We're an older couple (70ish) and have never been to Scandinavia. We like nature and hiking. We used to keep a brisk pace when traveling, but we are slowing down. We don't like to move every day like we used to. We travel light. We have driven in Europe, but we usually would rather take public transportation. But it seems like a car would be easier for much of Norway. We'd like to see fjords, puffins, a stave church or two, interesting architecture. More of a "pack a picnic" couple. We are not interested in dining. Planning on going in early June next year. I think I have come up with 25 different itineraries for this trip!!! Originally were thinking adding Lofoton, but that seems like too much. Here it is:
Fly into Oslo
Day 1,,2,3 Oslo
4,5, Flam as part of nutshell on the train. Break up trip here. Bike to Myrdal, etc. Then continue to Bergen on train/ferry.
6,7 Bergen pick up car day 8
10,11 Drive to Geiranger and Trollstigen...not sure where we'll stop
12, 13 Alesund drop car and get on Ferry to Trondheim on day 14
17 fly home from Trondheim
Any thoughts? Am I complicated things by mixing public transit and car rentals and ferries? Is the ferry worth it? Should we just drive to Trondheim? Thanks for any advice.