I'm in the early stages of planning a two week trip to Norway for the first two weeks of August 2020, split into two main sections: 1. Bergen/fjords and 2) Lofoten Islands.
So I’ve thrown together a very rough itinerary, which takes into account a possible 8/8 trail running race i may end up doing near Stranda and the fact we plan a stop over in Iceland on the way over. Does this seem reasonable?
I’d rent a car for both areas:
7/29 - evening red eye flight to Iceland
7/30 - 8/2 Iceland 3 nights
8/2 - fly to Bergen
8/2 - 8/10 driving loop touring Bergen/major fjords areas to north (plus do 8/8 trail race in Stranda)
8/10 - fly from Bergen to Harstad direct (Norwegian Air seems to have good direct flights to and from on Mondays/Fridays...)
8/10 - 8/14 Lofoten area
8/14 - fly back to Bergen direct
8/14 - evening red eye flight from Bergen home
8/14 return to Seattle in evening
Next big questions would be:
1. Is 4-5 days in Lofoten area enough time? How would you divide up that part of trip (stay in which towns?). Does flying into Harstad, renting a car, then flying out of there back to Bergen make sense? Seems convenient seeing i can fly round trip to there from Bergen and then back to Seattle from Bergen thus minimizing other connecting flights (if doing a fjords driving loop starting and ending in Bergen is a resonable idea...).
2. How to spend 7-8 days touring Bergen/fjords area as a loop back to Bergen? What towns to sleep in? What major sights to focus on? Can a couple towns be used as home bases so we don't have to move from town to town/hotel to hotel each night or does the geography of the area kinda require us to keep moving and not stay multiple nights in one town/city?
Thanks for any help!