Best of Flam
This tour covers the highlights of the Aurlandsfjord region. Leave the idyllic village of Flåm at the head of Aurlandsfjord by train on one of the most spectacular railroad journeys in Norway. The line is only 12 miles long; however, the journey lasts around 50 minutes because it climbs from 15 feet above sea level to 2,844 feet at Myrdal Station, situated on the main line between Oslo and Bergen. The train proceeds very slowly at the most scenic parts. At the Kjosfoss Waterfall you can leave the train for a few minutes to take photographs.
Change trains at Myrdal Station and continue on the main line, passing through the Gravhalsen Tunnel and down the Raundalen Valley to Voss. Voss is a well-known tourist resort, in both summer and winter, with an attractive setting near Vangs Lake. Here you will have some free time to explore the village.
After lunch, served locally, your journey continues by coach, stopping at the Tvinde Waterfall cascading down the mountainside.
Pass Oppheim Lake and reach the Stalheim Hotel, which perches on a cliff overlooking the Nærøy Valley far below. Brace yourself for the serpentine bends of the Stalheimskleivane -- the steepest road in Norway -- skirting the Sivle and the Stalheim Waterfalls. Reaching the valley floor, you will follow the Nærøy River to Gudvangen on Nærøyfjord. From here it is a relatively short drive back to Flåm, although most of the route will be inside the mountain. There are two tunnels -- the first is 6.8 miles long; the second approximately three miles long. Soon you will see Aurlandsfjord ahead, where your ship awaits you.
The railway stations are open-air and have no restroom facilities. The Flåm train is not exclusive to Holland America Line guests.