Norway is famous for its fjords, characterized by long inlets from the sea with steep, mountainous walls. One of the easiest ways to see the fjords is to book a “Norway in a Nutshell” tour, which is essentially a group of tickets for various means of public transit to/from Bergen/Oslo (or round trip to one of the two), by way of Voss, Flåm, and a few other small towns. You can do the entire trip in a day, but it’s often recommended to spend at least one night in one of the stops. We ended up staying in Flåm, booking a night at a beautiful hostel located alongside pastures and farms.
The start of the trip, at the Bergen train station. The railroad between Bergen and Oslo is known as one of the most scenic in the world.
Views along the first leg of the journey, by rail from Bergen to Voss.
A tractor not far from Voss.
A bus takes you from Voss to Gudavagen, along often windy roads that seem impossible for a bus to traverse.
Once you’re in Gudavagen, you board a two hour ferry that takes you to Flåm.
Glimpse of life in one of the towns along the fjord.
Once in Flåm, we checked into our hostel. This is the view from the window. It was absolutely gorgeous.
A road near the hostel, which leads to a waterfall.
The area is full of pastures with adorable sheep.
Sign marking the way toward the waterfall.
View from the top of the hike, looking back towards where the hostel is located.
Tree, with the waterfall in the background.
Small tiny flowers along the way.
More sheep, heading back to the hostel.