GEN­ERAL TRAVEL IN­FOR­MA­TION

Sea Angler (UK) - - BOAT ANGLER | ANGLING ADVENTURES -

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.

TRAVEL TIP

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.

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