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.

View from Flam Railway by Sverre Hjornevik, Flam AS

View from Flam Railway

Winter view from Flam Railway by Sverre Hjornevik, Flam AS

Winter on the Flam Railway

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

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.

Norway trips with the Flam Railway:

Cruise Fjord Norway by Jonny Akselsen, Fjord Norway


Summer fjord cruise packages with the Naeroyfjord:

Norway in a Nutshell, 5 nights
Geirangerfjord & Norway in a Nutshell, 7 nights
Arctic Fjords & Coastal Highlights, 7 nights

The breathtaking UNESCO Naeroyfjord is a narrower branch of the main Sognefjord, with steep mountain sides and tiny settlements.

Wintercruise on Naeroyfjord by Sverre Hjornevik, Flam AS

Fjord in winter

Winter fjord cruise packages with the Naeroyfjord:

Norway in a Nutshell Bergen to Oslo, 3 nights
Norway in a Nutshell Oslo to Oslo, 5 nights
Ice Hotel, Northern Lights & Fjord tour, 7 nights

Due to limited time of daylight during the early winter, we have put together the itineraries such that you will experience both the amazing Naeroyfjord & the Flam Railway in daylight.

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