The Flåm Railway - a world famous line
The Flåm Railway is widely recognised as one of the world's most amazing railway lines, most recently named the world's best train journey in 2014 by Lonely Planet. A trip on this astonishing railway from sea level at the fjordside to the high mountain covers an elevation of nearly 900 metres at a gradient of 1 in 18. One of the 20 tunnels on the Flåm Railway horseshoes around inside the mountain, and the journey repeatedly offers breathtaking views! The Flåm Railway is a branch line of the Bergen Line. There are nine-ten departures daily in high season from May to September and four-five departures daily for the rest of the year. You can find out more about the thrilling history behind this 20 kilometre stretch of track by visiting the Flåm Railway Museum in Flåm.
Activity holidays and local culture
Flåm is a perfect stepping-off point for a holiday full of activities! In a fraught and stressful world, nature and the outdoors are balm for the soul. Flåm has activities for young and old, with cultural experiences founded on local traditions. Here you can take your children fishing in the mountains or on the fjord, or just enjoy the tranquillity of nature. It is also enticing to cycle or walk the many trails in the Flåm Valley or in the mountain wilderness. Otternes Farm Village, with 27 different buildings from the 17th century should not be missed! This cluster of houses is a local historical treasure and living museum with an attractive view to Flåm and the (sometimes) placid Aurlandsfjord. From Flåm there are numerous fjord cruises, including through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nærøyfjord.
Fretheim Hotel - stately hotel with a distinctive modern character
With a history dating back to 1870 and its old atmosphere in tact, Fretheim Hotel today is nonetheless a fully modern tourist hotel. Its architectural features, magnificent fjord views, 121 comfortable rooms, numerous suites, large restaurant and modern course and conference section make Fretheim Hotel one of the most compelling hotel destinations in Fjord Norway. The hotel has an outstanding kitchen which uses first-class ingredients from local producers and nature's own larder. Whet the appetite, the hotel has a broad programme of activities, including salmon fishing in the Flåm river, fjord safaris, wilderness camping, ice fishing in the mountains and open-air gastronomy. Welcome to an enjoyable and engaging stay.
The Nærøyfjord on the UNESCO World Heritage List
Few places in the world can offer as breathtaking a landscape as the fjords of Western Norway. Two of these areas are on the UNESCO World Heritage List; Nærøyfjord was inscribed on the list in 2005. This unique fjord is 17 kilometres long and only 250 metres wide at its narrowest.
The mountains around the fjord rise steeply up to 1800 metres, with the constant thunder of waterfalls cascading down their sides. Small farms unconnected to roads can be seen at several places along the fjord, evidence of the time when the fjord was this area's most important transport artery.
Nærøyfjord is a branch of the famous Sognefjord, and here you can take boat cruises from Flåm and Gudvangen (deep within Nærøyfjord) every day of the year.