#1: Train journey from Oslo to Bergen
Known to be one of the most scenic train journeys in Northern Europe, the trip begins from being beautiful, to breathtaking, to absolutely stunning! From gorgeous green lakes, red huts, tall green trees, waterfalls to snow-covered peaks, this journey is sure to leave you speechless. You must take the advantage of the pit-stop at Finse station to get down and capture some amazing pictures.
#2: Driving the Sognefillet Road
The Sognefillet road extends from Luster to Lom and is a part of route 55, the National Tourist Highway. With spectacular and wild mountain scenery, you will drive between blocks of ice on the road. This road is known to be the most impressive mountain pass in Norway and rightly so! We took the trip during sunset but that did not diminish the beauty in any way.
#3: Fjord Cruise on Sognefjord
This is the best part of the Norway in a Nutshell Tour. The 2-hour cruise from Flåm to Gudvangen or vice versa is magnificent. As you cruise between the towering fjords on both sides and cross the quaint towns in the valleys, you will be overcome with a sense of peace. It is not uncommon for the sky to be overcast, however, it only adds to the splendour of the scenery. Sognefjord is the most narrow of all fjords which is why it's the most popular for cruising.
#4: Lake Oldevatnet
One of the best lakes that we came across was Oldevatnet. The deep green colour of the glacial waters and the smooth surface provide the perfect reflection of the mountains, making it one of the most picturesque lakes in Norway.
#5: Stave Churches
The medieval Christian churches built of wood have an eerie feeling of ancient buildings and the architecture is absolutely stunning. The most popular one in Norway is the Borgund Stave Church. However, we managed to visit only two which were on our way - Lom stave church & Ringebu. Reminiscent of Norway's unique cultural heritage, these churches are a must visit!
#6: Glacier Walk
Although this option is available on a number of glaciers, we did the one on Nigardsbreen Glacier. While on the Sognefjellet road, take a detour towards Breheimsenteret, the base camp from where the glacier hike begins. It is advised to book it in advance, especially during summer. The hike requires medium level of fitness and is done in a group of about 12 people, the special equipment is provided by the company. The short blue ice hike lasts for about 3.5 hours, of which 1.5 hours are on the glacier.
#7: The iconic hikes - Trolltunga & Besseggen
Some of the most indisputably gorgeous landscapes are only within the reach of the fittest! There is no denying that it is only by hiking that you can reach the most awe-inspiring beauty in Norway. So be prepared, work hard and get ready to face some tough terrain, for you will be rewarded with rugged untouched nature. Mohit did the Trolltunga & Besseggen hikes, 23 km and 15 km return (respectively), tough hikes but with views meant only for the lucky.