Flam On a Budget
SightsThe main sights here are those that nature has to offer, from towering, majestic mountains, to UNESCO protected, culture inspiring Fjords, the natural beauty here is stunning to say the least. Much of the incredible beauty can be seen on the popular, world-famous Flam railway, which is one of the main reasons tourists make the journey to Flam.
The Flamsbana Museum is definitely worth a look. This little museum is right by the Flamsbana Railway platform. It's not, however, just about railways: there are fascinating photos of construction gangs and life in and around Flam before cars and buses made it this far up the fjords.
NeighborhoodsFlam is a little village that occupies a remote inner area of the Aurlandsfjorden which is a branch of Sognefjorden. Located in the municipality of Aurland in SognogFjordane county, Flam contributes to the attractive villages of Norway and Norway tourism. Because it is such a small town, the only real neighborhood of interest to tourists is the city center.
The petite village has been attracting tourists since the 19th century and manages to lure about 450,000 visitors every year. About 160 cruise ships dock at the Flam harbor in an accounting year. As of now, Flam is one of the most popular cruise harbors of Norway. What makes the village stand out is that even the Flam train station makes for an attraction as it houses a museum dedicated to the Flamrailway. The Flamsbana is referred to as the world's most beautiful railroad stretch. Moreover, the village is so strategically located that it is easily accessible by bus train car or boat. Steep mountainsides, roaring waterfalls and deep valley encompass the village of Flam adding to its scenic beauty and mesmerizing views.
A simple boat and bus tour will take you through the famous Norway fjords in Flam. Most of the round trips to the fjord for example Norway in a nutshell, cross the Flam village of Norway. Flam although may not have many artificial attractions, you may enjoy your day by indulging in the many exciting activities like biking, hiking, kayaking, fjord safaris, and you may also want to go on a food spree by trying out the excellent local cuisines of the village. If you are one of those living a super hectic life amidst huge buildings and towers the village of Flam would serve as the most ideal get away.
ActivitiesFrom Flam there are fjord cruises to the UNESCO World heritage, dramatic Naeroyfjord - the narrow fjord, to the tiny fjord village of Gudvangen. In Flam you can also board the express steamer to Bergen, taking you through the magic Sognefjord, with ports of call in fjord villages such as Leikanger, Balestrand & Vik. Flam is also the start & final station of the famous, unforgettable Flam Railway.
The beautiful Flam valley with the Flam river & tiny farm houses, surrounded by spectacular mountain peaks, is an excellent area for hiking & biking trips. From Flam you can enjoy beautiful fjord cruises and adventurous activities such as kayaking trips.
Food and DiningThere are several restaurants that serve local and traditional foods, such as cured ham, game, lamb, salmon, goat cheese, fruit and berries. The local brewery is called Aegir, and is one of the most successful handcraft breweries in Norway.
In the center of Flam village there are two beautifully located hotels; the classic Fretheim hotel & the tiny Flaamsbrygga hotel with its own brewery. Both of the hotels have excellent restaurants, focusing on local products.
TransportationThe best prices for buses and trains in Norway can be found on Omio (formerly GoEuro). They let you search across all train, bus, and plane routes throughout Europe.
The nearest airport is Sogndal Airport Haukasen, around 43 miles away. From there, there are daily connections to Oslo and Bergen, both of which are less than an hour away. Flam is the seaside terminus for the famous Flamsbana Railway Line, which is one of the steepest and most scenic of its kind. Most trains between Oslo and Bergen connect to the Flamsbana Railway Line at Myrdal. The Flamsbana Railway runs between eight and ten times a day in the summer from May until October, and four times a day in the winter season. Flam is 103 miles from Bergen by car, or 219 miles from Oslo via E16 and Rv7. There are several daily bus connections between Flam and Oslo or Bergen. Walking is the easiest way to get around once in Flam, as it is a small village.
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