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Reviewed February 20, 2014

We took the train to Flam where we spent the night and relished the views along the way. We spent the night in Flam and took the Ferry out across the fjord next day before moving on to Bergen and eventually back to Oslo. We enjoyed this slice of Norway much more than very expensive and rather dull Oslo.

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Reviewed February 20, 2014

Between Oslo and Bergen we pre arranged thru Hurtingruten cruises this rail ride. Glad we did as we were assigned seats and the views and snow was absolutely amazing! Meeting people on the train was a treat!

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Reviewed February 15, 2014

The train from Oslo to Bergen takes about seven hours yet the scenery all the way make the one feel it as a short trip, we used it in February so the surroundings were all in white ice and snow then turned into all in green when we approached Bergen, it takes you up to highest point at Finse (altitude 1222 meters) where you feel like being in el Eskimo. TWO TIPS TO SAVE MONEY.
First one: we booked the train ticket through the net two months earlier, thinking we will save some money, yet the opposite happened, we bought the ticket round trip by net for 316 American dollars per person, when we were in Oslo the ticket at day of our departure was for 273 American dollars,making difference of 43 dollars per person round trip. Second tip: Our train ticket was with no seat reservation, so we asked at train station ticket office for seat reservation yet the guy that was their saw our tickets and said we do not have to make seat reservation as the train is always not crowded (seat reservation costs 100NOK round trip per person), next day I went to same office to ask about the side train trip to Flam, and the lady at the office at that day saw my tickets and she insisted in making seat reservation and said in unfriendly way, In Norway You Must Do Seat Reservation, so we did it to be in safe side. When we were in the train at both ways, the train was only half full and their were many free available seats and many people had no seat reservation, so we figured out the the guy at the station was very kind and gave us the right tip but unfortunately we followed the order of the unfriendly lady.

14  Thank Khaled616
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

We did a day trip from Oslo to Flam then back to Oslo.

Train journey provided a great peak at the different landscapes of Norway even on the cloudy/foggy day we went.

Round trip from Oslo via Flam took about 16 hours. We booked the NSB train tickets the day before our trip at the Oslo Central station ticket booth.

Transferring trains in Mydral was very easy and can be done very quickly. Myrdal is a sight to see in the winter, it is completely covered in snow and if it is windy watch out you might get blown down the icy platforms like I was...definitely an experience!

The train down to Flam was beautiful and went slowly enough to get some decent pictures of the area.

Flam was pretty much a ghost time when we were there (Feb 2014) with only the people from the Flam train there. A few shops and a cafe were open for the couple of hours we were there.

I would recommend taking a walk around some of the walking paths in Flam, maps can be found in the tourist info centre and on sign boards near the ferry boats.

A great day trip from Oslo which I would recommend to anyone spending. A few days in Oslo.

3  Thank Sarah L
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

I always enjoy a trip on the Oslo-Bergen mountain railway. The trains are comfortable and it is a very relaxed journey. Short stops at most stations allow you to jump off and take a few snaps before getting back on to continue your journey. Honefoss is a nice place to view the waterfall and the valley below. Geilo is beautiful. Finse is also the highest point on the railway and worth getting off and onto terra firme so that you can claim you have been there. The views down numerous valleys and across vast frozen lakes are excellent. Having experienced railways around the world, NSB rates as one of the most comfortable.

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