Norway, Almafi Coast, Scotland Itinerary

Old Jun 11th, 2023, 07:06 PM
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Norway, Almafi Coast, Scotland Itinerary

What is the minimum number of days we would need to fit in these three countries? Wed like to see the Scottish highlands and have just started researching Norway - so Im not sure where our exact destination will be there (seeing fjords/amazing scenery is the main goal). Just thought about trying to add in the Almafi Coast for some sunshine. Were going end of August/early September.

Were ok with being on the go to pack a lot in, we havent been to Europe in years and want to see as much as we can.
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Old Jun 11th, 2023, 08:35 PM
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Welcome to Fodors. When I saw your title at first I thought you were an old timer pulling out communal legs

"What is the minimum number of days we would need to fit in these three countries?" Unfortunately that question is unanswerable without knowing more about what you want to see/do other than scenery. Have you done any research about transport between the Highlands/Norway and the Amalfi Coast. But a bare minimum would require a week for the Scottish Highlands (partly because of the logistics of getting to/from) but if you wanted to also see Edinburgh, castes, coastal scenery you're talking 10 days. Probably about a week minimum in Norway - have you checked out Norway in a Nutshell? The Amalfi Coast will be very crowded in August. You'd have to fly into Naples (or maybe Rome and take trains south). So all in all those three destinations would involve some complicated travel..

If you are thinking along the lines of 2-ish weeks I'd do JUST Scotland, or JUST Norway, or JUST Italy with the understanding you'd need to be booking flights and accommodations ASAP if not sooner.

August is the absolute highest of high seasons in Scotland and finding accommodations this close in can be difficult. August can pretty much be a zoo in lots of places in Europe
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Hi Danah333,
Janis has made some very valid points. When I saw the mix of countries, I was bemused. Unless you have already booked flights or have a special reason for your combination, I would focus on Scotland and Norway this trip. You can fly from several Scottish airports to Norway, but the cheapest flights are likely to be from Edinburgh.
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Old Jun 12th, 2023, 12:20 AM
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me too, I thought this was one of those "New York, Hawaii and Florida" in 2 weeks what would you do sort of questions.

But seriously
We visited Norway for 2 weeks and only covered about 10% of the country. It is pretty big and only had one day in Oslo
Scotland, as Brit I have gone off and on and would think if you consider the isles both east and west as a 3 week rush, the Highlands as a 2 week slog and the central belt as another 2 weeks

Amalfi coast on the other hand is tiny and once you include all the islands and the Roman ruins along with actual coast you could probably make a good fist of it in 2 weeks.
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Old Jun 13th, 2023, 09:46 PM
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What Janis said. You'll see plenty of sunshine in August in Norway. If you want to be fast-paced and have 3 weeks, you can circle a decent portion of Scandinavia by rail and ferry. For example, one year we started in Copenhagen, then on to Stockholm. Then the Silja line overnight to Helsinki and back the next night. Then on to Trondheim in Norway (passing Hell) on an overnight train. Then down to Oslo for a few nights, then Norway in a Nutshell day trip to Bergin. Then back to Oslo, where I believe we took an overnight ferry back to Copenhagen, then home.

Several nights in each place, and packed, but doable. Early August in Trondheim with the Olaf festival is a blast!
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We drove from Bergen to Trondheim in 6 days and since we are not kayakers or hikers, that was sufficient even though there is always more to see.

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This is a rather odd combination of countries to visit in one trip. I agree that Scotland and Noway would be best, and save Italy for another trip.

Many years ago I took my first trip to Italy in the month of August and I will not do that again. I am a Texan and even I was miserably hot in Southern Italy. Northern Italy might be bearable in August but not the Amalfi Coast. Go to Italy in a cooler season, it will be much more enjoyable.
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