Discover Flam: A Destination Guide
- Written byLauren
The small village of Flåm sits on the shores of the Sognefjord, the King of the fjords! Surrounded by narrow fjords, high mountain ranges and dramatic valleys, Flåm is a popular destination in Fjord Norway. While Flåm may feel isolated, the village is easily accessible by train, boat, bus and car. Cruise ships even dock at the harbour. Whether you visit Flåm on a day trip or extended break, one thing is for sure; there’s plenty to see and do!
We have put together some top tips and must-see attractions so you can make the most of your time!
Things to do in Flåm
There are plenty of things to do in Flåm, especially for a small village. There also lots of different ways to admire the stunning scenery and explore the culture and heritage of this amazing part of western Norway.
The Flåm Railway
Believe us when we say that Flåm railway is a bucket list attraction. The Flamsbana line is considered to be one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world, and for good reason! A branch of Bergen railway, the Flåm Line is 20.2 km long and will take you on an adventure through magnificent Norwegian scenery. Gaze upon the mystical blue waters of Aurlandsfjord and look out for the stunning Rjoansefossen waterfall as it tumbles down the mountainside. You’ll journey alongside babbling streams, raging rivers and luscious green forests while in the shadows of snow-capped mountains. Let’s not forget the 21 hairpin bends that you will experience as the train climbs 866 metres above sea level before arriving at Myrdal Station.
There are direct connections from Oslo and Bergen to Myrdal Station. The Flamsbana Line runs between eight and ten times a day between May and October and four times a day during the winter months.
The Flåm Railway Museum
If you want to learn more about the unique history of theFlåm line, then head to The Flåm Railway Museum. Journey back in time to 1924 and discover how the railway was constructed and built! Hear about the people who made it a reality and the challenges that they faced along the way. You’ll get to see photographs, videos, artefacts and authentic locomotives. Entrance to the museum is free of charge and worth a visit!
A trip toFlåm is not complete without a visit to simply spectacular Stegastein viewpoint! This picture perfect location sits 650 metres above Aurlandsfjord. Never heard of Aurlandsfjord? Aurlandsfjord is a 17 km arm of the legendary Sognefjord, beginning at Flåm and ending at Mount Beitelen. From Mount Beitelen, the equally beautiful Nærøyfjord takes over. Both parts of the fjord are part of the UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Stegastein viewing platform is a popular bus trip running from Flåm and follows a national tourist road. The platform extends 30 metres from the mountainside and offers panoramic views of the fjord and the stunning scenery surrounding it.
Perhaps you fancy something a little bit different? Something daring, that will really get your heart pumping? Look no further than Flåm Zipline. Spanning 1381 metres in length, it is the longest zip line in Scandinavia and will give you incredible views of Flåm valley and the railway.
The wild and wonderful landscape is best enjoyed with the wind in your hair and the world at your feet! To experience Flåm Zipline, you’re best to combine a trip on the Flåm Railway if you’re travelling in from Bergen or Oslo. You can easily hop off the train at Vatnahalsen station (5-minute walk) or Myrdal station (15-minute walk). If you’re planning to walk or cycle to the zipline there is a separate line that carries extra luggage and bikes. The line ends at Rallarrosa Cheese Farm, where you can enjoy a selection of tasty cheeses, snacks and drinks.
Located in the village of Flåm is a beautiful wooden church, constructed in 1667. Inside, you’ll find some of the original 18th-century decoration. It’s a short walk from Flåm’s waterfront and port and worth a visit if you’re in the area.
Viking Valley Njardarheimr in Gudvangen
If you’re visiting Flåm for a few days then you should make time to experience the Viking Valley of Gudvangen. Here you find the town of Njardarheimr, where Norwegian history comes alive right before your eyes! Learn all about the Vikings as you explore their village, hear their stories and live their way of life. It’s a great experience for all ages and you can get to Gudvangen by bus or boat from Flåm.
