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Cruises to Flam

Flam (Photo:wojtaro76/Shutterstock)
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.

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DAY 1: New York

21 Night
Cruise to Flam

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New York
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DAY 1: Amsterdam

8 Night
Cruise to Flam

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Celebrity Cruises
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7 Night
Cruise to Flam

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Southampton
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Stavanger, Flam ...
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DAY 1: Rostock

14 Night
Cruise to Flam

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Rostock
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Bergen, Flam ...
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MSC Cruises
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21 Night
Cruise to Flam

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Bergen
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Viking Ocean Cruises
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12 Night
Cruise to Flam

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Oslo
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Skagen, Stavanger ...
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Cruise Line:
Oceania Cruises
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7 Night
Cruise to Flam

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Amsterdam
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Holland America Line
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11 Night
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14 Night
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Hamburg
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Flam, Molde ...
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MSC Cruises
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9 Night
Cruise to Flam

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Southampton
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Celebrity Cruises
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10 Night
Cruise to Flam

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Copenhagen
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Bergen, Flam ...
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Silversea Cruises
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19 Night
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Amsterdam
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Holland America Line
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14 Night
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Copenhagen
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Eidfjord, Flam ...
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Holland America Line
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12 Night
Cruise to Flam

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Bergen
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Viking Ocean Cruises
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14 Night
Cruise to Flam

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Amsterdam
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Ulvik, Alesund ...
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Holland America Line
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9 Night
Cruise to Flam

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Amsterdam
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Bergen, Hellesylt ...
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Costa Cruises
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14 Night
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Kiel
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MSC Cruises
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7 Night
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Bergen
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Viking Ocean Cruises
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7 Night
Cruise to Flam

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Southampton
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Kristiansand, Nordfjordeid ...
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MSC Cruises
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7 Night
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24 Night
Cruise to Flam

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Copenhagen
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Holland America Line
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9 Night
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Amsterdam
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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.


Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination

  • 2018 Top-Rated Baltic & Scandinavia Destinations
  • 2017 Top-Rated Baltic & Scandinavia Destinations

Flam Cruise Reviews

Queen Mary 2 (QM2)
WDR498
Sail Date: Aug 2019
Flam is easy to see on foot and the highlight is the amazing view of the ship berthed right at the end of the fjord almost as if it's run aground. Have seen the flam railway but it's crowded and poor value for... Read More
JCN51
Sail Date: Jul 2019
We booked our own tickets for the Flam railway and were on the first train of the day. Tickets were sold out on the day so do book these in advance. What a beautiful journey through the mountains and past many... Read More
MSC Meraviglia
cshepard1965
Sail Date: Aug 2019
Flam is a cute little fjord endpoint with enough shops and a small railroad museum to keep one busy for a couple of hours. Also, free WiFi is available at TI.... Read More
tonyrguk
Sail Date: Jun 2019
booked the Flam railway independently, expensive but well worth it, not much else in Flam although the pub near the ship is good even at £10 apint!... Read More
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