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Norway itinerary dilemma

I thought my Norway itinerary plan for Aug-Sep 2022 looked great, until I saw the high rental car drop-off fees ($300-400?).
Plan:
1. Fly to Oslo
2. Get rental car, drive north to Lillehammer/Kvam, then to Lom, then to Solvorn, then Balestrand (2 nights), then to Bergen. Drop off rental car.
3. Spend a few nights in Bergen, then take the scenic train from Bergen to Oslo
4. Spend a few nights in Oslo, then fly home.

Should I just suck it up and pay the drop-off fee, or is there a creative alternative? Of course, I could keep the car in Bergen and then drive back to Oslo instead of taking the train - but how does that drive compare to the train route? And, should I add a detour to visit any particular sights in southern Norway?

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Using Hertz I am getting a one way charge of $170. Avis is the $400 charge.

Posted by
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Hi Tom_MN,
Thanks. I think I saw about $400 drop-off fee with Sixt, as well as some other company, maybe it was Avis as you said. Thanks for your comment about Hertz. I guess the fee can vary a lot, and I should check several car rental companies. I can stomach $170 for the privilege of dropping off!

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It looks like Tom_MN solved the problem. But I think you should consider to start the trip by taking the train to Lillehammer or Otta or some other town and rent the car there. Driving is usually not the best thing to do after a long haul flight, especially not in Norway.

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Check rental one-way surchage reversing direction - Pick up at Bergen with return to Oslo. One way drop off MAY be higher if too many drop offs end up in Bergen vs Oslo. Spend a few nights is Oslo to start tip to adjust to time shif, take Nutshell combination tour Oslo via Fram to Bergen, then start driving.

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I did try both directions and the fee was the same. I ran into a situation in NZ where the one way fee Auckland>>Queenstown was $250 but the reverse was free.

I paid a one way fee with Avis Trondheim>>Oslo 0f $110 three years ago so avoiding paying something is not realistic. We also did an open jaw, travel is slow enough by car that it can make sense.

You could try to be clever with avoiding an airport transport fee with where you pick up and drop off, Oslo (and Stockholm and Reykjavik) can be expensive just getting into town from the airport by train or bus.

There are a lot of enforcement cameras, and the speed limit is often low even on the highways.

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Thanks for all the comments. I should maybe mention that we’ll stay at least one night in Oslo before we rent the car and start driving, so no jet-lag concerns.
Also, maybe worth mentioning that flying into Oslo and out from Bergen would be about $650 more for the two of us, compared to flying return to/from Oslo, so that’s a lousy option.
Anyway, I like the idea of driving Oslo to Bergen, and taking the train back. It’s apparent now that there’s at least one reasonable rental car option. Thanks.

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Also, maybe worth mentioning that flying into Oslo and out from Bergen would be about $650 more for the two of us, compared to flying return to/from Oslo, so that’s a lousy option.

It isn’t on Icelandair, it’s US $450 each way to/from either city.

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Icelandair is a slick way to Scandinavia for those without SAS service, but I see SAS starts service from YYZ to Stockholm and Copenhagen in June, probably not faster but would include food/alcohol.

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I should maybe mention that we’ll stay at least one night in Oslo
before we rent the car and start driving, so no jet-lag concerns.

Great! But still it might be a good idea to take the train the first bit to save a bit of boring driving and save a bit of time for the more interesting parts.

And I agree that it might be a good idea to look at SAS as they just announced flights to Toronto.