Flåm is located up the Sognefjord, Norway's longest and most spectacular fjord. Our ship travels the final part of the fjord to Flåm in the morning (more fjord pictures in the next blog when we pass through it on the way out in the afternoon).
Through the Sognefjord to Flåm
Flåm has only a few hundred people, with towering mountains on three sides and the fjord on the other. The city is a gateway to this fabulous region of adventure (hiking, cycling, kayaking, cruising the fjords).
From Flåm, the Flåm Railway travels 20.2 km (12.5 miles), with an elevation rise of 863.5 meters (2833 feet, 1/2 mile) to Myrdal, where it meets up with trains from Oslo and Bergen. The train line took 16 years to build and is now principally a tourist service for visitors to Flåm.
The Flåm Railway (Flåmsbana)
The train winds through the mountains, with spectacular views around every corner, travelling up a maximum gradient of 5.5% (1:18). The trip is full of spectacular waterfalls, the longest with a vertical drop of 340 meters (1115 feet).
Riding up on the Flåm Railway
We get off at the Vatna-Halsen station, one stop from the end at Myrdal, explore the area, and stop for waffles and coffee at the Vatnahalsen Hotel.
View from the hotel
From the hotel, we follow a path down to Lake Reinungavatnet, walking through summer cottages that look incredibly tranquil and serene.
We hop on the train and head back down to Flåm for more great pictures along the way.
We wander along the shore of the fjord in Flåm, watching the kayaks, ferries, and fjord cruises head out into the beautiful scenery.
Back in Flåm
Soon, it's time to head out on our return trip through the Sognefjord.