- Aug 13, 2004
We were very lucky on our trip, we only had one morning that was a bit misty. The rest of our trip we had sunny to slightly overcast days so didn't have any real challenges. We did pack proper rain jackets and our hiking and street shoes were water proof so we didn't have to worry about that. Some people packed small umbrellas but again we didn't have any need for these items.Thank you for this post! This has been very informative. We will be starting this very same adventure on July 16th. May I ask a couple of questions? My wife is dreading getting rained upon, what would you recommend in the way of rain gear? What have you determined is the best method of tipping? I don’t know that we’ll have the same guides, but it mentions some guides take PayPal and this seems preferable to taking a wad of cash. Any insight? Thank you and look forward to more posts.
For tipping we used our US debit cards for most of our purchases but we did hit up ATMs and took out $500 (NOK$4,000) so we had walking around money. When using your debit/credit card almost everywhere you are presented with the option of addition gratuity. So if a meal came to NOK$900 we would add 10% and put in NOK$990 for the total of the meal. When we paid cash we just left whatever the amount was in cash. The coins come in NOK$5, $10, $20 so you can easily leave a good tip with coins.
For tipping the guides we did ask them the first day what their preference was. Our American guide preferred Venmo for payment so she didn't have to deal with carrying cash around. For our Norwegian guide we gave her NOK$. She lives in Oslo so that worked best for her. It sounds like you'll have Sofie and Oline as they said they had 48 hours off and then were heading back to Bergen to pick up the next crew. PLEASE tell them that Brigitte and Tom said hello. I told them about the trip report and were excited that we were sharing some of the trip details (Bring swimsuits, close toe shoes, sunscreen).
If you have any follow up questions please post and I'll be sure to respond before you leave on the 16th!