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Norway in a week

My husband and I are trying to decide where to go for our annual anniversary trip. He is limited on vacation for 2019, so we have roughly 5/17-5/27 to go somewhere. We want to stick to one country and are between Norway, Sweden, Denmark, or Belgium. We love small towns, being immersed in the culture, hiking, food/beer/wine, and exploring cities. We tend to always have a good balance of city and scenic in our trips. While we love history and learning about an area's history and culture, we aren't the kind of people to go to a ton of museums. Generally we choose a museum or two, depending on what we find most appealing. We know the Scandinavian countries are pricier, but since we are taking a shorter trip than normal for us, we aren't concerned about price. We are looking for possible itinerary advice that would give us a good balance between city and scenic and isn't overly touristy. We like to go off the beaten track a bit, but appreciate touristy spots to a point, since they are prime spots for a reason. Part of me feels we should save Norway for when we have a bit more time and can go in a later month so we can hike Trolltunga, which I'm finding doesn't open until mid-June. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! :) Also, we are flying from Pennsylvania, in case that is a necessary piece of information.

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Denmark has a lot to see within a small circumference, so I think it would be ideal. In Belgium, you could also cover a triumvirate of interesting smaller cities averaging about an hour apart by frequent trains.

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Date of travel is perfectly for Norway. You will be before the big tourist crowd wave. Also nature will be very fresh in spring (full waterfalls, young animals, fresh colors of trees and nature).

I suggest to do a car round trip in either Fjord Norway (A) or above the polar circle (B).

A) Bergen: 1 day (w/o car), after that Lysefjord (just take Preikestolen or Kjerag if Trolltunga is still closed or one of the million other hikes), Hardangerfjord and Sognefjord may be up to Geiranger and back to Bergen. Try to avoid one-way rentals (high surcharge).

B) Tromsø: 1 day (w/o car), after that Senja, Vesteralen (whale watching), Lofoten, Hurtigruten ship to Havoysund (not Honningsvag), North Cape midnight sun and back to Tromsø --> You will never forget this tour. I did that myself two times. Just write a pm if you look for more information.

The offcical scenic routes can give you some impressions: https://www.nasjonaleturistveger.no/en/routes

Nothing against beloved beauty and manifold culture of Sweden and Denmark but in terms of scenic views no chance compared to Norway.