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NiN-What side of train/bus has best view of scenery?

We are planning to take the Fjord Tours' Norway in a Nutshell trip in mid June, 2016 from Oslo to Bergen. What side of the train/ferry/bus would provide views of the best scenery?
1) Train from Oslo to Myrdal - Which side?
2) Train from Myrdal to Flam - Which side?
3) Ferry from Flam to Gudvangen - Front, back, or which side?
4) Bus from Gudvagen to Voss - Which side?
5) Train from Voss to Bergen - Which side?
6) Also on the Oslo to Bergen NiN trip, Fjord Tours is offering a "NEW" fjord cruise boat that is 200 NOK (total trip cost is 2070 NOK) compared to riding on the "original" fjord cruise boat. Has anyone been on the new fjord cruise boat, and what is the difference from the original boat, and is it worth the extra 200 NOK ($34 per person)? Also this new cruise boat trip leaves Oslo at 6:25 a.m. compared to the original cruiseboat trip which leaves at 8:25 a.m.
7) Is it difficult to bring your luggage with you, or is it better to use the Porter service from Oslo to Bergen?
8) Is there a Senior Citizen discount on Fjord Tours NiN trip?
9) How cold/windy will it be on the ferry ride in mid-June?
Thanks for all your help!

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Hi Bob.

1) From Oslo to Myrdal
- I'ts a hard decission, but recommend you to have a seat on the left hand in direction. The really scenic part of this ride starts at Geilo, and from there towards Myrdal you will have some great views up in the mountains. And in my opinion the best views are on the left hand side.

2) From Myrdal to Flåm
- Left hand side. You will get the best view from the early climb down, and will have a great view of the Flåm alley and Flåm river all the way down to Flåmsbrygga.

3) Ferry from Flam to Gudvangen
- I don't really know

4) Bus from Gudvagen to Voss
- Even Steven

5) Train from Voss to Bergen
- Right hand side. You get rivers and fjords, overtaken by hills and mountains. Good views.

6)
- Sorry. I don't know about this.

7) Is it difficult to bring your luggage with you, or is it better to use the Porter service from Oslo to Bergen?
- Pack light. In mid June that's very possible in southern Norway :) Even thoug I like backpacking, I think one roller-bag is not difficult if you plan on checkin in to a hotel every night.

8) Is there a Senior Citizen discount on Fjord Tours NiN trip?
- Unfortunately, it seems like the're only a discount for kids.

9) How cold/windy will it be on the ferry ride in mid-June?
- You can expect everything from 15 Celsus (60 F) to 27 Celsius (80 F). Most likely somewehere in the higher 60's F. The wind can vary a lot. From no wind at all to a small gale. Most likely a light breeze.

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Andreas, thank you for your response. The comments are very helpful.

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On the boat from Flam to Gudvangen, you can move around to your heart's content; you're not stuck in a seat.

I brought a 24 inch suitcase and a carryon bag on this journey, and had no problems. The only close call I remember was the Myrdal to Flam train, which has tight space. On the other trains, there's plenty of room, and there's lots of space under the bus for luggage. On the boat, there's an area where large bags can go.

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From Oslo through to Flam the left side is best...at first it won't seem like it but once you are up into the scenic part of the mountains that's where the expansive views will be. The right side has mountainsides much of the way.

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A different Bob here
Regarding the NIN "New" fjord cruise boat, we are going to be in Norway in early March and are also interested in what the difference is between the "Old" and "New" fjord cruise. Is it worth it getting up 2 hours earlier for the "New" cruise? Will also post on Trip Advisor where we are much more likely to get an answer.

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Nordheim, thank you for the link to the new fjord cruise boat. It looks interesting.