Flåm

Set in picture-postcard scenery at the end of the Aurlandsfjord, the Norwegian town of Flåm boasts one of the most spectacular railway journeys in Europe.

One of the most spectacular railway journeys in Europe

Set in picture-postcard scenery at the end of the Aurlandsfjord, the Norwegian town of Flåm boasts one of the most spectacular railway journeys in Europe.

The railway, one of the steepest standard gauge railways in the world, climbs over 3,000 feet to the ancient town of Voss and offers magnificent views over the valley. Just over 12 miles long, you’ll see rivers cutting through deep ravines and waterfalls cascading down the sides of snow-capped mountains.

Flåm marks the innermost point of the famous Sognefjord region and makes the perfect starting point from which to explore its stunning scenery. If you’re a nature-lover, leave your luxury MSC cruise ship behind for the day and venture into the great outdoors.

Ride the thrilling railway to the Kjosfossen waterfall and restore yourself with toasted waffles and hot coffee before making the hike back down.

Whether you’re admiring what is reputed to be the most breathtaking view in Norway (Stalheim), experiencing the thrill of the region’s magnificent waterfalls or taking in the pretty ancient villages, this particular stopover during your Norwegian MSC cruise vacation will leave you with some visual impressions.

Although our excursion packages may vary, we always offer great deals on local sights, which cover all tastes and levels of fitness. We are confident you will have a really enjoyable day off the ship, and a chance to fill your holiday with some pure Norwegian air.

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 FLA01 - STALHEIM & UNDREDAL (approx. 3 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Snack included  Starting from the pier in Flåm, your tour begins with a drive through Norway’s stunning landscape to the village of Gudvangen and continues through a narrow valley to reach Stalheim, home to one of Norway’s most spectacular views. Once you have had a chance to relax over pastries and coffee, the coach will take you back down the valley via Norway’s steepest road, the Stalheims-kleivi with its 13 hairpin bends before reaching the tiny village of Undredal where you will briefly stop for picture taking. Do take your camera to capture the many awe-inspiring views of Norway’s ruggedly beautiful and incredibly green countryside on your way back to Flåm and your ship. Please note: this tour is not recommended for guests who suffer from claustrophobia, have walking difficulties or use a wheelchair. The road in Stalheim is very steep and curvy.

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Price per person $83.00 Adults $58.00 Children

   


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 FLA02 - THE SNOW ROAD TO LÆRDAL (approx. 5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  The tour begins at Flåm pier and we will drive along the fjord to the village of Aurland. From here, through the longest tunnel in the world, we will continue our journey to Lærdal. The historic heart of Lærdal village is made up of heritage buildings dating back to the XVIII century. Lærdal is renowned for its excellent salmon fishing, with the Lærdal river known as the “Queen of the Salmon Rivers”. You will have free time to spend in the village before returning to Flåm along the Snow Road. This takes us high up in the mountains, 1.309 metres above sea level. There will be a short break along the way before we return back to the port. During the tour we will also visit the historic wooden Borgund Stave Church. Please note: this tour is not recommended for guests who suffer from claustrophobia or have walking difficulties; there are some steps at the Borgund church. This tour is not available on calls falling in May.
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Price per person $123.00 Adults $86.00 Children

   


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 FLA03 - WATERFALLS & THE WHITE CAVE (approx. 3.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Snack included  After leaving the pier this excursion takes you, through a tunnel, to the village of Gudvangen where we will continue up the Nærøy Valley and on to Tvindefossen Waterfalls where we will make a photostop. “Tvinde” comes from an old Norwegian word meaning “double”; as there are actually two waterfalls that cascade next to each other. We will drive on through more tunnels to the White Cave of Gudvangen where we will trek through the deep caves and along underground pools, ending the visit with coffee in one of the cave chambers. Please note: this tour is not recommended for guests who are claustrophobic or have walking difficulties due to long periods of walking on uneven ground. In Stalheim we will drive along a very steep and curvy road. Taking photos or shooting videos is allowed only at the Main Hall at the White Cave.

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Price per person $83.00 Adults $58.00 Children

   


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 FLA04 - NORWEGIAN WATERFALLS & DRAMATIC SCENERIES BY TRAIN (approx. 6 hours, lunch included) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Lunch or dinner included  Once you are prepared for the steep roads and mountain tunnels of this region, you can sit back and enjoy the ride through spectacular countryside. Leaving the port of Flåm we will traverse a long tunnel which takes us to Gudvangen, and the coach will climb through the steep, narrow Nærøy valley. We will travel up the mountain roads, with some sharp bends, to reach the Sivlefossen Waterfalls. We will stop at the Tvindefossen waterfalls, a twin cascade of two fabulous falls. The excursion continues to the town of Voss, prettily located on the Vangvatnet Lake. We will board a train to continue our outing across a range of stunning natural landscapes, before reaching Myrdal. Here, at 867 metres above sea level, we will change trains and continue down the breathtaking Flåm valley, travelling on the world famous Flåm Line. The train will pass by Kjosfossen waterfall to allow passengers enjoy the lovely view before terminating at Flåm station, on the Sognefjord, from where we can walk back to the ship. Lunch included. Please note: the excursion includes a long train ride through a series of tunnel. The order of the visits may change. Some groups will start the tour by train and end the tour by coach and vice versa. This tour is not suitable for guests who are claustrophobic, have walking difficulties or use a wheelchair. In Stalheim we will drive along a very steep and curvy road.
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Price per person $190.00 Adults $133.00 Children

