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From Fjords to Viking Ships: Norway in a Nutshell!

May 7, 2019
Norwegian fjords

To experience Norway we opted to take the famous Norway in a Nutshell train voyage. Unlike most tours this one is pretty much unguided. You pick up information from a booth at the station and follow the schedule.

We saw so much scenery from the train and had several stops along the way including the classic Fjord tour from a ferry. The peak time for visiting Norway is in the summer (think green!) but we opted to see the majestic fjords in their snow-topped winter glory.

We opted to start Norway in a Nutshell from Oslo so we stopped in Myrdal, Flam, Gudvangen, Bergen and Voss. The cruise took us through Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjorden (on UNESCO’s World Heritage list!). We did spend the night in Bergen, which can be arranged when booking the train tour.

Viking ship on display in Gudvangen!

The roads to Myrdal are filled with dramatic twists and turns. The moon was extra bright so the train made a quick photo stop.

In Oslo we stayed in an amazing airbnb on ambassador row, which is close to the major sights and a super quiet and charming area. It was a nice walk to the Royal Palace and we also enjoyed seeing works like Edvard Munch’s The Scream at the National Museum.

Ambassadorial area of Oslo

Snow castle!

The Royal Palace

Norway has a lot of great craft beer and I recommend Tre Gamle Damer pale ale from Austmann and Aegir brewery’s Sumbel porter out of Flam.

  • Reply
    sherianne
    August 5, 2019 at 2:52 am

    Your images are gorgeous and that snow castle is so much fun. This tour sounds like something I would really enjoy, organized yet flexible. Adding on time in Bergen is a great idea. Thank you for the information

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    Emily
    August 5, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    1. Your photos are beautiful, as is Norway. 2. I haven’t been to Norway before, however, my friend has and she brought back cider and chocolate, both of which were delicious. The pale ale you mentioned sounds yummy. 3. A train tour seems like a unique and fun way to explore.

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    Lisa
    August 5, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Ah what a timely post! We’re planning to do a fjord tour in Norway this year and you’ve really inspired me even more! Your photos are stunning and capture the incredible scenery. I’ve never heard of the tour before, but I’ll check it out for our trip.

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    Mijia Eggers
    August 5, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Oslo is little away from the coast. As it is also a cruise port of call, we hope to be there one day via a cruise trip. It is certainly a nice place to visit.

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    Brooke Herron
    August 5, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    so gorgeous! I’ve still got Norway on my list for ‘some day’ -had never considered doing a Fjord cruise but it seems like a good idea. Love the ice castle and the Edward Munch art!

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    Clare
    August 6, 2019 at 12:15 am

    Your photos are breathtaking! I did a Scandinavian trip back last summer and I so wish I added Norway to the itinerary! But there’s always a reason to do another trip in that part of the world and this post will come in handy! Also that snow castle is impressive! I can barely build one out of sand haha! And Tre Gamle Damer pale ale sounds DIVINE!

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    Pooja
    August 6, 2019 at 6:31 am

    Norway is like a winter wonderland. The pictures do complete justice to the beauty of the place. The fjord tour by jetty must have been fun. Traveling to Norway in winters also better for experiencing the amazing northern lights.

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    Debjani Lahiri
    August 6, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    Norway looked like a dream through your pictures . They are splendid . Someday I want to visit Norway have heard so much about it .specially Salmon .

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    Amrita
    August 7, 2019 at 6:11 am

    Norway looks such a beautiful country. The beauty of seeing the fjords in their snow-topped winter glory. They look absolutely gorgeous. You have taken some great pictures of Norway. I want to visit the place soon.

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