About Flam

About Flam

Beautiful Flåm is located right at the inner end of a branch of the world's deepest and second-longest fjord, the 204-km-long and 1308-metre-deep Sognefjord. Surrounded by steep mountainsides, surging waterfalls and narrow valleys, this area is paradise for anyone seeking the unique and spectacular wonders of nature! Good transport connections make Flåm an excellent hub, easy to reach by car, boat, train or bus. Large cruise ships gliding into Sognefjord to Flåm harbour are a daily sight in spring and summer. From the harbour and the many fjord cruise boats, it is just a brief stroll to the Flåm Railway station or the Fretheim Hotel.

Welcome to Flåm!

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The Flåm Railway - a world famous line

The Flåm Railway is widely recognised as one of the world's most amazing railway lines, most recently named the world's best train journey in 2014 by Lonely Planet. A trip on this astonishing railway from sea level at the fjordside to the high mountain covers an elevation of nearly 900 metres at a gradient of 1 in 18. One of the 20 tunnels on the Flåm Railway horseshoes around inside the mountain, and the journey repeatedly offers breathtaking views! The Flåm Railway is a branch line of the Bergen Line. There are nine-ten departures daily in high season from May to September and four-five departures daily for the rest of the year. You can find out more about the thrilling history behind this 20 kilometre stretch of track by visiting the Flåm Railway Museum in Flåm.

Activity holidays and local culture

Flåm is a perfect stepping-off point for a holiday full of activities! In a fraught and stressful world, nature and the outdoors are balm for the soul. Flåm has activities for young and old, with cultural experiences founded on local traditions. Here you can take your children fishing in the mountains or on the fjord, or just enjoy the tranquillity of nature. It is also enticing to cycle or walk the many trails in the Flåm Valley or in the mountain wilderness. Otternes Farm Village, with 27 different buildings from the 17th century should not be missed! This cluster of houses is a local historical treasure and living museum with an attractive view to Flåm and the (sometimes) placid Aurlandsfjord. From Flåm there are numerous fjord cruises, including through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nærøyfjord.

Fretheim Hotel - stately hotel with a distinctive modern character

With a history dating back to 1870 and its old atmosphere in tact, Fretheim Hotel today is nonetheless a fully modern tourist hotel. Its architectural features, magnificent fjord views, 121 comfortable rooms, numerous suites, large restaurant and modern course and conference section make Fretheim Hotel one of the most compelling hotel destinations in Fjord Norway. The hotel has an outstanding kitchen which uses first-class ingredients from local producers and nature's own larder. Whet the appetite, the hotel has a broad programme of activities, including salmon fishing in the Flåm river, fjord safaris, wilderness camping, ice fishing in the mountains and open-air gastronomy. Welcome to an enjoyable and engaging stay.

The Nærøyfjord on the UNESCO World Heritage List

Few places in the world can offer as breathtaking a landscape as the fjords of Western Norway. Two of these areas are on the UNESCO World Heritage List; Nærøyfjord was inscribed on the list in 2005. This unique fjord is 17 kilometres long and only 250 metres wide at its narrowest.

The mountains around the fjord rise steeply up to 1800 metres, with the constant thunder of waterfalls cascading down their sides. Small farms unconnected to roads can be seen at several places along the fjord, evidence of the time when the fjord was this area's most important transport artery.

Nærøyfjord is a branch of the famous Sognefjord, and here you can take boat cruises from Flåm and Gudvangen (deep within Nærøyfjord) every day of the year.

Frequently asked questions

What is the distance between Flam and Bergen?

Flam is roughly 165 kilometers from Bergen and the journey takes about 2 1/2 hours by car. 

Where is the nearest airport

The closest airport is Sogndal airport Haukåsen, about 70 kilometers from Flam. The closest international airport is Bergen Airport Flesland, about 165 kilometer from Flam. 

Is it worth spending more than a day in Flåm?

Yes, absolutely! Flåm offers all kinds of activities – cycling, kayaking, walking, RIB boats and much more. See Activities.

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Contact us

Contact us

If you have questions regarding your trip to Flåm, please contact us by phone or email or drop by our customer service centre in Flåm.

Flam harbor

Flam harbor

Flam harbor is one of the most popular habors for cruise-ship arrivals with over 150 visits every year. In connection with the operations on Flamsbana, Flam received its own cruise port in May of 1999.