A Day Trip Along The Scenic Flam Railway In Norway
The views from the train along the way were stunning. Our stop at the Kjosfossen Waterfall showed us yet another of the thundering waterfalls of Norway. The first waterfall was the mighty Langfoss Waterfall on our boat trip on the Akrafjorden Fjord. The final train stop at Vatnahalsen provided us with a tasty snack and some great views in the mountains.
The Quaint Town Of Flam
The ship cruised all the way up the Sognefjord Fjord to Flam. The town was nestled under the green hills. From the ship we saw the station where we left to ride on the scenic Flam Railway in Norway.
We walked through the quaint town on our way to the train. We found interesting shops with local wares. And the trolls were as prevalent here as when we visited the Akrafjorden Fjord on our day trip from Haugesund.
It was a short walk to the station. Unfortunately we did not have enough time to visit the railway museum before we boarded. There were lines for group tours like ours and separate lines for independent travellers going one way or round trip. We figured they loaded the train cars based on where people were travelling.
As we waited for the train to arrive, we were excited for our day trip on the scenic Flam Railway.
About The Flam Railway
The Flam Railway line ran 20 km from Flam to Myrdal at at 867 metres above sea level. If we took the train with no stops, it would take about an hour to do a one-way trip. This route was one of the steepest standard gauge railway lines in the world. Most of the railway had a grade of 5.5%. The track ran through stunning scenery separated by 20 tunnels that spiralled through the mountains.
When we boarded the Flamsbana Railway we saw there were 3 seats each side of the centre aisle. So people jostled to stay with their travelling partners. Big windows offered good views. Although only a few at the end opened up. There was no air conditioning and it was really hot. So people wanted some breeze from the open windows.
A map provided information about the trip. And overhead monitors were updated regularly with information about the trip and sights along the way.
So Many Views Along The Way
The scenery out the window kept us entranced on the trip up and back down. We started our trip up in the flatter valley. Small towns were found all along the way. Smaller waterfalls and clear running rivers drew our attention.
As we climbed, the train struggled up the steep grade. We heard the gears working. Often we were plunged into darkness as we went through the tunnels. From the windows we saw steeper waterfalls that ran down the rocks.
If we looked out the window, we saw the train as it snaked behind us. At Breikvam the track split in two. This allowed the train that came from the other direction to pass.
On our day trip on the scenic Flam Railway in Norway there was so much to see out the windows as we moved along.
A Stop At The Kjosfossen Waterfall
The train pulled to a stop at the thundering Kjosfossen Waterfall. We were happy when we got off the train. We had about an hour to explore before the next train stopped and picked us up to continue our journey.
The waterfall was over 90 metres tall. The water levels were high and cascaded in several tiers. We moved from spot to spot for different views. We saw our first Norway waterfall (Langfoss) when we took a boat ride on the Akrafjorden Fjord. So we were excited there was a stop to see the Kjosfossen Waterfall.
Scandinavian fokelore said that the Kjosfossen Waterfall was home to mythical women called the Huldra. Men were bewitched by the songs of these siren women. We were drawn in when we heard the sound of hauntingly beautiful music that came from the waterfall. And then we saw the singer on the high ledge. What a great show we got!
We returned to the train platform and waited for the next train. It was a magical stop on the scenic Flam Railway. We saw a lot of great waterfalls in Norway. Great preparation before we visited the waterfalls of Iceland!
A Final Stop At Vatnahalsen
We re-boarded the train and then got off again at the next stop at Vatnahalsen. This was last stop before the final station at Myrdal.
Our stop at the Vatnahalsen Mountain Hotel provided a sweet treat for us. We felt a bit sorry for guests who stayed at the hotel when the hoard of cruise ship passengers descended on their tranquil retreat. We formed a long line to get waffles and coffee for our snack.
Once we had our snack, we wandered outside and enjoyed the views of the resort and the mountains in the distance. When we looked out one side, we had a great view back down over the railway line to the Kjosfossen Waterfall.
We enjoyed our tasty stop at Vatnahalsen on the scenic Flam Railway. From Vatnahalsen the train headed back down the steep grade and returned to Flam.
We meandered slowly back through town before we re-boarded our ship. At the dock, we saw tour boats for more fun. The electric ferry that took people along the fjords was loading. In the future, only electrically powered boats will be allowed to travel in the Norway fjords. Definitely lots to see and do on a return visit to Flam.
A Beautiful Sail Out The Sognefjord Fjord
The long hours of daylight were a great advantage when we cruised in the Norway fjords in the summer. After we left Flam, we sat on our balcony and enjoyed the view as we sailed along the Sognefjord Fjord.
When the sun finally began to sink, we got a most amazing view as the sky turned colour. It took longer for the sun to set. But that just meant a longer show!
A Great Day To Ride The Scenic Flam Railway In Norway
It was great to get up into the mountains for a day trip on the scenic Flam Railway on our cruise along the Norway Fjords. The view from the train was stunning. But we were glad we had the opportunity to get off the train at the Kjosfossen Waterfall and at Vatnahalsen along the way.
Our visit to Flam gave us a second look at the stunning Norway fjords. The next day we had another fun day planned to travel high above the beautiful Geiranger Fjord. So many great stops when we visited the Nordic countries.
Have you taken a ride on the scenic Flam Railway in Norway? What was your favourite stop or view along the way?
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