Dates: Sunday 10 and Thursday 14 August
Duration: 16 hours
Departure from Oslo Central Station 06.15, meeting point by the ticket office in Oslo Central Station. Return to Oslo Central Station 22.30.
Norway in a nutshell takes you through some of Norway's most beautiful fjord scenery. You can experience the scenic Bergen Railway, the breathtaking Flåm Railway, the Aurlandsfjord, the narrow Nærøyfjord (now included on UNESCO's World Heritage List) and the steep hairpin bends of Stalheimskleiva.
The Bergen Railway
Starting in Oslo, you enter the Bergen Railway for Myrdal. The Bergen Railway is a unique experience on Northern Europe's highest-altitude railway line. One of the greatest challenges is the harsh and changeable weather. The line is exposed to deep low-pressure centres from the west, which can mean strong winds and heavy snow for part of the year. Keeping the railway open demands great effort and technical expertise. Today skilled workers, effective equipment, tunnels and snow tunnels make the Bergen Railway one of the safest and most comfortable ways of travelling between Oslo and Bergen. The line was voted one of the 20 best railway experiences in the world in 1999.
|The Flåm Railway
The journey on the Flåm Railway is regarded as one of the highlights of the "Norway in a nutshell"® tour. The 20 km long train journey from the mountain station of Myrdal down to Flåm by the fjord takes around 55 minutes. On the journey, you have views of some of the most magnificent mountain scenery in Norway with an ever-changing panorama of tall mountains and cascading waterfalls. The train moves slowly or stops at the best views.
The Flåm railway
Photo: Rolf M. Sørensen
|Spectacular Norwegian fjords - now on UNESCO's World Heritage List!
Down at the picturesque village of Flåm you enter the boat for the fjord cruise. The boat sails out the Aurlandsfjord and into the Nærøyfjord, the most narrow fjord in Europe - only 250 meter at its narrowest. The Nærøyfjord is now included on UNESCO's famous World Heritage List. Surrounded by towering mountains up to 1,800 metres high, this branch of the Sognefjord is amazingly beautiful. On the journey you have excellent views of small traditional farms. If you are lucky, you will see goats grazing right beside the fjord and seals basking on rocks before the boat moors at Gudvangen.
Photo: Willy Haraldsen
The journey continues by coach up the steep and spectacular hairpin bends of Stalheimskleiva. The road up to Stalheim Hotel has 13 steep bends. After enjoying the wonderful views of the Stalheimsfossen and Sivlefossen waterfalls, there is a short stop at the hotel to enjoy the view before the journey continues to Voss. From Voss, you continue your journey by train to Oslo.
Price per person: € 335,- incl. all transportation, tour-leader, guide, entrance fees, and breakfast at the train, lunch on the boat and a snack on the train back to Oslo.