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Norway in a Nutshell® and the Pulpit Rock

(7 days / 6 nights)

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SEE NORWAY BY BOAT, BUS, TRAIN & FOOT

This 7-day trip, which starts in Oslo and ends in Stavanger, takes you on the popular Norway in a Nutshell® train journey over the mountains to Bergen, along with a visit along Stalheimskleiva, Northern Europe’s steepest stretch of road. Enjoy an exciting ride on the scenic Flåm Railway, catch fantastic fjord views and explore historic cities like Bergen, Oslo and Stavanger.This Norway tour package also includes a self-guided trip to the famous Pulpit Rock!

7 days / 6 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 1471 EUR

The amount will be charged in EUR

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Tour Highlights

  • Board the Norway in a Nutshell® tour to experience breathtaking landscapes
  • Travel from Stavanger by boat, bus and foot to the famous Pulpit Rock
  • Experience the legendary Flåm railway, one of the world’s steepest railway lines
  • Stroll through Norway’s grand capital, Oslo and visit charming Bergen
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site Bryggen
  • Drive down Stalheimskleiva, Northern Europe’s steepest stretch of road
  • Hike in the great outdoors, surveying beautiful landscapes, while connected to nature
  • Sail through dramatic fjords like Aurlandsfjord and Næroyfjord, branches of spectacular Sognefjord

Travel style

Independent Train i

Interest

Active i, City Break i, Culture and History i, Fjords i

Season

May - Sep

Departure

Daily

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

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  • Day 1: WELCOME TO OSLO

    When you arrive at Oslo‘s Gardermoen Airport, make your way into Oslo‘s city centre. Many travellers opt to take the express train to Oslo Central Station, but we can arrange a private transfer for you (at additional cost). For those arriving early, we recommend exploring Oslo by foot, spending the afternoon at sights including the Royal Palace, Akershus fortress,Oslo City Hall, Oslo Opera House, and the Aker Brygge area. Other notable attractions include the beautiful Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Viking Ship Museum and Karl Johans street.

    Spend the night in Oslo. 

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  • Day 2: NORWAY IN A NUTSHELL – THE FLÅM RAILWAY

    Get an early start and head to Oslo Central Station, where you’ll begin the Norway in a Nutshell® railway journey towards Bergen, with an overnight stop in Flåm. This train ride takes you over Norway’s “mountainous rooftops”, through charming villages like Gol and Geilo.

    In Myrdal, you’ll switch trains to the famous Flåm Railway (Flåmsbana) for an incredible ride to the beautiful village of Flåm, where you will enjoy a relaxing day surrounded by steep mountainsides, roaring waterfalls and deep valleys. You can follow one of the many hiking trails in the mountains around the village, or participate in an optional activity, such as kayaking, fjord sightseeing or visit the Stegastein platform.

    Spend the night in Flåm.

    We highly recommend booking our luggage transfer for the travel between Oslo and Bergen.

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  • Day 3: NORWAY IN A NUTSHELL TO BERGEN

    Spend the early part of the day at leisure, either relaxing at the hotel or taking a walk along the fjord. 

    At noon, you’ll board a boat to sail through Aurlandsfjord into the World Heritage-listed Nærøyfjord, the narrowest fjord in all of Europe. This is perhaps the most beautiful arm of Sognefjord, with its mighty waterfalls and small farms clinging to the steep mountainsides. The boat docks in Gudvangen, from where you’ll be transported by bus up Stalheimskleiva, Northern Europe’s steepest stretch of road. After a thrilling ride around 13 hairpin bends, you will continue to Voss to board the train for the last stretch of the journey to Bergen.

    Spend the night in Bergen.

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  • Day 4: THE CAPITAL OF THE FJORDS

    Despite being an international city, Bergen, “The Capital of the Fjords”, has all the charms of a small town. Here you’ll find Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage site, along with remarkably preserved old houses, a lively fish and flower market, cable cars offering stunning views, great museums and more.  We recommend riding the Fløibanen Funicular to Mount Fløyen to enjoy the panoramic view of the city or a cable car up Mt. Ulriken. Bergen is also known for its museums dedicated to history within trade and fisheries, architecture, musical art and contemporary art.

    Spend another night in Bergen.

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  • Day 5: JOURNEY SOUTH TO STAVANGER

    Enjoy an early breakfast, check out of your hotel and head to the Bergen bus terminal, located in the city centre. There you will board the coastal bus, which takes you along the rugged west coast of Norway, through sweeping fjords and dotted islands to Stavanger. The bus ride includes two ferry crossings, where you can stretch your legs, visit the cafeteria and enjoy the view from the passenger deck before arriving at Stavanger.

    Stavanger is the fourth-largest city in Norway is a favourite among visitors for its lively city centre, timbered old town (Gamle Stavanger) and historic harbour area. Here you can find an array of interesting museums and attractions along with great restaurants and cafes.

    Spend the night in Stavanger.

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  • Day 6: HIKING AT THE PULPIT ROCK

    Near Stavanger is the gorgeous Lysefjord, which includes the famous natural landmarks of the Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen). You will join a self-guided tour, boarding a boat, followed by a bus ride, before embarking on a scenic 4-hour hike (approx. 6km). Starting from the Pulpit cabin, you can enjoy the wild and beautiful nature on the way to the Pulpit Rock, traversing hilly terrain with an altitude difference of 350 metres. Transportation to the starting point of the hike and back takes approx. little over one hour each way.  After the hike, you will take the ferry back to Stavanger.

    Spend another night in Stavanger.

    Please note if you prefer joining a boat tour and skip the hike , you can choose so during the booking steps online (see our optional activities).

