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FJORDS - FLAM
If there is one place that really captures the
essence of a Fjords cruise it is Flam. This tiny
village lies at the end of Sogesfjords, a fjord that
projects some 115 miles into the interior of Norway.
The mountains that line the fjord rise from 2,000 feet
near th sea to some 6,000 feet at the head of the
fjord. Often they are sheer cliffs rising straight out
of the water.
At Flam, the fjord resembles a mountain lake. At
some points, there are the sheer cliffs towering
above. At other points, the land slopes more gently
into the water, covered in grass or trees.
A paved walking trail winds around one side of
the fjord so that visitors can see the spectacular
scenary from a number of angles. There is also a
small park near the cruise ship pier, where one can
sit and look at the water.
The fjord, however, is not Flam's only attraction.
The Flam railway takes visitors up into the
mountains. It travels up a steep and winding path
through tunnels and along the edge of cliffs looking
over mountain valleys. It pauses at the Kjosfossen
Waterfall, a 305 foot cascade for passengers to take
photos and admire the view. It then proceeds to
Vatnshalsen, a rural area that is a ski resort in the
winter and which has spectacular view over the
In Flam itself, there is a museum devoted to the
story of the railway. In addition, there are a few
stops and cafés that cater to the tourists that arrive
on the 120 to 180 cruise ships that call during a four
month season. Despite this slight commercialization,
the village is clean and attractive.
Right: The Flam Railway
Museum and a shop.
Below: Passengers can ride
around the village on a tractor
Ventura is a tall cruise ship. However, she is dwarfed by the
mountains that surround Flam.
The park next to the cruise ship pier has a gravel beach. Nearby,
Right: A small hotel.
Cruise ports - photo tour - Norwegian Fjords- Flam, Norway
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Around one side of the fjord
is a pathway that takes
visitors past picturesque
boat houses and cottages on
the shore of the fjord..
Above: A traditional style Norwegian Church.
Left: A café in Flam.
The train climbs up into the mountains, past green valleys and waterfalls. The scenery is so perfect that one would think
that one was riding through a model train display.
Flam's other major attraction is the Flam Railway.
One can purchase tickets at the Flam railroad station.
However, sometimes all of the tickets for a particular
train have been purchased in advance for the ships'
Cruise ship guests often leave the train at Vatnahalsen.
Walking its trails, one is frequently confronted with
awesome natural displays.
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