BERGEN — Excursions From Bergen

Bergen is surrounded by one of the world’s most spectacular tourist attractions, The Norwegian Fjords. These are included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. A visit to these fjords is a must for any traveller to this area.

The sights found here are:
Sognefjord
Norway in a Nutshell
Flåm Railway
Hardangerfjord

Sognefjord

Sognefjord
The Sognefjord is Norway’s longest and deepest fjord and is considered one of the world’s most beautiful travel destinations. It is known as the ‘King among Fjords’. It is more than 200 kilometres long and 1,308 metres deep and it flows inwards to the national parks of Jotunheimen and Jostedalsbreen. The fjord is surrounded by mountains that rise to over 2,000 metres and the inner end of the fjord is covered by the largest glacier in Northern Europe — Jostedalsbreen. There are several ways you can tour this fjord. One way is to take the ‘Sognefjord in a Nutshell’ tour. This tour involves a roundtrip from Bergen and includes a spectacular train journey on the Flåm Railway and a boat trip. There are other trips you can take as well and information on these can be found on the website.
For information about tours visit the following website at: http://www.sognefjord.no/en/WHAT-TO-DO/Fjord-cruises

Norway in a Nutshell

Norway in a Nutshell
This is the most popular tour in Norway. You experience the Bergen railway which is the highest railway in Northern Europe as well as the spectacular Flåm Railway. There is a boat ride on the Nærøyfjord which is the narrow arm of the Sognefjord and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and the steep and winding Stalheimskleiva Road.
For information about this tour visit the following website at: http://www.norwaynutshell.com/en/explore-the-fjords/norway-in-a-nutshell

Flåm Railway

Flåm Railway
This is one of the most beautiful railway lines in the world and each year this railway attracts people from everywhere making it one of Norway’s most popular tourist attractions. The railway is considered a masterpiece of engineering and work started on it in 1923 but it wasn’t open to the public until 1940. The tunnels had to be excavated manually which required a labour force of over 200. The steep mountainsides were a challenge and they resulted in many hairpin turns and there was a constant threat of avalanches and rock falls. The line became electrified in 1944 and the journey back then took one and a quarter hours. Today the journey is 20 kilometres and takes one hour with around 618,557 people travelling on it each year. The scenery along the way is just magnificent with rivers cutting through deep ravines, waterfalls that plunge from steep cliffs and the snow-capped mountains. The Flåm Railway is also one of the steepest railway lines on normal guage tracks. Nearly 80% of the route is on a 55% gradient.
For information about this tour visit the following website at: http://www.visitflam.com/flam-railway

Hardangerfjord

Hardangerfjord
This beautiful fjord is 179 kilometres long and stretches from the Atlantic Ocean inland to the mountain plateau Hardangervidda. It is considered to be the ‘Queen of Fjords’ and is the second largest in Norway. The area around the fjord is known as the fruit orchard of Norway because of its fertile climate. Try and visit in the spring time when the fruit trees are in blosson as it is a spectacular sight. The Hardangerfjord district produces around 40% of the total fruit production in Norway, including apple, plum, pear, wild cherry and redcurrant. You can take a tour of the fjord from Bergen which involves a train, boat and bus.
For information about the Hardanger in a Nutshell tour visit the following website at: http://www.norwaynutshell.com/en/explore-the-fjords/hardanger-in-a-nutshell