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6 days in Norway

Hello, would love some suggestions, advice for our trip to Norway. We are touring Denmark, Sweden and then Norway. Flying in and out of Copenhagen. We plan on leaving Stockholm early morning on 25th June for Olso. Suggestions... drive or train?
We would like to show our kids the midnight sun in Norway. Any suggestions for an itinerary as I am getting confused if we should go to Bergen(do Norway in Nutshell) and then fly to Bodo, take the ferry to Lofoten. Or skip Bergen and fly from Oslo to Bodo and Lofoten. We fly early morning from Copenhagen on 3rd, so have to be back by the evening of 2nd. July.

Thanks, any help would be great :)

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Understood and hope that the 6 days are after visit and days in Stockholm. Otherwise with 3 non close targets your plan is overloaded. Really huge distances in SWE and NOR. If you want to do Bergen and Arctic circle skip Oslo.

No chance for midnight sun in Bergen, it is below Arctic circle. You will have "just" very long daylights there. Good for fjord experience. Would prefer car for little bit off tourist crowds but your time is short and one-way rentals are expensive. If you want to go to Bergen: direct flight Stockholm to Bergen and NiN back to Oslo, from there overnight ferry or late flight to CPH.

Stockholm - Oslo: Plane, if you have 6 days only. But why Oslo? There are direct flights to Bergen and places above Arctic circle.

Midnight sun: Do not waste time with Bodø plus ferry. You can fly directly to Lofoten (Leknes LKN) or close to EVE (Narvik / Harstad) and rent a car there. No ferry. Or much easier I would just take a direct plane from Stockholm to Tromsø. Mountain Fjellheisen is really good to experience midnight sun. Remember that you will need clear sky but weather is only predictable 24 hours ahead up there.

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Didn't know we could fly to Lofoten from Oslo. That is good to know. But I see those flights are double the price of Bodo. Is it worth spending that much or does it make sense to take the ferry from Bodo?
Yes, we have 6, almost 7 days just for Norway. Do you think we will need all those days for Lofoten? Or should we squeeze Oslo too? We were thinking of flying from Oslo after spending 2 days there. What all can we do in Lofoten?
Thanks much for your suggestions.

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No chance for midnight sun in Bergen, it is below Arctic circle. You will have "just" very long daylights there. Good for fjord experience. Would prefer car for a little bit off tourist crowds but your time is short and one-way rentals are expensive. If you want to go to Bergen: direct flight Stockholm to Bergen and NiN back to Oslo, from there an overnight ferry or late flight to CPH.

Any suggestions for stops along the way from Oslo to Bergen. Just in case we decide to drive and see Bergen instead of Lofoten.

Thanks Much.

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Didn't know we could fly to Lofoten from Oslo. That is good to know.
Yes we have 6, almost 7 days just for Norway. Do you think we will
need all those days for Lofoten? Or should we queeze Oslo too? We were
thinking of flying from Oslo after spending 2 days there. What all can
we do in Lofoten? Thabks much for your suggestions.

For Lofoten you will need 3 full days - nomally more but in your case ... one main thing is to explore the islands along the scenic route, also some ideas for activities.

Oslo depends on your interests but Bergen and fjord Norway is more impressive. Tip: If you do NiN from Oslo to Bergen there are direct flights to CPH from Bergen.

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Oslo depends on your interests but Bergen and fjord Norway is more impressive. Tip: If you do NiN from Oslo to Bergen there are direct flights to CPH from Bergen.

That's Nice to know.
Can we take the ferry from Bergen to CPH? Also, if we plan to go directly to Bergen and take a three-day cruise up north, would that be worth doing?

Thanks so much. This helps a lot.

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Any suggestions for stops along the way from Oslo to Bergen. Just
incase we decide to drive and see Bergen instead of Lofoten.

You can drive different routes. The most likely is through Hardangervidda and along Hardangerfjord. My personal Hardangerfjord map looks little different :-)

A second one is south of Hardangervidda E134. Few years ago I found a nice little detour via Rjukan; to me a 19th scenic route on top to the 18 official ones.

A third alternative would lead from Aurlandfjord & Flam into it but is significantly longer. So, may be not this time.

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Can we take the ferry from Bergen to CPH? Also, if we plan to go
directly to Bergen and take a three-day cruise up north, would that be
worth doing?

