I'm in the process of planning a trip to Norway and Ireland for mid-May through early June 2019 (3 weeks total). I'll be with my mother (mid 60s). Bit of background on us:
- We'd rather not go out of our way to visit museums unless they are truly awesome
- We love easy hikes (walks) amongst beautiful scenery (we recently visited Switzerland and really enjoyed slower paced 'hikes').
- We'd also love to do an (organised) glacier hike and kayak through a fjord (preferably with guides).
- We won't be renting a car so will need to rely on public transport. We'll be flying into Oslo. and will have around 7-8 days to explore from there.
At this very early planning stage, I think we'll do a DIY NiN tour from Oslo-Bergen, including Flam railway. I also want to include Alesund and a few nights at the Juvet Landscape Hotel in Valldal but if not possible, we'll stick closer to Bergen.
Has anyone done a similar trip and can advise on the best way to do this? How many nights do you recommend we stay in Oslo vs Bergen?
I'd love some recommendations on places to see along the way, places to stay, easiest way to get from Flam/Bergen to Alesund, and anything in between please.
Thanks in advance - I know this is a bit all over the place at the moment, but I'm planning this 6 months out so still weighing up our options :)