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Early planning stage - include Trondheim? Other thoughts?

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Early planning stage - include Trondheim? Other thoughts?

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?

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1. Re: Early planning stage - include Trondheim? Other thoughts?

In terms of scenery Trondheim area does not offer the great drama in the wild west (Molde-Stavanger stretch). But Trondheim is a real city and one of the nicest and important, Bergen is also an important and nice city. Hikes you can do anywhere, nothing you need to plan, but the most rewarding hikes are basically in the inner or midle fjord areas like Åndalsnes, Geiranger, Stryn, Fjærland. But Bergen, Ålesund and Molde too has nice hikes in or near the city centre

There are now several kayak offers, in Valldal, Luster, Gudvangen/Voss and Bergen.

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2. Re: Early planning stage - include Trondheim? Other thoughts?

For kayaking and short scenic hikes Trondheim is ideal, it has river Nidelven meandering trough the centre which offer very scenic kayaking opportunities. Same for hiking in the hills overlooking the city and the fjord.

Fjords are beautiful, but less dramatic than the western fjords, but the Ålesund area is one day’s drive/travel away, which in my opinion offers the best fjord experiences.

Except for major attractions like the Nidaros cathedral, Trondheim is less touristy than e.g. Bergen.

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3. Re: Early planning stage - include Trondheim? Other thoughts?

I was staying at Scandic Bakklandet for a night and was really fine with it.

Except parking situation - which is an issue in all Norwegian cities I vistied. But this hotel has a public parking house at the backside with directly walk through to the hotel. Also twp supermarkets just around the corner.

I recommend a round trip to Alesund. In summer the way back you can embark Hurtigruten in the morning. Ship will drive through fjords, arriving again Alesund in the evening and continue to Trondheim (northbound only). With car reservation recommended.

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4. Re: Early planning stage - include Trondheim? Other thoughts?

If you have a car, Clarion Hotel & Congress Trondheim by the sea front is a good option with easy and direct access to a underground car park (public, paid), and still vicinity to central Trondheim.

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