Given the slight hassle we had getting our boat from Flåm to Gudvangen, notwithstanding that we had a ticket, purchased well in advance, we didn’t want to take any chances with the bus from Gudvangen to Voss, especially as I had always felt this to be the least clear and thus most uncertain component of our trip between Oslo and Bergen.
Accordingly, as soon as our boat docked at Gudvangen we headed straight for the bus – no dilly dallying or looking around the Viking village of Gudvangen.
When we got there (50 metres walk), there were numerous ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ buses operated by local operator Skyss. Clearly this part of things were under better control than the boats at Flåm and they knew how many ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ package people were coming and had planned buses accordingly.
While all quite scenic, the most impressive section of the trip is undoubtedly a 1.5 kms stretch, the Stalheimskleiv road, which winds its way through 13 hairpin bends from the end of the Nærøydalen (valley) up to Stalheim before continuing on to Voss. This road was built solely using manual labour between 1842 and 1846 to improve postal links between Oslo and Bergen.
My main picture depicts the view back down into the Nærøydalen from part way along the winding road while the second picture is of one of two stunning waterfalls visible from the road – Stalheimsfossen with its drop of 126 metres. The other falls is Sivlefossen and has a drop of 140 metres though, water volume-wise, it is less powerful than Stalheimsfossen. Sivlefossen is named after Per Sivle, a famous Norwegian writer, poet, journalist and a passionate nationalist about whom I have written more in my review of the Per Sivle Memoral in Old Flåm village. Close by the waterfall is another memorial stone to Sivle as depicted in picture 3 below.
While we booked our tickets as part of the ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ transport package the Skyss service 950 (which we used) is a general pubic transport service though it seems that when extra buses are put on they are specifically badged ‘Norway in a Nutshell’. This was not clear when I was planning my trip and to be honest still is not 100% clear. At that point I found it hard to get concrete information on the bus journey – hence my decision to use ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ rather than book everything individually as I normally would.
Re-looking at the Skyss website now it seems to have got a lot better and it appears that the 950 service runs from the Gudvangen Jetty to Voss while a Nor-Way Bussekspress (https://www.nor-way.no/en-US) service number 450, which starts in Sogndalk stops in Gudvangen on the main E16 road ( a few minutes walk from the jetty). Between the two services there would appear to be about 10 buses per day plying this route. The 950, I understand, connects with ferry/cruise services.
Both buses cost approximately NOK100 each way. Travel time is approximately 1 hour.
Address: Start Gudvangen Jetty