My husband and I are thinking of visiting Norway for 4 days at the end of October. We plan to fly into Oslo and drive (or fly?) to visit Sognefjord. Is this possible at this time of year? Are many things open? We'd welcome any advice on a visit during this time. I noticed that there is a big music festival in Oslo during the time of our visit. Does anyone know if the world music festival will cause hotels to be filled in Oslo? I should also mention that we'll be traveling with a toddler. Thanks!
Everything will be open, but like Rick says in his books, July and August are best. It could likely be foggy and rainy every day. Also there is often a little snow in the mountains by the second or third week in October. I really like hiking, even in the rain. It can be pleasant, but the views won't be as awesome.
Have you driven in Norway before? The roads are much narrower than in N. America. Sometimes you have to reverse back to a clearance when you meet a bus or truck on the one-lane highways along the fjords. Also the locals understandably know the roads and drive much faster than I feel comfortable driving. I pull over and let people by me as soon as I can.
I always recommend people make bookings in advance even in the off-season. There are a lot more travelers from around the world so good lodging can book up faster and with a festival in town it could be even worse. You can still do the Norway in a Nutshell route Rick enjoys and some companies even offer special winter versions. You can find more information here: http://www.fjordtours.com/