Flåm Norway

Myrdal station
@garymarsh6 (17698)
United Kingdom
April 29, 2019 2:53am CST
One trip we did on our recent cruise to Norway was to take the little train in Flåm from the tiny little village at the bottom to the top of the mountain to Myrdal where there was still a covering of snow. You can change trains here that connect with other large cities in Norway. We decided to do the tour on our own rather than the ships tour who charged around £15 to walk you from the ship to the station! They charge for this from the ship was £58 but do do it ourselves it cost £43. There is only one station in Flåm so it is not like you have to hunt it down. It is only a very small village with a couple of hotels, restaurants tourist shops and a micro brewery. The round trip too just over an hour and a quarter and you are only at the top for 6 minutes before the train returns to Flåm. What you are rewarded with though is some beautiful vistas of the fjord, the mountains and the incredible railway tunnels that were hand dug out of the mountain. There had been a settlement here since around 1340 and Flåm literally means flood plain. The river flows down the mountains to empty into the fjord. It is surrounded by high mountains on either side which are reflected in the fjord. The journey up was very interesting and we made a couple of stops on the way up to pick up passengers and drop some off. They were mostly skiers and locals. We also stopped at a scenic stop to take photos of a frozen waterfall which was quite pretty. Work started on building Flåm railway in 1924 and was finally finished in 1940. There are twenty tunnels, one bridge and stops at ten stations in the summer months less in the winter months. The engineering of this train line was complicated by the fact that its gradient is 1:18 very steep in places and rises to 2831 feet or 873 metres. The photo is of the stop in Myrdal at the top before the scenic journey back to Flåm
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@MALUSE (50966)
• Germany
29 Apr
From the Carribean to Norway... Have you done all the worthwhile cruises now? Have you also been to Dubai and seen the desert?
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@garymarsh6 (17698)
• United Kingdom
29 Apr
Not quite. I am going on the Queen Mary 2 to New York next month. This is a birthday treat. I have one booked for the Eastern med in December and then Japan in April Next year followed by a world cruise in 2021. That would have covered most places. I think. I have not been to Dubai apart from in Transit at the airport. Dubai looks like a really interesting place to visit right now although I hate heights I would love to go up the Burj but it is quite expensive I believe. Just a word of warning about Dubai do check out the medications you are taking as some we use here as the norm are illegal in Dubai. Even being in your posession can cause problems! This includes over the counter medicines too!
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@MALUSE (50966)
• Germany
29 Apr
@garymarsh6 I get dizzy reading about your itineraries! Have you won in the lottery? :-) How do I find out which medications are illegal in Dubai?
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@Fleura (9674)
• United Kingdom
29 Apr
@garymarsh6 After all that you'll have to plan some overland trips to cover the bits you can't cruise to. How about the Orient Express or the Trans-Siberian railway? My mother went to New York on the Queen Mary (the first one).
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@rakski (31291)
• Philippines
29 Apr
Oh wow, that is a nice place
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@garymarsh6 (17698)
• United Kingdom
29 Apr
It is very scenic.
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@Fleura (9674)
• United Kingdom
29 Apr
I remember that - years ago I went 'Inter-railing' - remember when that was a 'thing' ? - and the first place I headed to was Norway. Spent most of my month basically travelling 'up' Norway and 'down' Sweden. One little side trip was a circular trip which involved a ride on this rack railway and then a return via boat through the fjord. It was very beautiful. That was in July though so no snow!
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@garymarsh6 (17698)
• United Kingdom
29 Apr
OH yes I would have loved to have done that but these days I prefer a little luxury. I bet it was beautiful in the summer too!
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@Fleura (9674)
• United Kingdom
29 Apr
@garymarsh6 Fabulous, I had always wanted to visit the fjords so it was a dream come true for me, I had a wonderful time even if I did live on bread, cheese and fruit pretty much the whole time (probably did me good!)
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@garymarsh6 (17698)
• United Kingdom
29 Apr
@Fleura I blew all my money one year to buy my parents a gift from Corsica. I had to go without food for three days but hey ho we do this sort of thing to have a great time!
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@Nevena83 (26680)
• Serbia
29 Apr
I like to read about your travels.
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@garymarsh6 (17698)
• United Kingdom
29 Apr
Thank you. My mother would have loved to have travelled but sadly it was not to be so I used to describe the trips to her in letters which she enjoyed reading!
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@Nevena83 (26680)
• Serbia
29 Apr
@garymarsh6 Oh, that's so nice of you. I'm sure your mom enjoyed reading.
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@Nevena83 (26680)
• Serbia
29 Apr
@garymarsh6 I'm sure she's traveling with you now.
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@nela13 (20671)
• Portugal
29 Apr
Seems a great place and a beautiful trip to do.
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@garymarsh6 (17698)
• United Kingdom
29 Apr
Yes it was very scenic with lovely views of the snow capped mountains and Fjord!
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@nela13 (20671)
• Portugal
29 Apr
@garymarsh6 Why does it only stop for 6 minutes at the top?
