I have been lurking here for a bit now, and looking at maps and doing some reading.
We are thinking of coming to Norway for three weeks late next summer. Of course we want to see everything, but know that isn't possible. So we are considering flying from Los Angeles to Stavanger, and after a night or two, renting a car and heading for Pulpit Rock--Preikestolen. We know we will probably have to spend a day near here. And then we intend to start driving north toward Bergen and some of the fjords.
We'd love to drive several of the National Tourist Roads and just keep heading north toward the
Lofoten Islands. We know this is a looong drive but that's okay, It's not just the destination, but also the journey. We'd like to end on Tromso for a few nights, and then fly back to Oslo from there. Yes we realize the will be a hefty one-way car drop-off, but it's really the only way that makes sense to us.
We would have maybe 10-12 nights for the first part of the trip--the fjords, and then say 3 nights for the journey north to the Lofotens and on to Tromso, with 5-7 nights in this northern part.
We are interested in the fabulous scenery of Norway, maybe some short hikes/walks, and if we saw a northern light, that would be the frosting on the cake, but we know it is not the optimum time for that. We would be traveling the last week of August and the first two weeks of September.
This is just our wish list. As I say, we are only at the beginning of the planning.
Any thoughts, suggestions, advice....?