On this legendary Fjord Tours tour, you get to experience some of the best that Fjord Norway has to offer: Bergen and Bryggen – the Hanseatic wharf inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, the world famous Flåm Railway, kayaking on the fjord, a fjord cruise on the Nærøyfjord (inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List), and the steep hairpin bends of the Stalheimskleiva road (May to September).
This tour can be booked via Fjord Tours, which offers round trips that are perfect if you want to experience Norway in a comfortable and environmentally friendly way. The trips are by public transport such as train, boat and bus, and the tickets are flexible so that you can stop en route and spend a few days wherever you wish.* The route described below is a great starting point for experiencing Bergen, the Flåm Railway and the Nærøyfjord, but you can adapt the tour when you book. This tour can also be done in a day (excluding activities). It is also possible to do the round trip from the opposite direction. If you book online, you also get a free Fjord Pass, which entitles you to discounts on activities en route.
Bergen – the city between the seven mountains and the gateway to the fjords! Before you set off for Flåm, take the time to wander along Bryggen – the Hanseatic wharf inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, take the Fløibanen funicular to the top of Mount Fløyen and enjoy the fantastic view (and don’t forget to try the fantastic cinnamon buns they sell in the kiosk), and sample first-class seafood at the Fish Market. Before heading to Flåm the next day, you can experience ‘Bergen by night’ on a guided evening segway trip!
Bergen–Flåm, 2 h 10 min (train)
You get on the train heading for Myrdal, where you get off and board the famous Flåm Railway. This is one of the steepest standard gauge railway lines in the world, where almost 80% of the line has a gradient of 5.5%. The loop tunnel spirals in and out of the mountain, and is an impressive feat of engineering. The train takes you from the top of the mountains down to the fjord through wild and beautiful mountain landscapes. Lush scenery, impressive waterfalls and small farms clinging to the mountainsides are among the attractions you get to experience.
In Flåm, we recommend going on a historical fjord safari (April to October). The two-hour RIB boat trip takes you up the Nærøyfjord. The boat stops en route and you get to hear stories about the mountain farm Stigen and the small communities Dyrdal, Bakka, Undredal and the post farm Styvi. You also get to learn about the wildlife in and along the fjord, and, if you’re lucky, you’ll get to see seals, porpoises and eagles!
After spending a night in Flåm, another fantastic fjord experience awaits you – a guided kayaking trip on the Aurlandsfjord (May to September). There’s something very special about gliding silently through the water, and you don’t need prior experience to participate.
Flåm–Gudvangen, 2 h (boat)
You deserve a break after the kayaking trip – and you’ll get that on board the boat that takes you on to Gudvangen. Find a spot on the deck or a window seat inside, and enjoy the fjord cruise on the Nærøyfjord. This unique fjord arm is 19 km long and only 250 metres wide at its narrowest point. This is a breath-taking trip, with perpendicular mountainsides soaring up to heights of 1,800 metres, wild waterfalls and living cultural landscapes.
Gudvangen–Voss–Bergen, 3 h (bus and train)
You get off the boat in Gudvangen and jump on the bus that will take you to Voss. From May to September, the bus will take you via the Stalheimskleiva road, and, as one of the steepest roads in Northern Europe, its hairpin bends make for quite an experience. The views are fantastic and you also get to see two wonderful waterfalls en route.
From Voss, you take the train back to your starting point Bergen, where you can spend the night before you head back home or travel on to your next destination (or why not spend a day or two here?).
The local tourist offices can give you good and useful information.