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Cost savings on DIY Norway in a Nutshell?

My mother and I are planning to do a 6 day round trip journey from Oslo to Bergen area in early August, mostly to see the fjords and amazing countryside (will using trains and boats, not renting a car.) I'm wondering approximately how much money I would save if I planned it myself versus going with the tour company? I'm happy to do the leg-work if it's a substantial cost savings, but if it's not too much more, it sure would be convenient to have them do it.

Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks in advance.

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Just be aware what you compare. If you book everything on your own you have to deal with all kinds of exceptions based on Norwegian language and law. Otherwise NiN will take care of you and the hazzle. Your decision.

Posted by
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Hi Sara,

You will save about $57 per adult by booking this yourself and more for Seniors (67+ 50% discount) children (6-17, 50% disc.) and students (25% discount with student ID).

The only disadvantage of booking yourself is that you need to book tickets in several places and know the schedule of the various transit legs to make all the connections smooth. The trains can be booked 3 months ahead through the Norwegian Railways - (Oslo-Myrdal-Flåm & Voss-Bergen). The boat ride through the Nærøyfjord between Flåm and Gudvangen can be booked through The Gudvangen-Voss bus can't be booked ahead. You can buy this from the bus driver upon arrival (I've never heard of anyone not getting on). You need to pay for the bus ticket in cash, 115 NOK.

Booking the trip through Fjord Tours is the easiest option and it includes all the tickets (including the bus) but there are no Senior or Youth discounts. If you decide to book the Nutshell yourself, I recommend using Fjord Tours website first to get the schedule, so you know what time to book each leg. The Norway-in-a-Nutshell chapter in Rick's Scandinavia and Norway guidebooks also list some sample schedules.