The Flåm Railway, or Flåmsbanen, may be one of the most scenic and beautiful train rides in the world.
Tourists from all over the world visit Norway to experience this train ride, which is a highly popular attraction between the Sognefjord and Hardangervidda. The amazing Flåm Railway takes you from high mountains in Myrdal station, through Flåm valley and down to the very bottom of the Aurlandsfjord and Flåm station.
The railway construction commenced in 1924 and the railway finally opened in 1940. Flåmsbanen has become more and more popular, with a record high number of 600 000 passengers in 2011.
The Flåm Railway is one of the world’s steepest train rides built on normal tracks, and close to 80% of its tracks run through a rise of 55%. The tunnel which spirals in and out of the mountain and is an impressive work of engineering. The 20 km long train ride takes you from the high mountains and down to the fjord. The scenic mountains are wild and beautiful, displaying snow covered mountain tops, lush nature, impressive waterfalls and farms high up in the mountains.
The Flåm Railway was recognized as one of the world’s 25 most beautiful train rides by The Society of International Railway. The National Geographic Traveller Magazine mentioned The Flåm Railway on their list of top ten train rides in Europe and the Lonely Planet Traveller recognized the railway as ”The World’s Best Train Ride”.
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Further down in the valley of Flåm, the beauty of the Aurlandsfjord rises; this is an arm of the majestic Sognefjord – the world’s longest fjord.
This spectacular train journey offers panoramic views of some of the wildest and most magnificent nature in Fjord Norway. To experience the journey for yourself, why not join in on a tour from Fjord Tours? Several of their tours includes the Flåm Railway - find a more information, prices and suggestions here
The Flåm Railway Museum
offers insights to the construction of one of Europe’s steepest railway journeys, the technical development and the people responsible.
The museum displays an authentic El 9-locomotive along with various historical items, text, photographs and audio. You can also experience the journey with the Flåm Railway in a video display.