Friday, July 23, 2010

Norway in a Nutshell!

I booked the Norway in a Nutshell trip for Jeff and I to get from Oslo to Bergen because it looks AH-MAZING. You all are going to be so jealous by the end of this post... :) I stole a lot of the text from the website I booked the tour on:  

The trip starts with a five hour train ride from Oslo to Myrdal, and then another one hour train ride from Myrdal to Flåm. I love traveling by trains, especially when the views are this scenic. Jeff and I are going to be playing a whole lot of Uno on this trip I bet...

The Flåm Railway is one of Norway's major and most spectacular tourist attractions, and one of the world's steepest railway lines. It has 20 tunnels, 18 of which were built by hand!! The train journey provides some of Norway's wildest and most magnificent scenery. On the 20 km-long train ride, you can see rivers that cut through deep ravines, waterfalls cascading down the side of steep, snow-capped mountains and mountain farms clinging dizzily to sheer slopes. The Flåm Railway makes a photo stop at the beautiful Kjosfossen waterfall. Kodak moment! This is where my pocket poncho is going to come in handy.

From Flåm, we take a two hour boat ride down the Nærøyfjord to Gudvangen. The Nærøyfjord is one of the narrowest fjords in Europe, only 250 meters wide at the narrowest and more than one km at the widest. Surrounded by towering mountains up to 1,700 metres high, this arm of the Sognefjord is amazingly beautiful. On the journey, you have excellent views of small traditional farms on the mountainsides. If you are lucky, you will see goats grazing right beside the fjord and seals basking on rocks before the boat moors at Gudvangen.

From Gudvangen, it's a one hour bus ride to Voss and from Voss, it's another 1 hour train ride to Bergen where we check into our hostel and hit the town.

The whole trip is about 10 hours of travel so it's intense but you cram in so much in one day. Soooo cool, right!? Thank god for digital cameras, otherwise we'd probably use up twenty rolls of film on this day alone!

1 comment:

Nikki Menda said...

SO excited for you guys!! And you're right - I AM jealous! :)