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Flåm Railway – The most breathtaking railway on Earth!

NB: This article has been published in Tiep Thi & Gia Dinh Magazine on 08/08/2016 as “Flåm – Myrdal, European’s most beautiful railway journey” (Vietnamese only).

My husband and I came to visit my in-laws in Bergen during 17 May aka. the Norwegian Constitution Day.

It was my 2nd time visiting the 2nd biggest city of Norway, yet the 1st time ever I’ve experienced such a beautiful, breathtaking railway on Earth: the Flåm Railway, part of the famous “Norway in a Nutshell”® trip.

Although I’m far away to be a travel photographer or any kind of photographer, I’d love to share my latest photos of this train journey, from Flåm (2 metres/6 ft above mean sea level) to Myrdal, which is 867 metres (2,844 ft) above mean sea level.

Facts about the Flåm Railway

  • 20 km-long train ride
  • 20 years of construction to complete the line
  • 20 tunnels, 18 of which were built by hands
  • The 3rd most-visited tourist attraction in Norway

Flåm Railway – The most breathtaking railway on Earth!

My father-in-law drove us from home to Flåm, which was around 3 hours driving, then we had a picnic close to the fjord, then we bought tickets for this train journey. It takes up to 1 hour to reach the main station from either way.

Flåm Railway ticket cost 220 NOK/one way (≈ €23,5). No student nor senior discount.

And here we go!

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The old Flåmsbana Locomotive, now as a part of the (free entrance) Flåm Railway Museum.

Inside the Flåm Railway’s wagon. Not as crowded as I thought (good!). Photo © Misa Gjone

Inside the Flåm Railway’s wagon. Not as crowded as I thought!

The village of Lunden seen from Flåmsbaba. Photo © Misa Gjone

The village of Lunden seen from Flåmsbaba.

Kjossfosen and Huldra. Photo © Misa Gjone

The train will stop at Kjossfossen for about 5 minutes. During this short break, you’ll have a chance to meet Huldra – a myth creature in Scandinavian folklore.

She wears a red dress and uses her beautiful singing voice to seduce charcoal burners, hunters, or those who are alone in the forest.

Still snow close to Myrdal Stasjon, although it was already in the middle of May. Photo © Misa Gjone

Close to Myrdal Stasjon, there was still snow, although it was already in the middle of May.

And finally, here we are, (almost) top of the world! The Myrdal Stastion, 867 MASL. Photo © Misa Gjone

And finally, here we are, (almost) top of the world! The Myrdal Station, 867 MASL.

From this station, tourists can either take the train to Oslo or Bergen as a part of the scenic trip “Norway in a Nutshell”®. However, we only spent some minutes there stretching our legs, breathing the crisp cold winter air before boarding back to Flåm.

The Flåm Railway journey itself can also be claimed as a mini “Norway in a Nutshell”® for you can see most of this country, including fjords, mountains, ski resorts, hytte, valleys, and even spring and winter within one hour!

So far this is the most stunning train journey I’ve ever taken. Although the price may be quite high (hello, it’s Norway!) but it’s worth every penny!

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