Bergen/fjord itinerary advice please!

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Jul 28th, 2008, 03:35 PM
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Bergen/fjord itinerary advice please!

Hello all,

I'd very much appreciate any advice, especially on the more uncertain second half of this trip.

We are a mid-30s couple, 'independent traveller' types, flying to Bergen mid august:

Day 1: Arrive Bergen (afternoon)
Day 2: Bergen
Day 3: Norway-Nutshell, overnight Stalheim
Day 4: Norway-Nutshell, return Bergen (late evening)
Day 5: More Bergen (day trip to Hardangerfjord?)
Day 6: Express boat to Stavanger
Day 7: Stavanger (Preistikolen hike)
Day 8: Stavanger (something else?)
Day 9: Return Bergen, depart

Alternative for Days 6-9 is to go by express boat to Balestrand, and do things from there (more fjords, hiking). Any thoughts on this? Three nights in Balestrand too many? (where else for one night?)

Is it easy to extend the NiN trip to spend two nights in the fjords, one in Stalheim and one e.g. in Eidfjord or Utne?

Any other good options in the time available?

Many many thanks, and I promise a trip report when we get back.
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Jul 28th, 2008, 03:52 PM
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Balestrand is beautiful, but three nights are too many. We did that and were sorry...

We rented a car but there really was not that much to see......
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Jul 28th, 2008, 04:20 PM
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We were in Norway a couple of weeks ago and also did the NIN including an overnight at Stalheim Hotel. If you want to go to Balestrand, you can do so from Stalheim as we did.

Take a bus from Stalheim to Vinje, which is quite close to the town of Voss, and then a local bus to Vik. From Vik you can ride the ferry to Balestrand.

After a day and night at Balestrand, you can easily take the express boat back to Bergen.

Yes, it is possible to extend your NIN by spending another night in another fjord, aside from the Sognefjord/Næroyfjord. From Voss, you can easily take the train/bus to Eidfjord/Ulvik.

Good luck...Norway is a beautiful country!!

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Jul 30th, 2008, 05:02 AM
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Thanks a lot! Based on your comments, revised itinerary looks like this - couple more issues arising, of course:

Day 1: as before (arrive Bergen)
Day 2: as before (Bergen)
Day 3: as before (NiN to Stalheim, hike during day)
Day 4: Pick up NiN as far as EITHER Flam (5a) OR Voss (5b) OR Balestrand (5c)
Day 5a: Something for the day from Flam (what?), NiN back to Bergen
Day 5b: Trip to Eidfjord and back, NiN back to Bergen
Day 5c: Something around Balestrand, how to get back to Bergen? Boat? Rejoin NiN?
Day 6: as before (to Stavanger)
Day 7: as before (Stavanger)
Day 8: as before (Stavanger)
Day 9: as before (return Bergen)

Is 3 nights too many in Stavanger? (I see 3 nights too many for Balestrand). Should I arrange one extra night in Bergen (Day 5, as per original itinerary)? Or just clip one night from NiN and stay only at Stalheim?

Which of 5a/b/c would you suggest?

Many thanks again!
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