Cutting a course through Norway’s serene fjordlands, the historic and beloved Flam Railway is rightly considered among the world’s foremost scenic rail routes. Running for some 12 miles between the village of Flam and the frontier settlement of Myrdal Station, the journey is by no means long, but is easily the most picturesque and dramatic of all Europe’s iconic rail passages.
Construction of the Flam Railway – or Flåmsbana as it’s known locally – began in 1924, with the last section of track completed 16 years later, in 1940. Despite being only 12 miles long, the railway is considered an impressive feat of engineering for the steepness of its tracks alone – with over 80% of the route running on lines pitched at a steep gradient of 55%.
From mountains to fjord, the Flåmsbana transports its passengers through a wild, untouched landscape, passing waterfalls, forests and a continuous ribbon of snow-capped peaks along the way. Marvel at the power of Kjosfossen Waterfall, admire the lush alpine vegetation of Hardangervidda National Park, and gaze in wonder at Sognefjord, Norway’s longest, deepest and most revered ‘King of the Fjords’, on this unforgettable rail journey.