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Flåm - the railway and Sognefjord

Flåm is a small town at the end of Aurlandfjord - one of the branches of Sognefjord.
It is famous because of the railway line that runs from the quayside in Flam up to Myrdal on the main Oslo to Bergen line - the "Norway in a Nutshell" daytrip combines train from Voss to Myrdal; train down to Flam; boat around to Gudvangen on Naeroyfjord; then coach back to Voss, via Stalheim.

the Flam railway train
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Flam railway station Flåm is on the E 16 main road from Bergen to Oslo. Apart from the quayside and railway station with shops, there are one or two hotels and a railway museum.
Continuing east along the E 16 for a few minutes, there is an extraordinary tunnel 24 kilometers long, with large chambers every 6 km along. In winter it can be very cold outside (far below freezing) but the 16'C inside the tunnel will thaw out your car while it travels through - a strange feeling as you hear the ice and snow dropping off.
Map reference:
Sogne og Fjordane Fylkeskart (scale 1:200 000): 3975 67495
By car:
From Voss, drive 46 km east along E 16
Parking
:
at the railway station
By bus
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By train:
Down the Flam railway from Myrdal on the main Oslo to Bergen line.
Distance from Stavanger: 350 km
Distance from Voss: 46 km
Distance from Bergen: 150 km

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train with snowy mountains beyond
the railway museum Travel time from Stavanger:
7 hours by car
Duration of the visit:
half an hour to all day
Facilities:
Carpark, toilets, shops
Kids verdict:
interesting if there are boats, trains and people moving around
See also:
Hotels in Bergen
Hotel booking in the mountains of Hordaland
Hotels in the Sognefjord area
Hemsedal skiing
Rallarvagen cycle or ski path to Haugastol
kite skiing near Haugastol
Flam is by the fjord, dwarfed by mountains
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