Norway's most popular round trip!
The trip is offered all year, takes around nine hours and passes through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Fjord Norway. The trip comprises a fjord tour, the Bergen Railway and Flåm Railway.
Norway in a nutshell® starts from the railway station in Bergen with a trip on the beautiful Bergen Railway from Bergen to Voss. Bergen Railway is the highest altitude railway in Northern Europe, and around 100 kilometres of the line run through wild mountain terrain.
At the railway station in Voss, you will find the bus, which is clearly marked 'Norway in a nutshell®'. The trip continues to Gudvangen. In summer, the bus goes via the Stalheimskleiva hairpin bends, the 1.5 kilometre stretch of road that winds its way down the Nærøydalen valley from Stalheim.
Once you have arrived in Gudvangen innermost in the Nærøyfjord, you embark on the boat that will take you to Flåm. The Nærøyfjord is one of the narrowest fjords in Europe, and the trip to Flåm takes around 2 1/2 hours. In 2005, the Nærøyfjord was inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List together with the Geirangerfjord. The fjord is surrounded by tall mountains and is a beautiful sight in both summer and winter.
Flåm is a charming small village surrounded by steep mountainsides, cascading waterfalls and narrow valleys. It is lovely just to stroll around the village, or you can visit the Flåm Railway Museum.
From Flåm, the trip continues on the Flåm Railway, one of the steepest normal gauge railways in the world. The platform is beside the quay and is easy to find. The 20-km-long train ride is a fantastic journey that offers panoramic views of some of the wildest and most magnificent mountain scenery Norway has to offer, including the famous Kjosfossen waterfall. The train ride lasts for roughly an hour.
At Myrdal station, you change trains to Bergen Railway, which takes you back to Bergen.
The tour is available all year round. There are no guides on the trip, but it is well marked and easy to find your way around.
Timetable 20th August – 13th December 2014:
08.44: Train from Bergen to Voss
09.58: Arrival Voss
10.05: Bus from Voss to Gudvangen
11.15: Arrival Gudvangen
11.45: Boat from Gudvangen
14.10: Arrival in Flåm
14.50: Flåm Railway to Myrdal (28th Sept – 13th Dec: 14:40)
15.46: Arrival Myrdal (28th Sept – 13th Dec: 15:30)
15.53: Train from Myrdal to Bergen (28th Sept – 13th Dec: 15:44)
17.58: Arrival in Bergen
If you wish to spend more time in Flåm, during the period 20th August – 28th September, you can choose the 16.05 departure on the Flåm Railway to Myrdal. It arrives in Myrdal at 17:03, and the train to Bergen departs at 17.19, arriving in Bergen at 20.00. Your ticket is also valid on these departures, regardless of what time is printed on the ticket. If you already know that you want to take this departure, you can write this in the comments field when booking online.
The round trip must be booked at least three working days before departure. After you have made your booking, you will receive a booking confirmation. Within a couple of days you will receive a new reference number that you use when picking up your tickets. Tickets can be picked up either at the Tourist Information in Bergen no later than the day before departure, or at Bergen railway station on the morning you depart.