Norway in a Nutshell

Norway in a Nutshell is a website where you can purchase tickets to see the majestic and spectacular Fjords of Norway.  It was one of the highlights of my month-long trip in Europe and I was joined by the three Tour participants I was leading through Scandinavia.  We began the day early, leaving our hotel in Oslo, Norway at 5:30am to walk to the train station for the start of our adventure.  I briefed everyone the day before as to the timeline of events and what to expect.  It would be a long day…15 hours, beginning with a five-hour train ride to the town of Flam where we would board a one hour scenic train ride through the beautiful mountains, passing breathtaking waterfalls, rocky cliffs, and lush green meadows.  It was voted by Lonely Planet in 2014 as the best train journey in the world.  We would then board a boat for two hours of incredible beauty traveling through the Gudvangen Fjord, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Next a bus would pick us up for a one hour ride to the last leg of our adventure, a 1 1-2 hr. train ride into Bergen, Norway.

I spent the entire two-hour Fjord boat journey taking photographs and enjoying nature’s glorious beauty!  The boat would slow down and drift into coves where quaint fishing villages were nestled in the pristine valleys…


Dramatic waterfalls plunged hundreds of feet to meet the glistening sea…


Surrounded by towering mountains and blessed with a perfectly sunny spring day, it was easy to feel connected to everything!


Although it was early June, snow was still melting on some of the higher mountain peaks…


I discovered the best place to take photographs was the bottom level, away from the crowded upper decks.  I captured this little girl coaxing the seagulls…


Here’s another charming village along the way…


It was such a beautiful trip and everything was timed like clockwork!  I hope you can experience the splendor of the Norwegian Fjords through Norway in a Nutshell some day!


37 thoughts on “Norway in a Nutshell

  1. Oh, your photographs are FANTASTIC, Sherry! You captured this truly beautiful and unique part of the world. 🙂 (It’s been unseasonably warm here — and there’s STILL snow on the upper parts of the mountains!)


  2. Nice photos. Last year in May we did a 14 day cruise up the west coast of Norway, from Bergen to North Cape. We had a stop in Flaam which gave us a chance to do Norway in a Nutshell. I second your recommendation. If anybody is in the area they should make the effort to take the most scenic train ride in the world.


  3. Sherry, I loved experiencing Norway through your camera lens……Amazing photographs, fascinating journey, and beautiful memories! I have added Norway in a Nutshell on my bucket list! Thanks for sharing your journey with us!


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