How to visit in Norway in a Cost Effective Way + Photos

Norway Travel Tip: As I mentioned in the Norway Travel Tips page, Norway is one of the most beautiful but also one of the most expensive countries I have visited.

One way to mitigate the cost, and at the same time see large parts of the country, is by buying the Norway in a Nutshell pass.

Norway in a Nutshell pass makes for a very good way to see some of Norway’s most beautiful natural attractions – fjords, mountains, waterfalls, picturesque villages, and ride the world famous Flamsbana train. In addition to allowing you to see large parts of the country, Norway in a Nutshell is also quite flexible. You can choose to see all of the sights in one day or spread the trip over a few days by staying in different villages along the way. You can find more information on Norway in a Nutshell’s website at

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I did this trip in one long day. The trip was from 6:25 am to 22:25 pm. Yes, a loooong day but immensely rewarding nonetheless because the scenery is stunning throughout the whole journey. You can see my photos by scrolling to the bottom of the page.

Norway Travel Tip: Ideally, it is best to break your journey up by stopping over in some of the smaller places like Bergen, Gudvangen, Flam, etc. I would recommend this as a there are some fantastic hiking, kayaking, fjord safaris in these smaller areas. It is also just as nice to simply walk around in these smaller picturesque towns. If you decide to break the journey up and stay in smaller towns overnight, you can pay extra and book hotels as part of Norway in a Nutshell package (or you can book hotels on your own and just buy the ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ pass on its own).

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The is the Norway in a Nutshell timetable if you did the entire trip in 1 day:

      Departure Arrival
1)   06:25 Oslo 11:48 Myrdal
2)   12:13 Myrdal 13:10 Flåm
3)   13:20 Flåm 15:30 Gudvangen
4)   15:40 Gudvangen 16:55 Voss
5)   17:10 Voss 22:25 Oslo
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1. Oslo – Myrdal: Oslo to Myrdal leg of the trip is on a train, called Bergen Railway, and takes about 4 hours. This is the only time when you have the option to choose reserved seats, which you can choose when buying your Norway in Nutshell pas online. When you arrive at the Myrdal station, get out and then approximately 23 minutes later, take the Flam Railway to Flam.

Norway Travel Tip: Get a hotel near the Oslo main railway station which will make it easier to walk over to catch a train so early in the morning.

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2. Myrdal – Flam
Myrdal to Flam is 45 min train ride on the Flamsbana, which is often lauded in guidebooks as one of the most scenic train journeys in the world.

Norway Travel Tip: For this leg of the trip, sit next to the window so you can take photos. The train also makes stops at a couple of waterfalls along the way.

3. Flam – Gundvangen
This is a 2-hour ferry ride through the magnificent Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord. When you arrive in Flam, get off at Flam station and head to the pier to catch the ferry. It is a short walk and route is clearly marked. The herd of tourist will be heading that way so you can just follow them. Food and bathrooms are available on the ferry.

Norway Travel Tip: Don’t worry too much about where you sit. Once the ride starts, people will get up and start moving around and taking photos. Keep your camera ready as this is the most spectacular portion of the trip.

Norway Travel Tip: When I was there in June, the weather was still cool. If you want to sit outside and enjoy, and take photos, it can get a bit cold. Make sure to take a jacket with you.

Ferry ride through the magnificent Sognefjord. Click on image to enlarge
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4. Gundvangen – Voss
This leg of the trip involves a 45-minute bus ride with some hairpin roads and two big waterfalls. The picture on the left is of the bus that I took. They are modern and comfortable.

Norway Travel Tip: Sit by the window to be able to take photos of the valleys and waterfalls.

5. Voss – Oslo
This is about a 5-hour train ride on the Bergen Railway. There are some pretty sceneries along the way but most of it is repeated as your trip back is along the same route as your way there. So sit on the opposite side to see a different side. You can buy food and drinks on the Bergen Railway.

You’ll likely be tired by now anyway so grab a seat and just relax, or take a nap.

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