Okay so not the real Navimag as the boat was a mini version, the journey 2 hours not 3 days and the fjord stunning but not a whole archipelago… But there were similarities okay? Ferry, fjord, cold, windy, spectacular.
So for our wander towards Oslo we joined the well trodden path that is the “Norway in a nutshell” route from Bergen to Oslo via Voss and Flam.
A quick train to Voss for only the price of a small family car and then a bus up to Gudvangen to catch the Ferry to Flam. The Ferry appears to be an almost completely pointless 2hr route via a couple of remote villages (there is now a pass through the mountain that takes 20 minutes) but the trip is lovely and the scenery stunning.
We had planned an overnight stay in Flam so that the leg from Myrdal to Oslo via train was in the daylight. Unfortunately the most dramatic bit of the trip – the line from Flam to Myrdal had been recently flooded so we had to reroute slightly which meant an “interesting” 3 hours in Voss on a Sunday morning.
Note: if you end up in Voss on a Sunday (slogan = “Voss-uppppp”) bring a book, and make your way to the Te Bror Cafe – the best and only open-on-a-Sunday option in town. Though the lake is pretty. Other food options include the Esso garage – I kid you not.
Saturday night in Flam – a jumping little town of about… 3 people… was actually really pleasant, with a night in the lovely Fretheim hotel, all open fires, sofas and fjord views, but 1 night was enough!
We hopped on the local bus at 9.30 the next day for the 11km trip through the mountain (not the longest in Europe – also in Norway and 27km) an awesome feat of engineering to join up a town of 3. (I’m assuming the town size swells in the summer by an epic degree otherwise this government has way too much money, my money).
A few hours in the heart stoppingly exciting Voss (see above) then on to the 13:14 train to Oslo.