On a recent road trip through Southern Norway, we travelled from Oslo to Bergen then Northwards through Ålesund, to Trondheim and back to Oslo. The journey took 5 days and quite a number of hotels, Air B&B’s and restaurants were visited. This short piece tries to give an overview of where we stayed, where we ate and what we drank, with my own personal views on each. They may not be the same as others who may have reviewed the same establishments on the likes of Trip Advisor etc, but they do accurately reflect our own experience on the day.
Oslo Airport – Clarion Hotel & Congress
Our first night in Norway was spent at the Clarion Hotel & Congress Oslo Airport, and while there is nothing to complain about, for me the hotel comes across as adequate, no more. The room was comfortable, with hot shower and comfortable bed, food ordered from room service has no love put into it at all, but breakfast was substantial and pretty good. Wifi is free but not very fast, all in all it’s convenient for quick access to the airport, with nothing terribly bad about it, but I don’t think I’d return.
Bergen Måseskjæret – Kari’s Air B&B
We had a wonderful 2 nights at Kari’s Apartment which we rented through Air B&B, she wasn’t there to meet us, but she provided very accurate details of where to obtain the key, gain access to the apartment and parking, which made it very easy. The apartment isn’t modern, but it’s very comfortable and in a great location. We walked into the city, which takes around 20 minutes. This is very much a well loved home and it shows, we had a very chilled stay, I can recommend it.
Ålesund – Clarion Collection Hotel Bryggen
While the location of the Clarion Collection Hotel Bryggen can’t be faulted and the room was comfortable, the dining experience was “different”. If you are into a boarding school or backpackers style of eating then this will be for you, if not then you are in for a surprise. The dining area is a communal affair, be ready to share a table with a stranger. Breakfast is supposedly served until 10am, but realistically if you arrive much later than 8, you can expect coffee and milk to have run out, not the best hotel experience of my life.
Trodheim – Scandic Bakklandet
What a nice hotel the Scandic Bakklandet is, after a long day’s drive it was a welcome overnight stay. We didn’t eat in the hotel but the restaurant fare looked really good and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful, which is not something to be taken for granted in European hotels.
Oslo Airport – Radisson Blu Airport Hotel
The location of the Radisson Blu Airport Hotel can’t be faulted being a literal 2 to 3 minutes walk from the terminal and the rooms are certainly very comfortable. We had an early flight out and the location was just perfect for that.
We ate at loads of different places during the course of the trip, 2 stand out though.
Restauranthuset Bocca in Ålesund – we had lunch and a beer after a long hike and it was really good. Food was excellent, and the price was very reasonable. Highly recommended.
Frida Restaurant Trondheim – it’s a Mexican restaurant and while the food was very decent, for me it needed more spice. The waitress did mention that Norwegians aren’t into very spicy food, which I totally understand, but come on guys, this is a Mexican restaurant, more chilli please! It’s not cheap, and there is no wifi, not sure what’s up with that, but at least diners have to talk to one another.