The Anker Hostel is a simple and modern place situated in the heart of Oslo, just 700 meters from the main thoroughfare of Karl Johan Street, the Cathedral and the Botanic Gardens. Oslo Gardermoen Airport is situated 50 miles away, 40 minutes by car. You can start the day with breakfast service (it is charged), in the café bar. It has a multilingual staff, Internet access (for a fee) and a laundry service. During the summer months the Anker Hostel offers tours, barbecues and other activities. The Anker Hostel offers simple meals in the relaxed atmosphere of the bar, with internet, games, and tv.
One of the shelters that you can find on the Road to Nidaros is Berget Pilgrims. It is in the Gudbrandsdalen Valley in the stretch between Krekke and Favang. Before reaching the detour it indicated to us the address of Favang Wooden Church and we found a milestone signalling the hostel. We drove on a road about 100 meters and ascended to a wooded area where the hostel sits. Apparently it is open all year and prices per person range from 100 to 300 kroner (€ 13-40). A typical night's sleep is in a cabin with a shared bathroom with the recommendation to bring your own sleeping bag. If you want bedding they will provide it for 75 kroner. Of all the hotels I saw in the Way of the Pilgrims Nidaros Berget was for me the most charming because of the environment around it and by the simplicity and tranquility of the place. It is certainly a good choice for those who are around this area where you can sleep for a very cheap price compared to the usual prices of other accommodation in Norway.
The campsite of Geiranger Hellesylt is a unique place to spend the night in your tent as you camp at the shores of the fjord with wonderful views. A number of possibilities offered is hiking, on the shores of the fjord. The campsite has its own little harbor and boats for personal us are up for rent at prices not to expensive as far as Norwegian standards are concerned. It is an urban camp, close to the town center. It is very quiet with all amenities like shops, restaurants and banks close by. The site has a huge capacity, with place for up to 140 caravans and tents. Basic campsite services, like toilets, a small shop and cafeteria, washing and drying clothes, a kitchen, internet and nursery, are available. This is definitely a place recommended for its location and the number of options offered by Geiranger tourism.
The Andalsnes Hostel is a quiet hostel on the north coast of Norway. The facilities are clean and well maintained, and the serve is pleasant. It is quite close to the village, and has WiFi and a kitchen for guests. The price is similar to the other hostels in the area.
Following the path of the Way of Nidaros, between the towns of Frya and Kvam, you can find a shelter for pilgrims on a high mountain. This small shelter with room for about 4 people is ideal for a rainy day if you're in the area. Although it is not very large you can stay overnight and be kept warm, but go preferably with a good sleeping bag, because even in the summer temperatures often approach the 4-5 º. To reach it you should just follow the path of the Way of Nidaros. After passing the sign that I show in the picture which shows the distance to Nidaros, Santiago and Jerusalem you will have to climb to the top of the mountain, a place from which you get the best views. Right after this excellent vantage point you can find shelter for pilgrims. Perhaps most interesting for those who are on a tight budget, it's free.
The Vasdbakken Skjolden Kro Camping hostel, in Norway, is a pleasant place to spend a few days in the peaceful countryside. The place is pleasant and the facilities are clean and well maintained. The price is normal compared to what we found in the area.
Although this hostel is a bit far from the city, it can easily be reached by train or bus. The staff are very welcoming, friendly and helpful, and it's clean and comfortable. There's a common kitchen on every floor, as well as an area with a television. One advantage of this hostel is that breakfast - with Norwegian food - is included. Unfortunately, it's only open in summer.
This hostel is a member of Hostelling International hostels. If you're a member of this chain you get a discount, but the woman who greeted us was lovely and despite not having made us discount card she gave it to us anyway. The hostel is very clean and there is no problem of showers or sinks. The rooms are large and the number of beds in each of them is varying from 2-6. In the hostel there is kitchen and not have to worry about the sheets and blankets that look very clean and like the first day.
The orchard of Norway
After four hard days on the high plateau of fjord land, the sunny gardens of this hostel were the perfect place to relax. The building is a residential school open to tourists in the summer. It is extremely cost effective, has a free sauna and the buffet breakfast is extensive.
It makes a good base to explore Ullensvang. This area, despite being at 60' north, is the Orchard of Norway. The fact filled "Fruit trail" is highly recommended. The first trees were introduced by monks 800 years ago and clergy have had an important role ever since.