Here I am again with an updated itinerary for our much anticipated Scandinavian adventure. I would greatly appreciate your feedback and answers to some of my questions.
We are booked on Icelandic Air and will fly from Minneapolis to Oslo via Reykjavik on 8/27, arriving in Oslo mid day 8/28. I had intended on staying in Oslo at least overnight to recover from jet lag before flying on to Tromso, where we will stay one night and pick up the reverse Hurtigruten cruise (3 days) from Tromso (at 1:30 a.m, mind you) to Bergen. We will stay several nights in Bergen before heading directly back to Oslo on the train - since we'll have seen so much fjord beauty on the cruise there is no need for us to do the NIN tour. We would stay at least 2 nights in Oslo before heading to Denmark, our next leg of the trip.
Questions: 1) Since we are going that far north, should we stay another day in Tromso? I understand it has quite a history as the "Paris of the North." If so, what should we see? We are both history buffs and if there is a Resistance Museum there, that would certainly be on the list, 2) Two nights in Bergen or three? I am a musician (a pianist) and I understand that Edvard Grieg had a home there? Are there concerts? 3) What should we see in Oslo? I'd love to do a side trip to Lillehammer and see the Open Air Museum. I want to see at least one Stave Church while we're in Norway and I have many of my Mother's original rosemaled pieces - I'm sure there are museums scattered about - could you tell me where they are?
Many thanks in advance for your responses. I have learned to plan the logistics of our trips, i.e. planes, boats, trains, but to me there is nothing like the experiences of those who have actually been in a foreign country/city to help you understand what may be important for you to see.
Peace and best to you. Liz