Vik, according to one site, was the place from which Viking got its name -- a small place today, but its skills and culture in history huge. See http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/420178/Norway/39300/Earliest-peoples#toc39302. The usual commercial Norway in a Nutshell is a canned tour junket on fjords, up steep inclines by antique trains, seeing flora and vales. Fine. Choose an alternative, if you are lucky enough to be driving.
From Flam, navigate the Gudvangen tunnel east, and veer off at a little sign aiming north, away from the Bergen area where most of the traffic goes. Do it because there will be such changing topography, weather, sights and views, that you may agree with us that this is a better Norway in a Nutshell than the usual commercial Norway in a Nutshell, Rick Steves' endorsements of the touristy notwithstanding.
The drive to Vik is a must-drive, more varied, more dramatic, and not so frenetic.
Start in the lowlands, with the cows, and a herdslady.
Then, start to climb, still with greenery around, and find a view of Sognfjord in the distance. Clouds coming.
Look down if you dare. We did.
At one of several summits, a glacial lake.
And who else inhabits these regions? Jaiette and other Trolls....
Trolls mythology in Norway. See http://www.squidoo.com/troll-of-norway. Now. Scared yet? Ok. On your way, now.