Flam is a popular destination on Aurlansfjord, an arm of
Songefjord. Its name in Norse is "flat land". Flam has become a standard port of call for cruise ships
visiting the Norwegian fjords.
The long days of the Norwegian summer
from May to September are the best
time to visit this area. It never gets very warm at this latitude
though. July and August are the warmest months with average highs of
61 F (16 C) and average lows of 45 F (7 C). In
the winter months from December - February, average highs are 28 F
(-2 C) and average lows are 16 F (-9 C).
Precipitation is spread fairly evenly over the year, but is slightly
higher in July and August. Many attractions are closed for the off season.
(The Flam Railway) - climb nearly 3,000 feet in 12 miles to Myrdal Station.
It takes an hour to ascend. The train stops at Kjosfoss Waterfall
along the way. Join the main line and head through the Gravhalsen Tunnel and
on to Voss. Then take a bus, stopping at the Tvinde Waterfall and the Stalheim Hotel, overlooking the Nærøy Valley.
Bus down the switchbacks of the Stalheimskleivane—the steepest road in Norway,
to Gudvangen on Nærøyfjord, throught the Gudvanga Tunnel and back to Flam.
Visit the village of Lærdal, passing through the 15
mile long Laerdal Tunnel. The village has 160 protected 18th-century buildings, including
the Borgund Stave
Church, built from wood in the 1100s.
Travel to the village of Aurland and the
Stegastein Lookout. Or visit Osterbo Mountain Farm.
Take a Fjord
Safari for a trip on the Aurlandsfjord and the Naeroyfjord.
The Naeroyfjord is the narrowest fjord in the world and is a World Heritage site.
a heritage site of 27 buildings dating back to the 1600's that 4 Norwegian families once lived in.
Ferry to Balestrand and dine along the water at the
Take a day trip to Solvorn or continue north
farther to Jostedalsbreen National Park
to see the largest glacier in Europe. The word "breen"
in Norwegian means "glacier". The Jostedal Glacier has
more than 40 arms, including the Briksdalsbreen (more easily accessed
from Olden, Norway) and the Nigardsbreen.
Visit the Jostedal Museum and then take a Family
Walk or a Blue Ice Walk on the Nigardsbreen with Jostedalen Breførarlag.