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  • Series: Lonely Planet Norway
  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet (September 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0864426542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0864426543
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,102,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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…these smart and exhaustively researched guides have become the gold standard for serious, independent travelers.' --San Francisco Chronicle
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Also no index or any way to find anything.
David L. Miller
Either the book was edited by a chimp, or, more likely, the only thing that was changed was the publication date.
exscribe
I prefer the Rough Guide travel book series.
Leela

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117 of 122 people found the following review helpful By John Froelich on December 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
During my two-week whirlwind driving tour around southern Norway, I used both LP Norway along with Fodor's Norway, and found Lonely Planet to be much more informative and better at capturing the essence of the country. I'm basing my opinion on both this trip and my previous experience living in Stavanger for 3 years as a teenager. This year's journey covered a lot of ground, originating in Stavanger, heading south along the coast through Kristiansand, northeast through Oslo, north through Lillehammer, and west through Lom to Geiranger, and then south through Gudvangen, Stalheim, and Bergen and back to Stavanger. In most regards, this book was pretty much right on the mark.
One aspect of the book which bothered me was the fact that it placed too much emphasis on Svalbard, an island archipelago halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, and not enough emphasis on central and southern Norway, where over 98% of the population lives and the bulk of the tourist kroner are spent.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By fdoamerica on September 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
Deanna Swaney (along with and Mark Griffith's outstanding mapping and design) have produced the definitive travel guide on Norway.
Deanna Swaney's writing is both engaging and descriptive. In my "must have" list, to qualify a guide as "excellent", are easy to read maps. This book has the best maps found in any Norway travel guide. The superb information and recommendations are reliable and though the publication date is 1999 (thus the information is pre '99). Norway is a stable nation with very low inflation and the prices are close to the quotes.
"Lonely Planet Norway" has a solid introduction section that covers Norway's history, government, economy, ecology, climate etc. This guide has an informative, practical, travel section and, most important, a reliable and up to date listing of recommendations that Swaney has checked out (lodging, restaurants, entertainment, places to see and things to do). At the start of each section is a regional map, more maps, and a list of highlights or "must see" for that region. Great!
Deanna must not be a motorcycle afficionado for there is no mention in her book of motorcycle rental in Norway. I rented a Harley in Trondheim for a week of travel through the Western Fjords, Central Norway and the Trondelag region. Brilliant way to see this glorious country, but, beware the weather is more temperamental than a manic Chihuahua. It can and will go from warm to cold to wet back to sun in the space and distance of one hours travel. My motorcycle rental did include the all-purpose riding gear, I brought my own helmet.
A weak area is the intermittent use of email/web site addresses. These are very helpful, especially for hotel quotes and reservations.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By BALDINI DIEGO on July 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
I've been recently travelling all around Norway, from South to North, including the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. I found this guide generally very useful, but weak when it comes to talk about the Nordland, the Far North (Troms and the Finnmark) and Svalbard. For example, Lofoten is surely a fascinating place especially for hikers - like I suppose the author is - but many description are exhagerated and you might be disappointed once there - like I was. The Nordland is not sufficiently covered and the information sometimes might be poor in contents. Same about the Finnmark. The Svalbard part of the guide could be more exhaustive, altought I agree is a surely less touristic place than Bergen as a matter of fact is. There is space for improvements, but you cannot find anything better packed.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Min Byong Chang on March 31, 2007
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I'm still patiently waiting for a good Norway Tour Guide to be written. The Eyewitness Book is terrible. But out of a bad lot, perhaps the only one worth mentioning as worthy of taking along in a backpack is the Lonely Planet Norway.

This book isn't great; maybe it isn't even very good, but at least it does spend some effort to describe many of the amazing sites Norway has to offer. It's still quite hard for me to imagine why this great country hasn't been covered by a good book.

I for one borrowed the following books for my latest trip: Kon Tiki, The Moon is Down, A Collection of Plays by Ibsen, a Munch book, and the Lonely Planet Guide. I left the Eyewitness at home.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By exscribe on June 13, 2011
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Bought this to help plan a trip I am taking in the fall. I noticed a previous reviewer complained about an outdated reference in his edition to something that would happen in 2008. But my copy was just issued in June 2011, so that would not be a problem, right? Incredibly, it is still in the book! Either the book was edited by a chimp, or, more likely, the only thing that was changed was the publication date. Unfortunately, I bought the Kindle edition and am stuck.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Xenophon on February 3, 2011
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I feel cheated. This so-called 2010 Kindle edition makes predictions about things that might happen by the end of 2008, such as Bergen having city-wide internet. Other parts seem out of date. This appears to be the 2008 print edition, simply renamed by Amazon as the 2010 Kindle edition. Lonely Planet is releasing a 2011 edition of this Norway guide in May 2011. I would have waited to buy the 2011 version had I not been misled by Amazon.
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