A stunning winter landscape awaits you at the heart of Fjord Norway. This package tour by train and shuttle combines skiing in the snowy valley of Myrkdalen, a fjord cruise on the UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord, and amazing views from the Flåm Railway and Stegastein viewpoint, all while staying at comfortable hotels in scenic surroundings.
Bergen – Voss – Myrkdalen, 3 h (train and shuttle)
The harbor city of Bergen is a lovely sight in the winter. Wrap up in warm clothes and start exploring by foot at Bergenshus Fortress for a view of the harbor, before you stop by Bryggens Museum, built upon the remains of the oldest building from when Bergen was a busy Middle Age town. Next stop is the UNESCO World Heritage Site Bryggen, the historic row of colorful houses that were homes and offices to the merchants of the Hanseatic League centuries ago. The narrow alleyways and overhanging galleries are best explored on foot, and here you will also find art galleries and shops. After a trip with the Fløibanen funicular to the spectacular viewpoint at Mt. Fløyen, it’s time for a warm cup of local fish soup at the indoors Fish Market.
Once the train to Voss has left the station, you are headed away from city life and into the snowy, serene mountains to find your winter adventure. From Voss station you can catch a free shuttlebus to Myrkdalen corresponding with the morning train from Bergen, and the package tour includes a two-day ski lift pass. Here at the largest ski resort in Fjord Norway you will find everything from family-friendly to advanced slopes, terrain parks, ski cross parks and great off-piste terrain, as well as equipment for your chosen activity at the Ski Rental. If you are a beginner, the instructors at the Ski School will be happy to show you the basic techniques, or you can book other activities not included in the package such as sledging, snowshoeing or a horse-drawn sleigh ride.
When the early winter night falls in Myrkdalen, you are invited to an après-ski by a crackling fire under the open sky, with a hot beverage in hand. After tucking in at the modern mountain resort hotel you can look forward to doing it all over again tomorrow, or perhaps you want to try a different slope?
Myrkdalen – Flåm, 1 h (shuttle)
After scraping the snow off your boots from another day of winter fun, it is time to set course for Flåm. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, this beautiful village in the innermost corner of the Sognefjord will be your home for the next two days. Once checked in at the historic Fretheim Hotel, you can explore the hotel’s very own library, relax by the fireplace, or have an evening walk in the village. The hotel restaurant will serve dinner based on produce and meats from local farmers, and although winter evenings in Norway have little light to offer, you can look forward to having breakfast with a fjord view in the morning.
The next morning you step onboard the fjord cruise that will take you through the narrow and spectacular Nærøyfjord, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Farms and hamlets cling to the mountainside and along the banks of the water, and makes you wonder at the sturdy fjord folk who have carved out a living among in this stunning, untamed landscape, even hundreds of years back in time. Once you reach Gudvangen, a bus is waiting to take you back to Flåm, where the trip to the next highlight begins.
Included in your package is a trip to Stegastein Viewpoint, a short bus ride through the village of Aurland and up past a few hairpin bends, to where the elegant viewing platform extends 30 meters out from the mountainside and 650 meters over the Aurlandsfjord. If you happened to forget your camera, we guarantee that the panoramic view of the fjord and mountain landscape from the viewpoint will stay with you forever.
Flåm – Myrdal – Bergen, 4 h (train, 1 transfer) or Flåm – Myrdal – Oslo, 6 h (train, 1 transfer)
On the day of departure, you will travel with the world famous Flåm Railway to Myrdal, boarding just a few metres from Fretheim Hotel. The Flåm Railway is one of steepest train journeys in the world and is also recognized as one of the most beautiful. Within an hour the train climbs from 0 to 867 metres (2844ft) above sea level, through the serene, snowy valley where the tips of hardy little birch trees stick up from under the snow. Passing frozen waterfalls and lakes you will reach Myrdal station, the last stop of the journey. From here there are train connections with the Bergen Railway to Voss, Bergen and Oslo, which are not included in the package but easily bookable in advance.