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It had been a hot summer in Oslo and we were looking for someplace cooler to visit and after looking at the weather, decided that Bergen and Stavanger might be  good candidates.  We initially decided that Bergen would be a good place to visit and made hotel accommodations. We were going to take the train then started looking at the Norway in A nutshell tour which call for a train trip from Oslo to Myrdal, another train from Myrdal to Flam, a ferry from Flam to Gudvangen, a bus from Gudvangen to Voss and another train from Voss to Bergen. We didn’t take the tour package but my wife, who likes to plan trips, duplicated the tour.

More photos from the Norway in a Nutshell trip can be found on my website.

We were at Oslo Central Station early to catch the train from Oslo to Myrdal. We we arrived we found out that the train was delayed. It turned out to be 45 minutes late. Fortunately it was able to make up most of the time during the trip. This is me waiting for the train.

The first section of the trip was through relatively flat farm land and small towns. One of the unfortunate facts of public transportation is you can’t pick your traveling companions. One of the folks in our car had a loud grating voice. It wouldn’t have been so bad but he was full of himself and didn’t stop talking until he exited the train in the mountains. The folks around him were rolling their eyes.

We gradually started getting into the mountains. The scenery was spectacular.

Trees finally gave way to rocks as we entered the mountains.

We finally reached Myrdal and had made up most of the time from the delay in Oslo. We quickly changed trains and grabbed a seat on the train to Myrdal. It was a beautiful trip down the mountains to Flam. About 20 years ago we had hiked down the valley from Myrdal to Flam. It was a beautiful hiking trip.

We exited the Flam Railway and started looking for the ferry which would take us from Flam to Gudvangen on the Nærøyfjord.

We found the ferry without any problem. It was dwarfed by the large cruise ships in the harbor. There were some small kids on the ferry and they were tearing around the first part of the trip. It wasn’t long before they were tired and were sleeping.

We passed many small villages on the trip down the Fjord. I assumed these could only be reached by boat.

The day was overcast but the scenery was still spectacular.

It started to rain as the ferry pulled into Gudvangen. We switched from the ferry to one of many buses that waited at the ferry terminal. The buses had to travel down this narrow winding road to get to Voss.

When we arrived in Voss this person was directing people to the train station. There was construction at the station and the buses had to park outside the construction zone. We had some time before our scheduled train departed so we grabbed a bite to eat at the station. We discovered that our train would not arrive but that we could hop on another train that was going to Bergen.

We had only gone a few stops before an announcement came that due to an electrical failure the train could not continue on to Bergen. At this point we were in a very small station. There was a small waiting room with bathrooms. Finally the train staff announced that buses would be called to pick us up and take us to Bergen. It was raining fairly good at this point so we got back on the train out of the rain. Finally some buses came so we got off the train. Just after we got off the train left the station and went back to Voss. Somehow we missed the announcement but fortunately we got off in time. We finally caught the last bus to Bergen.

We finally made it to Central Station in Bergen late in the evening. It turned out to be a 12 hour day.