We're eagerly planning our upcoming tour which ends on a Saturday morning (8/22) in Bergen. We'll be flying home from Oslo on Tues (8/25) and would like some suggestions for how to spend our extra time. As I understand it, we will have seen some of the Norway in a Nutshell views on the tour, but I'm sure there are parts we might miss that we might include on our path back to Oslo. We could spend an extra day (or so) in Bergen, an extra day (or so) in Oslo, or spend more time in between. We'll have our luggage with us (just our usual carryon+daypack as per RS guidelines), so I don't want to find ourselves in luggage-unfriendly boats/ferries (or maybe that's not a problem). Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Again, we have Saturday, Sunday, and Monday to work with as long as we're back in Oslo Monday night. Thanks!
Betsy: We'll be about 10 days behind you on The Nutshell. We're flying home from Bergen (thru Oslo) for the same price as flying from Oslo. It'll be our first time in the region.
When I was booking flights home, it was less expensive and fewer connections to return via Oslo. The city also looks worthy of a little more time than we'll have on the tour. I have been looking at a Norway in a Nutshell route from Bergen to Oslo, but I'm thinking that after almost two weeks on the road with the tour, we might like to slow it down and just fly there (it's only an hour and not very expensive) giving us a little more relaxed pace.
Your light luggage won't be an issue with any form of transport; carrying luggage onto trains, buses, and boats is standard. If you take the direct, 7-hour Bergen-Oslo train, it is rated quite scenic, even without the fjord detour. However, the flight price can be pretty competitive, maybe even cheaper.