The tiny village of Flam is located at the innermost part of the Aurlandsfjord, a tributary of the famous and beautiful, long (120 miles) and deep (436 feet) Sognefjord. Flam is surrounded by steep mountains, roaring waterfalls and deep valleys. There is also snow on the ground!!!
At last count (2014), there were 350 people living in Flam. And every day, in the summer, large cruise ships come to visit. Since the late 19th century Flam has been a popular tourist destination hosting almost 450,000 visitors a year. Most of those visitors ride the Flamsbana (one of the steepest rail lines in the world.) That is exactly what we did!!!
The Flam railway is famous for its steep incline (1 to 18), its 20 tunnels that twist and spiral inside the mountains, and a view that takes your breath away!!! It was recognized as one of the world’s most beautiful train rides by the Society of International Railways; National Geographic’s Traveller Magazine put the Flam Railway on their list of top ten train rides in Europe; and Lonely Planet Traveller called it “the world’s best train ride”. Let me show you:
Our next port-of-call is Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland.