July 5, 2020

3-4 days on fjords without a car (from Bergen or Oslo)

Getting to it by public transport is not difficult both from Oslo and from Bergen.

We recommend Flom village as the main base on Sognefjord since this village is best developed infrastructurally and located, as it were, in the center of all the sights and hiking trails accessible to people without a car.

Read how to get to Flåm.

Our choice of accommodation in Flåm: Flåm Marina & Apartments is an apartment located 500 meters from the center, at the same time close to everything and a little away from the crowd of arriving cruise ships. Very nice rooms with fjord views and cozy terraces. The rooms have small kitchens, a useful option in Norway. The rooms in the apartment are large, quite a budget for traveling families or companies

Day 1. Flåm railway walks, and farm on the fjords

Start your journey from the Flåm Railway, built in the 40s from the highland village of Myrdal to the Aurland Fjord through the Flåm Valley. From the windows of the old train, you will see postcard landscapes with rivers, waterfalls and tiny villages. The train stops at the Kjosfossen waterfall, during a stop you can go to the platform and put your face under the wet drops that fill the local air.

On arrival in Flåm, settle in, look around, go to the info center, check schedules, take maps, find a store and local bakery, buy food if you plan to cook it yourself.

After lunch, stroll along the fjord to the old Otterners farm. Here you can eat pancakes with coffee, sitting on one of the benches overlooking the fjord.

You can end the day by walking through Fretheimshaugane Park, from the paths of which you can enjoy fabulous views of the fjord.

Day 2. Waterfall, old Flom, and Unreal

Early in the morning, go to the Museum of the Flåm Railway, go over the bridge over the river, take the opposite fjord onto the road and follow the sign to the Brekefossen waterfall. After returning from the waterfall to the road, continue to the small bridge over the river and follow the signs to the Flåm Church. This tracking will take 4 hours, plan the day accordingly.

Plan to spend an hour or two in the village, take a walk around, buy local cheese and return to Flå by the last ferry or last bus (check all schedules in advance).

Day 3. Steveston, Viking village and New Norway fjord

A day on the Neurofjord can be spent as a standard as all or more adventurous)

On the first shuttle, go to the Stegesten observation deck, find the signs for Bjørgåsen from the parking lot, the climb to the viewpoint will take about half an hour. Go down to Stegesten and return to Aurland on the next shuttle (adjust the further route under the schedule).

Take the cruise ship in the direction of Gudwangen. On arrival, spend a couple of hours in the Viking Village, take a walk around the neighborhood and return by bus to Flåm.

A more adventurous option – when booking Gudwangen tickets, book a stop on demand in Styvi village, visit the world’s smallest mail and head along the fjord along the old postal road in the direction of Bleiklindi village. The distance between the villages is about 6 kilometers, on the way, there will be interesting stops like tiny beaches and waterfalls, the track will take at least 2 to 3 hours. To get from Bleiklindi to Gudvangen, you need to pre-order a boat taxi or wait on the quay of a passing cruise ferry (there is a signal option on the quay that signals the ships).

The second variant of acquaintance with the Neuro fjord is undoubtedly more authentic and interesting, but it requires more thorough preparation. Check and arrange all schedules, order all tickets, transfers, and stops on demand in advance at the Flom Info Center.

If you are planning to leave for this day, return from Stegesten by shuttle to Flum, leave the hotel and take the ferry to Gudwagen. You will no longer have the opportunity to visit a Viking village, as there is no place to leave things in Gudwagen. Is that if you travel light) In Flåm you can buy a connection – ferry tickets – bus – train to Bergen or Voss. You can get back to Oslo by train from Voss (book tickets in advance)

Day 4: Fjord – Safari or Kayaking Tour

Spend your last day on the fjords “on the water”. Choose between a half-day kayaking tour from Gudwagen or a fjord safari. In Flåm, various formats of fjord safari are offered – an hour and a half on Aurland Fjord, two-hour – to the Neuro Fjord, 5-hour – with hiking and TP.

Plan your departure for the afternoon. You can get back to Oslo by train via Voss (just over an hour by bus to Voss) or by bus.

Extra day: Trekking in the Aurlandsdalen Valley

If you are in good physical shape and you have the opportunity to spend an extra day on the fjords – spend it in the Aurlandsdalen valley, which is often called the Norwegian Grand Canyon. A large, very spectacular 25-kilometer track starts in the village Østerbø and ends in the village Vassbygdi. Both villages are connected to Flåm by bus service. Tracking will take at least 6-7 hours. Check bus schedules on site, stock up on food, water and mobile communications.

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