Flam is a tiny village of 400 people, situated at the end of the Aurlandsfjord. Each year, several hundred thousand people visit this tiny village, which is mind-blowing. The town is bustling when a cruise ship carrying thousands of passengers arrives, but, surprisingly, doesn’t feel too busy except at the visitor center where everyone is booking their trips at the same time. If you stay overnight, you have the advantage of being able to book your trips at other times in the day or night. Flam is a great place to spend a night or two while on the Norway in a Nutshell tour.
Why Visit Flam
If you like to shop and eat fine food when you travel, you may not see the point of visiting Flam. If you like outdoor activities, you will find plenty to do in Flam for days. Flam is a beautiful place at the end of the beautiful Aurlandsfjord, offering wonderful views all around. There are waterfalls you can see right from the town, and all the land goes up away from the water.
There are some places to buy souvenirs, groceries, and go out to eat and drink. There are even delicious street food options, so you won’t go hungry. Many people, who only stay a couple hours, don’t get past this part of Flam, which is worth spending some time in. But there is so much more to see and do.
There are several ways to get to the Stegastein Lookout. You can rent a car, rent one of the two person smart vehicles, rent a bicycle, or take a guided tour in a van to this scenic viewpoint. Whichever way you go, the ride up this touristic road is beautiful and very curvy. It looks like it would be scary on a bicycle as the cars driving do not having good visibility around the curves. You travel up quite a ways, then reach your destination.
The views of the fjord below are stunning. Stegastein viewpoint is located in such a place where you can see relatively far in two directions of the fjord. This trip is well worth the couple hours, no matter how long you have in Flam.
Brekkefossen Waterfall Hike
This is an accessible hike as you can start walking right from town; no need to have a car or other type of ride. You cross the river, walk along the road for maybe 20 minutes, then the trailhead is on the right. The trail is a bit steep; remember you are in a fjord. But it is not a very long hike, taking most people 20-30 minutes to reach the waterfall from the trailhead. As you ascend, you gain elevation quickly. When you see the grassy area on your right, you have reached your destination. Walk across this small field, following the sounds of the waterfall for a great view of Brekkefossen and Flam below. If you like short hikes and views, this hike is for you.
Rent a Bicycle
There are plenty of bicycles to rent in town and at the hostel. Be sure to tell them what kind of biking you want to do so you get the right kind. Some people like to stick to the relatively flat roads along the water, which are quite beautiful. It is quite popular to take a mountain bike up the Flam Railway, then bike down. If you do this, be sure to book your train tickets first as the tickets sell fast. There is a very quiet road you take with lots of switchbacks and breathtaking scenery. I opted to rent a bike and bike part way up this road, then turned around and came back down. The waterfalls and steep slopes surrounding me were gorgeous.
Flam Railway Museum
While in Flam, don’t miss the Flam Railway Museum. It is free, so you have nothing to lose! It offers insight into the making of the Flam Railway and how they were able to create one of the world’s steepest railways.
Walk Around Culture Park
Beginning behind the Fretheim Hotel, the Culture Park boasts 1,600 meters of trails meandering up the hill. There are sculptures, benches, and views all along the way. Although I would not make this your only destination, if you have the time, it is a nice place to escape the crowds and take in the scenery.
Get onto the Water
You can take a ferry, a fjordsafari (a speedboat of sorts), or rent a kayak. All are wonderful options as you get a different perspective of this beautiful fjord.
Rent a Car
You can rent a car or one of those small smart vehicles made for two and set off on your own. There are other small towns to be explored, other hikes to do, and scenic drives to be had. This will offer you more freedom and allow you to go farther.
Flam is a wonderful place to visit. You can have a relaxing time, taking in the scenery, go on adrenalin-pumping adventures, or anything in between. Seeing a small village Norway is an experience to be had, as there are lots of small villages in Norway. Not only that, the scenery can’t be beat! For more in-depth information, check out the Visit Norway website, and the Visit Flam website.