DIY - Norway in a Nutshell Tour
Updated: Apr 24
Scenic train rides, breathtaking mountain passes, and magical fjords; Norway in a Nutshell is a great way to get a taste of what Norway has to offer. This infamous route is popular with tourists, especially those who have limited time in the country; however, due to its popularity and the numerous modes of transport used, it can be quite expensive to complete. After some research, we were able to complete a DIY version of the route for a fraction of the price and we are here to share it with you!
What is Norway in a Nutshell?
Norway in a Nutshell is a one day trip that showcases some of the incredible natural scenery Norway has on offer. It can be completed through several routes, starting and ending in Oslo or Bergen. The journey is completed by train, boat, and bus, and depending on the route chosen it can take anywhere from 9-13 hours to complete, although it can be done over several days if you want.
How Much Does it Cost?
The Norway in a Nutshell journey, like most things in Norway, is not cheap. The different routes vary in price depending on the start location, end location, and the time of year you wish to travel. We wanted to travel in October, starting in Oslo and travelling to Bergen with brief stops in Myrdal, Flam, Gudvagen, and Voss. For this route we were quoted a price of 2,200 NOK per person, by an online booking agency; however, we were able to book the same trip independently for less than 1,500NOK per person, that's a saving of more than 700NOK each!
How Can it Be Booked?
It took us some time and research to find the online platforms to book tickets for each part of the journey and we had to make some time calculations to ensure that it could be done, but for a combined saving of 1,400NOK, it was totally worth it. The Norway in Nutshell journey from Oslo to Bergen consists of four main legs which can be booked online as outlined below:
1.) Oslo to Flam (via Myrdal)
This leg of the journey is done by two separate train trips, the first is from Oslo Central Station to Myrdal and the second is from Myrdal to Flam.
Travel Time: 6hrs
Departure Time: 8:25 am
Arrival Time: 2:25 pm
Ticket Price: 679NOK (prices may vary depending on date and time)
Booking: Online at the VY website.
2.) Flam to Gudvangen
This is perhaps the most scenic part of the entire trip, during which time you will take a ferry from Flam to Gudvangen through two beautiful fjords, Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord.
Travel Time: 2hrs
Departure Time: 3:00 pm
Arrival Time: 5:00 pm
Ticket Price: 465NOK (prices may vary depending on date and time)
Booking: Online at the Visit Flam website.
3.) Gudvangen to Voss
This is the only leg of Norway in a Nutshell that cannot be booked online in advance; however, it is very simple to get tickets on the bus, which will be parked at the harbour in Gudvangen waiting to take travellers to Voss.
Travel Time: 1hr
Departure Time: 5:30 pm
Arrival Time: 6:30 pm
Ticket Price: 100NOK (prices may vary depending on date and time)
Booking: Tickets cannot be booked online, but bus schedules can be found at the Skyss website.
4.) Voss to Bergen
This is the final leg of the journey, where you will travel from Voss to Bergen by train, the train is comfortable and fast, allowing you to take some time to relax after a long day of travelling.
Travel Time: 1hr 22m
Departure Time: 7:37 pm
Arrival Time: 8:59 pm
Ticket Price: 216NOK (prices may vary depending on date and time)
Booking: Online at the VY website.
Is Norway in a Nutshell Worth Doing?
While we were booking the Norway in a Nutshell journey, we were sceptical as to whether the high price tag was worth it, considering a direct train can be taken between Oslo and Bergen for a much cheaper price. Even with the savings made by booking the trip independently, paying 1500NOK each was still expensive; however, we feel that the journey was worth every Krone we paid. It was a great way to travel across Norway and the various modes of transportation used were clean, comfortable, and efficient, which made the long journey fly by.
The biggest draw, however, was the incredible scenery we saw along the way. The landscapes we travelled trough were extremely diverse, with fields, mountains, townships, lakes, rivers, and fjords, all visible from the comfort of our seats. If you have the time and the budget to do Norway in a Nutshell, we highly recommend it. The journey can be booked independently as we have outlined above or if you are happy to pay more for convenience, you can always book the complete journey online at the Fjord Tours website.
For tips on how to be prepared for the Norway in a Nutshell journey and what you should know to make your trip more comfortable and enjoyable, check out our 5 Tips for Norway in a Nutshell blog post.