Norway rail trips: The Flam Railway

Flam Railway by Sverre Hjornevik, Flam AS

The Flam Railway – one of the steepest railways in Europe!

An incredible journey from mountain to fjord. A 20-km branch line off the Bergen Line, it runs through the Flam Valley and connects the main line with the Sognefjord and the Flam fjord village. The journey takes 1 hour.

The line’s elevation difference is 863 m; with ten stations, twenty tunnels and one bridge. The maximum gradient is 5.5 % (1:18), making it one of the steepest railways in Europe.

Due to its steep gradient and picturesque nature, the Flam Railway has become one of the most visited tourist attractions in Norway.
Watch this amazing video, showing you the stunning scenery along the Flam Railway!

The beginning of the route from Myrdal station runs through forest, dotted with red and yellow wooden houses. It passes by the Reinungvatnet mountain lake. The track then starts to descend steeply and disappears into the first of many tunnels before stopping at the Kjosfossen waterfall.

Waterfall In the Beautiful Flam Valley By Sverre Hjornevik, Flam AS

See a cascading waterfall!

On the one-hour trip you will travel through spectacular nature, past steep mountains, foaming waterfalls, through 20 hand-dug tunnels into the spectacular Flam valley. Have your camera ready as you might want to take some pictures!

Normally there will be a photo stop at the spectacular Kjosfossen waterfall

View from Flam Railway, the tiny Flam church. Photo by Rita de Lange, Fjord Travel Norway

Enjoy charming settlements en route!

At Berekvam Station the track splits in two so that trains travelling in opposite directions can pass each other. Then towards the end of journey, the gradient smooths out and the valley opens up.

After your arrival to Flam you can also visit Flam Railway Documentation Centre, where you can learn more about the Flam railways history and impressive construction efforts.

Flam Railway in autumn. Photo by Rita de Lange, Fjord Travel Norway

Flam Railway in early autumn

Travel tips

This amazing rail trip is a highlight and a natural part of a visit to the Norwegian fjords. The railway is open all year. From Flam village there are ferry trips to the narrow UNESCO Naeroyfjord all year, and during the summer season there is a daily boat trip on the main Sognefjord to Bergen, with calls at tiny fjord villages en route.

To ease your travel planning, you can also choose an eco-friendly travel package based on public transport, including the Flam Railway, with all transport & hotels included.

You will find summer as well as winter travel packages with fjord cruise on the Unesco Naeroyfjord.

The main Sognefjord travel packages are available in the summer season only

Travel packages with Flam Railway

On the shores of Sognefjord by Oyvind Heen, Visit Norway

Enjoy the beautiful Sognefjord!

With main Sognefjord:

Bergen, Oslo, Flam Railway & Sognefjord
4 nights trip from Bergen to Oslo

Sognefjord Cruise & Balestrand Village
6 nights round trip from Oslo

A taste of Sognefjord & Hardangerfjord
7 nights round trip from Oslo

Sognefjord im Sommer, Robin Strand, Visit Bergen

Enjoy an amazing fjord cruise!

The Grand Tour of the Fjords
8 nights round trip from Oslo

Bergen, Sognefjord, Geilo & Oslo
6 nights from Bergen to Oslo

The Exclusive Grand Tour of Norway
11 nights round trip from Oslo, with 6 nights coastal cruise

Naeroyfjord by Paul Emundson, Fjord Norway

Experience the amazing Naeroyfjord!

With the Unesco Naeroyfjord

the narrower branch of the main Sognefjord, with breathtaking steep mountain sides and tiny settlements.

Norway in a Nutshell
5 nights round trip from Oslo

Geirangerfjord & Norway in a Nutshell
7 nights round trip from Oslo

Arctic Fjords & Coastal Highlights
7 nights round trip from Oslo

Winter on Sognefjord by Sverre Hjornevik, Flam AS

Experience the Naeroyfjord in winter!

Winter travel packages:

Due to limited daylight during the winter season, we have put together our itineraries to secure you travel in daylight during the fjord cruise as well as on the Flam Railway

Norway in a Nutshell Bergen to Oslo
3 nights trip from Bergen to Oslo

Norway in a Nutshell Oslo to Oslo
5 nights round trip from Oslo

Ice Hotel, Northern Lights & Fjord tour
7 nights round trip from Oslo, with overnight in an Ice hotel

The 18 kilometre long Naeroyfjord is only 500 metres wide in some of its parts, with unbelievable, tiny farms clinging to the mountain sides. There is no road access due to the steep sides of the fjord.

Flam Railway In Winter By Paul Edmundson, Visit Flam

Enjoy Flam Railway in winter!

You can book safely

with Fjord Travel Norway  – a local, Norwegian travel company. We have been in business for more than 20 years, offering  tours based on our goal of sustainable tourism.

You will travel eco-friendly by public transport, hence you will travel like a local, with some guided excursions.
The tours are flexible and you can add nights and activities.

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