Where to stay in Flåm:
There is considerable traffic through Flåm and it is advisable to book a place to stay early. Below is some places for a few nights in Flåm:
Flåm Camping and Youth Hostel – www.flaam-camping.no/ – the cheapest option. They are the winners of multiple hostel rewards.
Heimly Pensjonat www.heimly.no – the homely pension
Fretheim Hotel www.fretheim.no – the distinguished old hotel
Flåmsbrygga Hotel www.flamsbrygga.no – the newest hotel
In Aurland – Aurland Fjord Hotel – www.aurland-fjordhotel.com/
Accomodation & camping in Undredal – www.visitundredal.no/en/overnatting/
There is also some apartment options for multi day stays. See www.sognefjord.no/en/WHERE-TO-STAY/ or www.visitflam.com for hotels, guesthouses and activities.
For accomodation in other places around the Sognefjord please see www.sognefjord.no/en/
History of Flåm
The small picturesque village of Flåm, is situated in the Aurlandsfjord, an arm of the 204km long and up to 1308m deep Sognefjord. Flåm has a population of around 400 inhabitants. In 1980 most of the locals were farmers; today most of the people work in the tourism industry or on the railway. Flåm is one of the most popular cruise harbours in Norway. The origins of its flourishing tourism trade date back to the late 1800s, when large numbers of English tourists or “salmon lords”, came to fish in the Flåm river. These travellers laid the foundation for hotels to be established and encouraged a steady stream of tourists who have continued to come up to the present day.
The Flåm Railway
The village is the end station of the popular Flåm Railway. The Flåm Railway is one of the world’s steepest railway lines on normal gauge and its twisting tunnels that spiral in and out of the mountain bear witness to the most daring and skilled engineering in Norwegian railway history.
The Flåm Railway is one of Norway’s major and most spectacular tourist attractions and the train journey between Bergen and Flåm provides travellers with some of the wildest and most magnificent scenery in Norway. On the 20km (1 hour) long train ride, you can see rivers that cut through deep ravines, waterfalls cascading down the side of steep, snow-capped mountains and mountain farms clinging dizzily to sheer slopes. Along the route, the Flåm Railway also makes a short photo stop at the beautiful Kjosfossen waterfall.
Flåm Railway Facts
- 20 years of construction to complete the line
- 20 tunnels, 18 built by hand
- Trial operations started in 1940 with small steam locomotives
- The line was fully electrified in 1944