Hi, Susie! Here are some of our "after-action" comments:
Cruise: The Hurtigruten's MS Midnotsol was outstanding in all aspects. We were able to change our evening dinner hour to 6:30PM without problems. Especially liked the port schedule and ID card system. However, due to other passengers' early booking for excursions, we were unable to sign up for the ones we had wished to go on. They were all booked.
Flight: Although we had no problem in the short time between landing and continuing on to Oslo, the baggage didn't keep up with us and we were in Oslo 2 days without them. Thankfully, they arrived before we flew up to Kirkenes. Perhaps more time is needed between flights so that baggage can keep up with passenger. All other connections and seats were great.
Hotels: You selected the best locations and quality of hotels. Great breakfasts! We especially liked the Hotel Clarion after "Norway in a Nutshell". We just walked out of the train terminal and there was out hotel in front of us practically and very close to the bus terminal, where we needed to go to get to the airport the following morning.
Nutshell: Had no problems going to different means of transportation, train, bus, ferry, train, train.
City Tours: Lots of walking. Took tours by bus in Oslo and Bergen. We liked Kirkenes. Tours in Kirkenes were booked.
Clock Work: Everything went well, to include the transfer of bags from Bergen to Oslo--great idea.
Recommend "Lonely Planet" and Rick Steves' "Snapshot".
You are authorized to use us as a reference on the Norway trip. Susie, thank you, thank you, thank you! We were very pleased. Lee and Trudy Goff