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  • Day 7: DEPARTURE FROM STAVANGER

    When it’s time for your trip to come to an end, make your way to Stavanger Airport. Depending on your preferred travel method, you can take the airport bus from one of the many departure points in Stavanger’s city centre or you can take a taxi directly from your hotel to Stavanger-Sola Airport. If your flight is in the afternoon, you can choose to enjoy some last-minute shopping, visit one of Stavanger’s many museums or relax at a café, enjoying the last few moments of your holiday.

    For those departing from Oslo or Bergen, we offer a train transfer back to Oslo and a bus transfer to Bergen in our optional activities. Please keep in mind you might need to book an additional night if your flight is early during the day.

    For more information on timing, click on the optional activity list.

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Map

Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

Excellent job

Excellent job is all I can say.  In planning my email questions were answered promptly and "with a smile" by Gudmunda Palmadottir. What can I say, she is fantastic.

Truly was a trip of a lifetime!

All accomodations were perfect. All hotels were close to all the local attractions, easy to get to from the airport, train station, ferry station. All the rooms were ready when I got there, they were clean and comfortable. The included breakfast were really delicious. I am a vegetarian, and had plenty of options. My whole experience with Nordic Visitor has been exceptional, and I have been telling everyone of my friends how easy everything was. Sofia was very patient with me, and worked with me, to tailor the itinerary to my satisfaction, was prompt in answering all my questions. Everything was done over email, which I loved, because I didnt have to rely on my memory. All in all, Nordic Visitor rocks! This was truly a trip of a lifetime! 

Staff are extremely helpful

This was the first time that I planned a complete vacation only on emails! Planned a complete trip with zero phone calls. The ability to break payments across months was really helpful and the staff are extremely helpful and ready to provide every small information that you need! Very happy customer...

Able to relax and enjoy

The trip was fantastic. Kolbrun's organization of the transportation and lodging allowed us to be able to relax and enjoy. We appreciate her attentiveness. 
 
Thank-you for a great trip!

A very positive experience

The accommodations booked were of excellent quality and very conveniently located to the train stations and the city's attractions. The staff at every hotel was wonderful - very helpful, able to communicate in English. The trains and buses were punctual, clean and comfortable. 
 
A very positive experience. We had a wonderful trip. The highlights were definitely the Pulpit Rock an Kjerag mountain hikes. I would highly recommend them to your customers.

Very well organized trip

Very well organized trip, Bjarni is great help to get the itinerary and accommodation to my expectation, very professional, will definitely recommend to anyone who want to travel to Nordics.

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

Comfort

Rooms with private WC and shower (or bath) in a three-star hotel. All provide breakfast (included in the price).

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Quality

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Price per person from

Approx 1471 EUR

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Monthly price comparison Our best price per person when booking for two.

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Tour Information

We recommend that all Nordic Visitor travellers read through the following information about what the tour includes, journey durations, deposit payments, what to pack for your holiday and more!

OUR SELF-GUIDED TOURS
This is an independent, self-guided tour. All accommodation, train and cruise tickets (as specified in the itinerary) will be pre-booked by Nordic Visitor, but travellers are ultimately responsible for getting to hotels and to any train or cruise departure points by the specified times. 

NORWAY IN A NUTSHELL® TOUR
Included is the famous Norway in a nutshell tour, from Oslo to Bergen,  where you will be travelling by train, bus and ferry among scenic landscapes and charming villages. This journey is a combination of train, cruise and bus. Transfer points and connections are easy to find and clearly marked or announced. You will receive a ticket with information about transfer points and timing with your final travel documents. Here is the information regarding the estimated departure time along with the approximate duration of the journey.

Journey to Flåm

  • Departure from Oslo Central Station: 08:11 - Arrival in Flåm Village: 14:25
  • Duration: 6 Hours & 15 minutes

Journey to Bergen:

  • Departure from Flåm: 11:00 - Arrival in Bergen: 17:00
  • Duration: 6  Hours

There are places to store your luggage whether you are travelling by bus, train or ferry. Be aware that if you do not book in advance optional luggage transfer, you have to carry your luggage yourself from train to bus to boat etc.

BUS TO STAVANGER
The coastal bus route takes about 4.5 - 5 hours, transporting you along the rugged west coast of Norway, through fjords and islands to Stavanger. The bus ride includes two ferry crossings, where you can stretch your legs, visit the cafeteria and enjoy the view from the passenger deck.

THE PULPIT ROCK HIKE
Included in the trip package is a self-guided hiking tour by boat and bus to the Pulpit Rock. The terrain is hilly with an altitude difference of about 350 metres. The hike takes approximately 4 hours back and forth, with a total distance of approximately 6 km. Transportation to the starting point of the hike and back takes a little over one hour each way. Please note if you instead prefer going on a boat tour and skipping the hike, you can choose so during the booking steps online (see our optional activities).

We recommend that you bring enough food and drink for the duration of the self-guided tour. Please note that the tour requires sturdy hiking shoes and appropriate hiking clothing.

You will travel by boat from Fiskepirterminalen in Stavanger to Tau. From Tau, the trip continues by bus to the Pulpit Rock cabin. The bus returns to Tau and Stavanger several times a day. You have an open return journey. The bus driver can also inform you about the return hours from the Pult Rock cabin. From Tau, you take the ferry back to Stavanger.

WHAT TO PACK

  • If booking the additional luggage transfer - An overnight bag in Flåm
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Umbrella
  • Light gloves, hat and scarf
  • Camera
  • Lip balm and moisturiser
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen

CURRENCY RATE
All bookings are charged in Euros (EUR). Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate. Therefore, conversions from EUR to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day

AFTER BOOKING WITH NORDIC VISITOR
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday.

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