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Fjord Tours Articles / 29 Jun 2021

The Magical Flåm Railway

Even though the small village of Flåm is fairly remote and hidden away in the stunning Aurlandsfjorden in rural Norway, it’s a thriving tourist destination that’s a real dream to a lot of travellers from both near and far. Part of the appeal of this idyllic Norwegian mountain village is the world-famous Flåm Railway, which has been dubbed the most beautiful train journey in the world.

In this article, we’ll tell you some more about why this magical railway is such a coveted destination for so many people, and give you a great overview of the stunning region of Flåm. 

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Where is Flåm?

Flåm is located in the idyllic Aurlandsfjord, which is known as one of Norway’s most beautiful fjords. Aurlandsfjorden is an offshoot on the southern side of the vast, stunning Sognefjorden. It’s one of the most picturesque regions of Norway, and it’s well-worth exploring. Why not try our very popular Norway in a Nutshell® tour? The trip will take you along the Flåm Railway for a stunning scenic journey along the spectacular Norwegian landscape. 

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The world’s most beautiful train journey

Flåmsbana, known in English as Flåm Railway, is generally considered to offer tourists the world’s most beautiful train ride. In fact, Lonely Planet named Flåm Railway the world's best train journey, and National Geographic Traveler Magazine named Flåm Railway one of the ten best train journeys in Europe. These days, the historic Flåm Railway is famous around the world, and people travel from all over the globe to experience this scenic train journey.

Running through the valley of Flåmsdalen, the stunning train ride shows you the incredible natural scenery of Western Norway.  On this spectacular journey, you get to enjoy unrivalled views of majestic mountains with snow-capped peaks, narrow fjords, powerful waterfalls, charming little mountain farms and so much more as you ride comfortably through the landscape. The train will also make a stop at the well-known Kjosfossen waterfall, so you can snap some photos of this stunning natural attraction. 

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Why is the Flåm Railway so popular?

In recent years, Virtual Flåm has contributed to the hype around Flåm Railway. Virtual Flåm is a virtual reality train journey which has opened a lot of people’s eyes and shown them why this train journey is so popular for so many. For those looking for a true Norwegian adventure, this train journey is the perfect option, with a train ride that stretches over 20 km across the picturesque Norwegian landscape. The journey will take you from the bottom of the beautiful Aurlandsfjord to the mountains in Myrdal, which is known as one of the most beautiful train rides in the world. If you’d like to read more about it, you can do so here

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What is there to do in Flåm?

There’s a lot to do in the beautiful village of Flåm. Beyond the incredible outdoor experiences available to you, the area also has a rich history and offers amazing cultural experiences. Whether you’re most interested in hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, swimming, visiting local museums and galleries, or sampling local delicacies, there’s plenty to do in this spectacular area. Flåm is perfect for keen cyclists and hikers, and there is a range of stunning local walks and hikes that’ll take you through some of the most beautiful landscapes Norway has to offer. There are many exciting activities in Flåm, so you can choose what you’re most interested in. If you’re looking for an action-packed activity, why not try Flåm Zipline – the longest zipline in the Nordic region?

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Enjoy the scenic Bergen Railway

Many tourists choose to combine a journey on the iconic Flåm Railway with the beautiful Bergen Railway. To make the most of your visit to this gorgeous area in Norway, it’s recommended that you plan to ride both of these popular railways during your stay. The trip is quite flexible, and you can decide for yourself where you want to start and end the trip, and how long you want to stay in different areas along the way. You can easily combine the two with other experiences, such as a memorable fjord cruise in the stunning narrow fjords with huge mountain walls towering above, or a calm kayaking excursion.