I am in the initial stage of planning for Sept ~early Oct 2018 self-drive in Norway. We will have around 23 days to travel, excluding flights in and out. My husband and I and both in our sixties, retired recently. We love photography, scenic landscapes, and waterfalls, short hiking and going for walks. not much into museum, city or night life stuff. For the past two years, we have self-drive in Alaska and Iceland and love the free and easy experience.
From photos, we have fallen in love with Norway and would very much visit those places.
Below is our rough itinerary. Hope the kind experts can give me some pointers, like whether the roads are scenic or whether there is any back-tracking. Maybe can also suggest a better route for us.
Day 1 Land in Oslo (late morning)
Day 2 Oslo
Day 4 Bergen
Day 5 Collect rental car, Bergen to Tau (any shorter route to bypass Stavanger to save 1 more
ferry crossing instead of 3) – Accommodation at Verkshotellet Jørpeland – 2 nights
Day 6 Hike Preikstolen (intent to start early morning)
Day 7 Tau to Odda camping (Svandalsfossen falls, thru Sauda 520 to Hara,Latefossen
and 50 to Aurland Fjordhotel) 337km
Day 9 Aurland to Briksadal Gacier (Stegastein Lookout to Snow road rv243, Road 5, E39,
fv260) 222 km
Day 10 Briksadal to Geiranger ( 2 nights) – visit Geiranger Skywalk, Mt Dalsnibba,
Day 11 Geiranger (maybe join cruise tour)
Day 12 Geiranger to Trollstigen to Alesund (Road 63, E136, E39) 192 km
Day 13 Alesund to Alantic Ocean Road to Kristiansund – 165 km
Day 14 Kristiansund to Trondheim – E39 197 km
Day 15 & 16 Trondheim to Saltstraumen (not such which route to follow. E6 all the way or the
longer coastal route) We will rest overnight along the way. Have not research where
Day 17 Bodo to Moskenes (via ferry)
Day 17 to 18 Solvaer
Day 19 to 20 Finnsnes (intent to visit Senja during the days)
Day 21 to 23 Tromso
Day 24 Tromso flight home
We will rent a car in Bergen and are aware that one way rental is very expensive. We have decided to drive all the way to Bodo and then Lofoten and drop off the car at Tromso. We gather that the extra rental cost compared to driving all the way back from Trondheim to Bergen is a better option. Otherwise we could end up with a couple of days short (Trondheim to Bergen require 2 days), plus additional flight costs.
Would appreciate your opinion and thank you for your time to look into my itinerary in advance.
Nothing has been booked yet. And sorry about the long post.