drive them in a caravan if you avoid the smallest roads.

If you have other specific questions, please ask. In 2006, Our route was: Malmö, Växjö, Vimmerby, Linköbing, Stockholm, Mora, Östersund, Umeå, Luleå, Jokkmokk, Kiruna, Narvik, Rana, Trondheim, Oppdal, Otta, Lom, Sogndal, Voss, Geilo, Gol, Gjøvik, Hamar, Kokngsvinger, Arvika, Troillhättan, Göteborg, Malmö. Last year we went to the southeast of Sweden, e.g. Öland.

Jørgen


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Michele Fauble  Identity Verified
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From Norway to Sweden - which is the best way? Mar 16, 2008

I would suggest traveling up to Narvik and then down to Kiruna. In my opinion this is the most scenic and interesting route.

[Edited at 2008-03-16 21:40]


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Hilde Granlund  Identity Verified
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Welcome to Norway :-) Mar 17, 2008

I do not live on the coast, and I am not very fond of driving.
Maybe that disqualifies me at the outset - but for seeing the Norwegian coastline, there is nothing to beat "Highway no 1":
http://www.hurtigruta.info/Index_Eng.html


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Mats Wiman  Identity Verified
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Welcome to The High Coast! Mar 17, 2008

Jörgen seems to be the more experienced advisor. Nurture your contact with him.

Please visit us on your way down from Kiruna. (see my profile), and we'll give you a local treat.

Welcome!

Mats


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Evangelia Mouma  Identity Verified
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And the vote goes to Narvik Mar 17, 2008

Thank you all for your suggestions.

Jørgen, I will definitely ask you again if I have any other questions.

Thanks Michele.

Hilde, thanks for the link. I am looking forward to visiting the wild seas of the Vikings, so different from ours, and crossing the arctic zone. You can't imagine how excited I feel about seeing the fjords! It's been a childhood dream.

Mats, thanks for the invitation. We haven't decided yet which route to follow after Kiruna, most probably we will go to Finland to see the lakes. But if we decide to go down to Stockholm I will contact you. I read your article on Kudoz, very interesting. I rarely participate for lack of time but also because people sometimes get a bit aggressive and impolite, which I hate. But this is another issue.

I wish you all happy summer holidays!
Evangelia


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xxxBalestrieri  Identity Verified
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You might consider a "small" diversion... Mar 21, 2008

Narvik - Kiruna, as Michele said, is the best route.
But be careful: we crossed the mountains once with a huge car and it might be quite tiresome with a caravan. If you have some time (well, quite a few days) to spare I really suggest you reach Tromsø, then go inland and cross Norway through Finnmark, then drop back to Karasjok in Finland and from Karasjok to Kiruna. Basically this way you will visit Finland first and then Sweden.
It's easier because the roads are pretty much plain, the scenery is amazing, you get to see some fantastic lakes (Inari above all) and still be on your way from Kiruna down to proper Sweden.

If you need some extra advice do not hesitate. If you're not used to winding streets and sometimes harsh weather, Narvik-Kiruna can be quite a pain.


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Evangelia Mouma  Identity Verified
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That complicates matters Mar 27, 2008

Thanks Balestrieri for your answer,

We were planning to go from Oslo to Narvik and then Kiruna and from there to Finland all the way down to Turku and then crossing the channel to Stockholm. We want to go to Kiruna for sentimental reasons, skip Sweden from Kiruna to Uppsala and go to Finland instead. If we follow your advice we will be zig-zagging. Is it really that bad even in the summer?

Regards,
Evangelia


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