Experience Flåm, a true gem along the fjord

Text: Anne Bloksgaard Nielsen Published 05.02.2021

Ready to experience the wildest and most magnificent fjord landscape in Norway? Along Aurlandsfjorden you’ll find the idyllic little village of Flåm, the perfect base for a summer of dramatic fjord experiences, hiking and cycling trips with views of steep, snow-capped mountains, wild waterfalls and a thriving cultural landscape.

Flåmsbanen – The world’s most beautiful railway

The impressive railway winds along the steep mountain cliffs on its way from Flåm to Myrdal and rises 866 metres over just 20 km. Sit back and enjoy the views of mountains, valleys, rivers, charming villages and idyllic farmsteads that leave most people breathless! It’s not surprising that Flåmsbanen has been named the ‘World’s most beautiful train journey’ by Lonely Planet Traveller.

Kjosfossen

One of the highlights of the trip is Kjosfossen. The mighty waterfall has a drop of 93 metres and is only accessible by train. In summer you can watch actresses dance and sing, dressed up as ‘wood nymphs’, beautiful female mythological creatures known for luring young men up into the mountains.

Ready for some ADRENALIN – cycling or ziplining?

If you want to get even closer to the natural wonders of Norway, hire a mountain bike and ride all the way from Myrdal to Flåm along the historic Rallarvegen – a fantastic route along steep mountains, green valleys, vertical waterfalls and white-water rivers – and round 21 hairpin bends. You can also choose to get off Flåmsbanen at Vatnahalsen Station and take part of the journey down on Scandinavia’s longest zipline. It will definitely give you butterflies in your stomach and a sweaty forehead! Length: 1381 metres. Top speed: approximately 100 km/h.

Fjord cruise in summer

Flåm lies along the banks of Aurlandsfjorden and just around the corner, one of Norway’s most spectacular fjords awaits: Nærøyfjorden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hop on board a fjord cruise and enjoy the experience of a lifetime when you sail through the unique, narrow fjord surrounded by mountain peaks that reach up to 1800 metres above sea level. In fact, Nærøyfjorden is only 250 m wide at its narrowest point.

Viking adventure in Njardarheimr

Only 20 km from Flåm, a unique journey back in time awaits you. In the ‘Viking valley’ of Njardarheimr, you can experience an authentic Viking village that shows how the Vikings lived 1000 years ago. The residents live like real Vikings and demonstrate their crafts and cooking while telling you about their lives as Vikings. And of course, you can get involved in all kinds of activities, from axe throwing and archery to historic crafts with the blacksmith or seamstress.

Stegastein viewpoint

Waiting for you 650 metres above Aurlandsfjorden is the most spectacular lookout point in the world – Stegastein. The easiest way to get up there is on a guided sightseeing tour. The bus leaves Flåm and takes you safely up the roads hairpin bends to the unique viewing platform, which juts 30 metres out from the side of the mountain. Here you will experience unique panoramic views of the green mountain with its snow-capped peak and the beautiful fjord far below.