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Critique my itinerary rough draft please :)

Our two week visit to Norway in June is starting to take shape. This is a loose rough draft - I’d love any suggestions before I nail down all of our plans!

Night 1 - Oslo

Night 2/3 - start NiN - stay in Flam/Balestrand

Night 4-6 - Bergen (I feel this is too much time, where should we go with extra nights if we have them - Alesund? Stavanger?)

Night 7 - this is a transition night as we head to Lofoten. Flying from Bergen I suppose? I’ve seen recommendations for both Tromso and Bodo. There could be a completely better way to utilize nights 5-7.

Nights 8-11 - Lofoten Islands

Nights 12-13 - Oslo (do we need 3 nights total in Oslo?)

Thanks for your help!!

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Ok one issue I already see for myself is the Flam/Balestrand conundrum. It looks like to avoid backtracking a stay in Balestrand means we miss the narrow fjord? I don’t think I’d like to stay in Flam though. Are we really missing out by skipping Balestrand?

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From Oslo take the train to Voss, get off the train and take bus to Gundvegen. Then board the boat through the Naeroyfjord to Flam. Stay overnight in Flam and take the fjord safari or the Flamsbana train up to Myrdal ( which is just a train station). Rent bikes and bike downhill all the way back to Flam. Skip Balestrand. Take express boat to Bergen.
Here is my trip report
https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/trip-reports/10-nights-norway-for-family-of-4
If you click on my profile you can see photos

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And my advice is completely opposite. I was there in August and would go back to spend two weeks in Balestrand in a heartbeat.