GENERAL TRAVEL INFORMATION
Almost all anglers fly to Norway, with access to the far north usually entailing a flight to Oslo, followed by a second flight to either Tromso or Alta. Next, depending on which camp you book, you’ll either be collected by mini-bus or rent a car, and you might also have to catch a ferry or two.
If you rent a car, stick to the speed limits, as cameras are found even in the remotest areas. These are painted grey and not easily seen, and the fines are horrendous.
Many anglers book their own trips to Norway direct with the camps and airlines. This can save some money, but booking through a travel agent will save a considerable amount of hassle and, in the long run, may not actually cost you any more. Plus, travel agents are best placed to synchronise flights, ferries and camp transfers. If you do self-book, you need to focus on flight connections. If you miss your second flight and the first flight was booked with a different non-code sharing partner airline, you will be faced with an expensive problem to resolve.
At certain times of the year, charter flights are available direct from the UK to some Norwegian airports, but these vary.
Excess baggage costs are considerable. Most airlines offer around 20kg of standard hold baggage and charge for rod tubes. I have visited Norway in excess of 30 times, and only once have I paid excess baggage, and that was on a filming trip when I needed a lot of extra gear. I haven’t used a rod tube for more than 10 years for a Norwegian trip, as I only use packable travel rods.
The cost of living in Norway is very high, alcohol in particular is expensive. A non-EU country, you benefit from a full duty-free limit when travelling to Norway from the UK.
Some anglers pack a lot of food in an attempt to save money, but you need to offset any savings achieved here with possible excess baggage charges. I visit a local supermarket on day one and stock up for the week, which, when shared with other group members, is actually not bad value, especially if you eat fish.
Considering airline excess baggage charges, make full use of your carry-on allowance. Clearly, sharp objects are not allowed in carry-on bags, but packing clothing and items such as heavy boots can make a big difference to your check-in bag weight.