Hello — I'm traveling to Norway in late August/early Sept. We fly into Bergen and out of Oslo (a decision I'm now regretting, but alas, the tickets are non-refundable). We'd like to rent a car in Bergen and drive to Hardangerfjord one day, then spend the next four or five days exploring the western fjords (as far north as Kristiansund, or possibly Trondheim). This leg of the journey is our priority.
Here's the issue: We also wanted to (1) see the Lofoten Islands, and (2) take the scenic train ride between Bergen and Oslo. Trouble is, there doesn't seem to be an easy way to do both, knowing we have to start in Bergen and end in Oslo. Best I can surmise: We could drive north from Bergen to Trondheim, then take an express Hurtigruten cruise back to Bergen, then take the scenic rail from Bergen to Oslo, then from Oslo fly to the Lofoten Islands and back. But that's gonna get awfully expensive!
What do you think? What should we nix from our itinerary, or how can we rework it to make it make more sense? We're pretty independent and not looking to do group cruises or anything of that nature. Your advice is oh so appreciated!