Flåm, a picturesque mountain village, is famous for its beauty and scenery even by the Norwegian standards. This Norwegian village became so popular particularly because of the Norway in a Nutshell Tour, which links Gudvangen to Flåm and Flåm to Myrdal (read in our travel guide below). In this Flåm travel guide, you will learn about the top things to do in Flåm, how to get to Flåm, and where to stay.
How to get from Oslo to Flåm. You may take a train from Oslo to Myrdal and, then, take either a Flåmsbana train or a usual train to Flåm. Alternatively, you may take a bus no. 175 to Hagafoss and then take a bus no. 490 to Flåm. Also, there are 4-5 daily departures of buses no. 160, 161 and 163 from Oslo to Fagernes. In Fagernes, you may take a bus no. 162 to Flåm.
How to get from Bergen to Flåm. Nor-Way Bussekspress departs from Bergen to Flåm (actually, in both directions) twice a day. Alternatively, you may take a train to Voss and then transfer to a bus no. 450, 162 or 420, which, in turn, would bring you to Flåm.
Indeed, Flåm is particularly known thanks to the two legs of the Norway in a Nutshell journey: cruise across the Nærøyfjord and a Flåmsbana train ride from Flåm to Myrdal. But apart from that, there are quite a few interesting activities to do in Flåm, which means that staying in this village for more than a weekend might be a good idea!
Nærøyfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is oftentimes hailed as one of the world’s most impressive natural sites. And I can say nothing, but silently agree with that claim. When I undertook the Norway in a Nutshell trip, the fjord cruise from Gudvangen to Flåm was the most memorable, breathtaking part of the journey.
Regardless whether you are going to book a cruise separately or try the Norway in a Nutshell adventure, you should absolutely experience this activity. And if you will get lucky and the weather will be sunny and warm, you will definitely fall in love with this place (as I did).
Basically, Nærøyfjord is an arm of a larger Sognefjord, one of the country’s largest and most famous fjords. The fjord lies between the imposing mountains and rock formations, which also abound with waterfalls and green valleys. Such a picturesque, scenic journey would surely impress you and will be carved in your memory forever.
For a long time, Flåm and the surrounding areas have been inaccessible by rail transport. Difficult landscapes and terrain made it tricky to construct the railways and connect Bergen and Oslo by rail. But at the turn of the 20th century, the Bergen railway (and Flåmsbana as a part of it) had been opened.
But even when it became customary to have this type of railway, the Norwegians decided to cherish their railway history and achievements. The old trains that had carried passengers from Flåm to Myrdal, a highland train station, were refurbished and adapted for visitors and tourists, and thus Flåmsbana was created.
Today, Flåmsbana is oftentimes labeled to be the “most scenic railway ride in the world.” And yes, the views are beautiful, the nature is astonishing, and the trains are well-preserved and painted nicely. However, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to avoid getting disappointed. Yes, this is an extremely popular attraction among tourists. Yes, you will be among the crowds of tourists and the train is likely to be packed. Yes, it is very expensive (though, as almost anything else in Norway). Yes, you need to book well in advance.
The reason why so many people get disappointed with this journey is because it doesn’t match their expectations. But if you know what to expect truly, then you may reasonably decide whether you should have this trip done. At least, I would give it a try for the first time (as I eventually did).
The journey lies through the ravines between the mountains, which are covered by the greenery and adorned with tall waterfalls. The green, beautiful valleys and the authentic Norwegian nature will impress anyone looking at it from the window of this vintage train carriage.
In fact, this compact museum is almost completely dedicated to the previously mentioned attraction and discovers the history of the Bergen railway. Among the museum’s exhibits, you can expect to see the El 9 locomotive, rail inspection trolleys and an old electric engine. If you have at least half an hour, don’t hesitate to visit.
This platform is located within a 30-minute drive from Flåm and allows you to see the entire area and get panoramic views of the Aurlandsfjord. The views are especially impressive on sunny days. The platform stands at 650 meters above the fjords and offers a fantastic perspective for the visitors.
If you don’t have a car, you may take a Stegastein viewpoint bus from Flåm. There are at least several daily departures, and the round trip costs 345 NOK.
This beautiful, scenic waterfall is easily accessible from Flåm. You don’t need any prior hiking experience to complete this trek, but you should be fit enough to complete this hike. The overall elevation during the climb will be just 155 meters, while the total length of this hike is 5 km (return trip). But your efforts will be rewarded with the wonders of the Norwegian nature!
This village with a difficult name (it actually means the “home dedicated to Njord, the northern God”) is an actual Viking village. Here, you won’t meet any actors. You can expect to see the real people who are truly leading the Viking lifestyle – just the way their ancestors did 1,000 years ago. The people here know everything about the Vikings, their history, lifestyle and customs, and they will eagerly share this information with you!
Otternes is an old collective farmyard that was established in a linear manner. The oldest buildings here date back to the 1700s, and the last residents left this place in 1996. Today, this place serves as a center for the older crafts and as a rural museum. If you get here, expect the views to be well rewarding – the old buildings nestled between the sky-blue fjords and imposing, towering mounts are really something indescribable.
If you would like to add some of these attractions to your custom trip or you want something special in your adventure, you may try to order a custom tour in Scandinavia.
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