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Where is the best place to visit in Norway - 2 adult and 2 children - hope to hire a cottage in the countryside but not too far from the city. We like museums, sightseeing, outdoor activities - swimming, boat rides, Not sure where to go. Any ideas.

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1. Re: Norway

Your requirements are not too easy to meet as countryside is normally at quite some distance from towns ad cities

There are possibilities 45 minutes to 1 hour from Bergen by car - do not let you be put off by the not so professional web-sites

http://www.rorbusenter.com/?lang=en

http://www.glesver-rorbu.no/

http://www.nautnes.com/

http://www.aarvika.no/

http://www.kystferie.net/

https:/…5774382378936993761

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You'll find plenty of places around the Oslo fjord all within easy reach of Oslo. Here is results of a search in Finn.no for places near Oslo

http://tinyurl.com/nglxthe

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http://www.visitoslo.com/en/

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In my view Alesund is easily the best place for what you want to do. It's a large town rather than a city but has everything you are looking for, some wonderful buildings and one of the best views in Norway from a hill above the town centre. There is lots of fantastic fjord and coastal scenery within an hour or two's drive and a wide choice of self-catering accommodation. Try www.novasol.com and select 'Sunnmore' as the location in the More og Romsdal region. You will need to rent a car to make the most of it.

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Because of long distances within Norway it is difficult to meet all requirements, at least you would need a car. Swimming you can do anywhere as virtually all settlements in Norway are near lakes, fjords or ocean. But don't expect comfortable temperatures.

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Hi everyone;

I am just beginning to probe Norway and I thought I would reach out to you all first. I'm flying from NY to London and then onto Oslo on May 7th. My daughter and I will be spending four days in Norway and we both love to do a lot--enjoy art, urban culture as well as nature...and would like to incorporate all on our short trip. I was thinking of the first two nights in Oslo...(checking out as much as we can!) and then perhaps traveling to the Bergen area, or some other area close by for more magnificent fiords and/or mountains and/or hiking in the countryside..

While we like to do a lot--we don't want to spend all our precious time traveling to far-away spots--so areas fairly close by would be ideal. Could someone recommend a nice four days for us? Many many thanks, fellow advisors.

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@mavisismydog

With only 4 days and your interest in art and urban places, I think I would have stayed in Oslo and enjoyed what the city and surroundings have to offer, hiking included if you wish.

If you want to go to Bergen and the fjords in just two days and travel in such a way that you can enjoy the scenery, you will spend most of your two days travelling. Train from Oslo to Bergen is 7 hours +. The most efficient way is to do Norway in a Nutshell.

norwaynutshell.com/en/…

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You could consider the sleeper train to Bergen (doesn't run on Saturday night) and then back doing the NiN tour. The train would save you a hotel night and you wouldn't miss any scenery as you be doing the trip back on most of the same line in daylight. Leave your luggage at hotel in Oslo. Book 90 days in advance for cheapest tickets https://www.nsb.no/en/

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Hi;

I checked out "Norway in a nutshell" for a one-day your...(via Voss) and while it looks lovely, most of the 16 hours are spent on two trains. That wouldn't suit us 'because we would like to be in the fresh air more than sitting in trains...

Since you suggested we stay around Oslo, can you suggest a lovely smaller town to visit--via bus, or train, perhaps, and an area fiord. That way, we could be based in Oslo. Many thanks, Mavis

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Oslo itself is located at the bottom of the Oslofjord - not comparable to the Western Fjords in terms of scenery but pleasant enough.

The official tourism web site for Oslo has many good ideas for day trips

visitoslo.com/en/…

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10. Re: Norway

Two nice day tours from Oslo are:

Oscarsborg - bus to Drøbak (nice small town) then ferry to the fort on an island.

Fredrikstad - nice old fortified town - easily reached by train.