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Oslo to Bergen

Appreciate any help! We will be in Oslo for 2 days before heading to Bergen ( 2 nights Bergen ) and renting a car to start our road trip which will include: Hardangerfjord, Flam to Myrdal railway trip then onto the Aurlandsfjellet route, the Sognefjellet route. Then Geiranger, Trollstigen to Andalsnes and onto Molde. Continue roadtrip on Atlantic Road to Kristiansund and return rental car in Alesund.
All of the above of course over a couple of days.
My question: we are a couple travelling with an almost two year old...should we take the direct train ( 7hrs ) from Bergen to Oslo? Or would the above itenary include ‘enough’ scenery to take a quick one hour flight from Oslo to Bergen. From research I’ve done it seems like the Norway in a Nutshell will not be necessary as I’ll see enough while driving the rented car.
It is actually cheaper to fly than to take the direct train, but I’m worried about missing out on beautiful scenery.

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How much stunning scenery is enough???

You will have absolutely no shortage on your road trip. The only difference is that someone will be driving. Sitting in a train is more relaxing and you can look out the windows to your hearts' content.

I wouldn't worry about missing out on beautiful scenery. The way I look at it is whatever you see is going to be wonderful, so don't start worrying about what you won't see, or else you'll be adding the Lofoten Islands, the Stockholm archipelago, the Alps, the Grand Canyon, and an African safari!!!

Have a great trip! And do what makes the most sense to you. If flying is easier and cheaper than taking the train, that's what you should do.

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Just so you don't miss out on the scenery of the Bergen Line (Oslo to Bergen) you can watch this vidios:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xisVS_DKpJg
I didn't review the full 7.5 hour video but it is reported to "7.5 hours showing every minute of the scenic train ride between Bergen on the Norwegian west coast, crossing the mountains to the capital of Oslo."

We did the NiN train - train - boat - bus - train route Oslo to Bergen then returned on the Bergen Line directly to Oslo. It is scenic with the long ascent of the Hardangervidda accentuating its vastness.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b25WgIroIo4

Unfortuantly the rented car does not give you the same perspective of the narrow fjords from a boat.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0mR4IutFOs

Boat trip from Flåm to Gudvangen, on two of the most beautifull Norway
fjords - Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord. Nærøyfjord is a UNESCO World
Heritage Site