The only night birds here are owls...
The trip there and the trip leaving are all part of the experience.
I couldn't have been further off the mark when I looked at this beautiful wooden building and thought it was a Church, IT WAS A BREWERY!Check out the website for photos' of the inside, it looks wonderful, I just wish it was open, but it wasn't!Ægir Brewery was only opened for business in 2007, and has won "Brewpub of the year" for all of Norway,...more
I didn't know this petit Train existed in Flam until we happened to come across it away from the majority of the shops and attractions.By this time we had walked the main part of Flam that we wished to see. Usually we use these Trains because of walking problems, but here in Flam, the distance isn't great to cover.If you wish to use the Train, then...more
One of the two great attractions of Flam is a cruise on Aurlands and Naeroyfjord. It's quite expensive - 195 NOK per person one way - but it's worth it. You get the ticket as you embark - no need to make reservations for individual passengers. If you are in a hurry and don't want to spend more than that, take a bus one way. It takes only twenty...more
The last section of our Norway in a Nutshell tour was the Flam Railway which runs from Flam to Mrydal or in our case from Myrdal to Flam. The 20 km train ride takes about 40-50 minutes and makes one photo op stop at Kjosfossen, a beautiful waterfall. We asked our guide which side of the train to sit on, at 1st he said either side but when pressed...more
The second part of our Norway in a Nutshell tour was a train ride from Voss to Mrydal. It's a nice train ride but the section most people do is the Mrydal to Flam leg of the train ride. We thought the right side of the train, from Voss to Mrydal, was the better side to sit on.more
The train from Flam to Mrydal or vice versa makes a photo stop at the 93 meter tall Kjosfoss waterfall. When the train stops, everyone piles off for a photo op, in tourist season, over to the right of the waterfall you may see a Huldra, a seductive forest creature in Scandinavian folklore, dancing and singing in front of the waterfall. The Visit...more
Flying over Norway’s fjord country is exciting when the weather cooperates. Flight from Bergen to Trondheim with the sun on the opposite side of the plane can produce perfect results. Example: noon flight with a seat facing east. While cruising, one appreciates the relief of the land - the height of the mountains and depth of the water but the...more
The Norwegian railway company has moved into the tourism business and makes big waves. It advertises relentlessly its “Norway in a nutshell” tour. And for the non groupies this remains one very attractive option. The train-bus-boat-bus-train connections are functioning flawlessly. One of the highlights of the train portion of the journey is the...more
Our bus tour destination was the Stegastein viewpoint. Here, there was a parking lot that our tour bus pulled into, and some toilets if needed.Our group headed to the viewing platform, which at 650 meters above the village Aurland, it juts out from the side of the mountain and gives wonderful views over the fjord. The architects' desire was to lift...more
The Stegastein viewpoint I had seen photo's of before leaving home, and had decided to do the tour.On arrival at Flam, I went to the Tourist Information centre which is located in the Train Station, and booked the tour. We were told where to wait for the bus, which turned out to be a comfortable mini-van, great!Our guide was very pleasant, and...more
This is the name of the Waterfall where the Flamsbana Train stops for people to walk to the viewing platform to see the waterfall.The Train Line actually passes in front of and over the lower part of the waterfall.The waterfall was good, but in my opinion, was spoilt by the actress dressed as a legendary Huldra (a seductive forest creature in...more
Once in Flam it becomes quickly apparent (if not realised in advance) that the only option is to go forward. The ferry transports you all the way to Gudvangen - a hole even smaller than Flam as if to match the narrower “Naeroyfjord”. Along the way it stops in Aurland which sounds like the regional capital and indeed it has more open space, more...more
If you have decided to do the Flam Railway trip on your own, and you have arrived by Cruise ship, then make your first stop the Railway Station.We went there first, and already there was a queue of people. There is a noticeboard, which is easy to see, which has the time the Flam Train leaves and returns during the day. When that particular Train is...more
You can either take Norway in a nutshell or you can buy tickets and travel on your own. The train from oslo to myrdal is run by nsb, and the flambana from myrdal to flam is run by a private company. you can buy discounted tickets for oslo-myrdal if you buy ticket in advance (not sure how well in advance). They are known as minpris tickets (199NOK...more
One thing Flam has, is plenty of Souvenir Shops.This is where I bought my souvenirs from. A little competition between the shops and a big choice suited me!Once again, Troll's are for sale, plenty of cute ones, but would friends like one, or chuck it out, the latter I think!Plenty of knitted and furry garments, great for people from cold countries,...more
143 Reviews and Opinions
Arriving early for our Train trip, we found many queues. It was very disorganized. Eventually some people were let on the Train, we headed there with others and were stopped. More were let through in different areas. After lots had boarded the train, eventually one of the conducters pointed us to where we first went to get on, and this time when we showed our ticket, we were let onto the Train.
The result was, the Train was fairly full by then, AND SEATS ARE NOT RESERVED, so it was a battle to find one where we could sit together.
Not the best start to the trip, thankgoodness it got better as we went!
With online bookings on NSB you can have some substantial savings, but you don´t get a ticket, only a voucher. This you can change at ticket counters and (every NSB) ticket machines to the real ticket. But Rygge train station has only 1 ticket machine and no counter (Myrdal has neither counter nor machine) witch is very slow and definately not user...more
If you choose to stay at Flam, be prepared to spend more money than you normally would if you stayed in the area, for instance, at Gudvangen. We did try to stop at Flam on our second stay this year but the receptionist on the campsite offered us a basic cabin for two for 450 NOK. Fortunately, we knew the prices on other campsites and decided to go...more
Passing through the mountains which connect Flåm to Lærdal is the world's longest road tunnel.The tunnel starts a couple kilometers north of Flåm and ends similarly just a couple kilometers south of Lærdal.I cannot speak for the engineering or construction efforts, but I can only imagine it was quite the undertaking to bore out 24.5km / 15.2mi of...more
Reputed as being the best preserved Stave Church (Stavkyrke) in Norway, Borgund Stavkyrke is well worth the visit. The wood has been coated with a pine tar to help protect from the elements and a modern fire suppression system now exists too.The old wood can be told from the new due to the coloration. The old wood is dark, almost black. The new...more
This is an idea about how to enjoy a day in the Sognefjord area. From Flam there is a morning ferry (at 9 am) which takes you through the Nærøyfjord, one of Norway’s narrowest fjords. The Nærøyfjord is an arm of the larger Sognefjord, and it’s its most scenic part: steep barren mountains on both sides occasionally dotted with a remote farm or two…...more
Many people take the the Flåmsbana up and then either walk or ride a bike town the 20km paths. However, you do not need to go all that way to see some of the best scenery and get your exercise in.
For example, if you start near the Flåm church (about 5 minutes drive up the valley from the port), you can walk up the road as far as you want and get many varied views of the shall town, the valley, the cliffs, waterfalls, etc.
There is a small reservoir about 30 minutes walk past the church which can give good photo opportunities, but due to the water vortexes, swimming is not allowed.
Equipment: Bring water and if you tend to wander off the road, maybe insect repellant
Flåm is known for the Flåmsbana, the local branch of the rail line, which climbs an unrivaled valley wall up to Myrdal (864m / 2830ft elevation). This famous rail link that clings to and punctures the cliff walls is sometimes called the "Twenty-Line". It has twenty tunnels, took twenty years to construct and cost 20M NOK. It’s one and only bridge...more