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Norway and Nordics - guidance sought for solo trip in May/June

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I've been reading up here on Norway and some itineraries combined with Copenhagen or Stockholm. I'm having some trouble getting my arms around things - feeling overwhelmed actually.

I'll likely be solo for most of this trip. My key interests are scenery - especially on the water, small scale culture (art museums/galleries), hiking (not too cliffhanging), cuisine is something I enjoy trying everywhere I go but not the primary goal on this trip...

Here are some general questions but I am open to any advice/suggestions:

1. I am thinking of second half of May into early June - any experiences with weather at that time?

2. I like (love) scenic ferry/train rides and hiking. I prefer not to drive. Will I miss a lot by not driving? How easy/difficult is it to get from place to place on public transportation? I would like to do a bit more than NIN standard tour and have about 2 weeks. What should I include given my interests/lack of car? Must I book in advance for trains at this time of year? How long did you enjoy staying in a particular area - say for instance Bergen or Oslo? Was there a ferry ride not to be missed?

3. Any experiences with the NIN plus hike tour? Any other specific fjord or hiking recs?

4. I am a 51 year old woman of moderate fitness and excellent health. I don't love cliffhanging hikes (some issues with heights). Can I find hikes that are 'safe' to do alone and not too treacherous feeling? Will the weather be right for this sort of thing in May/June? I have hiked solo for up to 3 days but in Switzerland where the trails are well marked and villages can be found every few hours...Is there a similar feel anywhere in the Nordics?

5. I'm thinking of staying in Oslo a couple days - would like to see the Edvard Munch museum. Any other city you would combine with? I have been to Stockholm but in the winter. The archipelago there intrigues me as does a visit to Karl Larsen garden which is further afield.... Have not been to any of the Nordic countries other than the trip to Stockholm in December. Is Copenhagen easily combined?

6. Not to get ahead of myself, but any favorite places to stay/eat? Budget is open but am aiming for local charm/cleanliness/views/friendly versus 5 star accommodations.

I have read Steve's report and also the Go's reports here on Fodors (thanks!!). Both itineraries look great... need some help refining... deciding...

Thank you very kindly for any thoughts/suggestions you might have.


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