«To go Viking» was originally a verb used by Scandinavians to describe travelling overseas. This roundtrip shows you how to experience a time of year that truly brings forward the authentic toughness of what Fjord Life is all about. How many days you spend on this tour is up to you. A five-day journey will take you through the main sights, but there are plenty of activities and adventures worth adding an extra day for.
The Viking season is a time of contrasts and colors. Autumn in the fjords is a beautiful time to hike, until winter comes around and it is time to strap on a pair of skis or snowshoes. Spring is perhaps the best time for a fjord cruise or safari, when you can spot budding birch trees against the dark blue hues of the fjord and the snow-capped mountains.
Bergen – Flåm, 3h (train, bus, boat)
The UNESCO World Heritage site Bryggen is beautiful any time of year, and the brightly colored wharf houses stand out against sun, rain or snow. Nearby lies the Fløibanen funicular, which takes you to the best view in town in only 8 minutes.
The origins of the lively harbor city can be explored at Bryggen Museum, and KODE art museums include works of the renowned Edvard Munch, the masters of the Golden Age of Norwegian oil paintings as well as contemporary pieces. The villa at Troldhaugen was once the home of famous composer Edvard Grieg and is today complimented by a museum. The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra carry on the proud musical traditions as well as performing modern pieces in the Grieg Hall.
Known as the gateway to the fjords, Bergen is the starting point for half-day excursions the idyllic Mostraumen and full-day adventures to the Sognefjord. After exploring the city it is time to board the train and set off in the search of new adventures in the innermost reaches of the fjords. All through the year, travelers can experience the best of the Norwegian fjord landscape on the Norway in a Nutshell tour from Bergen to Flåm, where the highlight of the tour is a tough choice between a cruise on the World Heritage Nærøyfjord and a ride on the spectacular Flåm Railway.
Flåm – Voss/Myrkdalen, 2,5h (train, transfer)
In the tranquil fjord village of Flåm, there is plenty to keep you busy. Warm and comfortable in a survival suit, you climb aboard the RIB boat for a FjordSafari on the UNESCO World Heritage Nærøyfjord. Environmentally-friendly vessels aptly named Vision and Future of the Fjords sail quietly between Gudvangen and Flåm whilst protecting the vulnerable nature. The view that awaits you changes dramatically with the season, from golden hues in the fall, to dark, almost black waters of the winter fjord. When the snow lays heavy on the hillsides, a pair of snowshoes takes you up to the best view.
The Vikings took pride in their beer-brewing traditions, and Ægir micro-brewery is named after the giant in Norse mythology who was the best brewer of all. Have a seat by the welcoming fireplace in the brewpub for a taste or try the Viking Plank with local treats and beer pairings.
The beautiful Flåm Railway connects the village to Myrdal, where you board the train back to Bergen. Halfway between the two lies the town of Voss, where adrenaline-seekers and nature-lovers go hiking and biking in the mountains in fall and spring and try their skills in the wind tunnel. A half hour from the center of the lively winter town, Myrkdalen mountain resort guarantees perfect slopes and off-piste terrain. Whether you prefer skis, snowboard, a horse-drawn sleigh ride or even tobogganing, Myrkdalen has the winter adventure for you. A hot meal of local delicacies and a hot chocolate by the fireplace brings the heat back to your fingers and toes before bedtime in the modern hotel or comfortable cabins.
Voss/Myrkdalen - Bergen – Stavanger, 5,5h (train, boat)
The ski bus brings you from Myrkdalen to the afternoon train departure to Bergen in the skiing season, and in the morning as well as in fall and spring a transfer service can be booked to the train station. Back in Bergen, a Fjord Line cruise along the beautiful, rugged coast to Stavanger awaits. As you stroll along the streets, you will notice that Stavanger is a city of colors and flavors, with brightly painted facades on cafes and delicacy shops, and street art adorning the city´s walls. Two restaurants in Stavanger have been awarded Michelin stars, inspired by Norwegian nature and the fresh ingredients of the region.
Cruises to the Lysefjord and the famous Preikestolen depart from the harbor, and if you are up for a true adventure, guided hikes take you to the plateau and other parts of the wild Ryfylke landscape. The rough beauty of the mountains truly shows its power in the fall, winter and spring months. Sudden weather changes, snow and temperature drops are common, and hiking without an official guide is not considered safe during this time. Norwegians have always had to adapt to the rough climate, and this brought about the popular saying «bad weather does not exist, only bad clothing». Protecting yourself from the elements with proper outerwear, boots and layers of warm wool is in true Viking spirit.
The local tourist offices can give you good and useful information.