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Help getting home from Bergen, Norway

We are taking Rick Steve's Scandanavia tour in August , 2017. The tour ends in Bergen, Norway. Does anyone have any suggestions for flights back to Newark? We will have to fly from Bergen to a connecting city. Saw a lot of options online. Just looking for ideas. We can consider staying somewhere for a night or two. Thanks!

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The inexpensive way to return from Bergen is to catch a Norwegian Air Shuttle flight into Oslo where you connect to another Norwegian direct flight into JFK. It may not be Newark, but it's just across the river.
We were in Bergen a year ago, and absolutely loved the city. It's home to the most beautiful and nicest people we've ever run into.

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You can get an inexpensive Norwegian Air flight to Oslo and from there you'll have lots of options to get to Newark. You might consider Icelandair and taking a day or two to see Reykjavik while you're at it. Icelandair has a program where you can add up to seven days (I think) in Iceland on your way to or from North America without extra cost. Plus, Iceland is fantastic!

Caroline

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P.S. I would also respectfully disagree with David about flying into JFK, even with the appeal of a direct flight from Bergen. Getting from JFK to Newark isn't fun, especially if you're exhausted after a long trip. Whether you take the shuttle or a cab, it'll take over an hour, at a minimum, and you'll almost certainly sit in traffic for a while (you actually have to cross both rivers). Flying out of Bergen and changing planes in one of the Nordic capitals would be much less of a pain. Unless you need to stick to a particular airline, I can't see why you'd have trouble finding a reasonably priced ticket to Newark.

Hope this helps,
Caroline

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First, make sure you are looking at "multi city" or "multiple destination" tickets. Next, put in Newark to Stockholm as segment one, and Bergen to Newark as segment two. See what comes up.

Most flights from Bergen will go through Oslo or Copenhagen; both are fine to change planes in. If possible, avoid London Heathrow or Paris CDG. I have not had problems in Frankfurt, but some have. Amsterdam and Munich are other favorites for plane changes in Europe.

I was able to fly home from Bergen through Oslo without an overnight, but it did require getting up very early (like 5 AM). Luckily, Bergen's airport bus runs early, so I didn't have to get a taxi (at Norwegian prices).

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You couldn't pay me to fly into JFK; Newark is my preferred airport in the region. Smaller and more manageable.
SAS has direct flights Oslo to Newark.

In addition Bergen airport has direct flight to hubs like Heathrow, Schipol, Zurich, Barcelona, Berlin, Reykjavík and lots of other places: http://tinyurl.com/jpr9mlc

A couple of days in London is always nice:)

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Wow, I didn't know there were such negative feelings about JFK.

Airfares from Bergen to JFK through Oslo for April on Norwegian run from 202€ to 240€ leaving late afternoon getting into NYC around 9:00 p.m. Maybe travel after rush hour wouldn't be so difficult.
A Newark to Oslo round trip on Scandinavian Airlines is about $1000. A one way back to Newark from Oslo is approximately $1109. The cheapest one way ticket from Oslo to Newark is on TAP, and it requires a stop in Lisbon--$289.
Sometimes travelers must decide what's important to them.

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KLM has several daily flights into Amsterdam at very reasonable costs. You have a better selection of direct flights back to the states from this part of Europe in Amsterdam. It's about an hour and 45 minute flight from Bergen to Amsterdam.

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Thanks for your suggestions!
I will post when we finalize our plans.

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Just a quick note about getting to the airport from Bergen...it's a bit outside of the city. I know you didn't ask but I thought I'd throw it out...
It's easy to take the Flybussen. You can catch it from multiple places in town either reserving ahead of time or just buying a ticket from the driver. Cash only if you do the latter. Reasonably priced and the buses are very nice with luggage storage underneath!