There are many questions on how, where and how long time you need to experience the Western Fjords from Oslo. We recommend two UNESCO-protected fjords; the Nærøyfjord (fjordtour #1) and the Geirangerfjord (fjordtour #2).
If you plan to visit the Western Norwegian Fjords, we recommend you to book your adventure online at Fjord Tours and to buy the Fjord Pass. Fjord Tours are experts on Norway and the fjords, and you will find all information you need on their website. You can book travel, accommodation, fjord cruises and activities. Fjord Pass will give you discount on all of this, from car rental to activities and accommodation.
Tour Summary: Train from Oslo via the wild and beautiful Flåm Railway to Flåm by the Aurlandsfjord. Then fjord cruise on the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord.
Return to Oslo: Bus from Gudvangen via the hairpin-road Stalheimskleiva to Voss, then train from Voss on the Bergen Railway back to Oslo.
Season: All year.
Time to spend: Day trip or more, available all year. But we recommend to stay longer and experience more.
Booking: Book this roundtrip with train, bus, fjord cruise, activities and accommodation at Fjord Tours
Pictures from the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord area:
Fjordcruise: You can go by rib boat or ferry from Flåm on the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord. In addition, this area is a fantastic place for fjordsafari, kayaking in the fjords and hiking along the fjords and on the surrounding mountains.
The Stegastein Viewpoint: The award-winning viewpoint is a walkway of solid pine sticking 31 metres straight into the air. You are 640 metres above the Aurlandsfjord, from here you have a fantastic view of the Aurlandsfjord and the surrounding mountains. The mountain-road between Aurland and Lærdal is one of Norways 18 National Tourist Routes and is closed during winter. But the road up to the viewpoint is open all year.
Cycling Rallarvegen (the Navvies Road) from Finse to Flåm: This is a must. You take the first train in the morning from Flåm to Finse. Get your bikes at Hotel Finse 1222. You cycle mostly dowhill beside lakes, rivers and waterfalls down to the Flåm Valley which takes 6-8 hours or more. You can leave the bike at the Flåm Railway Station before you enjoy an ice cold beer from Ægir Brewery at the harbour.
If you want to have a day or two walking in this area, you should check out the Aurlandsdalen Valley. Wild scenery, wild rivers, narrow valleys, much history from old Norway and how they were living at that time. Many people consider this is the most beautiful and wildest valley in Norway.
From Flåm, via boat or car, you can visit the small village Undredal. Here you will find Norway´s smallest church. It is actually a stave church and had its 850 years celebration in 1997.
After you have experienced the Fjord-Cruise between Flåm and Gudvangen, you can travel with bus from Gudvangen via the Stalheimskleiva Road to Voss. Stalheimskleiva is the name of the 1.5-kilometre long stretch of road that winds its way up the mountainside from the end of the Nærøydalen Valley to the top at Stalheim. On its way to the top, the road winds its way up 13 sharp hairpin bends. From Voss you can travel by train back to Oslo, on the Bergen Railway.
The weather is very important during such a round-trip in western Norway. The best time is June to August. But also May is a beautiful month – where spring meets summer, with green valleys and snowy mountains. Note that some of the roads are closed during winter. Depending on the amount of snow in the mountains these roads are usually open between late May and early June.
Official page for Norway: www.visitnorway.com
Official page for Fjord Norway: www.fjordnorway.com
Plan and book fjord travel, accommodation and activities: www.fjordtours.com
Fjord Pass Discounts: www.fjord-pass.com