You really want it all :-)

No ferry from Bergen to Copenhagen, only to Hirtshals and from there it is still an impressive leg to CPH. Will eat 2 days in total. Not this time.

Bergen cruise by Hurtigruten to north: imo the parts of the routes from Alesund to north are more scenic, especially if you board in the morning. Then the ship will drive into Geirangerfjord and be in Alesund again in the evening (summer sailing plan only). Really scenic drive, especially Seven Sisters Waterfall.

Also very scenic is the part from Tromso to Svolvaer on Lofoten. Ship will drive into very narrow Trollfjord and turns on plate to return. Was thinking of recommending that to you to get to Lofoten.

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You really want it all :-)

Ha ha! I am wishing for that :)

So difficult to decide what to do now. I want to really go to Lofoten but Bergen and surrounding areas sound really good too.

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Bergen cruise by Hurtigruten to north: imo the parts of the routes from Alesund to north are more scenic, especially if you board in the morning. Then the ship will drive into Geirangerfjord and be in Alesund again in the evening (summer sailing plan only). Really scenic drive, especially Seven Sisters Waterfall.

Could you please point me to cruise for that would go that route. As I am unable to do so.

Thanks
Nenu

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If your goal is the north and the midnight sun, you shouldn't go to Oslo from Stockholm, you should head north instead. Easist way to get to Lofoten from Stockholm would be the overnight train to Narvik. Maybe stop along the way in Abisko.

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Thank everyone for all your suggestions. This is very helpful.

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So this is the itinerary I came up with. Please let me know if it's doable with kids otherwise we will just plan to do a round trip from Oslo, Bergen, and Alesund and back.
Thanks much!

24th: Overnight train trip to Narvik from Stockholm.
25th: Drive from Narvik to Lofoten/ 4.5 Hrs. Rent car from Narvik
26th:
27th:
28th:
29th: Fly to Bergen from Leknes in the morning.
30th: Bergen
31st: Take Norway in a nutshell to Oslo, see the fjords
1st July: Oslo
2nd July: Afternoon Ferry to Copenhagen
3rd July: Fly 6:30 am back

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Looks doable in general - and depends on the kids :-)

Check if rental car one-way Narvik to Leknes is available, otherwise consider EVE to EVE (instead of Narvik main station to LKN), might also reduce costs.

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otherwise consider EVE to EVE (instead of Narvik main station to LKN), might also reduce costs.
Mark, is that a bus? Because I read that the bus station is quite close to the train station. Would the car rental be available in LKN?
Thanks, I am liking this itinerary now. 😀
Suggestions for things to do in Lofoten for 3 day would be greatly appreciated.
I am really looking forward to seeing Norway now :)

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Hey, I am not your travel agent :-)

Please refer to the airport websites to find out the bus connections and which rental car companies are available there.

This exploration is part of the adventure.

I also like the itinerary. Most important is that you have something you are happy and positively loaded with! Means months of anticipated pleasure :-)

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Hey, I am not your travel agent :-)
Ha ha! You should start your company. You are good :)

Thanks for all the pointers and suggestions!

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Or much easier I would just take a direct plane from Stockholm to Tromsø. Mountain Fjellheisen is really good to experience midnight sun.

Update, we booked a direct flight from Stockholm to Tormsø, as it was cheaper to fly there and saves us time. Will rent a car from there to visit Lofoten. Would taking a ferry to Bodo and flying from there to Bergen make more sense or flying out of Lofoten to Bergen? Any other quicker way to get to Bergen?

Thanks.

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I suggest to book Hurtigruten from Tromso to Risoyhamn (incl. car) and stay 1 or 2 nights in Andenes for whale and puffin / eagle watching. From Tromso you board around midnight and disembark at 10.xx am which is perfect to reach the tours. Take an inside cabin to get some sleep. Book asap for best price, do not forget to book the place for the car on the ship.

Tip: At good weather get out on deck with camera 1/2 hour before ship arrives Finnsnes. Can be really peaceful and beautiful view approaching Gisundbrua.

From Risoyhamn to Svolvaer (Lofoten) a Hurtigruten ship will make a perfect day cruise along a very scenic coast including very narrow Trollfjord which you cannot approach by car.
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I do no like Bodo but from the airport there are up to two direct flights in summer to Bergen. But with ferry time it is as long as taking flights via OSL.

