• Help Ukrainian Families in Need: World Central Kitchen Donation Match
  • Newsletter
  • Write a Review
  • Boards
  • Deals
  • Find a Cruise
  • Reviews
  • News
  • Cruise Tips

Cruises to Flam

2 Awards
Flam (Photo:wojtaro76/Shutterstock)

About Flam

Flam, meaning "little place with steep mountains," could not have a more perfect name. The storybook hamlet, population 350, is nestled on Aurlandsfjord, the innermost arm of the world's second longest fjord, Sognefjord, which stretches halfway to Sweden. With its snow-capped mountains, waterfalls, river, meadows and picturesque farms, Flam is beautiful throughout the year, but most popular in the summer when travelers flock here for the dramatic fjords and outdoor activities. Flam is also a good starting point for a day trip to Naeroyfjord, an arm of Sognefjord, and newly designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.



Flam's popularity as a tourist destination began in the late 19th century with the arrival of steam ships carrying English and German passengers. Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm and Europe's royals were also frequent summer visitors -- attracted by salmon fishing in the Flam River. In 1909, the opening of the Bergen Railway established Flam as a junction for passengers and goods between Oslo and Bergen. Back then, horse drawn buggies carried vacationers through the spectacular region.



Today, Flam is Norway's fourth largest cruise port (by number of calls -- fifth largest by number of passengers). Around 175 cruise ships squeeze through the narrow fjord annually, bringing thousands of visitors to the tiny town. As terminus for the celebrated Flamsbana, considered one of the world's most scenic rail trips, Flam also receives several hundred thousand train visitors a year. Thousands of Norwegians come in summer and fall to experience Rallarvegen, a spectacular cycling route.

  • Why go to Flam?

  • Flam Cruise Port Facilities?

Loading...
Loading...

We found you 116 cruises

Loading...
Loading...
Viking Jupiter
Viking Jupiter Aquavit Terrace (Photo: Viking Ocean Cruises)

7 Night
Viking Shores & FjordsDetails

Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
May 22, 2023
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips
Viking Jupiter
Viking Jupiter Aquavit Terrace (Photo: Viking Ocean Cruises)

14 Night
Viking HomelandsDetails

Leaving:Stockholm
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Sep 10, 2022
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips
Enchanted Princess
Enchanted Princess (Image: Princess Cruises)

14 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Jul 22, 2022
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips
Queen Mary 2 (QM2)
Queen Mary 2 (QM2)

7 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Sep 4, 2022
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips
Sponsored

Explore The World with Oceania Cruises

  • Enjoy 2 for 1 Cruise Fares, FREE Roundtrip Airfare & Airport Transfers
  • Plus with OLife Choice: Your choice of one FREE amenity of up to $800!
  • FREE Shore Excursions, FREE Beverage Package or FREE Shipboard Credit.
  • Savor Gourmet Cuisine & Personalized Service With Small Ship Luxury.

Oceania Cruises

7 Night
Viking SagasDetails

Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips

7 Night
Viking Shores & FjordsDetails

Leaving:Bergen
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
May 15, 2023
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips

7 Night
Norwegian Fjords CruiseDetails

Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Aug 13, 2022
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips

14 Night
Best Of NorwayDetails

Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Sep 11, 2022
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips

14 Night
Best Of NorwayDetails

Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Jul 17, 2022
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips
Cruise Critic Favorite

12 Night
Arctic Circle CruiseDetails

Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Jun 17, 2023
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips

14 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Aug 19, 2023
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips

7 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips

7 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

Leaving:Hamburg
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
May 9, 2023
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips

26 Night
British Isles & Iceland ExplorerDetails

Leaving:Reykjavik
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Aug 7, 2024
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips
Cruise Critic Favorite

11 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
May 7, 2023
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips

Why go to Flam?

Pros:

Hikers, cyclists, kayakers and train enthusiasts will all find beautiful routes out of Flam

Cons:

Weather is changeable, and downpours can make outdoor activity unpalatable

Bottom Line:

When the weather is nice, there's much to explore by boat, rail, wheels or foot

Flam Cruise Port Facilities?

There is no port building with facilities, but everything in town is within a five-minute walk. Public toilets and tourist information are in the Flam Railway Ticket Office building, and restaurants, shops and tour providers all line the harbor.

Good to Know?

The weather in fjord country can change quickly, so it's best to be prepared and dress in layers and bring an umbrella. If you're booking tours in advance, consider whether you're willing to do them in the pouring rain before you commit.

Getting Around?

On foot: Everything you need in Flam is within walking distance. There are also several walking/hiking paths that leave from the town. A map is available at the tourist office.

By car: Flam's sole car rental office, Flam Bilutleie A.S., is located at Heimly Pension, about 425 yards east of the rail station (e-mail post@heimly.no or call +47 57 63 23 00). You'll want to book your rental in advance if you're planning on driving to Undredal (20 minutes), Stalheim (30 minutes), Osterbo (45 minutes) and Voss (one hour).

By public transit: A far less costly way to enjoy the area is by public transportation. The bus stop is located about 200 yards from the dock, just before the train station. Take the bus to Aurland to visit the shoe factory, glass blower and scenic viewpoint. Organized bus tours are also available from independent tour companies.

By boat: Daily ferries leave year-round from Flam to Aurland, Undredal and Naeroyfjord. Choose from two companies, Sognefjord AS and Fjord1, and definitely book in advance. Fjord1 is the public ferry that sails between Flam and Gudvangen on the Naeroyfjord. Sognefjord AS is a tour company that offers a boat trip to Gudvangen and a scenic bus ride back.

By bike: Bikes are available to rent at Haugastol Turistsenter near the train museum. Choose a two-hour or full-day rental and bike along the fjord or into the valley.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The official currency is the Norwegian krone (NOK). For current currency conversion figures, visit www.oanda.com or www.xe.com. Unlike Denmark and Sweden, Norway is not a member of the European Union, and the euro is not legal tender. Aurland Sparebank has an ATM one minute's walk from the ship.

Language?

Norway features two official languages; bokmal or "book language," derived from Danish, and nynorsk (new Norwegian), derived from many rural Norwegian dialects. Bokmal is the more common, with nynorsk spoken in the fjord country along the west coast and in the central valleys. Norway's oldest language, Sami, is spoken by the country's indigenous people. Most Norwegians also speak very good English. Interestingly, fjord is a Norwegian word that's become part of the international lexicon.

Where You're Docked?

The Flam cruise pier is right in town and a short walk to everything. Three ships can be in port on the same day.


Flam Cruise Reviews
Beautiful scenery but I would argue only half a day is needed here as there is limited things to do. We opted to take the Stegastein viewpoint tour from Norway's Best which I would recommend to anyone. Flam railway aRead More
User Avatar
rosy6621
Absolutely gorgeous! Make sure you are near windows or on your veranda for sailing in/out - the views are gorgeous and the process takes a few hours. We did a RIB boat tour and it was great. Even though cold, they prRead More
User Avatar
twointimeofwar
Enjoyed this scenic venue, access to and from the ship where long and uncomfortable - queued for over forty minutes to get back on shipRead More
User Avatar
NOrabi
Flam was beautiful, but easily walked in one or two hours. We went up the mountain on a private tour to see the fjord. The scenery is breathtaking. Read More
User Avatar
LibraryGhoul

Related Cruises

Want to cruise smarter?
Get expert advice, insider tips and more.
By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy and Cookies Statement and Terms of Use.