Flam, Voss, or somewhere in between

Old Feb 7th, 2005, 07:58 AM
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Flam, Voss, or somewhere in between

Trying to choose a location to spend the night between Lom are & Bergen. We would like to do the Norway in a Nutshell loop form with Flam or Voss (will have a rental a car so we will have to go roundtrip) and then onto Bergen.

Any favorite hotels or must see sights in either Flam or Voss?

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We liked the Stalheim which is at one end of the Norway in a Nutshell loop.
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With a rental your choices are multiple, and purchasing a Nutshell roundtrip Flam-Gudvangen-Voss-Myrdal-Flam would not at all be my first choice.
But my best choice would be to combine the Lom-Bergen leg with a Stalheim overnight stay (www.stalheim.com), between Gudvangen(innermost end of the Sognefjord branch which is the fjord-cruise part of the Nutshell from Flam)
From Lom you can arrive Stalheim in different ways, either ferry-free or by short Sognefjord crossings. The ferry-free leg climbs the Sognefjell mountains and on the other (southern) side when you get to Turtagro (hotel and tourist station), take the airy and slim toll-road south-east to Ovre Årdal (app 30km). From there straight forward along the eastern side of the fjord branch to Lardal. Some tunnels, though, but you'll be fine. From lardal go to Flam, and then you are on the Nutshell route. If time matters, use the world's longest car tunnel (about 25kms, modern and with resting-places and artificial botany) straight to Flam, or take the "Eagle's way" over the mountain, which will give you life-time view memories when reaching the down-drive to Aurland (a fjord village few kilometers north of Flam)
In Flam you may enjoy the Flam-Myrdal rail roundtrip, or you could go directly to Stalheim on the Flam-Bergen road. Not very long, and if you have time, I indeed will recommend you to make a detour down to Underdal, the most pittoresque little town I ever can imagine, settled right at the seaside by the fjord and surrounded by the magnificant mountains.
Anyhow, when having reached either Flam or Stalheim, what to do with the Flam-Gudvangen ferry leg? Why not take two overnights at Stalheim, an make Gudvangen-Flam roundtrip combined with the Flam-Myrdal roundtrip? Or park your car in Flam, get to Gudvangen Stalheim by the ferry and a very short bus ride and then take the morning bus from Stalheim to Flam (some 20-50 mins ride) to get your car, enjoy the Flam rail and hide for Bergen with the Underdal detour...
From Lom you also can head for Stryn and navigate down to Balestrand in the Sognefjord, from where a short car-ferry trip will take you over so you can cross the Vikafjell mountains and get directly to Stalheim.
BTW, when in Lom, and if you care for something special, try a Roysheim gourmet and overnight stay. Roysheim is a very old hotel and in any case try to locate it on the internet to get more info. I guess the adress is www.roisheim.no or -com or something.
The carr-ferry options in inner Sognefjord are fast declining due to all the new (and partly tunneled) roads, but certainly should be checked out in order to give you the smoothest travelling route with a minimum of back-tracks.
The Stalheim-Voss bus leg and Voss-Myrdal trai leg of the nutshell appears to me to be not the most interesting. And if you ask me for intimate details, the Flam-rail may be a little overrated, and for certain crowded. Your rental will give you so many experiece possibilities for the Lom-Bergen route that the rail simply will vanish. But the Naroy Fjord to Gudvangen is a must!!!
Have an unforgettable stay!

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