The fjord cruise engine went off as soon as, we came ashore, the Southwestern Flam station. Silencing in, the deep sound of blue waters, the mini cruise sailed across a tire-lined harbour walkway; before parking itself, in its designated spot. There were only a few hundred passengers on board, making the disembarkment process smooth and comfortable. In fact, we were in, for a pleasant surprise when we got off!
From what we had heard about Flam, we only knew about the fjord harbor and the railway station. Which, by the way, is not all that is! Sitting at the end of the Aurlandsfjord, this small village is blessed, with the world’s most iconic views. For as far as, we could see, towering mountains and valleys were surrounding Flam. While, in the close vision, orange color stalls selling aromatic food and stylish clothing, were calling us, to splurge a little.
The dramatic scenery drew us into its charisma with every step, we took, to explore this small village. We had plenty of time, on hand before, we could board Flamsbana. So, we walked around as much as we could, only to find out that Flam is also, one of the most advanced European Village. Rather let’s call it, a Scandinavian village, stalling with electric cars and Porches to much more. Despite which, Flam, is still connected to its 17th-century roots, through the Flam Church in the valley.
Our take on the Flam Station and Flamsbana
While wandering around, we began to speak to the locals. Soon we learned about the waterfall and the Hardangervidda plateau in the vicinity. Visiting both of these points requires some ‘serious’ hiking; which is why, we plan to cover it on foot, the next time we are around. It’s intriguing that half a million people visit Flam station every year. Mostly, because tourists want to experience Flamsbana, rated top 10 train journeys in Europe, by National Geographic and Lonely Planet Traveler Magazine. Originally, Flam Line was for the ferries to operate on the Sognefjord-Bergen water route. Soon after, in 1998, a new station was erected to convert the old one into a railway museum.
The shops in the area sell some of the best fish combos, pizzas and shrimp delicacies, we have tasted so far. We couldn’t resist buying souvenirs and jackets either! With the kind of collection they have on display, it’s impossible to not, get drawn into the temptation of shopping. Some of the rare items include the reindeer and sheepskin rugs. If you are taking a one night halt at Flam, then we suggest you rent a bike. The bike rental store is located right behind the Flam museum. If you have an onboard journey then, you may have to skip this activity. Our brief exploration was shortly interrupted by Flamsbana’s arrival announcement.
Flam Station is open Monday to Sunday between 08:00 AM to 19:00 PM. This railway station houses a waiting room for passengers, a ticket machine, bike rack, and parking for up to 150 vehicles. (To order a cab, just dial +47-90130808) Flamsbana travels on three routes, primarily covering Oslo, Myrdal, Flam, and Bergen. You can choose to book your trip as per your further traveling plans.