We could almost feel the excitement ripple through the train as passengers took their seats. For this ride on Norway’s Flam Railway (or Flamsbana) promised to be special.
The train was about to climb at an almost impossibly steep angle, from fjord shores up to Myrdal, a station at the top of craggy mountains above.
The Flam Railway
Europe is known for some spectacular train journeys. Consider, for example, Switzerland’s scenic mountain trains on the historic Jungfrau Railways, offering jaw-dropping views of the Alps.
In Norway, the Flam to Myrdal train is the premier train ride.
Among Norway’s top tourist attractions, it’s been named one of the top 10 train rides in Europe by National Geographic Traveler.
Like us, many visitors board the train in the storybook hamlet of Flam.
While Flam itself is tiny (population 400), it welcomes cruise passengers from almost 200 cruise ships that visit the area each year – and the return train trip in vintage carriages is a popular two-hour excursion.
We were on a “Viking Homelands” Baltic cruise on the lovely Viking Star.
It included the opportunity to visit Flam, and this Flam Railway ride was a trip we couldn’t wait to experience.
See the link to our NUVO magazine travel article for all the delicious details at the end of this post. Before you do though, have a look at these Flam Railway photos below :-).
Lead photo courtesy Visit Flam, Sverre Hjornevik; other photos that aren’t ours courtesy Visit Flam, Paul Edmundson
Read what it’s like to ride on the Flam Railway train
See our our story in NUVO magazine. (Click on the image.)
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