Ferry / Boat, Bergen
We took the 8am Express Boat from Bergen to Flam (July 2014). I had already booked the tickets in advance via the website K750pp. It departs from the quay, on the same side as the tourist information office.
When you board the luggage is stacked in the entry depending on where you are getting off but you can access it during the trip if you need to.
The trip is 5.5 hours but there are several stops and it is very scenic (weather permitting - we were lucky!), up the Sognefjord. The boat is very comfortable and there was plenty of space inside plus outside decks. There is a also a snack bar though we had taken a packed lunch.
Flam is a tiny village where you can stay overnight. Gets busy from cruise ships. We opted to spend a couple of hours there, then take the scenic train to Myrdal and the train into Oslo.
The Fjordline ferry leaves Bergen Norway at 13-00 and arrives Hirtshals Denmark 09-00 three times a week. There are plans ahead to go daily soon with a new fleet The scenery on route is lovely but not as spectacular has north Norway.This is a good route , watch the Fjordline site for new timeings. NOTE. This is a great way to travel from Bergen to Hirtshals Denmark, the terminal in Bergen is nearly in the city, arriving in Hirtshals the terminal is a little way out in the docks area. A bus meets the ship to take you too the rail station, the driver takes Danish and Norwegen currency. At the rail station the train on a branch line goes to Hjoerring on the main line. I don"t know how it works going to Hirtshals terminal., from Hirtshals town.
Boats run daily Sogndal to and from Bergen (via Balestrand), more often June-August. Additionally, from June - August, boat service continues to Flåm with connections to Gudvangen sometimes possible. In 2009, One-way fare from Flåm to Bergen is NOK 645 for a single adult, NOK 968 "miniprice" for a round trip. 1-way fare from Bergen to Balestrand is NOK 470. There are also discounts for a "family" (up to 2 adults and 1 child) -- check the website for details. 50% discount for Inter-Rail (but NOT Eurail or Scanrail). The rules and restrictions change frequently, so always ask when purchasing.
Tickets can be purchased at the Flåm tourist office, the ticket kiosk by the boat dock in Bergen (near the fish market), or on the boat itself. Credit cards are usually (sometimes reluctantly) accepted, so it's prudent to be prepared to pay in cash.
There is a ferry going from Newcastle Upon Tyne in the UK via Stavanger, to Haugesund and Bergen and back. The ferry is owned by the DFDS Seaways.
The ferry goes a couple of time a week, the sailing to the UK takes about 22 hours, with a speed of 19 knots. The accommodation and the cabins are good, no complains.
The entertainment on board is enough, a bar, movies, and several restaurants. The "seven seas" restaurant, has fixed prices for breakfast and lunch buffets. You get a table for 1,5 hours, and can eat from the buffet what ever and as much as you want, only need to pay extra for the drinks. The choice is immense, varied from veggie food / all sorts of fish / sushi / all kinds of meat / ice, soups the whole lot. You feel stuffed after you leave, but it is really nice though.
The track from Stavanger to Bergen, or other way around, goes through the fjords and is well worth doing. Sometimes you cannot imaging that a big ferry like that cannot sail through such narrow gaps.
The ferry leaves from Bergen in the morning, and leaves from Stavanger late afternoon, so you have the whole day to enjoy the trip, also visa versa.
We took the ferry from Newcastle Upon Tyne to Stavanger, left Newcastle mid afternoon and arrived in Stavanger the next day around 11:00am. On the way back we left from Bergen at 09:00 AM (early start for check in) and left Stavanger at 17:00 and arrived in Newcastle around 10:30am the next day.
Very comfortable, no rushing in the morning, just getting up in time, have breakfast and start the day at your destination. Will do it again, if we ever need to go to Norway again.
After a night in Flam, Liz and I woke up early to continue our journey to Bergen. We took a ferry from Flam to Gudvangen. It was an amazing journey as we saw unspoilt Norweigian fyjords in their awesome beauty.
These fast going catamarans bring you fast to the surrounding areas of Bergen. The coast north and south of Bergen has several thousand islands, and this is the fastest way to get out to many of these great places. In fact you can travel as far south as Stavanger and can in that case compete with going by plane (taking into account the time getting to the airport etc)
Transport from the UK by boat is direct from Newcastle via the MS Jupiter. They specialise in mini-cruises, either from the UK or from Bergen (eg Christmas shopping trips to Newcastle). There is a frequent traveller scheme, where if my memory serves me right, either every 7th or 10th trip is free.
Maybe the cheapest way to get from NE England to Norway... I sailed by Fjord Line on MS Jupiter. They have 2-3 sailings a week. Crossing is about 24 hours, and there is a variety of restaurants & standards of cabin.
This tiny boat crosses the Vågen in notime. That's good because you feel like it is a litle shoebox.
Price is the same as a lokal bus.
Ferry - there is a regular ferry service operated by Fjordline. The service operates from Newcastle to Bergen on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesday.