Our amazing trip on the Fram has finished, and we have bid farewell to her in Bergen. Next up is one of the most beautiful (and most steep) train trips in the world – the Flam Railway..
The Flåm Railway (Flåmsbana) winds its way from Myrdal to Flåm, 865 meters below, nestled in the innermost corner of the Aurlandsfjord. Each year, this exciting stretch of railway attracts people from all corners of the world, making the Flåm Railway one of Norway’s major and most spectacular tourist attractions.
In their March 2014 issue, Lonely Planet Traveller included the Flåm Railway in a list of “The World’s most incredible train journeys 2014” and named it “The world’s best train ride”. Here is some of what they said:
A little line that couragly scrambles through a landscape of tumbling waterfalls and sheer mountains, descending from the treeless expanses of the Hardangervidda to the mouth of one of Norway’s most spectacular inlets, the Aurlandsfjord.
The Flåm Railway is one of the world’s steepest railway lines on normal gauge. The gradient is 55/1000 on almost 80% of the line. The twisting tunnels that spiral in and out of the mountain are manifestations of the most daring and skillful engineering in Norwegian railway history. At the foot of the mountains you can enjoy the natural beauty of the Flåm Valley and admire the majestic Aurlandsfjord, a branch of Norway’s longest fjord, the Sognefjord.
Our journey in Norway is now coming to an end, and we’ll be back in familiar territory soon!