We decided on the day trip option for the Norway in a Nutshell tour. This tour consisted of a train to Voss, a bus from Voss to Gudvangen, a boat trip through fjords to Flam where you have an amazing train journey through the mountains to Myrdal where you grab a train back to Bergen.
There is no guide, the tour in fact is just a pre-planned trip using different forms of public transport. Instructions are clear and the whole day is an absolutely phenomenal experience.
The first part of the journey, the train to Voss, took us past flooded rivers, fields and churches.
The bus to Gudvangen was busy but everyone fitted in. At Gudvangen we had some time to kill while waiting for the boat which meant we could look around and take in the wonderful views.
There was a sizeable shop there selling drinks and snacks and very expensive things, including a wolfskin fur rug at £4,000, but it was still interesting to look around.
The boat to Flam turned out to be a ferry although it is described as a ‘cruise’ on the Norway in a Nutshell website. We sailed through two beautiful fjords and our spirits were not dampened at all by the poor weather.
It was amazing to be right in the middle of so much beauty. There were mountains, picture postcard villages and waterfalls on both sides.
The best was yet to come, The Flam Railway journey to Myrdal has been described as one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world as well as one of the steepest.
The journey itself is around 20km and passes through lush valleys, with the train hugging the mountainside past rivers and waterfalls. The carriages are of the classic old design with wooden interior and are quaint and comfortable.
The train goes through 10 stations, 20 tunnels and over a bridge. It makes a short stop where you can get out and admire the turbulent Kjosfossen Waterfall.
A real day to remember.