Photo: Nigardsbreen glacier - Jostedalen Breførarlag
Sognefjord in a nutshell

Sognefjord in a nutshell with glacier hiking on Nigardsbreen

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This summer you can take the Sognefjord in a Nutshell tour in combination with an exciting guided glacier tour to Nigardsbreen! On the tour you will also experience the entire length of the mighty Sognefjord on a boattrip and enjoy spectacular views from Flåmsbana!

This trip is available from Oslo or Bergen. Starting from Bergen, you will among other things experience a beautiful boat trip on the Sognefjord and a spectacular train journey on the legendary Flåmsbana. The trip can be taken as a round trip with return to your starting point or as a one-way trip from Oslo to Bergen or Bergen to Oslo. The tour is available during the summer season and requires overnight stays en route.

The express boat on the Sognefjord from Bergen to Flam takes about five hours. The boat stops at several picturesque villages and towns along the route, so you'll really get to see the "King of fjords" up close. When you reach the beautiful Leikanger you disembark and continue the trip by bus to Sogndal where you stay overnight. The following day the journey continues to the Breheim Center, a museum and information centre, where you can learn more about how the glacier has shaped the fjord landscape, and why it plays an important role in climate research.

Glacier hiking on Nigardsbreen 

On your glacier hiking trip you will receive all necessary equipment and an experience guide will give you an introduction to glacier hiking and safety on the glacier. On the glacier you can experience and explore the finest glacier formations and enjoy spectacular views! Parts of the route to the glacier and on the ice are quite steep. The route is made easier by means of fixed ropes and steps in the ice. Still, participants on the tour should have good balance and be in reasonably good shape.

When the glacier hiking trip is finished you travel the same way back to Sogndal and stay overnight before you continuing the next day to Leikanger. From Leikanger you take the express boat to Flåm, where the tour continues on the Flam Railway through spectacular scenery from the fjords to the mountains. At Myrdal you change trains to the Bergen Railway and travel back to Oslo or Bergen through scenic and fascinating landscape. If you start from Oslo, you travel in the opposite direction as described above.

A safe journey with Fjord Tours

Due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, traveling in Norway in 2020 will be a bit different than before. But we want to reassure you that safety measures during the tour have been implemented by all transport, accommodation and activity providers! Please read more here.

Travel tip

The booking process is easy and starts on this page. In the booking process you will also get a good view of your preferred route from either Oslo or Bergen. We recommend that you add overnight stays to your tour in for instance Flam or Balestrand and join in on one of the exciting activities in the region! There are plenty of opportunities for activities and hotels along the route.

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    01.JUL - 16.AUG

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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.

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Transfer points on the Sognefjord in a nutshell trip

Start by boat: Departs with the express boat from Strandkaiterminalen. The terminal is situated next to the Fish Market and approx. 10 min. walk from Bergen railway station.

Start by train:The train departs from Bergen railway station.

Flåm: Change from express boat to train or vice versa. The Norled boat terminal is situated next to the railway station. The express boat for Sognefjord in a nutshell departs from pier no.2.

Myrdal: Change train for the Flåm Railway or for the Bergen Railway. The trains are located next to each other.

Oslo: The trains for all our trips departs from the Oslo Central Railway Station (Oslo S).

Note: Not all transfer points are included on all tours. This depends on the tour alternative that you choose. You will of course receive a booking confirmation from us with a detailed itinerary for the tour you have selected.

Do I see the Naeroyfjord on the Sognefjord in a nutshell trip?

No. If you want to also see the Naroyfjord, we recommend you to take the round trip from Bergen start by train and add the Heritage fjord safari trip which goes into the Naeroyfjord and back to Flåm. This can be done in one day.

If you start the trip from Oslo you have to stay over in Flam to be able to add the Heritage fjord safari trip.

Are the tours guided?

No, there is no guide on our tours. You travel on your own by following the travel itinerary.

The tours have been organized so everyone should reach each connection. The connections and transfer points are all within close proximity of each other for easy transfer. Stops are always announced over the speakers.

When booking a tour, you will also gain access to the Fjord Tours Travel Guide APP which is a "digital guidebook" for your tour. Read more about the app HERE.

Information about luggage service and transportation

For questions about our luggage service and transportation of luggage during tours you can READ MORE HERE. Go to the heading "Luggage service and transportation".

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