The Flåm Railway

Planen var å ta båten inn Nærøyfjorden til Gudvangen og deretter bilen til Flåm, men – den turen får dere dessverre ikke se. Årsaken var at båten var delvis full  allerede da den kom til Kaupanger og dermed måtte vi endre planer: Ferge til Lærdal og bil til Flåm. Tunnelen var 25 km lang, men til Flåm kom vi uansett! Og der var det mange som hadde planlagt å ta “verdens vakreste togreise”!  Toget var rett og slett fullt! Så da ble det å vandre litt rundt i Flåm og vente på et senere tog. Og det gjorde ikke akkurat så mye….

The original plan was to take a boat into the ‘Nærøyfjord’ to ‘Gudvangen’ and proceed to Flåm by car, but -that’s a trip I won’t be able to show you. The reason being that the boat was more or less fully booked already when it arrived in Kaupanger, thus we had to alter our plans:  Instead we caught a ferry to ‘Lærdal’ and proceeded from there by car – under the mountain and through a  14 mile tunnel, but we arrived safely in Flåm.
And we were not alone!  There were hundreds of people who evidently had the same plans as we had. A train ride up the famous Flåm Railway to ‘Myrdal station’ up in the mountains.
The train was fully booked!
The solution was evident: Stroll around Flåm for a few hours while waiting for a vacant train ride. Not that it mattered very much . . .
Picture 2038For det var jo mye å titte på når vi nå først var var nødt til å være her en stund

‘Cause there were quite a few things to see while waiting around for a train ride –
Picture 2043Flåm har utviklet seg til å bli en betydelig turisthavn og det ene cruiseskipet større enn det andre søker ofte inn ‘Nærøyfjorden’ til ‘Flåm’.

Flåm has over the years expanded into a substantially tourist destination and cruiseships, one bigger than the other, often sail in the ‘Nærøyfjord’ to ‘Flåm’.
Picture 1576Innerst i fjorden finner vi det tradisjonsrike ‘Fretheim Hotel’

In the inner part of the fjord, we find the traditional ‘Fretheim Hotel’
Picture 2044Alternativt kan man leie seg sin egen rorbu og greie seg selv –

Alternatively you may rent a ‘fishermans cabin’ (‘rorbu’) and do everything yourself –
Picture 2052En vakker elv flyter langsomt rundt selve Flåm og ut i Nærøyfjorden

A beautiful river floats slowly around the settlement of ‘Flåm’ and into ‘Nærøyfjorden’
Picture 2050– og en lokal spøkefugl har ikke kunnet motstå fristelsen til å pynte litt på skiltet som egentlig varsler om ‘Fiske forbudt’

– and a practikal joker haven’t been able to resist the urge to make a few alterations to the sign, which actually proclaims ‘No Fishing’

Picture 2049Her ser man lettere hvorfor Nærøyfjorden og Flåm har blitt et velkjent turistmål –

It’s easy to see why ‘Nærøyfjorden’ and ‘Flåm’ has become a famous ‘tourist destination’ –
Picture 2060I ‘Flåm’ finnes et slags jernbanemuseum hvor gammelt togmateriell også gjør tjeneste som ‘friluftsrestaurant’

In ‘Flåm’ you may find sort of a ‘railway museum’ where old train carriages has been converted into an ‘open air restaurant’
Picture 2059Men ellers var det ikke vanskelig å finne seg steder som kunne servere litt mat og/eller souvenirer man kunne ta med seg hjem –

But otherwise it wasn’t very hard to find places that offered various food, Norwegian specialities or souvenirs to bring home –
Picture 2045Men – gode nyheter – vi hadde fått plass på neste tog opp dalen!
But – good news :  We had secured seats on the next train ride up the valley!

Flåmsbanen er Nord-Europas nest bratteste jernbane! Den er egentlig å betrakte som et sidespor til ‘Bergensbanen’ og går fra Myrdal stasjon oppe i fjellet og ned til Flåm ved ‘Nærøyfjorden’fjorden; en strekning på 20,2 km med en høydeforskjell på hele 865,5 meter.
Hele 5, 7 km av banen går i tunnel, noen ganger i sirkel inne i selve fjellet for at man skal takle stigningen som i snitt blir 1 meter pr 18 meter skinnegang!

‘Flåmsbanen’ is the second steepest railway line in Northern Europe! Actually it’s a side track to the ‘Oslo-Bergen-line’, leaving ‘Myrdal station’ up in the mountains and arriving in ‘Flåm’ by the ‘Nærøyfjorden’  nearly 3000 ft below.  3,5 miles of the total railwaytrack is built through tunnels which sometimes goes around in circles inside the mountain in order to tackle the elevation which is 1,1 yard pr 20 yards of railtracks.

Så la oss ta en titt på denne trassèen som ble påbegynt i 1923, men som grunnet den annen verdenskrig ikke sto ferdig før i 1947.

So let’s take a closer look at this railway, which was initiated in 1923, but due to delays during the World War II wasn’t finished before in 1947.
Picture 1578I begynnelsen er dalen ganske trang og terrenget veldig bratt der det faller ned i elven – Her bør man være godt kjent om man skal ta seg frem i halvmørke eller kanskje på ski?

