I am an older woman, and will be travelling alone to Norway's fjord country this coming summer. I don't want to rent a car (and don't know if I even could, because of my age); however, I am very happy taking the train, bus, ferries, etc. I will be based for three days in Bergen, then would like to spend some time in and around the Sognefjord before going on to Alesund. I "did" the NiN trip many years ago, and don't really want to repeat it, especially as it sounds as if Flam and Myrdal are quite overrun with cruise ship passengers nowadays.
I was planning to stay two nights in Balestrand or Solvorn, or someplace like them, and take local ferry or boat trips around, and also visit a couple of stave churches. However, when I looked at those very tiny villages on Google maps, there's really nothing to see or do there for someone who isn't interested in hiking, mountain climbing, sports, etc. I'm beginning to feel that I would be very bored during my free time. However, I definitely don't want to get involved with a lot of cruise ship passengers in Flam, Myrdal or maybe even Aurland.
Bergen is too far for constant day trips, I think. Does anyone know if there's a "medium" size village on Sognefjord with local ferry/boat connections, a few decent restaurants and maybe something to do even if it's just walking around looking at the pretty village? I'd love any suggestions as to an interesting village to stay at.
All ideas and thoughts will be greatly appreciated.