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.
Travel information Norway
Official currency – Norwegian krone
Accepts Euro / US dollars – sometimes in souvenir shops
Creditcards – are widely accepted
Drives on the – right
Timezone – UTC +1
Inhabitants – 5,1 million
Official language – Norwegian and Sami
Capital city – Oslo
Kingdom of Norway
Government – Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Good day – God dag
How are you? – Hvordan har du det?
Thank you – Takk
Cruise ship – Cruiseskip
Port – Havn
Cruise Port Guide Flåm – Norway: docked or tender
In Flåm there is 1 pier large enough for cruise ships. Flåm is often visited by more than 1 ship at the time. Visit the following link if you would like to know if your ship will dock or tender. For 2017 arrivals visit: http://aurlandhavn.no/cruise-2/ship-arrivals-2017/. Check the map above to see the location of the cruise pier and tender platforms. You’ll see that both options will get you straight into the “centre” of town. The reason why centre is written in quotation marks is because the centre of Flåm is extremely small and you want to make sure to get out of there to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
The train station and tourist information are both just a 200 yard away and you’ll find that the facilities are plenty and well arranged here.
Because Flåm is such a small town the facilities when it comes to transportation are limited. There is the occasional local bus that we would not recommend you to take, because it might go once a day. Taxis are limited as well and are in general not the way to get around in Flam.
When spending the day in Flam most people will choose to either do something active like hiking or booking the rib cruise, take the small trolley train, book a bus tour through the ship or through the tourist information in town, take a ride on the trolley train or on the actual Flamsbana.There are different options for you to choose from. Arrange it with your ships excursion desk, when you get there through the tourist information or pre-book something through: https://www.visitflam.com/en/
FAQ about Flam
– Can I buy my own tickets for the Flamsbana?
You certainly can, but rather book in advance than at the station as the train could sell out. Check out our section about the Flamsbana to learn how to preorder the tickets.
– What is our current elevation?
Just because the ship is surrounded by mountains, doesn’t mean we are not at sea level anymore.
– Is Global blue service available at Flam?
Most shops offer Tax Free or Global Blue formd when making a purchase over 350 kr. Sometimes the service is available in Flam, depending on your itinerary. Check with your front office staff if this will be the case for you.
– Are there toilets in the tour busses?
No, unfortunatly there are not.
– Is the train wheelchair accessible?
Yes, it is. Notify the train staff for assistance.
– Is fishing in the fjord allowed?
Yes, it is. You do not need a permit.
Cruising the Sognefjord
Your ship will be in the Sognefjord (3rd largest fjord in the world with a length of 205 km) for about 8 hours before it reaches Flam. This is a spectacular journey that you definitely don’t want to miss. Be sure to be on the outside deck in this part of the voyage. The fjord gets more spectacular the closer you get to Flam. It is best to be on the outside deck an hours before arrival and the hour after departure. Click here for our Cruise the Sognefjord guide and learn all about what to see along the way.
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.
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.
Aegir Brygger is Norway’s famous craft brewery. This local establisment brews 21 different types of beers which won prizes around the world. Ægir BrewPub is located right near Flam’s cruise dock. The building is completely in Viking style and resembles a Stave Church. Inside you will find a bar where you can sit down at the fireplace and taste what our local beer brewery has to offer. For just a little under 150 kr. you will get 5 samples of some amazing beers or simply come in for lunch! Find the brewery in across Flam’s cruise dock.
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.
Take the 1 hour uphill walk to this waterfall. The quantity of water falling off it is impressive as well as the views you’ll have from up here over the valley. Pick up the map from the tourist information to see its location.
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 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.
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.
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