"There is more to Flam than the Flamsbana" Top 5 Page for this destination Flåm by evaanna

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Flam is best known for the Flamsbana, or mountain railway, a real feat of engineering, which connects it at Myrdal with the railway Bergen - Oslo. If you add to it the location of this port on Aurlandsfjord, the innermost part of Sognefjorden, the longest and grandest of Norwegian fjords, it is easy to see why Flam has developed into a major tourist centre. Tourists from all over the world fill the railway platform, the harbour, the bus stops, the restaurants and the souvenir shops. But they don't stay there long: most visit the place just to change the means of transport for there isn't much to do in Flam itself. Perhaps hikers might stay longer but even they move elsewhere after a day or two. Flam is expensive, more expensive than other equally beautiful places. Its fame has made it so. We were there four times, just for an hour or so and then went off to see the attractions nearby, so I can't say I know it well, but, on the other hand, there isn't so much to see there, apart from the scenery.
If you visit the area in your car, don't be tempted to go into the longest tunnel in the world (24 km) to Laerdal when leaving the place. If you have time and daring spirit, let the lorries and large campers go in the tunnel and take route 243 to Laerdal instead to admire the magnificent scenery of the Aurlandsfjord and the mountains from a height of 1306 m a.s.l. You will never forget it!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful scenery
  • Cons:Expensive and full of tourists on the go
  • In a nutshell:Worth a look but not a stay
  • Last visit to Flåm: Aug 2005
  • Intro Updated Sep 28, 2005
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  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jun 9, 2015 at 3:09 AM

    lovely page! My bible for Europe - Lonely Planet for Western Europe on a shoestring that i used for the first 10 years of my travels around Europe while living in London - had me enthralled in this trip/area so I dont know why ive still not done it...now im back from a long stint in Asia hopefully i will get it back onto the top of the still to do list! your page and photos have been very inspirational too thanks!

    • evaanna's Profile Photo
      Jun 9, 2015 at 12:49 PM

      Thanks, I am glad you liked it. We might re-visit Norway ourselves but so far it's been so cold there this year that it doesn't look encouraging at all.

    • angiebabe's Profile Photo
      Jun 10, 2015 at 5:44 AM

      im tempted to make a trip up there later this year if i can get low priced flights still - but interesting about the cold weather as since arriving back in the UK last week its been the coldest summer time temps in quite a number of years apparently! cold today, im so tempted to stay inside on the computer where its warm all day lol!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2012 at 4:38 AM

    Great scenery here, despite the clouds. I’d love to ride that boat and the Flamsbana.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2010 at 9:20 PM

    I envy you being able to visit this part of the world! Such breathtaking scenery which you have captured well, another excellent page on Norway!

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      Aug 27, 2012 at 11:12 PM

      We have actually been to here now, and had a great time. Agree with you about how lovely it is!

  • abc37's Profile Photo
    Jan 5, 2010 at 7:40 AM

    great page !

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Apr 28, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    Wow, great page. I'd love to take the boat trip & experience the train journey too!

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Beautiful low-lying clouds at Flam --- and yes Norway has great waterfalls... I think I saw a small one right in middle of Oslo...Norman :)

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jul 15, 2007 at 5:33 AM

    Another spectacular part of your travels through Norway! With those steep-sided fjords, spectacular cliff drives, a unique railway and cruises, there seems to be no end to the possibilities for excitement! Excellent tips and photos as always.

  • christine.j's Profile Photo
    May 7, 2007 at 4:33 AM

    Katherine recommended your page to me and she was absolutely right. What a wonderful page!! I love the pictures and you give very good information as well.

  • Ekaterinburg's Profile Photo
    May 3, 2007 at 7:44 AM

    Seems like the Flam area could be a little microcosm of Norwegian scenery. The Norway in a Nutshell sounds good but would probably be v. expensive. Excellent, usable tips and stunning photos :))

  • Cristian_Uluru's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2007 at 5:36 AM

    Wonderful page!! I didn't see flam when I was there, but the scenary is great! Ciao

evaanna

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