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Norway: Flåm's fjords, trolls and railway

Norway is breathtaking in so many ways, and its stunning nature is a must for everyone, especially nature lovers. Here is what you can do if you are in Oslo: pack your tent and wool underwear, it gets cold here during the night, and catch a train or bus to Myrdal. It is approximately a 4,30 hours ride with prices for a round trip starting at €35.
From Myrdal, the adventure starts, the famous Flåm Railway, believed to be one of the most beautiful train rides in the world. It is just one hour long, but one hour of some of the most magnificent mountain scenery. In addition, it is one of the steepest railway tracks in the world. In Flåm, you can discover the epic beauty and ancient mystique of the fjords. You will sometimes feel as if you are in the land of The Lord of the Rings but without the orcs. The price starts at €40 one way and there are 4 departures per day.

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Average costs in this area

Transportation - Roundtrip from Oslo to Flåm with train/bus incl. the famous Flåm Railway: from €115 a person.

Accommodation - Pack up your tent and stay at the beautiful Flåm camping for €30 a night.

Food - Local restaurants are not many as Flåm is a pretty small place, but there is a good variety and vegetarian-friendly options. Try some local delicacies and local craft beer at Bakkastova Café. Some days just go for a budget version in the supermarket.

Suggested daily budget –  50 – €120

I am giving you an overview and the budget depends on the activities. To sum up a three-day exciting and eventful trip for two in the period from May to September during the weekdays:

– Three nights in Flåm camping in a tent for two €90
– Fjord safari €70 a person
– Stegastein viewing point €35 a person
– A day in the mountains incl. bus and half-day guided e-bike tour €80 a person
– Food and drinks: €50 a day a person (eating out)

Total €540 per person or €355 without the suggested activities.

It all depends on what you want to do. You can also manage just fine with approx. €20 a day for food. Hiking is free and it is just wonderful to do that, but make sure you go on marked trails.

TIps for first visit

Well, most of us don’t visit fjords on a daily basis so when you get there, try to get the most out of it.

1. Fjordsafari – Flåm is located in the beautiful Aurlandsfjorden, a branch of Sognefjorden, so fjord experience is the thing to do here. You can do a 1,5-hour fjord safari with a boat for €70 per person.

2. Stegastein viewing platform –  650 meters above Aurlandsfjord is another cool thing to do. It is just stunning. Go for an organized trip with a bus. It costs approx. €35 and takes about 1,5 hours.

3. Biking – You can also take a bus to Myrkdalen Ski Resort for a €35 round trip and spend the whole day in the beautiful mountain surroundings overweening the fjords. There you have many options if you wish guided biking or hiking tours. A guided e-bike half-day tour costs €50 a person and is suitable for everyone over 13 years old. You can either do a tour from 1 to 3 pm or 2 to 5 pm.

These are just some of the options that are offered in Flåm. You can do much more, or you can chill in the very unique surroundings all day long.

Stegastein viewpoint

Do’s and don’ts

Do always be prepared with some extra clothes. Did I mention wool? Always have it. In Norway the weather is unpredictable and can change in a minute, so come prepared. Also, remember to say “hi” as you walk by other hikers. Norwegians tend to always say hi in nature.

Don’t litter or go outside the marked hiking trails.

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