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Stay at the Fretheim hotel on the Norway ski and fjord experience to combine skiing with fjord exploration.
A historical 19th-century manor house, the Fretheim Hotel overlooks the Aurlandfjord. Every room has a view of the fjords and/or surrounding mountains. A glass section dominates the middle of the hotel with ground to rooftop windows highlighting the view of the fjord. The restaurant has some of these fine views and serves up super fresh dishes with traditional preparation methods such as smoking and curing. The vast majority of the produce is locally sourced with some fantastic meat, cheese, fruits and vegetable supplier in the local area. They say that due to the fjords and abundance of herbs in the area the livestock grows bigger and is marinated by all the herbs from the inside. You'd have to try it to believe it.
Historical rooms bring an era of elegance back to the 21st century, but even the newest rooms have a vintage style and all with great views. The Fretheim is a hotel where the staff are excellent which just makes your stay so much more pleasant. There's a café and bar for nourishment and plenty of lounge area with fireplaces and a library, there's even a bookable hot tub.
At the end of the village, the Fretheim hotel backs onto the park and overlooks the fjord with fantastic views from every room. The fjord cruise starting point is 600m and the Flam rail station half that.
Historic rooms are in the oldest part of the hotel and are in various sizes. they have antique furniture, king beds and beautiful bathrooms.
Sleeps max. 2
The tower suite extends over two floors with a queen size bed, antique furniture and a jacuzzi.
Sleeps max. 2
In the new part of the hotel, the America wing, the rooms have large balconies and face the gardens and fjord. They have twin beds and a shower in the bathroom.
Sleeps max. 2
Standard rooms are at the rear of the hotel with mountain views. They have twin beds and a bath shower combo in the bathroom. They can be used as single rooms with a queen bed.
Sleeps max. 2
One of Norway's major and most spectacular tourist attractions. Built at one of the steepest gradients in Europe the railway snakes it's way up from Flam. Up the fjord's cliffs on narrow mountain paths through a total of 20 tunnels that spiral in and out of the rock face.
The tunnels were hand dug from 1923 to 1940 when the railway officially opened, raising 867 metres from sea level 20km up to Myrdal taking roughly 40 minutes. You'll pass some spectacular views and frozen waterfalls, you could ride the train up and down all day without getting tired of the scenery.
The train terminates in Myrdal from where you can go back down to Flam or onwards to Bergen or Oslo.
In Western Norway, Flam is in the middle of Fjord Norway, home to some of the most dramatic and best known fjords in the country. Many of the most striking fjords are in fact branches off the major inlets from the sea.
In case you were wondering, fjords were created by massive glaciation going below sea level over a period of around 2.5 million years. The glacial cycles carved the U shaped fjords out of the rock. Essentially the fjords were shaped by glaciers (or ice if you prefer). There are over 1,000 fjords in Norway.
Some of the most dramatic fjords are within reach of Flam including, Naeroyfjord, Lysefjord, Geirangerfjord, Aurlandsfjord and Sognefjord. All are linked by water so you can cruise to them by boat.
Similar to the Fjord cruises in the sense that you will be exploring the same choice of fjords, the safari experience differs in the fact that you are in a much smaller RIB (rigid inflatable boat) so can get up close and personal with what the fjord has to offer.
You'll be able to get within close range of much of the wildlife here such as seals, porpoises and eagles. And you can also opt for specific experiences such a cheese tasting or a safari dinner.
If you're particularly lucky you may even spot an Orca whale.
The Segastein viewpoint is simply unmissable, or rather you'll have massively missed out if you don't take a look. 650 metres above the fjord the viewpoint juts 30 metres out from the mountainside and from its edge, you have unparalleled panoramic views. You won't find a better view of the Fjords and surrounding landscapes.
From Flam, you can book a sightseeing tour to the Segastein viewpoint which takes care of your transport to and from the viewpoint, it's the easiest way to take in the vistas.
The Njardarheimr Viking village is in Gudvangen on the Naeroyfjord. I lot of very Norwegian sounding place names thrown in there. But pronunciation aside, the Viking village is an authentic place adopting the practices from 1,000 years ago. The people who live here really do live this lifestyle, so its more than just acting.
To give a little history Gudvangen (where the village is) was an important place for trading during the Viking age. The Fjord the village is in, Naeroyfjord is named as 'the place of the gods' dedicated to the god Njord, fittingly the god of trading and sailing.
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