In the beginning the valley is rather narrow and the terrain falls steeply into the river below.
This is an area you ought to know like the back of your hand if you should pass in the dusk or even on skies in the winter?

Picture 1647

For dem som nå tenker på fiskestenger så husk skiltet nede i elvemunningen og gitteret som hindrer  storfisken å ta seg opp hit

For those who now thinks of  fishing rods, please remember the sign down at the river mouth stating ‘No fish’ (or ‘No fishing’) and the grid across the river barring all fish of a certain size
Picture 1644Men det er fristende; jeg medgir gjerne det!

But it’s tempting! I’ll give you that!🙂
Picture 1580Så åpner terrenget seg litt. Og der det er plass, har noen slått seg ned . . .

Then the valley opens up a bit. And where it’s possible, people have tried to make a living for themselves . . .
Picture 1645Picture 1580Og etter en rekke tunneler kommer vi inn mot en  slags perrong hvor toget motvillig stopper og hvor det gis anledning til fotografering. Så hva er dette?

After several tunnels we’re approaching sort of a platform where train comes to a reluctantly stop. So what’s this?
Picture 1606Vi har ankommet ‘Kjosfossen’ som på enkelte dager kan være et praktfullt skue. Og idag har vi flaks – på mer enn èn måte!

Vi have arrived at ‘Kjosfossen’, which on special days may be a magnificent sight. And today is our lucky day – in more ways than one!

Fossen er fantastisk og været er flott! Alt ligger til rette for gode bilder! Men stopp litt! På de gamle ruinene inne ved fossen, – er det ikke noe som beveger seg der inne? Plutselig forsvant det. Og i neste øyeblikk var det der igjen . . .
Og så hørte vi det: Hulder-lokket!

The waterfall is fantastic today, and so is the weather! Everything is just right for fabulous pictures. But hold on!  On those old ruins in there by the waterfall, wasn’t there something moving? And suddenly it was gone. In a minute it reappeared in a different place, and then we suddenly heard it: There was a mountain nymph singing . . .
Picture 1628Jeg skiftet øyeblikkelig til et teleobjektiv, og der var hun jammen meg . . .

I changed to a telescopic lense, and there she was . . .!
Picture 1611Og mens jeg tok et ekstra bilde av Kjosfossen så forsvant plutselig Huldra i fossen

And taking another shot of ‘Kjosfossen’, the mountain nyph suddenly vanished into the waterfall –
Picture 1613bToget hadde satt seg i bevegelse igjen og plutselig passerte vi denne lille idyllen oppe i fjellet.

The train slowly moved on up the mountain slopes, and all of a sudden we passed this idyllic lake with its cottages –
Picture 1615Der passerte vi ‘Vatnahalsen Høyfjellshotell’. Et ideelt sted for dem som ønsker å tilbringe lengre tid i fjellet

Suddenly we passed the ‘Vatnahalsen Mountain Hotel’. An ideal place for those who want to spend some time in the mountains.
Picture 1617Bare minutter senere ankom vi Myrdal stasjon! Herfra kan man ta tog videre til Bergen eller Oslo, eller – man kan rett og slett returnere til Flåm og Sognefjorden.

Only minutes later the train arrived at Myrdal station!  From here you may proceed with another train to Bergen, alternatively to Oslo, or you might simply return to Flåm and the areas surrounding the ‘Sognefjord’.

Eller du kan velge å reise digitalt med meg i en helt annen retning🙂
Or you might ‘travel digtally’ with me in an alltogether different direction🙂
(Compliments of SRB )

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15 Responses to The Flåm Railway

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  2. artmoscow says:

    Some place to go next year. Thank you! If there’s a tourist board there, they should be paying you a commision )

    • Seenorway says:

      He he, well, it would have been welcome, but I don’t think the tourist board would approve🙂 Perhaps some hotels might, but before I feel free to ask. I shopuyld have at least 100 such reports published and probably at least a thousand hits a day. But the thought has been there . . .
      If you are planning a trip, I guess the nearest tourist office would be at Voss (about 80 miles from Bergen) or you could try the office in Bergen directly.

      • artmoscow says:

        Thank you! You’ve made it a planned destination for me )

        • Seenorway says:

          You will probably be travelling via Oslo towards Bergen. Station of departure is ‘Myrdal’!
          From here you may take the Flåm Railway down to Flåm and ‘Nærøyfjorden’.
          Booked in advance (important) you could take the boat throughout the ‘Sognefjord’ to Bergen. Or you could spend a few days in the district of ‘Sognefjord’ and ‘Luster’ before heading out for Bergen. (See ‘Sogn’, ‘Solvorn’, ‘Veitastrond’, ‘Jostedalsbreen National Park’ and ‘Hafslo’.

  3. allesistgut says:

    Thank you for the report. I was in Flåm a few times but never went by train to Myrdal. As I went with the Bergensbanen and we stopped in Myrdal, I was very impressed of the view into Flåmsdalen. It was in winter and a really breathtaking trip!

  4. What a wonderful adventure. I like the humour too, but the scenery is spectacular. Thank you for sharing this lovely place.

  5. vestlending says:

    Heldig med været mens du var i Flåm ser jeg, ikke alle forunt! de aller fleste må nok oppleve dalen i overskyet vær eller øs pøs! men klart med litt skodde dotter her og der kan jo forsterke det trolske?

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