Flåm, or how to feel like a tiny ant in a big world

I don’t think I’ve ever felt as small in this big old world as I did during our short time in Flåm. Flåm is a wee village in Norway surrounded by the biggest mountains I’ve ever seen. Everywhere I turned, I was faced with sheer mountainsides, and I couldn’t be happier!


Transporting yourself to Flåm is pretty easy, and offers you the opportunity to take one of the most scenic (and steepest) railways in the world: Flåmsbana Railway. We took a train from Bergen to Myrdal, and then the Flåm Railway. The railway between Flåm and Myrdal only operates a few times a day during December, but the lines of communication between the Flåmsbana crew and external operators is really great. If your train to Myrdal is running late, the Flåm railway will wait for you!


Before our trip, we knew that Flåm was a small village, so didn’t expect much. But, what it lacks in amenities, it totally makes up for in its beauty. Flåm is a photographers dream with its snow-capped mountains, mirrored harbour, cute cabins, and a plethora of viewing angles from which to take it all in.

I especially loved capturing the four red cabins on the edge of the harbour.


During the winter months, Flåm is a sleepy village, with just enough options to keep you fed, watered, and comfortable. There is only a handful of accommodations available, so of course, we had to stay at Flåmsbrygga: a Viking obsessives dream!


The Ægir BrewPub was an absolute highlight of the trip. Walking inside was like entering an actual Viking establishment, and we could not wipe the smiles off our faces! The food was delicious but expensive (as is everything in Norway), but as it was a once-in-a-lifetime trip, we went all out!


Flåm also has a mini supermarket, cafe, and bakery that are open year-round, although I think the bakery was closed while we were there because I don’t remember it. And I always remember baked goodies!


We began one of the five hikes in the area on our first day in the village, walking toward the Otternes Farmyard. We didn’t make it all the way, as it started to get dark, but we still got some amazing views of the harbour and village.

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The sunset that night was simply stunning.


On day two, we tackled three other hikes: around the Fretheimshaugane area, Lunden and Brekkesida, and to the Brekkefossen waterfall. It started to rain halfway up the track to the waterfall, so we almost turned back. The path was mucky and wet, and really steep. But, we powered on and were rewarded with epic views of the surrounding villages.


We also checked out the Flåm Railway Museum, which was really interesting! It was fascinating learning how the railway was created, and really made us appreciate our trip all the more, knowing the struggles they went through all those years ago.


I’m so glad we made the effort to include Flåm in the Norwegian leg of our trip. It really humbled me and made me appreciate how beautiful nature can be. I definitely want to visit again sometime.


Have you ever been to Flåm?

If so, what was the highlight for you?
If not, have you just added it to your bucket list?

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Author: Michelle

Michelle Harvey is a kiwi traveller, writer, photographer, list-maker, coffee drinker, and wanderer. Winter holidays are her favourite kind.

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