Idea to save time and to have a highlight at the end of Norway trip: If you fly from LKN or EVE to OSL you can do NiN from there to Bergen and after NiN fly from Bergen directly to CPH :-)

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I suggest to book Hurtigruten from Tromso to Risoyhamn (incl. car) and stay 1 or 2 nights in Andenes for whale and puffin / eagle watching. From Tromso you board around midnight and disembark at 10.xx am which is perfect to reach the tours. Take an inside cabin to get some sleep. Book asap for best price, do not forget to book the place for the car on the ship.

That sounds wonderful. I'll look into that. Thanks so much! Do we even need to go to Bergen and Flam, after Lofoten? Maybe see a fjord there. I was thinking of going back to Oslo and stop on the way to Gothenburg and then Copenhagen. To a bit warmer, dry weather :)

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Do we even need to go to Bergen and Flam, after Lofoten? Maybe see a
fjord there. I was thinking of going back to Oslo and stop on the way
to Gothenburg and then Copenhagen. To a bit warmer, dry weather :)

My tip: Go for beautiful Bergen and Flam incl. Naeroyfjord boat tour. Also Flambana with the great waterfall gives you impressions you will not see on Lofoten. If you want to stay overnight in Flam you can visit the brewpub in the evening and Stegastein in the morning by bus before heading on to Oslo.

Nothing against Sweden and Gothenburg but imo it is clearly standing behind Fjord Norway and Lofoten.

And do not worry about the temperatures. End of last June I had 32C in southern Norway close to Heddal. I will not promise things but temps in and around Copenhagen are not necessarily warmer than in the fjords. Believe it or not but in Hardangerfjord they have growing fruits such as apples, cherries or strawberries - very delicious.

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My tip: Go for beautiful Bergen and Flam incl. Naeroyfjord boat tour. Also Flambana with the great waterfall gives you impressions you will not see on Lofoten. If you want to stay overnight in Flam you can visit the brewpub in the evening and Stegastein in the morning by bus before heading on to Oslo.

Done! We will do Bergen and Flam incl. Naeroyfjord boat tour! Should we take the ferry from Moskenes to Bodo and get a direct flight to Bergen(summertime, Wideroe ). I feel that might be efficient than flying from Lofoten!
I am still waiting to hear back from Hurtigruten. Wonder if just taking the cruise from Tromso and doing the Lofoten would make more sense and more relaxed than driving? I am getting a bit overwhelmed now.

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I am getting a bit overwhelmed now.

Shows that you are on the right way :-)

Should we take the ferry from Moskenes to Bodo and get a direct flight
to Bergen(summertime, Wideroe ). I feel that might be efficient than
flying from Lofoten!

What is efficient in that context (cost, time)? This ferry ride is not outstanding scenic at all, so isn' Bodo to me. At tough weather it is also a challenge. Neither by time nor by cost it is an advantage compared to flying LKN - OSL and start NiN to Bergen from there with flight Bergen - CPH. But independent from what I say trust your feeling. It is not only a rational thing, it is intuition. You shall feel fine with what you booked, that is very important for travel pleasure.

Wonder if just taking the cruise from Tromso and doing the Lofoten
would make more sense and more relaxed than driving?

Hurtigruten (Hr) is a very relaxed experience. If you travel "only" Tromso - Svolvaer by Hr you can just embark as pedestrian and rent the car locally (Svolvaer). If you would even fly SVJ - OSL you would save the one-way rental fee.
If you want to stop in between in Risoyhamn to explore Andoy for a day and do whale watching you will need the car from Tromso on because no rental car provider in Risoyhamn. And bus 18-874 has currently no published summer schedule to plan with. More costs but more freedom.

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Finally after a week of research and lots of help from this thread :)
25th Fly into Tromoso from Stockholm. rent car(car rental Autoeurope $1000 for 4 days....crazy!!), do the cable car and go to the brewery.
26th: Drive to Henningsvær. Stay the night there. Stop on the way...follow the science route there.
27th /28th: Stay two days in Ballstad. explore the lower northern area.(Nusfjord, Reine, Hamnøy bridge, Å, and some beaches)
29th Fly to Oslo out of Narvik (late evening flight )cheaper, quicker and direct flight to Oslo
30th Norway in a nutshell from Oslo to Bergen.
1st stay in Bergen
2nd fly out from Bergen to Copenhagen.

Any must see spots or activities along the route are welcome :)
Thanks All!