Around an hour from Myrkdalen, Flam offers a unique opportunity to combine Fjord exploration and stunning rail journeys with our favourite winter pastime - skiing. Check out our Norway ski and fjord experience itinerary for more information.
Visiting Flam in the serene winter months is a far cry from the crowds of the summer. You wouldn't believe this is one of Norway's top three summer tourist destinations. During the winter Flam is quiet and peaceful you feel like you are in the midst of the wilderness. The stark contrast between the seasons is amazing and it's not just the people. During the winter the snow comes down to the fjords blanketing the dramatic cliffs and at times freezing over the fjords surface so you can break through the ice on a RIB or cruise boat, even the waterfalls feeding the fjords with fresh water from the glaciers are frozen creating sparkling ice sculptures. The fjords around Flam are some of the most dramatic in the whole of Norway, you're in Fjord Norway. Lonely Planet described them as one of "the most impressive landscapes on the planet".
The village of Flam sits on the banks of the Aurlandsfjord surrounded by steep mountains and a frozen landscape. The village acts as a starting point to explore the numerous fjord branches in the area - some of the most dramatic fjords are within reach of Flam including, Naeroyfjord, Lysefjord, Geirangerfjord, Aurlandsfjord and Sognefjord.
Another huge draw is the Flam Railway rising from sea level to 867m in under an hour, travelling through 20 tunnels that spiral in and out of the mountain. You'll pass frozen waterfalls, soaring mountains and stunning vistas on one of the steepest railways in Europe. The train culminates in Myrdal from where you can easily catch a train to Bergen or Oslo so it's a perfect end-of-trip experience.
What we like about Flam
- Being immersed in 'wild Norway' it's quiet, serene and downright beautiful
- Exploring the fjords carved by glacial cycles over a 2.5 million year period, you feel like a drop of water in the ocean
- The views, Stegastein Viewpoint is the big daddy of panoramas but there are simply too many great vantage points to visit
- Easy to tie into a ski break in Myrkdalen with our Norway ski and fjord exploration experience
- You can reach Flam on the bus from Myrkdalen or by rail from Geilo, alternatively, you could catch the ferry here from Gudvangen or further afield
- This is not a ski resort - though there is a mountain lodge accessible to ski tourers if you are looking for a little more adventure
- There are special event thrown from time to time such as the New Year midnight fjord cruise - worth looking out for