The fastest way to get to Aurland from Bergen, a 108-mile journey (174 km) apart, is by renting a car or hiring a private transfer. Expect gorgeous mountain views throughout the 2.5-hour drive, with a number of lakes and rivers along the way.
If you’re not in a rush and want to see Norway from the water, taking the ferry is an easy alternative—though your travel time jumps to 5.5 hours.
This 7-day itinerary is a relaxing way to see both Bergen and Aurland. It includes two nights in an upscale secluded lodge in Aurland, as well as a ride on the famous Flåm Railway.
By Car or Private Transfer
Duration: 2.5 hours
The quickest way to Aurland is by renting a car and driving the 2.5 hours. You will find that not only is this drive beautiful, but it’s also quite simple to navigate. If you'd rather, you can hire a private transfer and you can focus on relaxing on the drive. And keep in mind that this trip does involve toll roads.
When leaving Bergen, take the Rv555. After about an hour and a half, you can stop at Vangsvatnet Lake outside of Vossevangen, on your right-hand side. This is a great place to take a break and enjoy the views. Taking the E16 also promises views of Jordalsvatnet Lake. About halfway through your drive, you will spot the beautiful Strandaevli River. Finally, Aurlandsfjord and its vistas will appear on the horizon.
Duration: 5.5 hours
If you’re not in a hurry to get to Aurland, the ferry is another alternative. It takes more time, but cruising past lovely scenery and the riverside towns of Lavik and Leikanger makes the trip worthwhile.
From Bergen, take the ferry Strandkaiterminalen båtkai towards Flåm kai and stay on the ferry until you reach Aurland. There are 10 stops in between. As the ferry travels from Bergen, the coastal landscape changes as you approach the breathtaking Aurlandsfjord, a moment worth the extra time spent traveling.
Duration: 3.5 hours
Taking the train involves a bus transfer as well. Leave from Bergen Stasjon, located in Sentrum (center) borough. From here, the train will glide past mountains and rivers, eventually arriving in Vossevangen. Green and lush, Vossevangen also sits on the aforementioned Vangsvatnet Lake.
You'll transfer from train to bus in Voss Stasjon. This makes the transfer easy and convenient. The wonderful thing about ground travel through Norway is that nature and small villages can be seen from every major highway. This is especially true on the one hour and 27-minute bus ride to Aurland from Vossevangen. After passing through the town of Flåm, you will have a marvelous view of the Aurlandsfjord, which will be on the left-hand side.