The Sognefjord is Norway’s longest and deepest fjord. The King among fjords lies in the middle of Fjord Norway and stretches more than 200 kilometres inwards to the foot of the Jotunheimen Mountain.
The dramatic and friendly landscape claims to be one of the most beautiful travel destinations in the world. Sognefjorden in a Nutshell combines a boat trip on the Sognefjord with a spectacular train journey on the popular Flåm Railway.
The trip takes approximately 10 hours and starts with the express boat from Bergen. On board you will have views of the magnificent mountains along the Sognefjord and Aurlandsfjord, where high up you can see small mountain farms clinging to the sides of the mountains.
The final stop of the expressboat is Flåm where you will disembark. 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. Bergen Railway is the highest altitude railway in Northern Europe, and around 100 kilometres of the line run through wild mountain terrain.
The tour can be taken in any direction. You can start by boat from Strandkaiterminalen, or you can start by train from the train station in Bergen.
Roundtrip from Bergen (starting with Expressboat from Strandkaiterminalen by the Tourist Information):
08.00: Expressbåt from Bergen to Flåm.
13:25: Arrival in Flåm
14:50: Flåm Railway to Myrdal
15:46: Arrival Myrdal
15:53: Train from Myrdal to Bergen
17:58: Arrival in Bergen
If you wish to spend more time in Flåm 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.
Roundtrip from Bergen (starting with train from the train station in Bergen):
08:44: Train from Bergen to Myrdal
10:51: Arrival Myrdal
10:58: Train from Myrdal to Flåm
11:55: Arrival in Flåm
15:30: Express boat from Flåm to Bergen, pier number 2.
20:40: Arrival in Bergen
Please note that there can be minor changes to the timetables.
The round trip must be booked at least three working days before departure. After you have made your booking, you will receive a new reference number that you use when picking up your tickets.
The tickets must be collected at the Tourist Information in Bergen (at the Fish Market) no later than the day before departure, or at the Bergen Railway station in the morning the day of departure.
There are no guides on the trip, but the trip is well marked and it is easy to find your way around.
The tour is available from 1st May to 30th September.