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Flåm is situated on an arm of the world's longest (at 204 km [127 mi]) and deepest (at 1,308 m [4,291 feet]) fjords. The village of only 400 inhabitants is cast against a backdrop of steep mountains, thundering waterfalls, narrow valleys, and deep canyons. Cruise ships—bringing primarily British and German passengers—began transiting the majestic Sognefjord to Flåm in the late 19th century. View more

Today, it's Norway's fourth most popular port of call, a fact that can be attributed not only to the beauty of the fjord but also to the popularity of the Flåm Railway, considered to be one of Europe's most dramatic rail excursions. . Cruise Sights Flåm Church. This wooden church dates back to 1667, its altarpiece to 1681. The church was restored in the 18th century, and much of the interior décor dates from that period. Fretheim Hotel. One of western Norway's most beautiful hotels, the Fretheim Hotel has a classic, timeless look. If you are looking for a place to stop for an hour and just relax (or even have a quick meal), there's a spectacular view of the Sognefjord from the restaurant and bar. Flåm Harbour. Flåmsbana Museet (Flåm Railway Documentation Centre). This museum provides insight into the building of Europe's steepest railway. Building the Flåm Railway was a remarkable feat in engineering, and this museum illustrates the challenges the builders faced in detail. You'll find it in the old station building, just 300 feet from the present one. Flåm Railway Station. Admission charged. Only 4 km (2.5 mi) from Flåm are the farms at Otternes, a center for traditional handcraft techniques and Norwegian cuisine. The farm consists of 27 houses overlooking the fjord. You can walk among the historic buildings and watch while local artisans re-create traditional Norwegian farm crafts. You can reach the 13th-century fjord village of Aurland by a scenic drive along the Sognefjord. To reach the village you travel inland along the Aurland River to the innermost part of the Sognefjord. The drive takes you up the beautiful Aurland Valley, past lush flora and fauna en route to Østerbø, a small mountain farm inhabited until the late 1920s. Cruise Shopping Despite its popularity, Flåm is a small village and doesn't have a huge variety of shops. However, Saga Souvenirs (Flåm Railway Station) is one of Norway's largest gift shops and sells traditional items such as knitwear, trolls, and jewelry; you'll also find many train-related gift items for sale. Locally made cloudberry jam and goat cheese from Undredal are favorite purchases, though the goat cheese can't be brought back to the U.S. Cruise Activities Flåmsbana (Flåm Railway). Most tourists who come to this tiny village do so to board the Flåm Railway. It is only 20 km (12 mi) long, but it takes 40 to 55 minutes (one-way) to travel the 2,850 feet up the steep mountain gorge. The line includes 20 tunnels. A masterpiece of Norwegian engineering, it took 20 years to complete, and is today one of Norway's prime tourist attractions, with more than 500,000 visiting each year. Other Activities. Biking, hiking, kayaking, and fishing are all popular activities in and around Flåm. The office of Fjord Oppelving (Flåm Railway Station) specializes in organizing active adventures within the region. If you are looking for something more exhilarating than a walk or hike, the company also does kayaking and biking tours in the vicinity; the company can even organize glacier walks.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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