However, we unexpectedly found that the people we dealt with, in general were pretty rude. A few examples:
1. Wanted to rent a bike for the day, hotel staff dismissive 'I don't know' and turns away
2. Watching a ferry worker turn a family away even tho the boat was docked and engine still off
3. Ferry workers lying to get rid of you so they don't have to deal with a problem
4. Shop keepers with very abrupt attitude (anywhere else - rude)
5. Restaurant staff turning you away with little regard, or just not waiting on you
6. Bouncers at even crappy sports bar that have to 'decide' if they'll let you in
7. Drivers with little regard for speed limits or safety (riding you until you get out of the way)
8. Dock signs saying do not enter (with the middle finger)
9. Some hapless tourist couple didn't have the right ticket for the airport train, (well dressed, rolex) and we watched the cops refuse to even talk to them or answer their questions while they were ticketing them)
10. Bus drivers that would actually close the door in your face and then smile as they pulled off
They also seem to have a militant streak for rules, not like speed limits - but as in using an existing rule to ruin your day if possible. More than once we saw someone being turned away from something and the Norwegian would turn around and either smile or laugh with his mate.
We also encountered a few really nice people, hard to tell tho with service industry.
I'm from NYC, and am used to arrogance, it just seems like here they delight in sticking it to you. Is this just the attitude in Norway or have we experienced an exceptionally bad trip?Edited: 10 May 2018, 08:19