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Old 01-03-2008   #1
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Norway Car Rental

Myself and a group of friends are planning a trip to Norway this July, was hoping to get some beta on transportation. Our biggest concern right now is what to do about car rentals, looks like it will cost about $9000 for two cars for two weeks. Anyone one know of a more feasible option like renting from another country or possibly purchasing for a short period of time?

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I don't want to hijack the thread, but i'm looking at the same sort of situation...Greece in April. We have heard that a good option is to lease the car so long as you're there for at least 21 days. you can then have the dealership buy it back when you leave...i've heard of a number of people doing this for travel...but it ought to work for paddling too. unfortunately that's about all i know about it...anybody else?


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Yea, car rental is really expensive in Norway. You have three strikes against you: 1) The dollar is very weak, 2) Norway is expensive even when the dollar is not weak, 3) car rental in Norway is more expensive than other things. Still, $9000 for two cars for two weeks seems expensive. Is that the price you got from Look around more. Do a clever web search. Look for the small provider. But, you'll still pay a lot.

Sweden won't be cheaper. Denmark maybe a bit. Germany perhaps, but then you spend a day traveling to Norway.

Welcome to the rest of the world where they price cars for their true costs, that include road building, polution, cost of military to deal with the Mideast, etc.
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Norway Cars

We rented two cars at Rent-A-Wreck not far from the Oslo airport. That was definitely the cheapest option. We beat the hell out of them and had to pay $100 in damages, but I think it was only $1,000 each. The dollar was stronger then so it's maybe $2,000 now. In July you may miss the Telemark region rivers. You should still be good around Voss and the west coast with rain, the double drop and triple drop around there are classics as well as the infamous Myrkdalselva. You will go through Sjoa, but I only know of a couple classics there. There is so much goods just be ready to give 'er. A killer option is to head North. There is so much good unexplored stuff up there. Benjamin Hjort is the man for up there if he is the country.
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$9K for 2 weeks??? You've gotta be f_ing kidding me!!!

I rented a *kick-ass* Audi from Sixt car rental in Frankfurt last July at about $400 for a week.

For $8.2K, I'd take a non-stop flight there, drive it up to Hamburg a day early and crash out on an overnight ferry to Bergen, which is a better starting point than Oslo anyway...
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I know a guy in sweden that could find a couple of old rides for sale cheap if you wanted to fly into stockholm. He is one of those thrifty knows everybody type of guys especially around the junkyard scene. He always has a car waiting for me when I show up. Sometimes it is an early 80's saab sometimes an older beat up VW or an old chevy van but they are always old rust buckets.
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Rhodes, what are the dates you are looking to go there? How many are there going to be?
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Thanks for all the feedback! That Sixt website was very useful, looks like getting 2 vans from Denmark or Germany would be the cheapest way to go. I appreciate the offer on the rust-buckets but we need something reliable.
We plan on going July 3rd-16th, as of right now there are 6 confirmed, 2 are on the fence.
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Watch out for that craporadon guy. I bet he's never been to Norway or Iceland - just smack talking. His beta sounds a bit suspect. Beer pile anyone?

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