Norway in a nutshell®

This legendary tour takes you through Norway’s most breathtaking UNESCO-protected fjord and mountain scenery, as well as a trip on Europe’s top scenic rail journey.

Multiple locations
1 day+
Suitable for all
All year
Original Tour

Experience the scenic Bergen Railway, the breathtaking Flåm Railway, the Aurlandsfjord, the narrow and dramatic UNESCO-protected Nærøyfjord, and a bus trip through the beautiful scenery of Western Norway. 

Tour description

On the trip, you get to enjoy magnificent nature from the train window on some of Europe's most beautiful train rides. You get to feel the fresh fjord air of the Nærøyfjord on the deck of an electric boat as you cruise through UNESCO-protected scenery. The tour gives you the best of what Western Norway has to offer in terms of fjords and mountains, and you travel through the landscape in an easy and sustainable way.

The journey has several highlights, such as the Flåmsbana - one of the world's most beautiful train journeys, a fjord cruise on Nærøyfjorden and Aurlandsfjorden, and the Nærøydalen valley, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Fjords and mountains are synonymous with "Norway" and this experience is designed to suit both those who want a quick day trip and those who wish to explore fjord Norway over several days.

Starting points and travel options

You can start the tour in Oslo, Bergen, Voss, Geilo, or Flam. The trip can be completed in several ways and you choose the route, length, and which activities to fit into your itinerary.

Explore more

If you want to experience more, you can easily extend and combine the trip with other experiences and accommodations. See our selection of recommended activities and hotels in the booking process or contact us for tour tips!

Read more about the tour highlights below!

Tour Highlights

The Nærøyfjord

The Nærøyfjord is the narrowest and best-known of the many arms of the Sognefjord. Surrounded by towering mountains up to 1,700 meters high, this arm of the Sognefjord is amazingly beautiful. With its steep mountainsides, hanging valleys, towering peaks, waterfalls, and small hamlets, this fjord is perhaps the most outstanding natural attraction in Norway. The Nærøyfjord is 20 km long, only 250 meters across at its narrowest and a mere 12 meters at its shallowest. The surrounding mountains reach heights of 1,660 meters, and the fjord is one of the multiple highlights on several of our tours.

The Aurlandsfjord

The Aurlandsfjord is a 17-kilometer arm of the world’s second-longest fjord, the Sognefjord, and starts in Flåm and ends at the mountain Beitelen, which separates the Aurlandsfjord from the Nærøyfjord. Together with the Nærøyfjord, the Aurlandsfjord is one of the most picturesque fjords in the world. This stunning fjord is a part of the World Heritage area and is surrounded by high mountains that reach heights of over 1,400 meters.

The Flåmsbana Railway

Flåmsbana or Flåm Railway is a spectacular train journey that offers a panoramic view of some of the wildest and most magnificent nature in the Norwegian fjord landscape. The 20 km-long train ride took 20 years to build and is one of the steepest standard gauge railway lines in the world. On the train ride that operates between Myrdal and Flåm, you can see rivers cutting through deep ravines, waterfalls cascading down the side of steep, snow-capped mountains, and mountain farms clinging dizzily to sheer slopes. 

The Bergen Railway

The Bergen Railway is the 500-kilometer-long railway line between Bergen and Oslo. It has several times been named one of the world's best railway experiences.

The Bergen Railway is Northern Europe's highest stretch of railway and crosses both the Langfjellene mountains and the Hardangervidda mountain plateau, with Finse as the highest station at 1222 meters. 


Every traveler is unique - Just like our Nutshell Tours

With our unique booking tool, you can personalize your Nutshell Tour. During the booking process, you can easily extend the tour and combine it with experiences and hotels along the route.

We recommend adding a local activity or perhaps even sampling the local cuisine. There are loads of interesting and exciting activities you can take part in along your route.

Whether you want the standard tour or personalize it by adding activities and hotels is up to you. Just pick what’s best for you, and we’ll take care of the rest.


We did the Norway in a Nutshell tour with them and it was our favorite that we did in Scandinavia. The entire journey was so scenic. It was really cool to be able to take so many modes of transportation.
Jacqueline Telljohann Original Tour
Very easy booking experience through Fjord Tours. The Norway in a Nutshell tour was exceptionally beautiful, I highly recommend one nice stay over in Flam halfway through if you can - to take in the scenery!
Molly_Rrr 5 stars on TripAdvisor


Recommended activities during this tour

Please note that certain activities depends on season, availability and travel route. Some activities may require overnight stays during your tour.