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.
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.
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. For me, I loved the starting point as Bergen. The excitement goes on increasing as you go ahead with the journey. 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, I reached my first stop at Tvinde Waterfall. It is a huge waterfall situated while you are on the way to get your ferry.
So you can 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.
After spending half an hour at this wonderful sight, I started with my next journey to go to Gudvangen to take the ferry which takes me through the fjords and among the beautiful mountains. 2 hours of a treat for myself with lots of waterfalls hopefully clear skies and a lot of cold wind.
There are several ferries and other boat options you can opt for. I had booked a ferry named Symphony but was lucky to get upgraded to their new vessel which was biggest of all their ferries. The new vessel is as good as a five-star hotel on the water. The ferry was supposed to take me from Gudvangen to Flam Train Station.
Upon reaching Flam Train Station, after collecting my tickets for the train I still had another 1 hour to go around the train station. I went on checking the Flam Museum which has got free entrance. If you wish you can also go for a tram ride which takes you in the surrounding area. Otherwise, you can simply go shopping in The Mall Of Norway at the train station. And even if you do not feel like doing anything around here, simply sitting and admiring the nature will bring peace to you and pass the time.
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. And whether you want to travel to Geilo - which was my last destination for the day or whether you want to travel to Oslo directly, you have to take the train from Myrdal.
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, you can get down from the train click photographs and get back inside.
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 the 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.
I reached Myrdal in an hour's time once I left Flam, upon reaching Myrdal, my next train was to arrive on the opposite platform itself. I had to wait some time in the waiting area for my next train. Even the next and last train journey was taking me through the beautiful scenery around me. 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 lasted for another hour and I reached Geilo station by 7 in the evening. Just in time for dinner at my hotel.
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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