Photo: Morten Normann Almeland

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
01.OCT - 30.APR
Norway in a nutshell® Winter tour

Go on a winter adventure in Norway and experience the scenic Bergen Railway, the breathtaking Flåm Railway, the narrow and dramatic Nærøyfjord, and a bus trip through the beautiful winter scenery of Western Norway.

Tour description

Traveling in Norway during winter is a special experience. On this tour, you get to enjoy magnificent winter nature on some of Europe's most beautiful train rides and take in the crisp and clean fjord air on a silent electric fjord cruise on the UNESCO-protected Nærøyfjord.

This tour is meant to give you the best fjord- and mountain scenery Western Norway has to offer, in a comfortable and sustainable way. The tour has several highlights, such as the Flam Railway- one of the world's most beautiful train journeys, a winter fjord cruise on the Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjord, and the Nærøydalen valley, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Fjords are synonymous with "Norway" and this winter experience is designed to suit both those who want a quick one-day experience or those who want to explore the snowy fjord landscape over several days.

Travel tip

Traveling in the winter season is highly recommended since there are fewer people and more room for travelers to enjoy the view. You can complete the tour in one day, but we highly recommend that you take your time by adding overnight stays and activities along the route!

One last tip: Dress warmly and bundle up - it can get very cold in the fjords!

Tour Highlights

The Flåm Railway

The Flam Railway is a spectacular train journey that offers a panoramic view of some of the wildest and most magnificent winter 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. The train ride operates between Myrdal and Flåm and along the way you can see rivers that cut through deep ravines, waterfalls (sometimes frozen) cascading down the side of steep, snow-capped mountains, and mountain farms clinging dizzily to sheer slopes. 

The Nærøyfjord

The Nærøyfjord is the narrowest and best known of the many arms of the Sognefjord. Surrounded by towering mountains, 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 definitive highlights of this tour.

The Bergen Railway

The Bergen Railway is the approximately 500-kilometer-long railway line between Bergen and Oslo and 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 masl. The winter scenery you can experience from the comfortable railway is simply beautiful.

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 snow-capped mountains that reach heights of over 1,400 meters.

 

 


 

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.


 

Stay longer and experience more in these top destinations

Add one or more overnight stays to your tour with our favorable prices. We have handpicked a selection of hotels, so you can plan and book your perfect tour!

Oslo

Oslo is the largest city in Norway, and it has been the country's capital since 1814 following the dissolution of the union with Denmark.

Bergen

Bergen is Norway's second largest city with a population of roughly 270,000. King Olav Kyrre founded the city of Bergen in 1070, and it was the country's capital from 1110 until 1299.

Flåm

The small picturesque village of Flåm, is situated innermost in the Aurlandsfjord and is home of the Flåm Railway.

Voss

If you want to travel to a place that offers exciting and spectacular experiences in beautiful union with nature, then Voss is the place for you! Voss is located in the middle of Fjord Norway and is easily accessible by train from Bergen. The «activity village» Voss can quickly become your new favorite destination!

Stalheim

Stalheim is in the heart of the Norwegian fjords, and it is an ideal starting point for tours of Western Norway’s fjords and mountains.

Gudvangen

Gudvangen is quite a gem and is located at the inner part of the narrow and UNESCO protected Nærøyfjorden. For the fjord- and mountain ethusiasts, the dramatic and spectacular landscape offer numerous hiking possibilities.

Vatnahalsen

The unique location on the Flåmsbana stretch down towards Flåm makes Vatnahalsen a great base to explore this known historical and cultural area. You may join high mountain hikes at winter, stay overnight during the Norway in a nutshell® tour or get a real adrenaline kick with the longest zipline in the Northern Europe.

Geilo

Geilo is located halfway between Bergen and Oslo, and can be easily reached by the Bergen line - one of the world's most beautiful train journeys. Best known for its ski slopes and hundreds of kilometers of cross-country skiing, Geilo also offers a variety of activities without skiing and adventurous summer experiences.

Finse

Finse is located at 1222 metres above sea level and is the highest station at the Bergen Railway. One may reach this location only by train, foot or by bike. Finse is surrounded by majestic mountain landscape with the mighty glacier Hardangerjøkulen that towers royally in the west. Few places in Norway offers mightier nature experiences than Finse.