I got a PM asking about this trip, and I was going to refer them to my trip report -- but I realize I never finished it. So rather than droning on, I thought I would provide a brief itinerary-transport summary for others who may be looking to do a little bit of Fjord Norway via public transport.
Fly from Paris CDG direct to Bergen. Take tram from airport into town. Walk to hotel, Clarion Hotel Admiral.
Afternoon and evening exploring Bergen.
Check out of hotel and stash bags. Explore Bergen. At 4 pm, get bags from hotel and walk literally around the corner to catch the fast boat to Balestrand.
Depart Bergen at 16:30, arrive Balestrand at 20:30. Walk about 90 seconds to the Kviknes Hotel and check in to my single room in the old wing of the building.
Wander tiny Balestrand, checking out options for excursions. Afternoon, wander on road back out west (?) of town to look at chapel, apple orchards, Dragestil houses, fjord views, etc.
Dinner in Kviknes Hotel bar, delicious.
Photos, wander. Afternoon loop hike up above Balestrand. Wonderful.
Dinner again at Kviknes Hotel bar, again delicious.
Photos, wander. Afternoon high hike up above Balestrand. Incredible views, hanging out with goats. Simply delightful.
Burger dinner at Kviknes Hotel bar.
Catch early bus from by the ferry dock to Sogndal (the bus makes at least one ferry crossing) to meet up with another bus to take me on to Flam. Arrive Flåm, take bags and check in at Flam Camping/hostel.
Walk back to Flåm center and get tickets and take Flåmsbana up and back.
Wander around Flam and buy some stuff for dinner in my room.
Early start for a 10-minute bus to Gudvangen. Wait in the shade and cold for four hours for departure of ferry on Naerøyfjord.
Ferry on Naerøyfjord to Kaupanger.
Arrive Kaupanger and take local bus to catch a bus to Sogndal.
Arrive Sogndal and find kids' afternoon school bus to Mundal/Fjaerland.
Take bus and get dropped off at Glacier Museum. Walk 40-50 minutes to hotel at Fjaerland, the Fjaerland Fjordstove Hotel.
Drink an enormous beer that I have certainly earned !!!
Wander around the "book town" of Fjaerland. Dinner at the hotel.
Wandering Fjaerland, taking photos, and cozying up and reading.
Same as day 8.
Catch early kids' school bus that goes back a different longer route to arrive back at the bus stop by the Glacier Museum. Await next bus that will take me onward to Skei. Catch that bus and arrive. Have about a three-hour wait there, so find a park bench with a view of the fjord and read my book.
Go back to truck/bus stop, have lunch, and await bus. Four-hour and forty minute bus trip to Ålesund.
Get dropped in center of Ålesund and walk to hotel, Hotel 1904, fabulous Art Nouveau hotel (I just have a dinky little single, but the public areas of the hotel are just the style I love.
Wander around, check out Ålesund.
Check on getting PCR test because I have decided to leave a couple of days early, and new flight requires connection in Copenhagen.
Visit Jugendstilsenterem (Art Nouveau museum). Wander, photo, have lunch etc. Afternoon ice cream.
Evening, hike up Aksla viewpoint to await the sunset -- and meet the Norwegian prime minister on the way up !
Early taxi out to Ålesund airport. (No airport bus shuttles running due to Covid). Fly to Copenhagen and then on to Paris.