Nutshell Explained & Bergen Trip Report

Old Oct 19th, 2005, 09:25 AM
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More to onthegogo: What I meant to imply was that unless you have an entire day stop in Bergen, I don't think you could manage the NINS trip. Check on for times. Also if your cruise is going to show you a lot of fjords, the NINS trip may just duplicate what you are going to see anyway. JMPO
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Old Oct 19th, 2005, 10:18 AM
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Sounds familiar. Agree about the Nutshell excursion...scenery out the train window with green valleys (no snow), the waterfall, the fjords, the hotel vista. We did the entire trip to Bergen in one long day...and had sunshine.

Agree also about Bergen. Our hotel was very nice, First Hotel Marin just up the hill from the harbor. Old Hanseatic Museum and buildings nice, incl. a folklore performance one night.
Harbor and fjord cruise. Strolling along Bryggen and markets. Two side trips: Lysogen-home of virtuoso Ole Bull, Oygarden-fishing, oil exploration village on coast.

I would fly into Oslo and then do the Nutshell. Oslo istself is enjoyable. Or maybe to Copenhagen, then overnight ferry to Oslo. We then flew over to Stockholm to complete our trip via Finnair out of Helsinki.

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Old Nov 19th, 2005, 07:42 AM
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Further info regarding NIN, etc. We fly Lufthansa to Europe most always..the best connections in either Frankfurt or Munich...seems one hour connections to everywhere...Oslo included. Returning, we flew Copenhagen to Frankfurt, then non-stop L.A.
In my post above, I suggested a good way to ship luggage from Oslo to Bergen...Seek out the family restaurant "Vangbunnens"..excellent, small and friendly..found on Kong Oscar's Gate..near the entrance to the Floibannen (Funicular)..Rick Stieves strikes again!
Also, as I previously suggested, the Fish Market has wonderful fresh fish, crab, lobster, shrimp and has available excellent salads and sandwiches for reasonable prices...Hotel Park Pension is a good choice...high on a hill near the several good Museums, and a ten minute colorful walk to center of town..about $125..can be walked from the RR station, also.
We also had booked passage onto the Coastal Steamer from Bergen , for two nights, disembarking in Trondheim for a few days..then getting on again for one night to Bodo (visiting the ShvarzEisen (Glacier as a extra side trip). In Bodo we rented a car and ferried to the Lofotens, and kept the car all the way north to Tromso,(excellent roads) turning it in back at Narvik and taking the overnight train to Stockholm..all highly recommended.
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Thank you Songdoc for your very good report, did you book the train & nutshell trip as a package ? I had read that it is cheaper to book a four day rail pass & then bock the flamrailway etc separtately . has anyone done it like this ?
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We did a variation of the Norway in a Nutshell in July of 2005, using only ferries and trains. We took the ferry from Denmark to Bergen. Then we took the city bus a very short ride to the Hotel Hordaheimen. It was right by the fish market and about a 2 minute walk to the fjord express ferry.

The next day we got on the ferry at 8:00 AM. It also started to rain about half way through the trip up the fjord. Here we made our trip a little longer--- We got off the boat in Balestrand and stayed 2 nights at the wonderful Balestrand Inn- great little balcony overlooking the fjord. We took a sea kayak lesson, toured the glacier park, hiked around, saw wildlife, etc. It was a beautiful, quiet place.

We then got back on the ferry and took it to Flam. Took the Flam railroad to Myrdal, changed trains and enjoyed about a 5 hour train ride to Oslo. We stayed overnight in Oslo and then took another ferry back to Copenhagen.
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Old Nov 28th, 2005, 09:46 PM
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We are planning a trip on the Norwegian Coastal Voyage in 2007 (we are now saving like crazy - it is a long way from OZ) and have been wondering if doing the NN would be repeating some of the sights we would be seeing on the voyage. Would it be a let down and would we be Fjiorded out!
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I only know about the southern coast and Norway in a Nutshell.
The fjords from Stavanger to Bergan were smaller and more populated than the large fjord from Bergan to Flam. Our ferry went slow and it was like watching a moving picture as we floated along. The Express Ferry from Bergan is wonderful too, but the fjord is larger both wider and taller, houses and villages are farther apart. The fjord is so large it is hard to comprehend.

The Flam railroad is wonderful- so many waterfalls and views of valleys, no fjord views. The Flam connects with the train to Oslo at Myrdal. That train ride , from Myrdal to Oslo, goes over very high, very bleak mountain tops. When we were there in July they were still coverered in snow and the lakes were partly frozen. Yet, there are houses way up there, where people fish for a living.
Be sure to see some glaciers and we really liked Bergen.
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