Flåm Ferry Dock, © Can Stock / Leaf
Visit Flam – See the Village Sights
- Flåm Railway Museum & Documentation Centre – next to the railway station, with free admission.
- Flåm Panorama shows the film “Living with the fjord” every half hour.
- Flam Church – wooden church built in 1667 and located 2 miles up the Flam River from the harbor.
- Kayak on Aurlandsfjord
Aurland near Flam, © Can Stock / hansok
The Flam Railway climbs nearly 3,000 feet in 12 miles from Flam to Myrdal Station. The train ride takes an hour, including a brief stop at Kjosfoss Waterfall along the way. Sit on the right side going up to Myrdal Station for the best views, but both sides are good. You can take a round trip train ride or make your own further arrangements when you get to Myrdal. The Bergen Line Railway offers online bookings from Myrdal to either Voss or all the way to Bergen.
Flåm Railway Route, © Can Stock / scanrail
In Voss, you can then catch a bus back down to Flam. The buses wait for the train to arrive in Voss, so you won’t have to wait at all. The bus goes by the Tvinde Waterfall and the Stalheim Hotel, overlooking the Nærøy Valley. Then the bus descends the switchbacks of the Stalheimskleivane – the steepest road in Norway. The final section is a bus ride from Gudvangen through the Gudvanga Tunnel to your starting point in Flam.
Norway in a Nutshell
If making your own arrangements for the Flam Railway seems too complicated, check out any of the tour companies offering Noway in a Nutshell from either Bergen or Oslo. These companies make all the arrangements with the Bergen Line Railway, the Flam Railway, the bus, plus a fjord cruise all in one package deal.
Naeroyfjord Fjord, © Can Stock / jul88
Visit Flam – Fjord Adventures
Once you get to Flam, you can explore the fjords. Flam is on the Aurlandsfjord. Take a fjord adventure cruise that covers both the Aurlandsfjord and the Naeroyfjord. Make sure you pick the Premium cruise as it offers great views from all over the boat during the 2.5 hour fjord cruise.
The cruise is also available as part of the Norway in a Nutshell excursions offered by several companies, but you can book the fjord cruise separately through Flam Adventures.
Local Bus from Gudvangen to Flam
The Aurlandsfjord and Naeroyfjord fjord adventure ends in Gudvangen. From Gudvangen you then take a local bus through the tunnel back to Flam in less than half an hour. The Naeroyfjord is the narrowest fjord in the world and is a World Heritage site. You can also do the fjord cruise in the reverse direction.
Aurlandsfjord, Fjord, © Can Stock / mikos
For another fjord adventure, take a local bus on a half hour ride from Flam to the small village of Aurland on the Aurlandsfjord. A steep series of switchbacks then takes you to the Stegastein Viewpoint where you get fabulous views back down over the fjord.