Please help with Norway itinerary

May 10th, 2019, 12:22 AM
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Please help with Norway itinerary

Hello all,

We are family of 6 (4 adults + 2 young kids) and going to Norway this August for 16 days road trip across western fjords. With kids, I am trying to minimize driving more than 4-5 hours daily. Will be using car ferry for fjord crossings along the route.

Would really appreciate if I could get some suggestions / guidance on the plan below. Thanks a lot for all the help! I understand this is too much information to digest but thought to give as much details as possible for better guidance.

Day 1: Arrive in Oslo, pick up rental and stay close to airport
Day 2: Drive to Lom and spend the night there
Day 3: Drive to Solvorn via Leirvassbu and scenic Sognefjell road. Spend the night around Solvorn
Days 4-6: After visiting Urns stave church and surrounding small towns, drive to Flam via Aurlandsvegan “Snow Road”. Spend 3 nights in/around Flam (doing scenic cruise , visiting villages/farms etc)
Day 7-8: Drive to Bergen via Stalheimskleiva drive . Visit waterfalls on the way . Spend 2 nights in Bergen
Day 9: Drive to Balestrand via route 13. Visit Hopperstad stave church . Spend the night around Balestrand
Day 10: Drive to Loen via Fjaerland (booktown). Spend the night around Loen
Day 11-12: Drive to Geiranger via Jostedalsbreen national park , route 258 (Gamle Strynefjellsveg), Dalsnibba & Flydalsjuvet viewpoints, Spend 2 nights around Geiranger and visit nearby attractions like “Eagle Way” and Trollstigen , if possible
Day 13-14: Drive to Alesund via Geiranger-Helleylt ferry, Leknes-Standal ferry & E39 ferry . Spend 2 nights in Alesund
Day 15: Drive the “atlantic ocean road” and thereafter spend the night in Molde
Day 16: Dive to Lillehammer and spend the night there
Day 17: Drive to Oslo airport for return flight

Few alternatives I was contemplating :

1. Is it worth spending a night around Hjørundfjord ? If yes then may be on Day 13th night will spend there (either Urke or Saebo). Then would have only 1 night for Alesund the next day

2. Is it worth driving to Leirvassbu and scenic Sognefjell road? Or should I skip it and straight drive to Flam from Oslo

3. Lastly, how strong a recommendation would be to drive down to Hardangerfjord and spend a night in Lofthus or Ulvik, before continuing to Bergen from Flam . But then I may only have 1 night in Bergen , unless I skip something as well
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May 12th, 2019, 06:18 AM
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We did a 3 day trip in Bergen that included some day tours to see the fjords. I can't comment on the rest of your itinerary but we really enjoyed Bergen (great food, cool to see Mount Floyen and the wharf). I would do 2 nights there if you can!
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May 14th, 2019, 03:44 PM
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We went to Hardangerfjord and I would skip it and spend the extra night in Bergen. You will see more beautiful scenery in other places. You will love Norway!
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May 14th, 2019, 03:52 PM
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Spend the night in Balestrand not nearby. It’s a great spot and the Kvikne’s Hotel is excellent.
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May 14th, 2019, 10:34 PM
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Lom: try to stay at Elveseter Hotel.

Don't know if I would want to duplicate EVERY group tour itinerary by going to Flåm and Geiranger.
Don't know if I would spend the night in Geiranger.

Try to include Hardangervidda, not so much Hardanger Fjord.
Spend more nights in Bergen.

It is as if you copied a tour bus itinerary. Driving in Norway takes more time than you think.
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Jul 6th, 2019, 07:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Sberg View Post
We went to Hardangerfjord and I would skip it and spend the extra night in Bergen. You will see more beautiful scenery in other places. You will love Norway!
We are thinking about a day trip to Hardangerdjord from Bergen in August. Really not worthwhile? We already will have seen Geirangerfjord and Lofotens.
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Jul 6th, 2019, 11:14 PM
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We are thinking about a day trip to Hardangerdjord from Bergen in August. Really not worthwhile? We already will have seen Geirangerfjord and Lofotens.
What constitutes "not worthwhile" in your book?
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Jul 7th, 2019, 07:20 AM
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Originally Posted by menachem View Post
What constitutes "not worthwhile" in your book?
I was wondering why someone recommended to “skip it”.
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Jul 8th, 2019, 05:03 AM
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I recommended he skip it viewing the rest of his itinerary. He will be seeing so many beautiful places that I think that Hardangerfjord will be far down on his list. If you were not doing all the other things that he is doing and are looking for a beautiful place for a day trip from Bergen then I would recommend it. It all depends on what you are doing on your trip.
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Jul 8th, 2019, 05:47 AM
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Molde to Lillehammer will be a long drive, like 6-7 hours?

I think it's a mistake to skip Oslo during a long visit like this.

Have you found a car that will seat 6 for such a long journey?

Another option is to do the trip in reverse, drop the car in Bergen, then fly or train to Oslo. This reduces the driving portion by 5-6 days.

If you are staying in hotels and eating all meals out, this will be an expensive trip.

Also, Trollstigen can be visited driving Molde to Lillehammer, as a short detour.

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