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All About my Flam Railway Excursion in Flam, Norway


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Our cruise visited Flam as our final port in Norway and it was amazing. Not only was the fjord cruise to and from Flam phenomenal, but the Flam Railway excursion was spectacular! It's called "one of the most beautiful train rides in the world" and I believe it. If you go to Flam, especially if it's your first time there, definitely consider taking the railway. Has anyone else been?

 

Here are a few photos from my experience:

 

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I wrote all about the experience here with tons more photos!!  >>  https://justinpluslauren.com/flam-railway-norway/

 

Thanks for looking and reading! 🙂

 

 

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Thank you for posting the photos. I agree that the Flamsbana is a fabulous excursion. We booked it in advance through the cruise line (Cunard). We were glad we did. The Queen Elizabeth was at the dock and there were two smaller ships which had to tender their passengers ashore. There was also a large tour group that had been travelling by rail. Some people who had not booked in advance were unable to get tickets at the railway station.

 

There was a small but interesting railway museum in the town, which was a bonus.

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On 10/9/2019 at 6:02 AM, ski ww said:

Thanks for sharing. Got an email from HAL last week that our stop in Flam was cancelled and we're going to Skjolden instead.

 

We're really sorry to hear this . We are also scheduled for Flam on the Zuiderdam and a good part of the reason that we booked our cruise was to go there .

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1 hour ago, oakridger said:

Crystal Symphony also cancelled

Very sad that Cruise Lines only now recognizes the changed emission requirements and did publish itineraries and ports it is not possible to visit. Impossible to substitute Flåm.

Olden is an acceptable substitute for Geiranger - Loen Skylift and Briksdal glaciers as well as a long fjord sailing .

Molde is More questionable.

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Another question on FLAM.

Our ship won't arrive to FLAM until June 16 from 7AM to 5PM (Princess)

Princess excursion is 7:30 thru 9:30 is available as of now.

Flam railway fully BOOKED for 9:45 - 10:42 

The available is 7:30 - 8:12 or 14:50 to 15:45.

The 7:30 departure is very early but the 14:50 is late and close to the ship departure.  

How far is the railway station to the ship, should we chance with 7:30?.  As an Elite with Princess would help to get off the ship early to get to the train on time?.

Any advice is very helpful and appreciated.

ChattTenn

 

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33 minutes ago, Capt_BJ said:

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see all the people in lower left? waiting for the train....

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Thanks Capt_BJ for the pictures.  It seems very close to the ship.  In your opinion, is it a must or a tour to fjord to see a beautiful sight?.

 

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2 hours ago, ChattTenn said:

In your opinion, is it a must or a tour to fjord to see a beautiful sight?.

There will be time for both the train as well as a boat trip to Gudvangen and then the shuttle bus from Gudvangen back to Flåm - Undredal is also worth a visit.

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2 hours ago, hallasm said:

There will be time for both the train as well as a boat trip to Gudvangen and then the shuttle bus from Gudvangen back to Flåm - Undredal is also worth a visit.

Thank you.  We will look into the  options.

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you might want to look at 'Norway in a Nutshell' which is a tour that can bundle this for you but note doing the full loop of train, ferry to G and bus is a full day. A dummy booking showed a 9:30 departure and 4:30 pm return!

 

https://www.fjordtours.com/tour-booking/

 

is the train a must do?  depends on where else you are sailing to fjord wise and are there any particular train buffs I suppose. As trains go this is considered a top 10 ride by many. As fjords go ... after a while they all look alike!

 

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we used Nutshell to book our trip from Bergen to Oslo via G and Flam (ferry) after a Viking Midnight Sun cruise.  We included and overnight in Flam. Despite PEAK season, Nutshell got us on everything and a room . . . 

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On 10/31/2019 at 2:25 PM, hallasm said:

 a boat trip to Gudvangen and then the shuttle bus from Gudvangen back to Flåm -

How can we get this tour?.  Do you know any information about it.  If there is enough time, we might consider to do the train and this tour too.

Thank You.

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22 hours ago, Capt_BJ said:

you might want to look at 'Norway in a Nutshell' which is a tour that can bundle this for you but note doing the full loop of train, ferry to G and bus is a full day. A dummy booking showed a 9:30 departure and 4:30 pm return!

 

https://www.fjordtours.com/tour-booking/

 

is the train a must do?  depends on where else you are sailing to fjord wise and are there any particular train buffs I suppose. As trains go this is considered a top 10 ride by many. As fjords go ... after a while they all look alike!

 

********

we used Nutshell to book our trip from Bergen to Oslo via G and Flam (ferry) after a Viking Midnight Sun cruise.  We included and overnight in Flam. Despite PEAK season, Nutshell got us on everything and a room . . . 

Thank you.  We will look into this also.

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On 10/19/2019 at 12:22 AM, hallasm said:

Very sad that Cruise Lines only now recognizes the changed emission requirements and did publish itineraries and ports it is not possible to visit. Impossible to substitute Flåm.

Olden is an acceptable substitute for Geiranger - Loen Skylift and Briksdal glaciers as well as a long fjord sailing .

Molde is More questionable.

Hello, want ships would you recommend for visiting the fjords going in 2021 and later.? Or would you suggest another way to visit?  Want to be environmentally responsible as well.  I appreciate any options, thank you. 

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8 hours ago, dougo in oz said:

which side of the train do you recommend sitting for the best views please ?

I do not think there is a difference in which side of the train you sit.  it is also possible to get up and walk around in the train.  This video is recorded as I sat on the right side of the train.

 

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3 hours ago, milolii said:

want ships would you recommend for visiting the fjords going in 2021 and later.? Or would you suggest another way to visit?

Environmental requirements will be enforced on Cruise Lines when sailing in the Norwegian Heritage fjords.  Any cruise line sailing will meet the requirements.
Alternative to a Cruise is 'Norway In a Nutshell'.

You can also check what options Hurtigruten offers. They do operate LNG/hybrid Ships ships along the coast of Norway.

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