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 – especially those visiting on a cruise – board the train in the storybook hamlet of Flam.
Flam itself is tiny (population 400).
But it still welcomes cruise passengers from almost 200 cruise ships that visit the area each year – and the return train trip on vintage carriages between Flam and Myrdal is a popular two-hour excursion.
You can also experience the Flamsbana Railway ride by taking the train from Bergen to Flam.
The Bergen train goes to the mountain station of Myrdal (also a very scenic ride), where you get on the Flamsbana for the Myrdal to Flam train ride.
We were on a 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.
You can read all the delicious details about this Flam Railways train trip in our travel article, published in NUVO magazine.
Also have a look at these Flam Railway photos below!
Flam Railway photos
Fun Flamsbana facts for train buffs
- Number of years to build – 20
- Length of the track – 12.5 miles (20.2 kilometers)
- Ascent – 2,821 feet (860 meters)
- Tunnels – 20
- Stops – 8
- Journey time between Flam and Myrdal – 60 minutes
To book Flam Railway tickets
See the Visit Flam website for information on booking Flam train tickets.
You can buy Flam Railway tickets in advance (which you might want to do in high summer).
Related reading: In Sri Lanka, we’ve also ridden on the gloriously scenic Kandy to Ella train
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Photo credits: 4 to 7, 9, 11 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | 2 Visit Flam, Sverre Hjornevik | 1, 3, 8, 10, 12 Visit Flam