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
One of Norway’s top tourist attractions, the ride has been named one of the top 10 train journeys in Europe by National Geographic Traveler Magazine. It was even ranked No. 1 in Lonely Planet Traveller’s list of “the world’s most incredible train journeys of 2014.”
Like us, many visitors board the train in the storybook hamlet of Flam.
While Flam itself is tiny (population 400), it welcomes almost 200 cruise ships carrying thousands of cruise passengers 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 Viking Star) which included the opportunity to visit Flam, and this Flam Railway ride was a trip we couldn’t wait to experience.
Read our travel article on NUVO magazine’s website for all the delicious details… Before you do though, have a look at these Flam Railway photos below :-).
Fun Flam Railway facts for train buffs
- 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
If you’re really into technical stuff, you can find more train info (like track gauge and largest rise) on this technical information page.
To book Flam Railway tickets
- See the Visit Flam website.
What else to do in Flam?
Go on a fjord safari in Flam. In a high-speed Zodiac, you’ll zip past thundering waterfalls and stunning fjord scenery.
More Norway travel information
- Have a serious fjord crush that needs even more taming? Want to see the northern lights? Get yourself to Svolvaer and the Lofoten Islands.
- If in Bergen, be sure to book a lunch-time Grieg concert at Troldhaugen, where Norway’s most famous composer and his beloved wife lived; their home, now a museum, is charming and the concert is wonderful!
- Intrigued by all of Norway and want to know more? Read: Top Things to Do in Norway.
- Also check out Visit Norway (the official website for Norway’s tourism office).
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.)
Do you like train rides? What’s the most exciting one you’ve done? Is there a particular journey you want to do?
We’re Janice and George Mucalov, professional award-winning travel writers, sharing tales of luxury travel with a twist of adventure.