We're in the early stages of planning our first trip to Norway for early-mid August (realizing this is a bit late to begin booking things). Two 40-somethings and an 11 year old. Wanting to focus on fjords (day cruise/safari, some kayaking) and scenic walks/short hikes. Also considering a glacier walk (since we were originally planning on heading the Alaska and rethought that plan). We prefer higher end hotels (luxury when available, preferably not B&Bs). We also like walking around towns, particularly enjoying street performers and other local music/performances when available.
We'll have about 12 days on the ground (not including travel days to and from East Coast). Ideally, we want to minimize "bases" but can relocate every couple of days as need be. Either flying into Oslo or Bergen (yet to be decided) and willing to fly back from somewhere else.
Wondering if we focus on the Western fjords, is the a lot of "new and different" is we go all the way up to Trondheim, or will we see mostly similar stuff as if we concentrate on Alesund and south?
Also, given our interests, any thoughts on good bases?