Northern Exposure: How to Get a Feel for Norway in a Single Day

Richard Schmidt

It's Saturday morning at Bergen station, and the awaiting train fills with two species of passenger. First, there are the young (and not-so-young) Norwegians kitted out in salopettes, skis slung over shoulders, off for a day's sport. Then there are the foreigners — Europeans, Americans, Japanese — who scramble for a window seat for the journey to Voss: the first stage of the round-trip a local tour operator calls Norway in a Nutshell.

Incorporating train, bus and boat, this journey showcases, in one day, the Norway of everyone's imagination. First, the train whisks you past...

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