   


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 FLA06 - NÆRØYFJORD & STALHEIM  (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Snack included  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  The tour starts with a short walk from your ship to the pier located just in front of the railway station. Here you will board the sightseeing boat for a 2-hour pleasure cruise on the Aurlandsfjord and the Nærøyfjord. The cruise covers some of the most beautiful parts of the Sognefjord; we sail past steep, snow-clad mountains, rushing waterfalls and a living cultural landscape before disembarking in Gudvangen. The excursion continues by bus through the narrow and impressive Nærøydalen Valley with more impressive cascades, before arriving at the warm and welcoming Stalheim Hotel, some 1,237 feet above sea level, for coffee. We will continue driving along Stalheimskleivi, the old mountain road, Stalheimsfossen and Sivlefossen waterfalls with its 240 metres cascade; the road is very steep with a series of sharp hairpin bends. The last part of the tour takes us back through a long valley tunnel, through more mountain sceneries before arriving back at the pier in Flam. Please note: this tour is not recommended for guests who are claustrophobic. In Stalheim we will drive along a very steep and curvy road.

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Price per person $98.00 Adults $69.00 Children

   


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 FLA07 - EXCLUSIVE VISIT TO FLAM FJORD: RIB BOAT TOUR & NORWEGIAN BEER TASTING: approx. 3 hours - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Tasting included  No guide available  New  Strange as it may seem, beautiful scenery and great beer have a lot in common: both take time in the making, both are best savoured at an unhurried pace and both benefit from adding some convivial company into the mix. This exclusive and leisurely tour will first see you board a RIB – a Rigid Inflatable Boat – to set sail down the magnificent Aurlandsfjord, a 29-km branch of Sognefjord. As you head for Beitelen for splendid views of Nærøyfjord, whose narrow course spans no more than 500 m in some places, you can expect to enjoy frequent breaks to soak up the area’s scenic charms and learn a little about its wildlife as well as its natural and cultural history. Once back in Flåm, you will then continue on foot to the Ægir Microbrewery for a taste of some locally produced speciality beer. The successful microbrewery teams state-of-the-art equipment with a blend of old Norse and local traditions to brew a product so good it won a much-coveted “Beer of the Year” award in 2012. A chance to get some fresh air and stretch your legs then follows on your walk back to the pier and your ship. Please note: as the tour involves a degree of physical exercise, guests are recommended to be physically fit, be good swimmers and not suffer from any pre-existing back problems. Regardless of whether the cruise ship is berthed or whether tenders are used to transport guests to shore, guests must expect to walk approx. 300 m to reach the RIB landing stage. Guests are also recommended to wear flat shoes, preferably rubber-soled, and be prepared to get wet during the tour. The following equipment is provided: life-vest, goggles, gloves and survival suits.

Price per person $164.00 Adults $164.00 Children

   


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 FLA08 - FAMOUS STEGASTEIN VIEWPOINT & ØSTERBØ MOUNTAIN LODGE: approx. 4.5 hours - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Snack included  New  Nature’s architect was never more artistic than when shaping the magnificent mountainscapes and fjords for which Norway is so famous – a landscape you can enjoy to the fullest on this entertaining and leisurely tour to two superb locations. A serpentine route through the rustic countryside will first take you to the lofty viewpoint at Stegastein, where a balustraded wooden walkway – approx. 4.5 m in width – invites visitors to take a deep breath and venture out into “open space” to be wowed by the awe-inspiring view. Do take some photos of the fjord and Aurland village below before you set off through Aurlandsdalen valley to your next stop, the Østerbø Mountain Lodge. Tucked away in pristine mountains next to a lake fed by waterfalls, Østerbø is as remote as they make places of outstanding natural beauty. Until the late ‘20s, Østerbø hosted a secluded mountain farm that was accessible only during the 4 short summer months of the year. Now, the place serves as a comfortable base for nature lovers, hikers and intrepid mountaineers. You’ll be served some refreshments to add to your enjoyment of this unforgettable spot before you take the same scenic route back to Flåm and your ship. Please note: the tour is considered to be unsuitable for guests suffering from vertigo and/or acrophobia.

Price per person $103.00 Adults $72.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.