1. The world’s most beautiful train journey
It is not without a reason the Flåm Railway has been called the world’s most beautiful train journey by Lonely Planet. A ride on the steep, iconic railway is a must do when visiting Norway, and just as spectacular in winter. The snow-clad mountains and frozen waterfalls make you admire the fantastic engineering it took to build this 20-kilometre railway - winding up the Flåm valley through no less than 20 tunnels, with a height difference of 866 metres between Flåm by the fjord and Myrdal in the mountains.
2. Cruise the UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord
A fjord cruise on the UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord is a different experience in winter. Surrounded by the steep mountains, frosty landscape and bluish light, the atmosphere is quieter. On the full-electrical vessel Future of The Fjords the only sound to hear is the breaking of a thin layer of ice from time to time, and due to its panoramic windows, you can enjoy the view from inside if it is too chilly to stay outside.
3. Go back in time in the Viking Valley
How was life by the fjords in winter a thousand years ago? Leap back in time and hear the stories of the Vikings in the Viking Valley Njardarheimr. The Viking Valley is open every day this winter. “The Viking Experience” is included with admission and teach you how it really was to be a Viking.
4. Admire the view from Stegastein viewpoint
You cannot visit Flåm in winter without a trip to Stegastein. Standing on the Stegastein Viewpoint, 650 metres above Aurland, you have panoramic views to the Aurlandsfjord and the breath-taking world heritage landscape. The viewpoint juts 30 metres from the mountainside and give you a feeling of hanging in the air.
5. Get active on a snowshoe hike
Winter by the fjords is not properly experienced before you get into the mountains on the snow. Admire the magic morning or afternoon light on a snowshoe hike in the mountain above Stegastein viewpoint. The guide will take you natural viewpoints with fantastic views of the fjord, Flåm and the small village of Undredal, and share their knowledge about what you see.
6. Explore forgotten times at Otternes
A visit to the old Otternes farm is particularly nice on a crisp winter day. Take a walk along the fjord to the farmstead when in Flåm, and imagine life here 200 years ago. Otternes is an old cluster farm, about 4 km along the Aurlandsfjord from Flåm. The oldest building today is dating back to 1700, but evidence show settlements from about 300 A.D. here.
7. Gather around a bonfire
What could possibly be a better way to end a day filled with activities, than to gather around the bonfire with a hot drink? The bonfire in the garden outside Fretheim Hotel is lit every afternoon and evening throughout winter. If you have had enough of the cold, the fireplace in Fretheim’s lobby is also a cozy place to hang out.
8. Dine in restaurant Arven
Did you know that seafood taste best in winter? After relaxing by the bonfire, head inside to Fretheim Hotel’s restaurant Arven and try for yourself. The restaurant serves traditional and locally produced food with a modern twist. You can off course also find meat and vegetarian dishes on the seasonal menus.
9. A day trip to Myrkdalen Mountain Resort
Western Norway’s largest ski resort is only 45 minutes’ away. Jump on the Fjords & Mountain Bus from Flåm to Myrkdalen in the morning and enjoy a day of skiing and other snow activities. Take the same bus back to Flåm in the afternoon.
10. Cinnamon knot at Flåm Bakery
The delicious cinnamon knot from Flåm Bakery is reason enough to stop in Flåm, and definitely a place to go by when you are already here. These artisanal bakers make all the sourdough breads, patisserie and Norwegian treats from scratch.
11. Shop till you drop at Flåm Stores
Do you want a material memory of your visit to Flåm? Or do you need warm clothes or a thermo cup to keep warm? Drop by our two concept stores, Flåm Store Exclusive and Flåm Store Active. Here you can get the original penny loafer, the Aurlands shoe, leather bags, wool items and other hand-crafted products made in Norway.
12. The largest gondola in northern Europe
Get an eagle’s view over Voss. The largest and most modern gondola in Northern Europe takes you from Voss town centre to Mt. Hangur 820masl in less than 7 minutes. Make sure you have time for playing in the snow and lunch at Hangurstoppen Restaurant. Voss Gondola is located 1 hour drive from Flåm, and can also be combined with the Flam Railway.