Norway In A Nutshell
A Must Do Tour When In Norway
It was 7 in the morning and as I woke up in my room I was looking at the famous Bryggen sight from my room's window. As much as I wanted to adore that view for a longer time, I had a day full of traveling in front of me.
Bryggen View - Norway In A Nutshell. Image Source - Strikingly
After having my breakfast I left from Bergen at 8, today's day was not about the destination but about the Journey, it is always my most favorite day of the tour. Closest to nature, surrounded by nature for the whole day. And today's journey is also famously called as Norway In A Nutshell.
The journey started with passing through mountains, crossing tunnels which were cutting the mountains, fjords allover. The beautiful small villages situated on the banks of the fjords and at the base of the mountain. It was a mixture of Swiss and New Zealand's natural beauty.
On Road To Gudvangen - Norway In A Nutshell. Image Source - Mitali's Travel Diary
Norway in a Nutshell tour is described as the tour which is the most beautiful tour in Norway, the one which brings you to the longest and the deepest fjords of Norway that is Sogne Fjord. The tour can start with either from Oslo or from Bergen. Bergen is the best choice to start this tour. The excitement goes on increasing as the journey goes ahead. So this journey includes 2 hours of road journey in the first leg, 2 hours of water journey on the boat in the second leg and 2 hours of mountain journey in the train in its final and last leg.
After driving for almost 1 hour 45 minutes, the first stop is at Tvinde Waterfall. It is a huge waterfall situated while on the way to Gudvangen from Bergen.
Tvindey Waterfall - Norway In A Nutshell. Image Source - Mitali's Travel Diary
Type Tvindefossen in google maps, and it will take you to the correct place. The waterfall is in full flow during April and May season, once the summer starts the water quantity starts decreasing but it still is a wonderful sight to visit.
Gudvangen Ferry Station - Norway In A Nutshell. Image Source - Mitali's Travel Diary
After spending half an hour at this wonderful sight, start with the next journey to go to Flam to take the ferry which goes through the fjords and among the beautiful mountains. 2 hours of a treat for eyes and heart with lots of waterfalls along with hopefully clear skies and a lot of cold wind.
Ferry from Gudvangen to Flam - Norway In A Nutshell. Image Source - Mitali's Travel Diary
Fjords Enroute the Ferry Journey - Norway In A Nutshell. Image Source - Mitali's Travel Diary
Fjords During Ferry Journey - Norway In A Nutshell. Image Source - Mitali's Travel Diary
There are several ferries and other boat options available to opt for. The new vessel is as good as a five-star hotel on the water. The ferry does up and down between Gudvangen and Flam Train Station.
Flam Train Station - Norway In A Nutshell. Image Source - Mitali's Travel Diary
The Flam Train Station also has a museum which is about the train journey in the mountain. The tram ride at the station is also one of the activity. In fact, doing nothing and just sitting around and admiring nature while waiting for the train will also fly the time.
Museum at Flam Train Station - Norway In A Nutshell. Image Source - Mitali's Travel Diary
The last part of Norway In A Nutshell tour, train journey was divided into two train rides. Since the Flam train only takes from Flam to Myrdal or vice versa.
Flam Train - Norway In A Nutshell. Image Source - Mitali's Travel Diary
So my first train journey was the famous Flam Train journey, the most beautiful train journey in Europe and also known as one of the top 10 train journeys in the World.
It is 20 kilometers long and has 20 tunnels, it took 20 years to build and it cost approximately 20 million Norwegian Kroner when it was built in 1940. The train operates in all season for 12 months.
The flam train stops en route once in front of a waterfall which is inside the mountain, passengers are allowed to get down from the train click photographs and get back inside.
Waterfall Enroute the Train Journey - Norway In A Nutshell. Image Source - Mitali's Travel Diary
I went off the train in excitement and I absolutely did not know that I am in for a complete surprise. As I was clicking the photographs of the fall, a girl appears in an orange dress and starts dancing on the rock out of nowhere. Just like me, everyone else was also surprised and nobody knew what was happening. And then I remembered the story that flashed in the train about a spirit who used to sing in the village situated at the base of the flam, to lure the men in the village. And there we just had a dramatic representation for the same.
Once coming back to the train we started our journey again and stopped again, for the train coming from front side to pass. There is only one track for the train to pass through mountains; however, it has been built in such was that at one place two trains can cross each other and get back on the single track, provided one of them stops on the other side.
Train Journey Enroute to Geilo - Norway In A Nutshell. Image Source - Mitali's Travel Diary
Myrdal is a one-hour train ride from Flam. If you are traveling in April or even May, you will see all the water bodies are covered in snow and the view is beyond explanation. Second train journey lasts for another hour.
View from the balcony of Bardola hotel - Norway In A Nutshell. Image Source - Mitali's Travel Diary
As the day was awesome, the view from the room at my Geilo's hotel was a cherry on the cake. So folks!!! I hope you enjoyed Norway In A Nutshell Tour in my way. Hope to see you in the fjords soon!!!!
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