Flåm, Norway

The Flåmsbana

We’ve covered the first half of our cruise already, can you believe it? From our day at sea, to the breathtaking islands of Ålesund, to the jaw-dropping scenery in Geirangerfjord, the days flew by as the fun continued. 

While cruising through our second fjord of the trip, Sognefjorden, I couldn’t get over how many small mountain towns were located throughout the fjord. We battled rain clouds and wind throughout most of our cruise that morning but I still managed to get quite a few waterfall shots; there are so many that you begin to take them for granted.

It remained cold and rainy when we left the ship (umbrellas in hand) in Flåm, Norway. Mist filled the small valley and fog covered the tall mountain peaks. Regardless of the weather we were ready for our adventure that day: Riding the Flåmsbana.

Flamsbana

Considered one of the most beautiful rail lines in the world, we knew that we couldn’t miss this excursion while we were in Flåm. The railway is one of the steepest in the world and goes through 20 tunnels on the way to Mydral–18 of the 20 tunnels were carved by hand.

After the cattle drive walk to the train platform and an involuntary foot race to the train (I’m only kidding…slightly) we were able to board the Flåmsbana. Lucky for us, we were able to get one of the few spots on the train where the window drops down for better photo opportunities. 

Flam Valley

The Flåm Valley

Flamsbana

Flam Railway

Look close. You will see not one but two tunnels carved within the mountain

The railway hugs the incredibly high cliffs and maneuvers through 180 degree bends on this hour-long journey inland. We passed waterfall after waterfall on our way to Vatnahalsen Station, the waterfalls are becoming a trend on this trip, aren’t they.

The biggest and most famous waterfall on this journey is the breathtaking Kjosfossen Waterfall. The water was raging that day and was definitely a sight to behold. Legend has it that a few mythical creatures dance near the water’s edge and we were informed that these “creatures” symbolize the trolls that are so prevalent in Norwegian folklore. Standing in the overwhelming mist from Kjosfossen we snapped a few pictures and then excitedly caught a glimpse of these mythical creatures.

Kjosfossen Waterfall

Kjosfossen Waterfall

After arriving at the Vatnahalsen Station we walked over to the Vatnahalsen Hotel. A family run hotel for over 25 years, this hotel is the last stop on the Flåm Railway and next to Lake Reinungavatnet (say that five times fast)–which is frozen for most of the year. We sampled the homemade waffles and jam and warmed up with some Norwegian coffee; I’m typically not a coffee drinker but with the time difference and the cold it was the perfect remedy.

Overall I enjoyed our day on the Flåmsbana. While there may have been a few too many people on the excursion, the views were spectacular and riding one of the world’s steepest railways was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Here are a few more photos from that day:

Flam Railway

Flam Railway

Flam Road

Flamsbana

Flam Railway

Flamsabana

Flamsbana

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3 Comments

  1. October 27, 2014 / 12:41 AM

    These photos of the Flamsbana I have so enjoyed. I was there ten years ago with my son, and I recognize the foot race to the train and the flood of tourists elbowing their way through. It was awful, and when we finally got into the train, people were minding seats for the rest of their party. We ended up standing in the vestibule the whole way. So I am glad to see your post with the photos taken with the window down. This is what I missed. But still, it is an awesome journey…

    • October 27, 2014 / 10:35 AM

      That darn foot race… I could have done without it. 😉 Thanks for your kind words about the post. We are so glad we rode the Flamsbana as it was a wonderful experience overall. The old train cars were beautiful and the views were outstanding. Did you get a chance to get out at the Kjosfossen waterfall and take some pictures? It was a rainy day in Flam so I’m glad we decided on the train in order to get out of the elements.
      Reviewing these posts make me miss Norway terribly. It is one of my favorite countries!

      • October 28, 2014 / 5:46 AM

        It is indeed a favourite place of mine too. Yes I do also remember the huldra singing at Kjosfossen. Very special. And it was a fine day when we were there, but we got drenched anyway, from the spray of the waterfall blowing on us!!
        Regards,
        Amanda

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