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Getting To Know Flåm – Cruise Port Guide
Flåm is one of the smallest yet most popular cruise destinations in Norway and our Flåm cruise port guide will allow you to make the most of your time here. It is another picture perfect fjord location, situated at the end of the Aurlandsjord, itself an extension of the Sognefjord, the longest in Norway. It is a great location for getting outdoors hiking, biking, kayaking and segwaying.
Its most popular attraction, and the reason so many people visit this tiny village of only 350 people, is to take a trip on the world famous Flåmsbana, considered one of the world’s greatest railway journeys. It has one of the steepest elevations of any passenger train service in the world, with a maximum gradient of 5.5%, and an elevation difference of 866 metres (2,841ft) over its 12.6 mile length. Because of its steepness and picturesque nature, it is now primarily a touristic service, providing a round trip ticket service between Flåm and Myrdal Station where it connects to mainline services between Bergen and Oslo. The journey provides an English commentary service of the main highlights along the route and makes a stop at the impressive waterfall Kjossfossen. In summer, a short performance by actresses from the Norwegian Ballet School impersonating a legendary Huldra from Scandinavian folklore greet tourists for the short stop whilst they can take photos of the waterfall.
The currency in Norway is the Norwegian Krone. Norway has a reputation as one of the most expensive countries in Europe and the average price of a standard cup of coffee is around £3/$4. Budget accordingly if you plan to dine out each day, as meals are roughly around 110kr per person (£11/$13 per person).
Tickets for the Flåm Railway can be purchased in advance or on the day, although pre-booking is highly recommended in peak summer season as the departures do tend to sell out. It is now the third most visited tourist attraction in Norway. There are usually 9 or 10 departures of the railway from May to September and prices start from 500NOK per adult in low season and 630NOK in high season. The roundtrip journey time is approximately 2 hours.
Did you know that the neighbouring Nærøyfjord acted as the inspiration for Disney animators for their blockbuster smash hit movie Frozen and its setting of Arendelle. You can experience the magic of Frozen and the Nærøyfjord by taking a fjord cruise on the Vision & Future, environmentally friendly vessels designed to protect the environment and maximise the tourist experience.
Destination photos courtesy of Sam Whiteside ©
Key highlights of Flam
- Flåmsbana Railway
- Stegastein Viewpoint
- Viking Valley – The Viking Experience and the Village of Njardarheimr
- Nærøyfjord UNESCO World Heritage Site
Regular cruise line visitors
- Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
- P&O Cruises
- SAGA Cruises
- Princess Cruises
- Celebrity Cruises
- Viking Ocean
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