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 and is Norway's most popular round trip.
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. The train station in Bergen only has a few platforms and the train is easy to find. At the railway station in Voss, you will find the bus, which is clearly marked 'Norway in a nutshell®'. The train is very accurate, but should a delay occur, the bus will wait for the train.
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. The boat is easy to find in the small harbor area and the bus drops you off right by the harbor. 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 Myrdal station only have a few tracks so the train is easy to find. 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.
There is no food included, so it is advisable to bring something to eat. There is also time to buy food in Flåm or on the ferry from Gudvangen to Flåm.
Timetable 1 January 2017 - 30 April 2017: 08:43: Train from Bergen to Voss 09:56: Arrival Voss 10:10: Bus from Voss to Gudvangen 11:05: Arrival Gudvangen 12:00: Boat from Gudvangen 14:00: Arrival in Flåm 14:45: Flåm Railway to Myrdal (1/1-30/4 dep. 14:40) 15:35: Arrival Myrdal (1/1-30/4 arr. 15:30) 15:43: Train from Myrdal to Bergen 17:58: Arrival in Bergen
Price: Adults NOK 1440, Children NOK 740
Premium or Classic boat? In the period 1 May - 30 September we recommend the route via Voss with the Premium boat between Flåm and Gudvangen. The boat are battery powered with high comfort, large windows and has a large outdoor area. The design is inspired by a typical Norwegian mountain trail, twisting and turning up the steep mountain sides. Passengers are free to explore the whole outer deck on “trails” surrounding the passenger lounge. Here you can take a walk on the boat while enjoying the scenery around you. The Premium boat provides a maximum experience whatever the weather.
Timetable 1 May 2017 - 30 September 2017 (Recommended route via Voss with Premium boat): 08:43: Train from Bergen to Voss 09:56: Arrival Voss 10:10: Bus from Voss to Gudvangen 11:20: Arrival Gudvangen 11:45: Boat from Gudvangen to Flåm (Premium boat) 13:15: Arrival in Flåm 14:50: Flåm Railway to Myrdal 15:46: Arrival Myrdal 15:52: Train from Myrdal to Bergen 17:57: Arrival in Bergen
Price: Adults NOK 1710, Children NOK 875
Alternativ timetable 1 June 2017 - 31 August 2017 (via Myrdal with Classic boat): 08:43: Train from Bergen to Myrdal 10:51: Arrival Myrdal 10:58: Flåm Railway from Myrdal to Flåm 11:55: Arrival Flåm 13:00: Boat from from Flåm to Gudvangen (Classic boat) 15:15: Arrival in Gudvangen 15:40: Bus from Gudvangen to Voss Railway station 16:55: Arrival Voss Railway station 17:41: Train from Voss to Bergen (Regional train, including reserved seats) 18:55: Arrival in Bergen Please note that if you book this option via Myrdal we will need to reserve a seat on the train from Voss to Bergen for you. If the train is full, we will provide you with an alternative route for you to consider.
Price: Adults NOK 1440, Children NOK 740
Tours after 30 September will be available for booking in mid-May.
Age: Children 0-3 years = free of charge Children 4-15 years = child fare From 16 and up = adult The trip is unfortunately not suitable for wheelchair users. Online booking - must be booked at least 4 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.