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Voss- Norway...questions?

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We're off to Voss next month, staying in one of the cabins in Bavallstunet (which seems to be right by the baby lift, which suits as as we have a 3 year old).

Does anyone have any particular tips firstly?

We're well aware of the perils of trying to buy alcohol in the Nordic countries, so we're planning to take an extra case full of reserves (I've never tried before, but being in the EEA I presume there's no issues with that).

Food wise we'll probably do our own breakfast, sometimes lunch and eat out for dinner.

Skiing wise...I'm very tempted to ditch the snowboard for this trip as I had a pretty good session skiing in Zell am See and suffered a lot of pain on the board...undecided, but am very tempted to stick to skis this time, however what surprised me, when I asked is that there is no ski school for 3.5 year olds Sad

I assumed (based on Austria) that ski school was for 3 and over, but it seems not here, which is a shame as it means private lessons are the only option and I think she'd enjoy classes more.

The other thing we're struggling with is...getting there! Flights are all booked (Gatwick to Bergen), but every website seems to suggest a different way to get to the resort, mainly no one seems to be able to agree how to get from the airport to the train station in Bergen!!! It seems very close, but the light rail seems to take about 40 mins to get there, which is odd if the bus is potentially quicker. So if anyone has done the route before and has suggestions that would be appreciated. We could get a direct transfer from the airport, but that seems to be about 2 hours and I think with a 3.5 year old I'd rather be on a train for the inevitable toilet! toilet! as soon as the doors shut!

We loved Are in Sweden last year, so we're looking forward to the next leg of our Nordic adventure, but would massively appreciate any pointers!
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Canít help other than to suggest call the resort. I find in Scandinavia you can actually find a phone number, speak to a real person, and they are really helpful! Surprised there is no ski school for 3 year old, even if itís just 1.5 hours or so a day.
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Themasterpiece wrote:
Canít help other than to suggest call the resort. I find in Scandinavia you can actually find a phone number, speak to a real person, and they are really helpful!.


Second that idea. I rang quite a few places when planning our trip and found everyone I spoke to extremely helpful.

Defo take as much booze as you can.
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Been to Trysil 3/4 years ago.

Booze you can buy on the way in, there is a duty free shop on arrival, that said if you have the spare kg allowance in your luggage, UK wine is a bit cheaper, and no problem with bringing in any amount for personal consumption. Duty free on arrival is handy for stocking up on a case of beer though.

Supermarket food and beer etc was more expensive than Uk but not crazy. You canít buy wine or spirits in supermarket, only at govt off licence. Restaurant food was quite pricey, restaurant /bar alcohol was silly Money, like £10 a pint, £40 for bottle of Aussie plonk.

Seem to remember kids ski school was only 1.5 hrs rather than usual 2, but very good tuition.

It was cold, but snow was excellent and not too busy despite being half term
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In Oslo there was an ok duty free selection and ok priced but not sure Bergen airport will have a big choice so maybe bring your own if you are fussy.
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The duty free at Oslo isnít badly priced (unlike the resort which was mad expensive). I agree about ringing - just so easy as they all speak at least some English. I chatted to a Swedish lady and said how wonderful it was that Swedish people spoke such good English. She replied they had to because nobody else in the world spoke Swedish. Good and obvious point I hadnít thought of before.

I digress. Ref cold, yes it really can be and trysill (where we stayed a few times) was shut a few times because of high winds and the fog was a problem sometimes (which is why they have so many drags apparently). However, as you donít have many queues, you arenít hanging about as much so itís easier to stay warm. Use lots of layers.

We found Scandinavian skiing to be very safe and courteous and Trysil is a fantastic family ski resort if you are interested for next time.

We are going to Austria this year so the reverse of your holidays. It will be interesting to see the difference.

Have a great time.
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@vjmehra,
Bus from airport to city center is fine, there is a bus stop in Christies gate then walk across the park to the train station.

I would ask the cabin company for a taxi phone number for when you get to Voss, or maybe make contact before you go and confirm in Norway.

I did Voss about 10 years ago, everything's straightforwards, enjoy Very Happy

Hot chocolate is usually the best value drink in Norway.
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