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Norway In A Nutshell Tour! Review

Snow covered perilous peaks laden heavily with Glaciers. Deep, dark coastal fjords. Stirring landscapes and torrid waterfalls. The home to some of the most beautiful UNESCO heritage sites in the world.

I definitely left my heart in Norway.

Bergen Norway viewpoint

When we landed in Bergen to start our Norway in a nutshell tour, we were slightly apprehensive to say the least.
Did you know that Bergen has some of the highest rainfalls in Europe? Exactly.
Luckily for us, apart from a few days of drizzle, our week in this UNESCO heritage harbour city ran pretty smoothly.

Bergen houses

We dined on freshly caught King crab, some with an astounding leg span of up to 5ft at the local fish market.
Clambered up mount Ulriken and celebrated under a mist shrouded Norwegian flag with a glass of red.
We slurred on hot chocolate whilst sourcing traditional Viking jewellery in the colourful wooden merchant houses of Bryggen.
We then excitedly booked our Norway in a nutshell tour of the Fjords and Flam railway.

Mount Ulriken

The Tour

These iconic Fjord tours take in the best that Norway has to offer in the limited time that you have.
We chose a day trip to include the Flam railway, notorious for the title of being the most beautiful train ride in the world.
Our tour cost NOK 1220 ( Roughly 139 USD )

Bergen to Voss

voss norway

We caught the train from Bergen to the pristine fresh water lakes of Voss. There were multiple photo opportunities on the way before we descended into numerous endless mountain tunnels.
After just over an hour we arrived in the astoundingly beautiful Voss. We had around 10 minutes to take in the mirror like lakes and mountainous backdrops before we boarded a coach for the hour ride to take us to Gudvangen Fjord.

voss norway

Gudvangen to Flam

Our coach journey included a few scenic stop off’s including the UNESCO site of Stalheim and its perilous hairpin bends . Thundering waterfalls hundreds of feet high churned with glacier waters, whilst we descended into a lush emerald green valley.

Vikingship norway

On arrival in Gudvangen Fjord, we had a 30 minute break to grab a coffee and some snacks.
Perfect photo opportunities consisted of a Viking longboat with treacherous mountain back drops. Startlingly out of place against the calm green Fjordal waters.

Gudvangen

We than Boarded our comfortable ship with out door seating and blankets and headed through the Fjorldlands to picturesque Flam. The cruise lasts roughly 2 hours.

Flam to Myrdal

Time for a short 45 minute lunch in the tranquil Fjord setting of Flam.
We then boarded the pretty Flam railway for the hour long train ride. One of the steepest in the world.

Flam norway

Word of advice. Cut your lunch short to ensure a window seat. Although both sides have unrivalled views, we were informed the right side was more highly rated.

Flam railway

Fjord tour norway

What can I say? It lived up to its reputation in every sense of the word. Panoramic views, magnificent waterfalls, perilous drops and a steady slow ascent of up to 863 meters above sea level. If you could pack every possible jaw dropping landscape and compress it into an hour, the Flam railway is the result.

Flam railway

Strangely enough, some of my favourite scenery was near the end of our trip, where the snow became heavier and pretty wooden slatted villages and spare trees fought against the drifts.

Flam railway

On arrival in Myrdal, we changed trains for a 2 hour return trip to Bergen. Such is the magnetic pull of Norway, I planned my next trip back before I had even departed. It makes me wonder why the Vikings ever left…..

Flam Railway4

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Norways Best Seafood Restaurant – Cornelius

Norway is known for its high rainfall….and higher yet prices.
So we didn’t take lightly to booking at Norway’s best seafood restaurant Cornelius. But then again, how often do you get to visit a seafood restaurant that is surrounded by Fjordlands and only approachable by boat? Exactly.

Getting there

Just a 25 minute boat trip from the city of Bergen’s Wharf, shed number 8. We picked the evening time slot of 18.00 giving us at least 3 hours of dining experience before we are ushered out again for the 22.30 departure. Remember even in February, it doesn’t get dark until around 22.00 so the trip home feeling a bit tipsy, sailing under Bergen’s Sotra bridge was beautiful.

The Restaurant

You only need to check out the high reviews on trip advisor to realize this is a once in a lifetime dining experience. Situated in the heart of Fjord land on the Island of Bjoroy. Modern yet rustic in design, Cornelius can fit up to 300 diners in completely different dining rooms which seem to all blend in a mass of wooden white washed slats, boardwalks, giant tanks filled with Urchins and glass encased seating areas. The floor to ceiling glass panes give panoramic views over the fjord with its many islands and an outside decking area conceals pools where the shellfish are kept fresh in grey Fjord waters.

The Food

The menu is Meteorological meaning it is carefully planned pertaining the wind and weather which is said to effect the quality of the produce!
Lobster, Crab, Oysters, Sea Urchins, Langoustines and Mink Whale being some of the typical servings at Cornelius. Also Fiskesuppe, Norway’s traditional dish as its name suggest is fish soup.We were suprised by how many Norwegian words we could actually read phonetically and understand!

Menu

The menu itself is set depending on the season and hosts many aspects of traditional Norwegian delicacies including mink whale.
Norway has an allowed quota of 1,286 a year. You will need to be aware that on arrival you will be asked if there are any delicacies that you do not wish to eat or any allergies that they should be aware of. This is due to the taster menu which will only be known to you upon the plates arrival and your waiter/ waitress describing in detail where the produce has come from and the most fitting wine to drink with that dish. Whale never came to mind and I couldn’t bring myself to eat it. Make of that what you will.
Portions are on the smaller side but each dish comes out with bread freshly baked that day.

Shellfish’s legendary chef Alf Roalds can also be booked to give you a talk about how it all started and you will get to sample the freshest shellfish and the restaurants own cured smoke Salmon. Cornelius had a fine wine selection and even its own cavern built into the rock of the island and kept naturally cool.

Prices for the 5 course NOK 1245.

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