Day: September 29, 2014

The Flamsbana

Hi All!  Here’s a catchup post about a day trip I took from Oslo.  I combined a ride on the Flamsbana (Flåm railway) and a ride on the ferry between the towns of Flåm and Gudvangen, which let’s you see the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord.  There are “Norway in a Nutshell” tours that can provide these trips, plus others, into a journey around Norway.  I decided to save some money and follow the itinerary myself.  It’s actually pretty easy (at least for these segments) to arrange.  Just go to the train station in Norway and the NSB reservations person can book the required trains, ferry and even bus connection for you.  I’ll cover the initial part through to Flam here, and then the ferry ride later.

Your day starts early with a train ride from Oslo to Myrdal, departing around 6:43 AM and taking about 5 hours and 20 minutes.  It’s main highlight is climbing up to one of the highest elevations in the area, Finse (1,222.2 meters above sea level).  This turned out to be a pretty cool ride, IMO possibly better than the Flamsbana ride itself.  Why?  Well, mainly I loved the scenery along the way… and unlike the Flamsbana it was easier to get a good view out the train windows.

The scenery (in September) was quite varied – many different colors of vegetation, and rocks, and even water.  Not sure if that holds true all year round (and in winter I gather much of it will be covered in snow).  Here are some examples:

Oslo to Myrdal 1  Oslo to Myrdal 2