Surrounded by towering mountains, deep valleys and roaring waterfalls, Flam is a charming village situated in the inner most part of the Aurlandsfjord, which is a branch off the Sognefjorden, Norway’s longest fjord.
Flam is a nature lover’s paradise and offers visitors some of the most popular attractions in Norway. It is the perfect starting point for exploring the calm waters of the Nærøyfjord, and it’s here in Flam that passengers can board the Flåmsbana Railway, one of the most scenic train journeys in the world.
The village also has numerous dining, drinking and shopping options, and its 350 friendly inhabitants are sure to help make any stay in Flam a memorable experience.
Cruise ships dock at the Port of Flam in the heart of the village. Passengers are tendered ashore during busier times.
The Port of Flam offers incoming passengers free use of Wi-Fi and free maps. The port is also only 200 metres from the village centre, which has all the amenities cruise passengers need to make their arrival as convenient and hassle-free as possible.
Facilities nearby include:
- Banks and ATMs
- Tourist information centre
- Free maps
- Public toilets
- Supermarkets and shopping
- Cafés, restaurants and bars
- Internet access.
Passengers are able to board buses and trains and flag taxis just outside the main port. It’s also possible to hire a car from one of the many car hire offices in the village.
How to Get Around
Flam is a small village that is best explored on foot. The village centre is only a 3 minute walk from the Port of Flam. From there, passengers can board the famous Flåmsbana Railway or wander through the village’s charming streets.
There are also buses, taxis and car hire offices throughout Flam if passengers would like to explore the countryside just beyond the village.
Travel times from the Port of Flam
- It is a 3 minute journey to both the Flåmsbana Railway and the Flåmsbana Museum
- It is a 5 minute journey to the Æegir Brewery
- Most fjord safaris leave from the Port of Flam.
- Currency - The local currency in Flam is the Norwegian Krone (NOK). Coins come in 50 øre (1/2 krone), 1, 5, 10 and 20 kroner denominations. Notes come in 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 kroner denominations.
- Time Zone - Flam runs on Central European Time (CET). It is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
- Weather - The climate in Flam is typical of other villages in south central Norway. It enjoys a temperate climate with mild summers and winters. The average daytime temperature during summer (June to August) is 10 degrees Celsius. During winter (November to February), the average temperature hovers around -5 degrees Celsius. Flam is one of the driest regions in Norway, seeing only around 470mm of rainfall each year on average.
- Flåmsbana Railway - Experience what it’s like to ride the world’s steepest railway line on the Flåmsbana Railway. Heralded as the most beautiful train journey in the world, the trip to the top of Myrdal Mountain – 867 metres above sea level – takes about 45 minutes and passes through some of the wildest and most spectacular nature in the Norwegian fjord landscape, including rambling waterfalls and snow-capped mountains. The railway is open all year round.
- Fjord Safari - Hop aboard a RIB boat for an exhilarating ride on the Nærøyfjord. Spend 1.5 to 3 hours taking in the fjord’s spectacular attractions, such as the famous Sagfossen Waterfall, as well as stopping to observe seals, porpoises and eagles in their natural habitat.
- Æegir Brewery - Quench your thirst with some locally handcrafted beer at this Viking style brewery. Looking very much like a medieval chapel, the Æegir Brewery produces a selection of fine beers, including stouts, ales and lagers. The brewery recently won three silver medals at the Australian International Beer Awards in 2011. It also serves up some scrumptious Norwegian comfort food to complement the range of beers. Sign up for a beer tasting tour and learn how it all works while nursing a pint. The Æegir Brewery is open from midday to 10pm from May to mid-September and closes at 6pm other times of the year.
- Flåmsbana Museum - Get a dose of local rail history at the small Flåmsbana Museum, located just by the Flåmsbana Railway platform. Besides documenting the construction of the Flam railway, the museum also provides fascinating insight into the village’s history before the arrival of cars and buses. The museum is open from 9am to 7pm from May to September, with shorter opening hours at other times of the year. Entry into the museum is free.