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Nutshell on our own

Hello. My husband and I will be in Oslo on April 15th and 16th 2015, and want to take the Norway in a Nutshell tour, which can be done roundtrip in a day by taking the train back from Voss. I understand from the touring company that this sort of tour is not available until May 18th. I read Rick Steve's guidebook that states that people are able to complete this tour on their own. Does anyone know if it is possible to take these routes mid-April: Oslo to Flam by train, transfer to the bus down to the Fjord boat for the Fjord tour, transfer back to the bus back to either Flam or to Voss, and then return to Oslo by train, all in the same day? I would most appreciate it if anyone knows how I might be able to accomplish this on my travel dates.
Thank you.

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In April the boat only runs:
Gudvangen (11:45) to Flåm (14:10) and Flåm (15:10) to Gudvangen (17:30).

This will give:
Train: Oslo S (08:25) – Myrdal (12:59) – Myrdal (13:10) – Flåm (14:00); Boat: Flåm (15:10) – Gudvangen (17:30).

First possible train connection is the overnight train from Voss at 00:21 (midnight) which gives at total travel time of 22 hours for the whole trip.

If you want to be back in Oslo before midnight, then you must fly out of Sogndal Airport, Haukåsen. This means bus Gudvangen E16 – Kaupangsenteret and taxi Kaupangsenteret - Sogndal Airport (10 km /12 min).

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Thank you. One more question: I am booking my train and seat reservations from Oslo to Myrdal. Is there a side of the train that is better for viewing?