Explore the Sognefjord
Are you staying in Bergen? Make the journey from Bergen toFlåm by boat and discover the magnificent Sognefjord. Norway’s longest fjord is lined with picturesque villages and surrounded by a breathtaking landscape. Along the way, you’ll stop at quaint villages where you can hop-off and explore. Leave bustling Bergen behind for a few days and plan an adventure on the Sognefjord.
Where to eat in Flåm
There are a handful of places to eat while in Flåm. Compared to other areas, prices are expensive. Here’s a section of places that we would recommend trying.
Moderately priced restaurant in Flåm
If you’re looking for a moderately priced meal in Flåm, head to Aegir Brewery & Pub. It is built in the style of a Viking hall, with a large fire in the centre, wooden carvings and long tables. It is a cosy and welcoming place to enjoy good food and great beer. Ingredients are locally sourced and seasonal and the menu is varied.
Local cuisine in Flåm
There are plenty of places to sample local cuisine in Flåm, especially when you consider that it’s a small village. Cured meat is a longstanding tradition in Norway and can be salted, smoked or unsmoked. Cured meat is usually served with bread, butter and sour cream. In Flåm, you can sample this delight at Fretheim Hotel as it is usually on their menu as a snack or starter.
Fruit and berry trees are a noticeable part of the Sogn og Fjordane and Hordaland landscape. So, it’s no surprise that locally produced fruit juice and cider are on offer in Flåm. You can find fruit juice and cider in most cafes, restaurants and retail outlets in the village.
Lunch or cheap eats in Flåm
If you’re looking for something quick, easy and reasonably priced, head to Flåm Bakery for some delicious lunchtime treats. Treat yourself to freshly baked bread and pastries or choose from a scrumptious range of sandwiches. Ice cream and coffee are also available. You will find Flåm Bakery next to the station building. It’s certainly worth a visit!
Travelling in Flåm and Norway
Despite the fact that Flåm is a small, rural village, there are plenty of ways to get there, especially if you’re staying in Bergen.
Car hire in Flam
If you’re travelling from Bergen, it will take you just over 2 hours and 30 minutes by car. There are car rental places in Bergen includingAvis or Hertz in the city centre. It is also possible to rent a car in Flåm itself if you want to explore the surrounding areas however, you’ll need to book it in advance.
Flåm by train
The Flåm Railway is easily accessible by regional trains from Bergen, Voss and Olso. You can change at Myrdal station to access the Flamsbana line. From Oslo to Myrdal station, the journey will take 4 hours and 30 minutes by train. From Bergen to Myrdal station, it will take 2 hours. The journey between Myrdal station and Flåm will take an hour. To discover Flåm by train, book the Sognefjord in a nutshell tour for an unbeatable experience.
Flåm by bus
While it is possible to get to Flåm by bus, it’s probably not the most efficient way of exploring. A bus journey will take you just over 3 hours from Bergen and you will spend most of your time driving through tunnels.
Flåm by boat
The best way to get to Flåm is by boat. There are plenty of cruises which will enable you to experience the magnificence of the Sognefjord on the way to Flåm. Cruise from Bergen to Flåm with Go Fjords and plan an overnight stay!
Where to stay in Flam Norway
The beautiful Fretheim Hotel is probably the more expensive option when it comes to booking accommodation. However, with its location sitting adjacent to the Nærøyfjord UNESCO World Heritage site, there isn’t a more stunning location for a hotel.
Flåmsbrygga Hotel is situated on the quay and is home the Aegir Brewery & Pub. Many of their rooms have balconies overlooking the Sognefjord, providing picture perfect views to guests who stay there. Guests have the option to choose between inexpensive standard rooms and rooms with a balcony view. It’s a clean, comfortable and cosy hotel in a tranquil location.
Flåm Camping & Youth Hostel
Flåm Camping & Youth Hostel provides affordable and practical accommodation to families and large groups. The hostel has various room types available and offers well-equipped guest kitchens and seating areas. Basic two-bed cabins are available to book within the grounds or you may prefer a 3-bedroom holiday home. There are pitches available for campervans and tents and WC, kitchen and laundry facilities are accessible.