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Oslo to Bergen Journey

Two options to travel from Oslo to Bergen.

I have outlined two options to travel from Oslo to Bergen.

Option 1 - Oslo to Bergen – Oslo-Myrdal-Flåm-Balestrand-Bergen
Depart Oslo at 8:11am on the famed Oslo/Bergen Bergensbanen Railway through the Hallingdal Valley, via Geilo and across a mountain plateau to Myrdal. Arrive at 12:53pm. At 1:27pm change to the Flåm Line, descending 2,840 feet in 12 miles, into the wild Flåm Valley, passing spectacular scenery of waterfalls, mountain cliffs, tiny settlements and farms. Arrive at 2:25pm. (From May 1 - June 9 arrival in Flåm is at 1:50pm.) Live in Fretheim Hotel*** in Flåm.

At 3:30pm board the Flåm Express boat to Balestrand. Arrive at 4:55pm. Overnight at the charming Kvikne’s Hotel. At 7:55am depart Balestrand on the Sognefjord Express boat to Bergen. Arrive at 11:40am. (Note: Sunday departures leave at 4:55pm, arriving in Bergen at 8:40pm. Also available Monday-Saturday)

Option 2 – Oslo to Bergen – Oslo-Myrdal-Flam-Gudvagen-Voss-Bergen
Depart Oslo at 8:11am on the famed Oslo/Bergen Bergensbanen Railway through the Hallingdal Valley, via Geilo and across a mountain plateau to Myrdal. Arrive at 12:53pm. At 1:27pm change to the Flåm Line, descending 2,840 feet in 12 miles, into the wild Flåm Valley, passing spectacular scenery of waterfalls, mountain cliffs, tiny settlements and farms. Arrive at 2:25pm. (From May 1 - June 9 arrival in Flåm is at 1:50pm.) Live in Fretheim Hotel*** in Flåm.

Flåm is the beginning of an unforgettable 2-hour boat journey* along the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord. You will pass the fjord villages of Aurland and Undredal with Scandinavia's smallest Stave church, dating from 1147. Shortly after passing the Stigen mountain farm the boat will turn into the Nærøyfjord, the narrowest, most dramatic, and yet the most beautiful of the secondary fjords to the Sognefjord. Picturesque farms and villages are nestled along the steep mountainsides, reaching peaks up to 4500 ft.
The cruise ends in Gudvangen. Continue with a 1-hour bus ride* up the narrow Nærøy Valley, across the steep hairpin bends of the Stalheim Canyon Road, descending to the fjord village of Voss. Here you can reconnect with the Bergenbanen arriving from Oslo and Myrdal. A short train ride brings you to the colorful Hanseatic city of Bergen.

Oslo-Myrdal Train Train segment:
Highlights:
1. Pass through a 6-mile long tunnel
2. Stop at Drammen
3. Pass the Hallingdal Valley to reach Geilo, a popular ski resort.
4. Finse, the highest stop on the line at 4,000 ft.

Costs:
Costs for various legs of the trip are (approx, 2008 rates):
Oslo-Bergen: 728 NOK ($105 approx)
Oslo-Myrdal: 567 NOK ($82 approx)
Myrdal-Voss: 94 NOK ($14 approx)
Myrdal-Bergen: 232 NOK ($34 approx)
Voss-Bergen: 153 NOK ($22 approx)
Second class railpass holders pay just 50kr to reserve, first class pass holders pay nothing.
Pay 75kr extra to upgrade to "Komfort" class, with extra legroom, electric socket, free tea/coffee.

Schedule:
The train runs three to five times a day (overnight possible daily except Saturday). Oslo to Myrdal takes about 5 hours, going all the way to Bergen takes about 7.5 hours.

Reservations:
If you want to call and book reservations, with railpass then call +47-8150 0888 and pay with a credit card.
You can also book via the NSB website (http://www.nsb.no), but railpass is not valid.

You should make reservations at least 2 weeks in advance, and during the peak business season - July, August - make sure to reserve well in advance.
You cannot make reservations for the Myrdal-Flåm segment.

Myrdal-Flåm Train segment:
Highlights:
1. Pass through 20 tunnels.
2. Steep train ride going down 2800 ft in 55 minutes.
3. Quick stop at the best waterfall, Kjosfossen.
4. Before boarding, get the souvenir pamphlet or see www.flaamsbana.no

Costs:
One way, no railpass: 190 NOK ($28 approx)
One way, with railpass: 130 NOK ($19 approx)
Two way, no railpass: 290 NOK ($42 approx)
Two way, with railpass: 260 NOK ($38 approx)
Buy tickets at the ticket desk at Flåmsbana station, or the travel information desk in Flåm, or on board.

Schedule:
The train departs in each direction almost hourly.

Reservations:
Reservations are not possible for this segment, but one can buy tickets at any train station in Norway.

Flåm-Gudvangen Cruise segment:
Highlights:
1. Start from Flåm at the Aurlandsfjord. Cruise Aurlandsfjord.
2. Stop over at Aurland
3. Pass Undredal
4. Pass along Nærøyfjord ("Narrow Fjord") which is 6 miles long and only 820 ft wide.
5. Two hour ride.

Costs:
One way: 215 NOK ($31 approx)
One way for students with ISIC cards: 108 NOK ($16 approx)
Two way: 295 NOK ($43 approx)
No railpass discount

Schedule:
July to late August - Leave Flåm: 9:00, 11:00, 13:20, 15:10, 18:10
July to late August - Leave Gudvangen: 9:30, 13:00, 16:00, 17:10
Other months - frequency drops (off-season)

Reservations:
To reserve, call +47 5590 7070 before 14:00 the previous day

Gudvangen-Voss Bus segment:
Highlights:
1. One hour bus ride to Voss.
2. Stop at Stalheim Hotel for a scenic view (priceless view from backyard is free)
3. Just before Voss, see the Tvindefossen Waterfall.

Costs:
One-way: 76 NOK ($11 approx)
No railpass discount. Pay on board.

Voss-Bergen segment:
Highlights:
1. Sit on the right side if travelling from Oslo.
2. Pass the Veafjord.

Costs:
Voss to Bergen: 153 NOK ($22 approx)
Fully covered by railpass

Reservations:
Unlike the long-distance Oslo-Myrdal line, this is served by many frequent commuter trains that take 1-1.5 hours and don't necessarily need reservations.

Notes:

  • The ferry from Flåm to Gudvangen is approx (one way) NOK 215 (adult). Check www.fjord1.no (choose English version) for more details.

The bus (#22-450 Sognebussen ) from Gudvangen to Voss is approx (one way) NOK 115 (adult). To find the prices, go to: www.ruteinfo.net

  • * There is only one night train between Bergen and Oslo.

If you can go to Oslo by bus during the night, there is this low price bus company called Lavprisekspressen. The bus departs Bergen at 11.00 p.m. and arrives Oslo at 7.00 a.m. next day. The price p.p. adult is NOK 199
Support phone and e-mail. www.lavprisekspressen.no (Norwegian)

  • ** During the winter season, the Heimly Pensjonat can be used instead of the Fretheim Hotel, which only operates during the summer season. Summer season begins April 01 through September 30th

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