Any advice or comments are welcomed! My daughter and I are planning a trip to Norway in September. Part of our trip will involve arriving by ferry in Alesund September 18 and then flying out of same to Oslo on the 21st. She is taking care of lodging - mainly home rentals, air B&B's. We are considering renting a car for 2 days in Alesund to visit my grandfather's homestead located in the small village of Leira at the southern tip of the Hjorundfjorden (E39 to FV41). Not sure how long we would spend in Leira - depends if there are any relatives still in the area. From there we would get back on the E39S and head over on 60 to Hellesylt to take the ferry to Geiranger. We could spend the night in Hellesylt or Geiranger. As we are on a budget we'd like to get the most bang, scenic views/exercise for our buck.
Should we take our car on the ferry to Geiranger or leave it in Hellesylt? I love to explore back roads via the car. Expressways - not so much. I imagine that Norway's weather in mid September can be unpredictable. We will make sure that our plans are very flexible. Here are my questions:
Option 1 is to leave the car in Hellesyit and do a return trip ferry walk on either spending the night in Hellesyit or Geiranger. With this option we could then return to Alesund via 60 that goes through Stranda.
Option 2 is taking the car with us on the ferry to Geiranger and exploring the area leaving the town via 63. According to Google maps once we take the Eidsdal-Linde ferry we have a few route options to get back to Alesund. Any route recommendations? I don't mind spending $ to ride a public ferry.
- Which of the two overall options would give us the best bang for our buck (affordable scenery) - take car to Geiranger or leave it in Hellesylt. Any concerns, tips, or recommendations as to where to stay?
- Routes 60, 650 and 63 are designated RV - what does RV mean? Are these designations similar to state highways (2-4 lane but in good condition, local access). Am I right to assume that E139 and E39 are freeways?
I welcome any advice and ideas. Thank you!