My wife and I want to do all or most of the NiN trip from Oslo to Bergen in July 2019 with a two day overnight stay probably in off-route Balestrand, though we are open to other suggestions. My first question is how difficult is it to book this by oneself without using a package (Fjord Tours) or a travel agent? In his book on Scandinavia RS says this is the easiest way (given that there are as many as five different legs to the trip, he adds) to do it BUT he also says it is cheaper if one does books itself and one can get senior discounts. Does anyone have any idea how much one saves if one does book the NiN oneself and how daunting a task this is?
Relatedly, if we were to go to Balestrand and then take the ferry direct to Bergen, how much in terms of quantity and quality would we be missing by not rejoining the NiN route? Finally, we would appreciate recommendations for a tour company package or a travel agent, especially in Sacramento or the SF Bay Area, who has booked this many times and who is efficient and whose charges are reasonable.