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better experience? Ferry from Bergen to Flam, or NIN?

Which would be better? Taking the ferry from Bergen to Flam, then train it two days later to Oslo, OR doing NIN instead?

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Apparently MarkK didn't see the thread here recently about being more polite to posters and that some types of responses really put off those with questions.

What I think he was trying to ask is what type of experience are you looking for? We might assume you are interested in the most scenic route and experience. But sometimes people are looking for speed or least expensive.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both options. The ferry would give you more exposure to the fjords, which are stunning.

Others with more Norway experience will hopefully weigh in.

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Thanks, I could have been more specific in what we are looking for. It was such a hard decision to make because I have been looking forward to seeing this area of the world for a long time and then the opportunity to do so came at us fairly quickly, and you never know about whether you will get a chance to do it again. I remember looking at a picture of Bergen from Mt Floien (sp?) in a textbook in 2nd grade and saying I'm going there someday. That was 1972, and now I'm doing it, with my daughter too. Anyway, I booked the ferry trip over NIN. I figured I would get to see the interior of the country when we head from Flam to Oslo for our flight back to the US. I know I wouldn't be disappointed either way, and hopefully I will be around long enough to come back some day!
Thanks for your response!

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I am sorry that I couldn't offer an opinion on you initial A vs B question because I only experience the B, NiN classical route from Oslo via Myrdal, Flam, Gudvangen, Voss then continuing to Bergen. The boat cruise from Flam to Gudvangen through Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord is spectacular in part because both fjords are deep and narrow with high rock faces. The train ride between Voss and Bergen is anticlimactic compared to the Flam route and the Bergen Line section across the Hardangervidda. You can not go wrong with this classic route.

What I cannot comment on is the boat ride through the Sognefjord from Bergen. Looking at maps, the Sognefjord is fairly wide (allowing the large cruise ships to enter. The route would have to include some of the Norwegian coast before entering Sognefjord and that may be of interest.

My bottom line is the NiN route is a interesting literal cross section of southern Norway from fjords to the Hardangervidda. You can not go wrong with this classic route. But is A better than B?

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@Douglas: I think I answered on OP's straight level of communication and tried to help by asking for criteria. To receive a "forget it" is to me extremely unpolitely.

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Thank you Edgar. We are going to hit the Nærøyfjord on a little separate excursion after arriving in Flam. Looking forward to it very much!

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NIN was great, especially if you can stop for a night in or near Flam. The train ride really brings you through some beautiful countryside. The train is comfortable and the views are amazing, especially the part between Myrdal and Oslo.

You could do the boat between Flam and Aurland to experience the fjords from a boat.
NIN was a highlight from our trip to Norway last year! I'm so glad we stopped for the night in Flam. The town was so quiet at night.

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Thank you!!! Leaving for our trip on Saturday and very excited. Glad you had such a wonderful experience!