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Last 4 nights of Itinerary Suggestions

We are open to suggestions on the last leg of our 16 day Scandinavian trip. The first part is 3 Nights Copenhagen, Overnight Ferry to Oslo, 2 nights Oslo, NIN from Oslo to Bergen(breaking it up with a 1 night stay in Flam, 3 nights Bergen, Overnight Ferry Bergen to Alesund. We have 4 nights free to book. The final 5th night needs to be in Oslo for a morning flight home. What would you suggest for sightseeing in that area? Should we base in Alesund and day trip from there? Or 3 nights Alesund and train back to Oslo with a stopover on the way? Trying to make the last part enjoyable but not too frenetic, given the distances covered. Thank you! Julia

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Last summer as part of a two week Norway trip we stayed one night in Alesund and then three nights nearby and did some day trips.

In Alesund we stayed at Hotel 1904 which we loved.

In Storfjord we stayed at at the wonderful Storfjord Hotel.

We had picked up our rental car at Alesund airport which was easy. Even with poor weather there is lots to do.

In Alesund we did the art nouveau museum and the aquarium.

We did one day a loop through the Geirangerfjord using roads and ferries.

Another day we went to the very interesting museum of mountaineering in Andalsnes.

We were going to do this kayaking daytrip but the weather was unseasonably cold and wet and so we called it off.

Here is a link to a blog I also had with more ideas.

Search more on the internet. I didn't save them but the regional Norwegian tourist authority had lots of electronic "brochures" with other ideas too.

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It sort of depends on what you are looking for. You can continue to Trondheim, either via Hurtigruten or via train.

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Thanks for your responses. We are looking for sightseeing & relaxing, not trying to cover too much distance in those last 4 nights. Laurie Ann, can you elaborate on the road/ferry trip to see the Geirangerford?

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At the risk of too much information, below is the route plan I made for round trip in one day from Storfjord which was about 30 minutes west of Alesund. This is "counterclockwise" . You can also do it "clockwise" in reverse. We did leave at 8 am. We had plenty of time. The only thing I pre-booked was the Geirangerfjord car ferry. And was glad I did. We had plenty of time in the route to make the reserved ferry. Had lunch at a pizza place at Hellesylt (the "bottom" of Geirangerfjord to travel "up"). But the lines for ferry for vehicles were long and not everyone in line made it on. Once on board and car parked we made a quick climb to top front deck outside of ferry for the glorious view. We did this in last week of May. The * in the outline means how total time I allowed for each leg to judge what time we would get to Geirangerfjord ferry.

Sunrise about 4:00

Storfjord Hotel to Solavågen drive (25k, 25 min) *45 Leave 8 am to make the 15:30 ferry

Solavågen to Festøya by car ferry (every 30 min, takes 20 min, earliest 8:10)

Festøya to Sæbø drive (70k, 90 min) *135

Sæbø to Lekneset by car ferry (every 30 to 60 min, takes 15 min)

Lekneset to Hellesylt drive (30k, 35 min) *45 Arrive 13:00 or 14:00

Hellesylt to Geiranger by car ferry (every 1.5 hours, takes 75 min) (summer departures are 09:30, 12:30, 15:30, 18:30)

Geiranger to Eidsdal drive (25k, 30 min) *45

Eidsdal to Linge by car ferry (every 30-45 min, takes 15 min, latest 22:00)

Linge to Storfjord Hotel drive (60k, 60 min) *90

Sunset about 23:00

If exact driving time, and had to wait each ferry max. time, takes about 8.5 hours

If *1.5x driving time, and had to wait each ferry max. time, takes about 10.5 hours

For doing all this we were helped by you tube videos that show how the ferries work and by downloading an app to pay for ferry. Note apps were good for lots of things in Norway (ferries, city transit, parking, museums, etc.) But the only ones we could get to work to pay for anything were those we loaded our credit cards before we left home when we were still in US. Maybe just security on our cc, but something made the difference.

Laurie Ann,

If you don't mind sharing, which app did you use for the ferries and in Norway in general? I have downloaded the Vy, SJ, and Ruter apps so far. I still need to download the Skyss app for Bergen. Were there others that were really helpful to have while there?