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Norway rail trips: The Flam Railway

Flam Railway. Photo by Terje Rakke, Nordic Life/Fjord Norway

Flam Railway

The Flam Railway – the steepest railway in Europe

– An incredible journey from mountain to fjord. A 20 kilometer branch line off the Bergen line, it runs through the Flam valley and connects the main line with Sognefjord and the Flam fjord village. The journey takes one hour.

Flam Railway view, upper Flam valley in autumn. Photo by Rita de Lange, Fjord Travel norwayThe line’s elevation difference is 863 meters; with ten stations, twenty tunnels and one bridge. The maximum gradient is 5.5 % (1:18), making it the steepest railway in Europe. Because of its steep gradient and picturesque nature, the Flam Railway has become one of the most visited tourist attractions in Norway.

Watch this amazing YouTube video, showing you the stunning scenery along the Flam Railway!

Travel tips:
This amazing rail trip is a highlight and a natural part of a visit to the Norwegian fjords. The Railway is open all year. From Flam village there are ferry trips to the narrow UNESCO Naeroyfjord all year, and during the summer season there is a daily boat trip on the main Sognefjord to Bergen, with calls at tiny fjord villages en route.


Photo: View from the Flam Railway

Norway trips with the Flam Railway:

Bergen fish market. Photo by Rita de Lange, Fjord Travel Norway

Bergen Fish market

Summer Fjord cruise packages with the main Sognefjord:
Bergen & the Fjords. 3 nights
Oslo, Bergen, Flam Railway & Sognefjord. 4 nights
Sognefjord cruise & Balestrand village. 6 nights
A Taste of Sognefjord & Hardangerfjord. 7 nights
Norwegian Fjords & Mountain Highlights. 7 nights

View of the Naeroyfjord. Photo by Morten Rakke, Flam Utvikling

View of the Naeroyfjord

Summer Fjord cruise packages with the Naeroyfjord:
Norway in a Nutshell. 5 nights
Geirangerfjord & Norway in a Nutshell. 6 nights
Arctic Fjords & Coastal Highlights. 7 nights

Winter Fjord cruise packages with the Naeroyfjord:
Norway in a Nutshell Bergen to Oslo. 3 nights
Norway in a Nutshell Oslo to Oslo. 5 nights
Ice Hotel, Northern Lights & Fjord tour. 7 nights

Flam Railway photos:

Flam Railway in winter:

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