12 reasons to visit Flåm and Myrkdalen in autumn
Autumn is a lovely time of year, both by the fjord and in the mountains. The landscape is coloured in red, orange, and yellow; fog and clouds create a magical atmosphere; and everything is a bit calmer than in summer. We give you 12 good reasons to why you should visit Myrkdalen and Flåm in Autumn. You will find activities suitable for everyone, whether you are travelling with the family, are interested in outdoor activities, or more of the cultural type.
1. Cycle the Navvies Road - Rallarvegen
Autumn is main season for the popular cycle tour on the Navvies road, Rallarvegen, from mountain to fjord. By mid-August most of the snow on the old construction road has melted and the temperature is perfect for being active outdoors. Get of the train at Finse and spend the day
cycling back to Flåm. As autumn evolves, the colours of the landscape changes and we recommend making time for photo breaks. Do not forget to bring extra layers of clothes, even gloves and a hat could be wise. Weather can change fast in the mountains, and the temperature changes the closer to the fjord you get. Back in Flåm, opt for an après-bike with cured ham and local brew at Fretheim Hotel.
2. From fjord to mountain by the Flåm Railway
rail journey between Flåm and Myrdal is a good enough reason to travel to Flåm whatever the season. Autumn being no exception. During the 20 km long train ride you see the changes of the landscape up close. The Flåm Valley with its steep, tall mountains, and cascading waterfalls gets even more dramatic with fog hanging over the sparkling blue river and colourful trees surrounding the small farmsteads.
3. The Nærøyfjord in autumn colours
A boat trip on the
UNESCO World Heritage listed Nærøyfjord is a must when in the area. In the course of the two hours the journey takes between Flåm and Gudvangen you get to see roadless fjord villages, charming Undredal village, spectacular mountains such as Bakkanosi and Beitlanipa, and beautiful waterfalls like Sagfossen. When sailing past Stigen Farm hanging on a cliff above the Aurlandsfjord, it is not possible not to be impressed by those who once settled in this raw landscape.
On board the new and quiet full electrical vessel Legacy of The Fjords everything is arranged for you to focus on the marvellous view. There is no need to fear some bad autumn weather. The large windows give you great views even from the inside lounges, and the varying layers of clouds along the sides of the mountains gives a special atmosphere.
4. The tastes of autumn
Lamb and game, kale and root vegetables, fruit and berries. Autumn is also a time for the good, clean tastes of mountain. To gather around a table with a nice meal is even nicer when it is dark and rough weather outside. In
restaurant Arven, you can let yourself be impressed by chef Bjarte and the rest of his team’s creative dishes made of local ingredients. Based on traditional recipes, they find modern and tasteful twists on everything from starters to desserts.
5. Feel the fresh air on a hike
It is not only cycling on the Navvies road which is on its best in autumn. The same applies for hiking in the mountains. The area surrounding Myrkdalen and Flåm is made for
great hiking adventures. Walk the Aurlandsdalen Valley from Østerbø to Vassbygdi, ike to summits with fjord views, or a family-friendly hike in easy undulating terrain on Vikafjell mountain plateau. This time of year, temperature is perfect for outdoor activities and the trails are free from snow. No matter what kind of hike you choose, we can guarantee memories for life.
6. Flåm Zipline
Scandinavia’s longest zipline is an experience not to be missed. With a length of 1.381 metres, elevation difference of 305 metres and a max. speed up to 100 kmph you are guaranteed feeling butterflies in your stomach. The zipline starts at Vatnahalsen, where you get to only by the Flåm Railway. Combine Flåm Zipline with the popular rail journey and a cycle tour on the Navvies road back to Flåm. It will without doubt be
a day to remember!
7. Romance in historic surroundings
Imagine checking into a room where the champagne is ready on a table with views to fjord and mountains. The bathrobe is laid out in case you want to sink into the jacuzzi to retrieve energy after your travel here. For dinner you are served a 5-course menu with wine recommendations.
If you treat yourself and your significant other to a Romantic Package at Fretheim Hotel, this is exactly what awaits. The tower suite of the hotel’s historical wind is as made for a romantic autumn break.
8. Happiness on two wheels
Bicycle fans do not only have the Navvies road to look forward to. Myrkdalen is
a mecca for cyclists of all ages. The 850 sqm large pump track and terrain tracks outside Myrkdalen Hotel can entertain children of all ages for hours.
Rent a mountain bike to easily explore the cosy mountain farms on your own or go on a trip to the mountain plateau Vikafjell. We recommend combining bicycling and hiking. Electric bikes are also available for those who want some help up the hills.
9. Try your fishing luck
The feeling of a fish biting the fishing line is sensational whatever your age. Will you bring home fresh dinner? Fishing is a family-friendly activity and can be enjoyed in all sorts of weather. In Myrkdalen and its surroundings, there are more than
500 lakes and rivers where you can try your fishing luck. Buy a fishing permit at the hotel reception and go up to mt. Vikafjell. Here you can combine a hiking and fishing trip in Sendedalen valley. With its easy terrain and five lakes spread over 5 kilometres Sendedalen is a favourite among both adults and families.
10. Visit the Vikings of Gudvangen
Who has not at some point wished to travel back in time to see how the Vikings lived? This is actually possible in Gudvangen. In the
Viking Valley Njardarheimr you can walk around the streets, stop and talk to the Vikings who live and work there, learn about old crafts, and take a look into the houses to see how they lived. Make sure to stop by the chieftain’s house, perhaps you meet chieftain Georg himself. Included in the entry is a guided walk with one of the excellent story tellers of the village.
11. Enjoy the autumn colours from Stegastein
The view from Stegastein is like an everchanging painting. One of the most spectacular experiences you can get here, is to see the morning fog that covers the fjord lighten. On nice autumn days there can be a layer of mist covering the fjord like a lid in the mornings. To experience this from an eagle’s eye view, go up to the viewpoint that guts 30 meters straight out from the mountain 650 metres above the fjord after breakfast. Twice a day you can join a
minibus tour to Stegastein instead of driving the narrow and windy road on your own.
12. Visit Aurland Shoe Économusée
Did you know that the original penny loafer origins from Aurland, the neighbouring village to Flåm? The long shoe making tradition in the village started in the 1880’s, and in the 1930’s Nils Tveranger developed the shoe we know as the Aurland shoe. The penny loafer became very popular in the time after second world war and was exported to USA, United Kingdom and Canada. Today’s shoe factory is one of the last remaining factories in Norway, and in addition to the shoe they also make handbags and other items of high-quality leather.
On a visit to the Économuséet you get to learn more about this
interesting story and get a guided tour to see the skilled shoemakers at work. If you fancy your own pair of the Aurland shoe you get them both at the museum and at Flåm Store in Flåm.