Welcome to the Flåm cruise port guide. Flåm might just be that little piece of paradise on earth. Good or bad weather, this port will not fail to amaze. It is a tiny little place where about 450 people live year round. The town exists out of a couple of buildings that gather themselves around the cruise pier and train station and that is basically it. The town of Flåm is not the reason why cruise ships come here so often. The reason they call here is because you will be face to face with the true Norwegian fjords and landscapes. Western Norway is famous for unique and stunning fjords. In this case your ship will need to leave open sea and go into the Sognefjord. With a length of 205 km this is Norway’s largest fjord and 3rd longest in the world. You simply cannot wrap your head around what force was able to create something so immense. Once you arrive in Flåm you are facing your typical Norwegian fjord village: small, isolated but an incredible scenery. This is why you are in Flåm and why you are in Norway. Do not miss this opportunity to explore the Norwegian landscapes and the fjord culture. What makes Flåm even more unique is the fact that one of the most beautiful train rides in the world start in Flåm. Most visitors will therefore choose to take the 1 hour journey up to Myrdal (end station) and take that same train down to Flåm again. Learn more about the train, also known as Flamsbana, in the sections underneath.
This is the Flam cruise dock. The dock is conveniently located near the train station and there are lots of facilities close by like bicycle rentals, souvenir shops, bank and tourist information. Read all about what to see and do in the Flam cruise port guide.
Have a beer tasting at the local brewery of Flam. Just a little under 150 kr. will get you 5 samples of some amazing beers. Find the brewery in a building across the dock in what looks like an old stave church. Open every day from 12.00 hrs.
National Geographic Traveler Magazine has named it one of the top 10 train journeys in Europe and Lonely Planet named it best train journey in the world in 2014. It definitely is something special, but if it really is the most beautiful train journey in the world is up to you to decide. The Flamsbana only has a single track and therefore there are only a limited amount of trains that can go up during the day. Sometimes this creates a problem in capacity. Buy your ticket on board at the shore excursions department, at the train station (but know this is limited) or buy ahead of time online through: https://www.visitflam.com/en/se-og-gjore/flamsbana/ or www.nsb.no/en
Flam trainstation, Flam, Norway
If you take the Flam train to Myrdal your train will automatically stop for a short photoshop at the Kjosfossen waterfall. Watch out for the legends that hide behind the waterfall, they just might be true.
12 km to the north you will find Aurlandsvangen, a small town famous for its shoe making. Also the Aurland church is here. Take public transport or a taxi to Aurland.
This museum, right next to the train station in town is a great way to actually learn how and why the Flamsbana was created. For those of you not just interested in the gorgeous views from the train you can learn about the decisions and challenges the Norwegians were up against when building the Flamsbana beginning 20th century. From port it is about 300 meter walk.
This 17th century church is perfect to visit if you are looking for a flat 3,5 km walk. This walk will take you through the Flam countryside into the valley. Pick this church as your turn around point and you’ll have a wonderful walk.
Find local food specialities at Flam’s supermarket. The area of Flam has quite some interesting and delicious local food products to offer. Visit the Coop supermarket about 200 yards from your ship to buy your local salmon, salami, goat cheese and much more. In the store, search for the “Local food” stand. Everything on it is produced in the area. Especially the brown goat cheese has a unique flavour. It is a caramelised goat cheese that is produced in the mountains about 15 km from the port. From port it is 200 meter walk.
From the port there are a couple of flat, uphill, short and long hikes that you can take. Be mesmerized by beautiful views like this one. The tourist information has maps with hiking trails on them. Be sure to pick them up.