I am planning a 2-week couple’s trip to Norway in the first week of June. The key intent is to see as much of Norway’s amazing landscapes as possible within this timeframe, and to include hikes only if they enable us to see a different panorama that we cannot otherwise.
I prefer to do a combination of train, car and cruise – again with the intent that I use the best transport system to view that particular section of Norway, while also getting to experience a cruise (never done before) and not over-exert oneself on driving as it’s a leisure trip.
With the above in mind, I have designed the below itinerary and I would love your suggestions on (1) if the overall itinerary makes sense, (2) if the point to point travel choices are the most optimal, (3) and where to stay during each part.
2-Jun/ Land in Oslo, train from Oslo airport to Sognefjord, overnight at Sognefjord
Need recommendations on where and which hotel to stay in this area in a , some place easily accessible by public transport as we will have two suitcases, has amazing views, is a convenient base to do the cruise from on the next day, and just chill and see the views for a while (Flam seems to be too mainstream)
3-Jun/ Fjord cruise and ambling around, evening to Bergen, overnight at Bergen
4-Jun/ Bergen sightseeing full day, overnight travel to Alesund
Need recommendations on if I should spend less/more time in Bergen city, on how to go to Alesund from Bergen, cheapest and most scenic mode of travel
5-Jun/ Hire car in Alesund, drive to Geiranger, overnight at Geiranger
6-Jun/ Drive to Atlantic road, drive back to Alesund, drop car, overnight at Alesund
need recommendation on other must-do day trips from Alesund
7-Jun/ sight-seeing in Alesund, flight from Alesund to Hammerfest, overnight in Hammerfest
8-Jun/ Hammerfest to Svolvaer cruise by Hurtigruten, overnight at Hurtigruten (12 pm boarding)
Need recco on the most scenic section of the Hurtigruten in the summer, as I will tweak my itinerary just to do that. So far, I have read Hammerfest to Svolvaer is the most scenic stretch.
9-Jun/ Reach Svolvaer, overnight at Svolvaer (6:30 pm landing)
Also need advice on where to stay as base in Lofoten, how to go from the Hurtigruten drop point to there, and contacts to hire cars
10-Jun to 12-Jun/ Hire car in Lofoten, drive around and do hikes for 3 days
13-Jun/ return car in Lofoten, public transport to Bodo, overnight from Bodo to Trondheim by white night train (9:10 pm to 7:47 am)
14-Jun/ Day train - Trondheim to Andalsnes to Oslo by Dover and Raume train lines, to see the views (8:18 am to 3:03 pm)
Do the trains get delayed? If Bodo to Trondheim runs late, I might miss my Trondheim to Oslo train! Also, pls advise what is the best way to enjoy this train ride, should we get off in the middle and spend a few hours somewhere?
15-Jun/ spend 1.5 days in Oslo
16-Jun / flight back home