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Outdoorsy Norway itinerary

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Hi everyone,
I am wondering if anyone can shed some light on Rallarvegen itineraries.
I am traveling to Norway in mid-September this year and have thought of a couple of potential options. The main activities I am potentially interested in are seeing the glacier in Finse, bike at least part of the Rallarvegen (either Finse to Flam or Myrdal to Flam), ride the scenic ferry from Flam to Gudvangen, explore the fjord by Flam or Gudvangen on foot assuming there are some nice hiking trails, and spend time in Bergen. I have come up with variations that would allow me to do:

1: Finse glacier-bike Finse to Flam-Flam ferry cruise-Bergen
2: Finse glacier-bike Myrdal to Flam-Flam ferry cruise-Hike fjord-Bergen
3: Bike Finse to Flam-Flam ferry cruise-hike fjord-Bergen
4: Bike Myrdal to Flam-Flam ferry cruise-hike fjord-most time in Bergen

For those of you who have done itineraries in this area, what did you do? Is it worth it to spend a $300 night in Finse just to see the glacier and then bike the whole portion of the Rallarvegen from Finse to Flam?
Am I missing any activities that you recommend? For instance, I assume that within these time contraints I cannot get to Jostedalsbreen National Park, but perhaps if I arrived in Oslo a day or two earlier and skipping my planned stay in Copenhagen?

More details for reference:
Option 1 (Finse glacier-bike Finse to Flam-Flam ferry cruise-Bergen):
9/13 – Arrive in Oslo ~10-11 AM on the ferry from Copenhagen, spend the day exploring.
9/14 – Train to Finse, arriving 12:30 PM, lunch, then do the ~two hour walk one way to Hardangerjøkulen glacier then back.
9/15 – Rent bikes and ride to Flam (~8 AM – 4 PM). Spend the night in Flam.
9/16 – Take the scenic ferry to Gudvangen, then take the bus, etc. to Bergen, arriving perhaps around midday to late afternoon. Spend the rest of the day exploring Bryggen.
9/17 – Depart Bergen in time for 3 PM flight.

Option 2 (Finse glacier-bike Myrdal to Flam-Flam ferry cruise-Hike fjord-Bergen)
9/13 – Oslo (see above)
9/14 – Train to Finse, arriving 12:30 PM, lunch, then do the glacier hike and, in order to avoid spending an expensive night in Finse, take the train to Myrdal and spend the night at Vatnahalsen (transport between the two?)
9/15 – Bike Myrdal to Flam (3-4 hours?), lunch, take the scenic ferry to Gudvangen, explore the fjord on foot.
9/16 – Go to Bergen, spend the day there
9/17 – Depart Bergen in time for 3 PM flight

Option 3 (Bike Finse to Flam-Flam ferry cruise-hike fjord-Bergen):
9/13 – Oslo (see above)
9/14 – Earliest train (7-8 AM) to Finse, arriving 12:30. Skip the glacier walk and rent bikes to Vatnahalsen, arriving by 6:30 PM.
9/15 – Bike Vatnahalsen to Flam, take the scenic ferry to Gudvangen, and explore Gudvangen on foot with any time left in the day.
9/16 – Spend the day in Bergen
9/17 – Depart Bergen in time for 3 PM flight.

Option 4 (Bike Myrdal to Flam-Flam ferry cruise-hike fjord-most time in Bergen):
9/13 – Oslo (see above)
9/14 – Earliest train to Myrdal, arriving ~1 PM. Have lunch and rent bikes to Flam (3-4 hours?). Explore Flam a bit by foot or take the scenic ferry to Gudvangen
9/15 – Take the ferry to Gudvangen then spend time hiking in that area, make the way to Bergen
9/16 – Whole day in Bergen
9/17 – Bergen until 3 PM


Thanks!

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    This place might be of interest to you; from my trip report:

    In Solvorn we stayed at Eplet, which is as LP described it. To elaborate: There is a renovated barn with three rooms with double beds and a dormitory with 7 single beds that share the shower and the two W.C.. The kitchen dining-living area is also shared, and I believe that the campers can use the kitchen also; there is a small campsite just below the barn. Most people are there for outdoor activities. One person had gone kayaking on a glacial lake the day it opened, and planned to go horseback riding that day. There are hiking trails indicated in the area, and the LP mentions bicycles available for riding around, although Solvorn is at the bottom of a long steep hill--biking on the other side of the fjord would make more sense. I do not recall the mini golf, but the living room has a climbing wall. Given its mention in more than one guide I suspect that reservations might be useful, even though we did not have any.

    But I think that mid-September might be a little late for some of those outdoor activities.

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    Note that September is getting late in the season, accommodation at the start - Haugastøl closes at the end of September, and if you are unlucky an early snowfall may make Rallarveien impassable. Expect temperature a bit above freezing, maybe frost at night and maybe rain and wind - hope you have suitable clothing. A good time to do the trip though if the weather is good - you'll avoid the summer crowds.
    The glacier hike with guide, crampons and ropes is 6 - 7 hrs, you won't make that arriving 12:30. Do not attempt to go on or near the glacier without a guide - a family was killed last year by calving ice from a glacier.
    I would suggest you take the train to Haugastøl, hire the bikes there and cycle to Finse - about 3 hrs. Stay 2 nights at Finse to have a day to do the glacier hike. Then cycle to Flåm - about 6 hrs - you can return the bikes there. https://www.rallarvegen.com/en
    If you start early then you should make the ferry from Flåm same day (check timetables nearer the date) however you won't have time for hiking and will need to take a bus to Voss and then train to Bergen. Buses to Voss are not too often so again check timetables nearer the date.

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