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Norway in a Nutshell + Balestrand

  • Ferry on the Nærøyfjord | Ø. Heen
    Ferry on the Nærøyfjord | Ø. Heen

Oslo | Flåm Railroad | Fjord Cruises | Balestrand | Gudvangen | Voss | Bergen

*Daily Departures May 01 - September 29

This twist on the traditional Norway in a Nutshell® trip incorporates a fascinating side journey to Balestrand, located on the pristine waters of the Sognefjord. Your destination: the Kviknes Hotel, the oldest fjord hotel in Norway, filled with artwork from famous personalities who visited or made their home in the village. The traditional architecture of the main building is constructed entirely from wood, and it’s easy to see why the expansive view from these intricately-carved balconies overlooking the phenomenal craggy fjordscape have inspired generations of travelers.


Gazing out of the fjord

Day 01: Oslo - Myrdal - Flåm (Flåm Railroad) - Fjord Cruise - Balestrand

Embark on the extended version of Norway in a Nutshell by grabbing a seat on the train from Oslo and traveling to Myrdal. You’ll depart here, and then hitch an eye-opening ride on the Flåm Railway: world-famous for its dramatic scenery and steep 2,838-foot descent down the side of the Sognefjord in 1 hour. Don’t look down: you won’t want to miss a minute of this journey, from cascading waterfalls and snowcapped crags to lush landscapes.

The train ride ends at the breathtaking village of Flåm. Stroll the pier and hop on an express boat to Balestrand, bisecting the heart of the world’s longest open fjord to reach ‘the jewel of the Sognefjord’, the Kviknes Hotel. You’ll enjoy dinner and an accommodations in this historic four star hotel built in the Swiss style.

Kviknes Hotel

Norse wood carving in the traditional dragon style found in the Kviknes Hotel’s Music Lounge, popularly known as the Høyvik Room. Ivar Høyvik (1881 – 1961), an unbelievably talented craftsman, is represented here in his life’s work. The artist, a longtime resident of Balestrand, frequently created unique pieces for other resident artists in the area—most notably Hans Dahl, the famed Norwegian landscape painter. Many of his Norse mythology pieces adorn the walls (and furniture) of this special lounge. Photo courtesy C.H., Visit Norway.

Day 02: Balestrand - Flåm - Fjord Cruise - Aurlandsfjord - Nærøyfjord - Gudvangen - Stalheim Canyon - Voss - Bergen

A sumptuous Scandinavian breakfast awaits you in the morning. Scout out the sights of Balestrand on your own during the first half of the day, and then catch the express boat back to Flåm for lunch. You’ll depart from here on a spectacular fjord cruise down the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord to Gudvangen, the breathtaking harbor village at the head of Stalheim Canyon.

Board the bus and be prepared to press your nose to the glass: the deep mountain clefts and waterfalls of Stalheim Canyon are an unbelievable sight filled with mountain flowers and verdant greenery. Once you reach the resort town of Voss, board your final train on the Bergen rail line and arrive in center-city Bergen—minutes away from the famous Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf.

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Additional Information

Price includes:

  • Train ride on the Bergen rail line, Oslo – Myrdal, standard class (includes required seat reservations)
  • Train ride on the world-famous Flåm Railway
  • Sognefjord cruise Flåm to Balestrand (and back) on express boat
  • 1 night stay in Balestrand at historic Kviknes Hotel (includes breakfast, dinner)
  • Fjord cruise (2 hours) on the spectacular Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord
  • Bus tour through the impressive Stalheim Canyon to Voss
  • Train ride on the Bergen rail line from Voss to Bergen
  • Detailed tour itinerary and tour brochure with trip information

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P.P. double/twin May 01 – September 29: from $652 per person (Oslo - Bergen or v.v.)
Single supplement: from $50

Other Norway in a Nutshell + Balestrand Itinerary Options

Option 1: Bergen - Voss - Gudvangen - Flam - Balestrand - Bergen
Option 2: Oslo - Myrdal - Flam - Balestrand - Flam - Gudvangen - Voss - Oslo
Option 3: Oslo - Myrdal - Flam - Balestrand - Flam - Gudvangen - Voss - Bergen - Oslo

Please contact us for pricing for the mentioned routes above.

NOTE: Stay additional nights at the historic Kviknes Hotel—or add in a stay at Flåm’s Fretheim Hotel / Flamsbrygga Hotel—if you like! We’re the pre-planning types: we can book hotels anywhere you like (in Oslo or Bergen, for example, before and after your trip) if needed.

Want an upgrade? Sure! We’ve got an upgrade between Oslo and Myrdal to Komfort Class. It includes a PC jack, coffee/tea, and a Norwegian newspaper for $19 p.p. per train. It doesn’t apply to the Flåm train or the local Voss-Bergen trains.

By the way, did you know you can add our Nutshell fjord trip to virtually any itinerary? Contact us to plan a larger tour.

Finally: luggage, while bulky, is part of the process. We understand if you don’t want to lug it around with you from Oslo to luggage SMBergen (or the other way around, if that’s how you’re doing it), so why not let us lug it for you? We’ll transport your luggage for $45 per piece (pre-book only), and give you peace of mind while you travel the fjords in style. Don’t forget to pack that overnight bag for the nights in between.

Tour Information

Tour Type:Norway Fjords Tour / Nutshell Fjord Tour / Independent Tour
Price: from $652
Duration:2-5 days
Cities Visited:Oslo - Myrdal - Flåm - Balestrand - Flåm - Gudvangen - Voss - Bergen
Departures: May - June - July - August - September

Tour Map

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