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.
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 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 “Viking Homelands” Baltic cruise on the lovely Viking Star.
World’s best cruise ship? Read our “Viking Star” review and decide for yourself :-)
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!
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Photo credits: 2, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 10 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | Lead photo Visit Flam, Sverre Hjornevik | 3, 9, 11 and 12 Visit Flam, Paul Edmundson