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6 nights itinerary help - Nutshell, hike, bike kayak, Bergen to Oslo

Hi, looking for some help for a 6 night itinerary. Arrive in Bergen in the morning in late August, fly out of Oslo. Little interest in spending time in Bergen or Oslo (other than night before flight). Focus is on scenery and would like to fit in some hiking, biking Myrdal to Flam, kayaking within Nutshell itinerary.

Any suggestions how best to fit this in, where to stay, etc? I’m thinking we head to Voss after arriving in Bergen and stay somewhere near there. We tend to be DIYs, but open to tours if needed, especially given I booked yesterday and we leave in about 3 weeks.

Also, my thoughts on this?

Thank you!

Posted by
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It appears to give you only 3-1/2 days in rural Norway and not a great deal of time for active pursuits, so it doesn't seem to align all that well with your preferences. But as you say, you're late with the planning for this trip.

At this point you will have a challenge finding lodging in at least some of the fjord-area towns, and some departures of the Flamsbana and of the mainline train between Myrdal and Oslo may be sold out.

It you're willing to rent a car, that provides more lodging options.

I've read Voss has a number of outdoor-activity options, and its hotels don't sell out as early as those in the fjord-side villages with public-transportation access.

If you want to travel independently, I think job #1 is finding places to sleep.

Posted by
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Thank you for your response. Could you provide some specifics of fjord-area towns? Traveling from Bergen, where would be the closest ideal town lodging (fjord-area)?

We are open to driving part of the trip, though not our first preference. I’ll check the Flamsbana and the train between Myrdal and Oslo.

It seems like we have 4 1/2 days and need to end in Oslo in the 6th night.


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After doing a lot of schedule research for a trip last year, I agree with Rick's guidebook recommendation to stay in Flam or Aurland if you have just one night to spend along the Nutshell route and no car. Actually, he may recommend those places even if you have two nights.

With more time, Balestrand can be considered. I think just about everyone agrees it's a more pleasant place to stay than Flam. After all, Flam gets monster cruise ships; it's a workmanlike town in a magnificent setting. But Balestrand is on the north side of the Sognefjord, and the various Nutshell transportation links are on the south side. For folks without cars, I think the only practical way to cross the fjord in the area around Balestrand is on the once-day express boat that links Balestrand to Flam and also serves Bergen. So there's a substantial reduction in efficiency if you don't have a car and opt to stay in Balestrand.

About the only transportation links in the area around Flam running at any frequency at all are the Nutshell components and the bus between Flam and Aurland. Therefore, those with limited time who want to do the scenic legs of the Nutshell route and have no car almost have to stay in Aurland or one of the towns served by the Nutshell transportation; it's very difficult to travel via public transportation to one of the Nutshell transit points from elsewhere. I don't think there's lodging in Myrdal, so it isn't an option. Working from west to east, that leaves:

  • Voss: Not on a fjord, but has a fair amount of lodging and outdoor activities that might be appealing. Frequent mainline rail service to Bergen.

  • Gudvangen: On a fjord but I think with limited lodging. You have the Nutshell buses connecting to Voss plus a few others. Seems not to book up as fast as Flam.

  • Flam: The most convenient place to stay, thus rather expensive for what you get and probably the first to sell out. The youth hostel seems well-run and has a few rooms with private baths.

  • Aurland: Said to be viable because of the bus service to Flam, which is quite close. I haven't dug into bus schedules or lodging in Aurland myself.

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A major storm, Hans, has just passed through Norway and done some serious flooding and road damage. I have read it's the worst storm there in 25 years, and the train between Oslo and Bergen might not be operational for some time.

You might want to read up on the road closures before you do too much planning.

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Thank you for the info about the storms. I saw the storms noted, but didn’t think the trains weren’t running on the Nutshell route beyond the few days of storms.

Can anyone confirm?