All aboard! Today’s adventure involved riding on the Flåmsbana railway which twists and turns over, around and through the Norwegian mountains outside of Flåm. When built, the railway served as an important communications link. However the steep incline and breathtaking vistas have made it a must-do attraction for tourists. It is remarkable the effort that went into laying this track. There are 20 tunnels–18 of which were dug manually–along the 20.2 kilometer track. The train leaves Flåm at sea level and reaches the highest station of Myrdal over a half-mile above!
The Sognefjord is the longest fjord in Norway and the second longest in the world. Flåm is an excellent location to begin exploring the steep mountainsides, deep valleys and roaring waterfalls in this region. The name Flåm actually means “little place between steep mountains.” I cannot think of a more appropriate name.
The Flåmsbana line allows riders to see the sheer drop of the Rjoande Waterfall and impressive peaks such as Vibmesnosi Mountain. Each time the train bends around the mountain, new waterfalls come into view.
The Vatnahalsen Hotel is located near the end of the Flåmsbana train line. A short break was taken to taste their homemade waffles with some hot tea and coffee. The place combines the great food with the most amazing views.
The breath taking vistas around Flåm are images I will cherish forever.