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@garymarsh6 (17698)
• United Kingdom
29 Apr
@nela13 Because it is taking passengers up to change to the trains to other towns. It is mainly a tourist attraction so that you can see how beautiful the views are.
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@just4him (156501)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
29 Apr
It sounds like a lovely trip.
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@garymarsh6 (17698)
• United Kingdom
29 Apr
It was very scenic Valerie I am sure you would have enjoyed it!
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@just4him (156501)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
29 Apr
@garymarsh6 I'm sure I would have. Trains sound exciting.
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@DianneN (119465)
• United States
29 Apr
I loved the train to Flam and have a video of the the "singing trolls".
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@garymarsh6 (17698)
• United Kingdom
29 Apr
The nearest we came to a Pseudo troll was one of the Filipina crew dressing up as one. The most unconvincing Troll you have ever seen!
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@DianneN (119465)
• United States
29 Apr
@garymarsh6 Trolls were in almost every single shop we stopped in. Enough already!
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• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
29 Apr
Oh I bet the air there is crystal clear. I would love to fill my lungs with that air now.
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@garymarsh6 (17698)
• United Kingdom
29 Apr
Yes it was very clean as is most of Norway! They are very very environmentally aware. Lots of Electric cars too!
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@JohnRoberts (81785)
• Los Angeles, California
29 Apr
Appears to be quite picaresque.
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@garymarsh6 (17698)
• United Kingdom
29 Apr
It is beautiful John. I wish I could share it with my eyes with all of you!
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@Shavkat (75160)
• Philippines
29 Apr
It looks so cold in that place. I like to see this place in the future.
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@garymarsh6 (17698)
• United Kingdom
29 Apr
Surprisingy it was warm at the top as you are in direct sunlight. If you go in the shade then it is very cold
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@Janet357 (16293)
29 Apr
Cruising and seeing a place as beautiful as norway will not make you want to sleep at daytime. One thing struck me, just wondering how many years did they spend on digging the tunnel out of the mountain with their bare hands.
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@garymarsh6 (17698)
• United Kingdom
29 Apr
16 years!
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@Janet357 (16293)
29 Apr
@garymarsh6 incredible! There was a time when Norway was voted as the happiest country on earth. Do you have the same season as norway?
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@garymarsh6 (17698)
• United Kingdom
29 Apr
@Janet357 Yes it is known as being a very happy counrty. I don't know why or how for example in the summer months it can be daylight for 22-24 hours a day and in winter dark for 22-24 hours a day. The diffence is that they have a different mind set to us and look on winter as a positive thing. Everything they do they turn into positive thoughts rather than negative like the rest of the countries that have more usual day/ night hours! It is fascinating. Plus they get to see the NOrthern lights quite regularly!
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@Gillygirl (29964)
• Sutton, England
29 Apr
It must have taken some skill to dig those tunnels by hand Gary. Did the steepness of the train line make you feel nervous? The photo is stunning as usual.
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@garymarsh6 (17698)
• United Kingdom
29 Apr
No not at all! It was quite a pretty little ride!
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@Gillygirl (29964)
• Sutton, England
29 Apr
@garymarsh6 It wouldn't have flummoxed me either but hubby would not like it. We had some steep mountain roads when we went to Austria. I didn't mind but he was unnerved.
@BelleStarr (44514)
• United States
30 Apr
That sounds like fun, I think I need to cruise to Norway one of these days. How long will you be in NYC? I am only about 100 miles away.
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@garymarsh6 (17698)
• United Kingdom
30 Apr
Only 7 hours! Usually people travel over by ship and then have a few days in New York and fly back. As we have been to NY a few times they offered a return trip for $100 more. It was a no brainer really and sealed the deal. Seven days there, 7 hours in NY and 7 days back. Should be lots of fun! I can't wait to see what their enrichment programme is. I will have a suprise for you all when I reach NY so watch this space or maybe just on FB as it is too tedious to write a post from a phone.
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@kareng (11895)
• United States
29 Apr
Sounds beautiful, @garymarsh6. I bet this was also a fun little excursion for you to make. I can just imagine all the great photos you took on this trip.
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@simone10 (29446)
• United States
29 Apr
It sounds lovely there! I love reading how you describe things. It makes me feel like I am there.
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@Torunn (4715)
• Norway
23 May
I've been planning to do that for ages! I've done some similar train trips but not Flåmsbanen. I think I'll go in the summer though, so I can go hiking at the same time.
@allknowing (82425)
• India
29 Apr
I so wanted to visit Noroway and anythign and everything there would be of interest to me. Sometimes it is good to explore on our own. I remember when we were in Australia we did not join that Great Ocean Road trip but instead spent doing our own thing and one was to have a leisurely bath in that hotel and watch a movie We needed that change after some hectic sight seeing activity.
@GreatMartin (8782)
• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
29 Apr
I don't know why but that is one part of the world I've never been to! When I had money I went to Canada, South America, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, all 50 States, the Caribbean, etc.