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Hoping to stay cool this summer - any comments on my northern itinerary?

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My niece is getting married in England at the end of August, which is why I am going to Europe again this year. And since I have to travel in summer, which I usually avoid, it seemed like the right time to finally visit Scandinavia. Especially as my elder sister (not the mother of the bride, lol) agreed to share a cabin on a Hurtigruten cruise. I usually get bored on boats, and am not a cruise person, but I am very much looking forward to seeing the Norwegian coast.

I originally thought of starting my trip by revisiting Lviv, Vilnius and/or Riga, but I am flying to Europe in biz class on miles, and they wouldn't take me to any of them. But they would take me to Berlin, which I haven't visited, and about which I keep reading raves. Then a loop south (to Wroclaw, Gorlitz, the countryside, Dresden and Leipzig) was nixed for lack of time.

I'm posting the itinerary I came up with in hopes of input along the lines of "drop a day in A and add it to B so you can see..." or "when you're in C you have to see ..." or "why aren't you going to wonderful D", and especially recommendations for the best areas to stay in, and perhaps actual hotel recommendations, although I would prefer not to spend more than $100/night/person, on average. Also, recommendations for good food that won't break the bank, if that is even possible in Scandinavia.

For those who haven't "met" me before, I'm an older female traveler who likes scenery (preferably mountains and waterfalls), architecture (preferably Art Nouveau and pre-baroque) and prefers "decorative" arts to "fine" arts. No beaches, no nightlife, no driving.

July 10: Fly to Boston (4 nights - cannot believe the hotel costs in Boston!)
July 14: Fly via LHR to Berlin (late flight, really an extra day in Boston)
July 15: Arrive Berlin, bus and train to Potsdam (2 nights)
July 17: Train to Berlin (5 nights)
July 22: Train to Schwerin (2 nights - does anyone know anything about the nearby Freilichtmuseum?)
July 24: Train to Bremen (3 nights, recommended by sister who lived in Germany for a while)
July 27: Train to Lubeck (3 nights - yes, I know Lubeck is between Schwerin and Bremen, but the trains work better this way)
July 30: Train to Copenhagen (4 nights, includes day trip to Roskilde)
Aug 3: Train to Gothenburg (3 nights)
Aug 6: Train to Stockholm (5 nights, includes day trip to the archipelago, possible day trip to Uppsala or Sigtuna or ?)
Aug 11: Fly to Bergen and meet up with sister (2 nights)
Aug 13: Embark on Hurtigruten cruise (6 nights)
Aug 19: Kirkenes (1 night, one of these: http://www.pasvikturist.no/english/kirkenes-2/summer-activities/sightseeing-by-bus/ )
Aug 20: Fly to Oslo (4 nights - sister's choice, probably Norway in a Nutshell, unless we OD'ed on fjords on the cruise)
Aug 25: Fly to London

Notes: Flights and cruise are booked, trains and hotels not. I would swap Schwerin and its Schloss for Sonderborg in Denmark (although it messes up the trains) if I could verify the reference to Art Nouveau in Fodors' "Scandinavia", preferably with pictures. Also, do people recommend Alesund on my own, or with the Hurtigruten tour? How about skipping the fjord visit and spending the whole day in Alesund?

Thanks!

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