We drove out to Flam from Oslo to get a taste of Norway's spectacular scenery. From the farms outside Oslo to the snowy mountains to the many tunnels cut through the mountains (including the 24+ km Laerdal Tunnel) to the misty valleys of the fjords -- the 5 hour drive went quickly. Being off-season, both the fjord ferry and the Flambana (railway) ran on a limited schedule, and we were unable to do both, so we chose the railway. The Flamsbana area includes a free railway history museum, a few gift shops and eateries, and a hotel. The actual Flam civic center (Sentrum) is about 2km away. The train was done in a retro style, with wood paneling interiors. There's a video tour playing on the flatscreen mounted at the front of the car explaining key sights and history. There's one 5min stop for picture taking at one of the waterfalls.The railway ends at the hamlet of Myrdal, which is not much more than the train platform, ticket office, and souvenir shop. This is also a transfer point for the national railway system's Bergen-Oslo line.
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