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“Breathtaking views”
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The Flam Railway
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$401.19*
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Self-Guided Norway Tour: Oslo to Bergen
Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Flam
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
asfordby
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“Breathtaking views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2013

Travelled on the railway as an excursion whilst on a cruise visit to Flam. Everyone was ushered to certain carriages allocated to our ship, but as normal the seats ran out, but looking back we're glad. We're glad becasue we chose to stand by the doors and so had a great view of what was coming. The views are absolutly stunning from the rivers, to the small villages you pass to the mountains and the waterfalls. One in particular Kjosfossen waterfall is magnificent. The amount of water and the speed it travels are incredible. And when the train stops so you take take in the breathtaking view of the waterfall all of a sudden you see a lady come out to the side of the waterfall singing. Our ride was about 40 mins each way and was well worth it.

Visited June 2013
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“The hike down was better than the train journey up”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2013

We went on the Flam Railway last week (June 2013). To be honest I didn't think the views were that amazing and for the price paid it was not good value for money. The cost of the return ticket (purchased at the station in Flam) was about £43 each. It was much more expensive to do this on an organised excursion from our cruise ship so we did save money!

HOWEVER.... what was great was the hike down again. We rode the train to the top at Myrdal and then hiked down the 21 kilometres back to Flam. It was a lovely experience. Easy walking - a little steep at the top on a rutted gravel path for a couple of kilometres and then levelled out to a walk by the river when you got nearer to Flam. The path to take was quite obvious and there was never any concern that we would get lost. We had wonderful views of lots of waterfalls and it was a lovely feeling being in amongst the natural beauty rather than just looking at it. At one point we encountered a herd of goats from one of the farms.

If you don't want to walk the whole way back it is possible to reboard the train at stations on the route (take the timetable in your pocket). For this reason we purchased return train tickets but we were enjoying the walk so much that we walked all the way. The whole walk took us 5 hours which included a picnic stop and of course photo stops on the way.

So, although I thought the train ride was expensive it enabled us to have a great day out in this lovely valley so it was worth it for us because of the walk.

Visited June 2013
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“Early May, snow on the top,”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013

We were there on May 6, 2013 via a cruise ship from 8 - 5. We got in line first thing to buy tickets for a mid day trip. There were seats still available when we checked later in the day. The last practical trip up was the least crowded. Beware that the train window seats fill up early. The best seat for photographers may be near the doors were there is more space to stand up. On the aisle you could see out both sides of the train but needed the person at the window to either move or take your picture. If the people on the window are not with you, they probably won't switch seats on the way down. Due to the snow (over 12 inches above the falls), walking down was not practical. Go to the museum to learn about the building of the railroad.

Visited May 2013
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“The views are amazing, despite the trip's drawbacks”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2013

The views are soamazing that they make the entire journey worth it, including the high price, the language confusion (by car) on the train, the low quality of the seats, the limited options at the summit, and the touristic element. It really is that jaw dropping spectacular, and we drove all over Norway before taking the train, so we could have been jaded at that point...

Visited August 2012
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“I rode the railway once, then went back to the top and walked the valley!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2013

If you only have an hour then the train is great, the views are pretty spectacular. Having said so, it's also potentially going to be absolutely thronged with other people who're all trying to get that perfect picture with their ipad, so be ready for that. If you can take the train early in the morning or late in the evening it's probably less crowded.

You can also either walk down the valley from Myrdal station (which is what I did), or rent a bike at the station and ride down. You'd probably want to walk the bike for the first few miles 'cause the trail is steep and rocky, but once you get down a few miles it levels out and eventually there are a couple of paved miles. The walk took seven hours, on a bike it would probably be more like three or four.

Visited May 2013
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