“The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.” – Sir Richard Burton
Fjord Tours. We highly recommend relying on Norway in a Nutshell to plan tours of the fjords and west coast of this spectacular Scandinavian country. One cannot visit Norway without setting aside time to visit the ancient glaciers, mountain sides and waterways. There are myriad options and, quite frankly, can be overwhelming to the point of frustration. Fortunately, Norway in a Nutshell makes planning easy. To make the process as stress-free as possible, we decided to travel from Oslo to the west coast’s Bergen, considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and overnight there before beginning the return trip back. Using that as a rough guide, we navigated Nutshell’s web site to build an itinerary as follows :
― Oslo to Flam, via rail
― fjord cruise via boat from Flam to Gudvangen
― bus from Gudvangen to Voss and then rail transfer to Bergen
― overnight in Bergen
― return via rail to Oslo
The web site was easy to use and allows multiple changes and re-arranging of itineraries before purchase. It’s important to note, there is an option to mail the tickets to you before arrival. I recommend using it for the nominal fee since picking up the tickets ad hoc at the above-referenced transfer points is more cumbersome than it’s worth.
― Ensure you have extra SIM cards for your digital camera as the photography along the coast is jaw dropping.
― Bring battery chargers for your smart phones.
― Even if you’re traveling in the Spring and Autumn, bring a weather-proof jacket as the temperature in the fjords drops dramatically.