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Norway in a Nutshell® - The Classic Tour

(6 days / 5 nights)

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The most popular round trip in Norway

This is a perpetual favourite among travelers! Take in some of Norway's most impressive mountain landscapes and fjord scenery on this self-guided round-trip tour between Oslo and Bergen. Enjoy the scenic Bergen and Flåm Railways, beautiful Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord, the steep hairpin turns of the Stalheimskleiva road and some free time for city sightseeing.

Type

Independent Train

Interest

Best Seller, Culture and History, Fjords

Season

All Year

Departure

Daily

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Highlights Just a few of the majestic sights you’ll take in while in Norway.

Itinerary

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

  • Day 1: The Capital of Norway

    Arrive to Gardermoen Airport in Oslo. For an easy and comfortable way to get to your hotel in central Oslo, we are happy to arrange a private transfer for you.
    If you arrive early, we suggest buying an Oslo Pass for free travel on all public transit along with free admission to over 30 museums and attractions plus special offers on entertainment, restaurants, shops and more. The pass can be purchased at tourist information centres or at most hotels and major attractions in the city.

    Spend the night at a hotel in central Oslo.

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  • Day 2: Norway in a Nutshell® - Part One

    Get an early start and head to Oslo Central Station, where you’ll start your Norway in a Nutshell® railway journey towards Bergen. This train ride, voted one of the 20 best in the world, takes you over Norway’s “mountainous rooftop” and through charming villages like Gol and Geilo. In Myrdal, you’ll switch trains to the Flåm Railway for an incredible 20 km ride with a 900-metre descent to the beautiful village of Flåm. Here, you’ll have free admission to the Flåm Railway Documentation Centre, located right beside Flåm Station, where you can learn about the construction of the world’s steepest railway line.

    Spend the night in Flåm. 

    Departure from Oslo: 08:11 
    Arrival to Flåm: 14:25  

    We recommend that you book luggage transfer for the Norway in a Nutshell® part of your travel. Your luggage will be picked up in Oslo and will be waiting for you upon arrival in Bergen. Pack an overnigh bag if you spend the night in Flåm. Price per item is €40.

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  • Day 3: Norway in a Nutshell® - Part Two

    From Flåm, you’ll be transported by boat onto the Aurlandsfjord and into the World Heritage-listed Nærøyfjord, the narrowest fjord in Europe. This is perhaps the most beautiful and wildest arm of the Sognefjord, with its tall mountains, mighty waterfalls and small farms clinging to the steep mountainsides. The boat then takes you to 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 and a brief pause to enjoy the view from Stalheim Hotel, you will continue to Voss to board the train for the last stretch of the journey to Bergen.

    Spend the night in Bergen. 

    Departure from Flåm: 15:10 
    Arrival to Bergen: 20:34

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  • Day 4: The Capital of the Fjords

    Despite its status as Norway’s second largest city, Bergen, “The Capital of the Fjords”, still has the atmosphere and charm of a small town. Here you’ll find Bryggen, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site, along with exceptionally preserved old houses, a lively fish and flower market, cable cars offering stunning views, great museums and much more. For a good overview of the city in a short time, we suggest the one-hour mini-train sightseeing tour through the city centre, offering such sights as the Maria Church, King Håkon’s Hall and the Rosenkrantz Tower as well as a panoramic view over the city from the Fjellveien Road (“the mountain road”).

    Spend the night in central Bergen.

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  • Day 5: Over the Mountains to Oslo

    After an early breakfast at your hotel, head to Bergen Central Station for your return train ride to Oslo through the beautiful mountainous interior. Back in the city, you can pick up where you left off on Day 1 and explore more of the attractions, such as the Holmenkollen Ski Jump and Ski Museum, the Viking Ship Museum, the Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Royal Palace, the Polar ship “Fram”, Akershus Fortress and other sights. Or do as the locals and take a stroll down the main shopping street, Bogstadveien. Spend the night in Oslo.

    Departure from Bergen: 07:58
    Arrival to Oslo: 14:23

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  • Day 6: Departure from Oslo

    For transportation to Oslo-Gardermoen Airport, you can take the Flytoget express train from Oslo Central Station or a taxi directly from your hotel. If your flight is in the afternoon, take the opportunity to do some last-minute shopping, visit one of Oslo’s museums or a relaxing lunch at a café after this amazing journey.

Map

Here’s a map of Norway, to help put things in perspective.