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    Does anyone know any sources of information on paddling in Norway?

    We have been considering a trip to Sweden this summer, but now that the Newcastle-Gothenberg ferry no longer runs, this will involve a long drive through Norway. It would seem a shame to drive through Norway and not do some paddling.

    I think there is a whitewater guide available, and there is also some ww info on the net, but I haven't been able to find any information on touring possibilities.

    Paul

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    Hi Paul,
    If you go Newcastle to Bergen there's fantastic paddling to be had in the fjords. I've paddled there twice in sea kayaks and bar a couple of open crossings in could be easily done in open boats.

    http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/paddler/index.jhtml

    http://norway2004.mysite.orange.co.uk/

    Pete

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    http://www.padling.no/t2.asp?p=20346

    Hi Paul,

    This site is not brilliant but it has some info on Norway in English. Fuel is reasonably priced in Norway as compared to the UK and food is similar to Sainsbury's prices. Have you compared the boat to Denmark and the bridge to Malmo costs and compared these with the ferry direct.

    Paul B.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Booker View Post
    http://www.padling.no/t2.asp?p=20346

    Hi Paul,

    This site is not brilliant but it has some info on Norway in English. Fuel is reasonably priced in Norway as compared to the UK and food is similar to Sainsbury's prices. Have you compared the boat to Denmark and the bridge to Malmo costs and compared these with the ferry direct.

    Paul B.
    Thanks Paul that site seems worth a look, though a bit further north than we had planned. I wondered about the denmark option, but we weren't planning on being too far south in Sweden, so would end up driving just as far. If we have to drive we may as well see the Norwegian scenery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garetine View Post
    Hi Paul,
    If you go Newcastle to Bergen there's fantastic paddling to be had in the fjords. I've paddled there twice in sea kayaks and bar a couple of open crossings in could be easily done in open boats.

    http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/paddler/index.jhtml

    http://norway2004.mysite.orange.co.uk/

    Pete
    I like the photos in your pages.
    My impression was that fiords would be quite committing, long steep sided sections with few landing places. But it looks like some areas might be feasible. Certainly worth bearing in mind if we hit some settled weather.

    Paul

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    I went to Norway last summer and stayed in a cabin on the Hardanger fjord which is about 2 hours drive from Bergen, allthough we did not have a canoe with us.

    The weather was good and the fjord was very calm with very little tidal range. There would have been np problems canoeing in those conditions.

    The ferry from Newcastle stops at Haugesund and Stavanger before going on to Begen - a lovely trip up the coast, running inside the islands, but it does take well over 24 hours. Not too bad on the way out as there was scenery to look at but a bit long on the way back as the only thing to look at was the sea. I would get off/ on at the first stop next time - which I think is Stavanger- and which would give easy access to some great areas - the Nisserdal and Setesdal valleys would be a days drive and are fantastic.

    If you are looking for accommodation try the Novasol site - accommodation in Norway is very good value and is usually top notch, we got a great cabin for six people on the shore of the fjord for less than 300 in late august.

    Hope you enjoy it.

    The Viking

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    I did a canoe trip in the area of Norway where Finland and Swedenn all meet. Photos can be seen at http://blazingpaddles.ca/norway/ be happy to provide more details if interested.

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