We're looking at an itinerary where we're looking at adding a couple of days in Norway.
Specifically, we're looking at doing a "Nutshell Plus", and we're looking at doing it by rental car.
We have our choice of gateway airports, so we're looking at Bergen instead of Oslo (in & out) ... shorter drive to get up to the Fjords. For the driving, we found this itinerary which looks like a reasonable starting point.
We're getting stumped on two things in the planning.
First, we want to take the cruise portion of the "Nutshell" as one of our day trips, but need to connect it up with some public transit to get back to wherever we parked the car. What's mucking us up is that the Nutshell cruise info we're finding is for entire packages starting way back in Bergen or Oslo.
Q1: it looks the sightseeing cruise runs between Flan & Gudvangen .. is this correct?
Q2: (if so), is it available in either direction & which direction is preferred? (note: after 1 Sept).
Q3: what mass transit connections to return to where we started the day from (where car is)?
Q4: logistics - - where to park the rental car while we're on the cruise?
Q5: where would we book / make reservations in advance?
Second question - pros/cons of where to stay overnight (probably 2 nights)?
We see that Rick has several recommended towns besides Flan. But if Flan is the optimal starting point, then schedule times for the cruise have to add in the travel time for us to drive to Flan. Just need this to be able to synch up with after-peak-season (e.g., after 1 September) cruise schedule constraints. Which towns work better/worse to get to Flan (or Gudvangen, per above Q's) on our "go on the cruise" day.
Finally, anything obvious that we're overlooking in terms of other options, etc?