Flam, Norway

Flåm is located in the innermost part of the 127-mile-long Sognefjord.

Today I joined some others from Cruise Critic to form a group for the discounted group fare on the Flåm Railway.  One member of our group  pre-booked this from home and we paid her through PayPal. We had reserved seats with a little extra space around us.

In the span of an hour the train takes you from sea level by the Sognefjord in Flam to the mountain station Myrdal 867 meters above sea level. Myrdal is also a station on the Bergen Railway, which means that the Flam Railway connects to trains on the Oslo – Bergen line.  At Myrdal, you can get off and go down by bicycle or other means or, as we did, you can re-board the train for the return ride to Flåm.  The Flam railway is one of  steepest railway lines in the world, with 80% of the journey having a gradient of 5.5%. The train runs through spectacular nature, past the Rallar road (photo), steep mountains (2 photos), foaming waterfalls (photo), and through 20 tunnels.  It stops at the Kjossfossen Waterfall for a photo opportunity (photo.)  There were people from all over the world on the train and it catered to many languages. On the way up, a group of South Koreans were in our car and received announcements in their language.  National Geographic Traveler Magazine has named Flamsbana as one of the top 10 train journeys in the world and Lonely Planet named it as the most beautiful train journey in the world in 2014.

For more information go to:  https://www.visitflam.com/en/sightseeing/experiences-in-the-fjords/flam-railway/

Flam itself is very touristic with many souvenir shops, restaurants, hotels and tourism companies.  If you don’t want to take the train, it would be wise to find a short cruise sailing down the fjord or a tour that goes out into the countryside.

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