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Bergen to Alesund to Oslo

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Our Nat Geo trip (mid July) starts in Oslo, ends in Bergen. When the trip ends in Bergen we are planning on renting a car, and back tracking north through the Fjords, staying here and there for a night or two as far north as Alesund. From Alesund we'll drive back to Oslo to fly home.

**Here is what we do with Nat Geo in the Fjords area. Thoughts on what we will be missing and should do on our own when we have a car?**

Day 4 — Røros/Trondheim
Norway's several thousand miles of railways stretch from the southern tip of the country to above the Arctic Circle, offering breathtaking views of rolling hills, mountains, lakes, and fjords. Climb aboard the Røros Railway and travel to the mining town of Røros—a World Heritage site and one of the oldest wooden towns in Europe. Stroll past 17th- and 18th-century buildings where residents still live and work. Later, catch a train to the lovely city of Trondheim, situated on the southern shore of Trondheimsfjorden at the mouth of the Nidelva River.

Day 5 — Trondheim
Said to be founded in the tenth century by Viking King Olaf I Tryggvason, Trondheim served as Norway's capital until the early 1200s. Today, high-tech culture mingles with medieval architecture in this university town. Visit the Nidaros Cathedral, a cherished landmark built on the grave site of Norway's patron saint that is prized for its stained glass windows. Take a musical tour at the Ringve Music Museum and enjoy a concert performed on antique instruments. Later, explore on your own or discover the city on an optional kayaking excursion.

Day 6 — Rauma Railway/Geiranger
Catch a morning train to Dombås and board the Rauma Railway. Take in stunning scenery through panoramic windows on a journey past craggy alpine peaks, glacier-fed waterfalls, and the emerald green waters of the Rauma River. Cross the historic Kylling Bridge and marvel at the 3,300-foot Trollveggen, Europe's tallest vertical rock face. Continue by coach to Geiranger along the famed Trollstigen—the Troll's Footpath. Wind through the mountains along 11 hairpin turns, keeping an eye out for troll statues inspired by Norwegian fairytales. Stop en route to taste local products at a summer farm.
Hotel Union

Day 7 — Geirangerfjorden/Balestrand
Set out by ferry for an unforgettable cruise on the UNESCO World Heritage site of Geirangerfjorden, a ten-mile passage lined with sheer rock walls and punctuated with waterfalls. Disembark at Hellesylt and drive to Balestrand, located on the Sognefjorden—the longest and deepest fjord in Norway. Along the way, skirt the edges of Nordfjord, passing tumbling cascades, lush pastures, and lakes. Have lunch at the water's edge and then learn about the Norwegian folk art of rosemaling at a local village. This evening, settle into our historic hotel overlooking the Sognefjorden.

Day 8 — Sognefjorden/Balestrand
Cross the Sognefjorden by ferry for a visit to the Hopperstad Stave Church, one of Norway's most intact medieval churches. Back in Balestrand, visit a cider house to taste local ciders, fruit wines, and brandies. Then discover the town's history as a hub for 19th-century European artists, who were inspired by the Sognefjorden's captivating scenery. Walk along the fjord's edge, dotted with villas built in the popular Swiss style of the period, and keep an eye out for dragon heads atop the gables—a motif from Norse mythology.
Kviknes Hotel 

Day 9 — Flåm Railway/Bergen
Take a scenic cruise across the Sognefjorden and up the narrow Aurlandsfjorden to the village of Flåm. Sample award-winning handcrafted beers at a Viking-style brewery, then board the world-famous Flåm Railway, named by National Geographic Traveler as one of the top ten train journeys in Europe. Make a thrilling ascent of some 2,837 feet in just one hour, passing through 20 tunnels. At the mountain station of Myrdal, transfer to the Bergen line and continue across the spine of Norway to the coastal city of Bergen. 
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel

**From Alseund south to Oslo I thought Dombås looked like an interesting place to stop (Musk Ox!) and the drive looked pretty on down through Lillehammer. What else should we investigate on that drive?**

How many days would you estimate to do this?

Thanks again for all your help!

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