Travelling to Bergen and Floro

The fjords in Norway are stunning, and still relatively unspoilt because they are a little bit off the beaten track and need a little more planning and time to get to

We will have 2 bases for our trips in Norway 2019, Bergen and Floro.  Our one way trips between these two towns have been designed specifically to give us a chance to see more of the sights, but there will still be a lot we do not see.  To get to either of these places we do expect that to make timings work for you you may have to spend a night in either Oslo or some other Norwegian town.  We see this as an opportunity for you to see yet more of Norway as there are a huge amount of options to get to this area using buses, trains and ferries as well as flights.   We expect that a lot of our guests will add to their holiday by taking one of the longer routes to reach us.

The most straightforward route is to fly from UK to Oslo and then take an internal flight. We have chosen Bergen and Floro because they both have airports which connect via Oslo.  There are also direct flights to Bergen from London Gatwick with Norwegian and by next summer possibly Manchester as well. 

You can also fly from Oslo to either Forde or Sogndal and then catch a bus to Floro.

You can also fly to Bergen and reach Floro by bus or ferry.

In Bergen there is an airport bus to take you from the airport to the harbour and in Floro the harbour is a 5 minute taxi ride or a 10 minute walk.

Flights to Oslo International (OSL) are available from many UK airports with BA, SAS, Norwegian and even Ryan Air.

Flights from Oslo International (OSL) to Bergen, Floro and Forde are available from Wideroe

Use www.wego.ae  to look up flight schedules

The cost of a return flight is approximately £250

Use the following websites to help you

www.skyscanner.net

www.jetcost.co.uk

www.Rome2Rio.com

www.vivanoda.com

www.moovit.com .

https://en.fjordkysten.no/visitor-information/travel-information/getting-here/by-boat-and-ferry
https://en.visitbergen.com/visitor-information/travel-information/getting-here/to-bergen-by-plane/flights-to-bergen

Travelling to or from Kristiansund(KSU) in Norway (Summer 2018)

Fly from your local UK airport to Oslo and then take one of the many daily flights from Oslo to Kristiansund with either SAS or Wideroe airlines.

Please ensure you book flights to Kristiansund(KSU) and not Kristiansand which is in southern Norway.

Velvet Lady will be a 15 minute taxi ride from the airport

For more information on how to get to Kristiansund you may find this Visit Kristiansund link helpful

You can often get more information from
www.skyscanner.net
www.flightmapping.com

If you are finding it difficult to find a flight to Kristiansund from Oslo you may also fly to Alesund or Molde and take the bus or Trondheim and catch the ferry

 

Arrival on board
Please let us know your flight details so that we know when to expect you.
Embarkation time is 1800.
Disembarkation time is 1000.

If you arrive earlier or your flight is due to depart later than theses times, you may leave your bags on board whilst you explore ashore. If your flight is due to arrive later than 1800 do not worry, we will adapt the evening programme to suit your arrival time. If you experience any delays whilst travelling, please let us know.


Travel Documentation

Passport
You require a valid in date passport for this trip.

Visas
Currently no visas are required by British subjects or any citizen of an EC country, Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the United States. Please check with the Norwegian Embassy for visa requirements for other nationals.

Travel Insurance
It is a condition of booking that you require travel insurance. Please bring evidence of travel insurance with you together with the emergency contact numbers. This travel insurance must cover you for medical evacuation from the boat and repatriation. Please be aware that a lot of travel policies have exclusions for hazardous sports, and sailing is often listed as one of them, this means your regular insurance provider may not be giving you suitable cover for this trip. Please check with your insurance company.
For insurance that does cover sailing try Topsail Insurance or Dogtag Insurance
We also recommend that you carry your EHIC with you. Apply for one free on line here

Guest Information form
To ensure your comfort and safety on board we need to know a little bit more about you. After we receive your booking we will e mail you a guest information form. Please complete it and e mail it back to us to ensure that we have the relevant information to make your holiday a success. Please also check that your tetanus injections are up to date before you come

What to Bring
The average temperature in Bergen, Floro and the Sognefjord region in July and August is 15 degrees.  Last year the lowest was 8 degrees and the highest 28 degrees.  At 8 degrees this makes it very cold on the water and even on the warm sunny days, the wind chill makes it cooler whilst we are underway.  It is important to have enough clothes to wrap up warm, and spares for if you get wet.  Bergen is very green because it has quite a high rainfall.   When packing please remember to use a soft bag – there is no room for hard suitcases on board. Ones with wheels that fold flat are OK but not if they do not fold flat. Please also note that whilst we have more stowage space than a smaller yacht, space is still limited We provide you with:
Use of breathable foul weather gear
Use of lifejacket and safety harness
Duvet, pillow, linen and one large towel
When packing for a sailing trip please remember that lots of thin layers are better than one thick one. It is easier to cool down than to warm up, so we recommend that you start with a lot of layers, and if they are too much you can always take one off.

Bearing this in mind we advise you to bring

Regular underwear

Thermal underwear
T Shirts/Polo shirts
Polo necked jumpers
Thermal Mid layer trousers and top
or
Fleece Jumpers – please do not bring woolen jumpers as they are difficult to dry
Fleece Trousers or tracksuit bottoms
Sailing/Walking trousers – please do not bring jeans as they do not dry
Fibrepile Jacket or other similar warm jacket
Socks – 4 - 6 pairs of thermal socks and 4 – 6 pairs of thin inner socks
Fleece Hat
Fleece neck warmer
Gloves
Sailing boots with non marking soles, or clean gardening wellies will do. Keeping your feet dry is important
Deck shoes with a non marking non slip tread (fine treads are more effective than deep treads)

Much of this clothing is available from specialised sailing shops, but can be expensive. Any outdoor clothing for walking, skiing, hiking etc will work just as well.

Casual clothes to wear ashore
Hiking boots or good strong shoes/trainers for walking ashore

Don’t forget for those warmer days
Swim suit
Shorts
Sunglasses
Sunscreen
Wash Kit
Personal medication - please bring sufficient for the trip plus extra and anything you might need in an emergency
Small selection of your favourite CD’s and books
Camera and charger
Small pair of binoculars to spot the wildlife

There is a hairdryer on board for your use, please do not try plugging your own hairdryer in.
There are 240V sockets available to charge up phones, cameras, electric razors etc.

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