I say "unusual" because it's 10 nights starting late August, (locked in) flying into Oslo and out of Stockholm, but will NOT include Denmark since we've been there twice. We're a bit stumped because apart from those cities, our other must-see is Norway-in-a-nutshell, which is in the wrong direction and we don't want to spend excessive time in-transit.
So, how to fit in the nutshell? One idea is 2 nights in Oslo, then pack up to leave for nutshell, spending a night in Balestrand, then returning to Oslo for another night or two to spread out the nutshell travel time over two days. Is this reasonable to go from Oslo to Balestrand via the nutshell route, then finish the nutshell the next day via Naerofjord and Voss, heading back to Oslo? We also noticed a plane from Bergen to Stockholm is only around $80, so there's the option of not going back to Oslo and just flying over to finish up in Stockholm after a couple nights in Bergen, although the idea of a mid-trip flight isn't very appealing. We try to pack light but I'm still getting anxiety about lugging it around on the nutshell transportation.
With only the nutshell side trip, this puts us at 3-4 nights in Oslo and 5 in Stockholm, which is more than recommended for the typical Scandinavia tour. Are there any additional recommendations of one-day side trips in which we could still keep our hotel base in those cities?
thank you for any suggestions