One of the most scenic train routes in Europe zooms high into the mountains between the towns of Myrdal and Flåm. After the day-trippers have departed, it's a wonderful place to extend your tour and spend the night.
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Embrace the exquisite natural beauty that Flåm has to offer with its environs from a unique new perspective during this panoramic, half-day excursion aboard the Flåm Railroad.
Scenic Train Ride
Depart the pier for a short 984-foot (about 300-metre) walk to the Flåm Railway Station. The Flåm Railroad measures 12.4 miles (20 kilometres) in length, and ascends to the 2,844 foot-high (867-metre-high) Myrdal Station. After boarding the train, take a one-hour ride along the Flåm River. See the Rjoande Waterfall, which cascades down 459 feet (140 metres), and the impressive peak of Vidmesnosi, which rises to a height of 4,163 feet (1,269 metres).
Naali Tunnel & Myrdalsberg
Next, pass through the longest tunnel at Naali, then the climb of 984-foot-high (300 metre-high) Myrdalsberg. In order to ascend it, the line is built on four levels. From here, you can view three of them, with the train standing on the fourth. Enjoy the sights of the old road constructed in 1895-96 in connection with the building of the Bergen Oslo Railroad that opened in 1909. The road ascends the steep hills in 21 narrow hairpin bends with a lovely waterfall adjacent to it.
Kjosfossen Waterfall & Vatnahalsen
A brief photo stop is made at the 305-foot-high (93-metre-high) Kjosfossen Waterfall. En route, the train slows down at the most scenic viewpoints. Upon arrival in Vatnahalsen, disembark the train for an 80-minute stay at the Vatnahalsen Hotel and grounds. Walk around the hotel, takes some photos and savour some coffee, tea and waffles inside.
Following your visit, re-board the train for the return ride to the Flåm Railway Station, then commence the approximate 984-foot (about 300-metre) walk back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, including the approximately 984-foot (about 300-metre) walk between the pier and the train station, with steps to negotiate getting on and off the train. There are gravel surfaces at the entrance to the hotel with 10 steps to negotiate; the hotel is not wheelchair accessible. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Upon return to the pier, guests must immediately embark the ship. As the train must adhere to a fixed schedule, we are unable to accommodate guests who arrive later than the designated departure time and no refund will be offered. We thank you for your understanding. Flåm Railroad is not exclusive to Silversea guests.
Explore the panoramic mountain region surrounding the Sognefjord during this memorable, full-day sightseeing excursion by rail and coach.
Scenic Train Ride
Depart the pier for the short walk to the Flåm Railway Station. The Flåm Railroad route is approximately 12.4 miles (about 20 kilometres) in length, and ascends to the 2,844 foot-high (867-metre-high) Myrdal Station. During your approximately one-hour journey, take in breath-taking vistas as you ride steep, winding roads around massive mountains, through tunnels with a total distance of approximately four miles (about 6.5-kilometres), on the edge of precipices, and past gushing rivers and waterfalls.
Bergen Railway, Voss, Lunch and Tvindefossen Waterfall
Upon arrival at Myrdal Station, embark on one of the world's most unique and spectacular journeys aboard the Bergen Railway, which connects Bergen with the capital, Oslo. Marvel at the magnificent panoramic vistas during the approximately one-hour ride to Voss. Upon arrival, proceed for a Norwegian buffet lunch to Fleischers' Hotel or the Park Hotel. After lunch, some free time is made available to explore Voss City at your leisure before boarding a coach for the drive to the Tvindefossen Waterfall. A brief photo stop is made here to marvel at this stunning natural wonder, which cascades down the mountainside.
Stalheim Road and Gudvangen
Next, re-board your coach and drive down the famous Stalheimskleivene. Norway's steepest road, it includes 13 hairpin bends and offers outstanding views of the waterfalls that plunge down both sides of the road. Upon reaching the valley floor, follow the Nærøy River back towards Gudvangen. A photo stop is made here before re-boarding your coach and commencing the short drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and board/de-board the trains. This tour is not suitable for guests with a fear of heights, guests with a fear of tunnels, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a waterproof jacket or coat from the ship. As the train must adhere to a fixed schedule, we are unable to accommodate guests who arrive later than the designated departure time and no refund is offered. Local currency is required during comfort stops. Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled. The tour sequence may vary.
Experience the spectacular mountains, fjords, valleys and waterfalls of Norway during this panoramic, half-day sightseeing excursion.
Flåm, Aurlandsfjord, Gudvangen and Nærøyfjord
Depart the pier for the short drive from idyllic Flåm to Gudvangen. En route, pass through two long tunnels, one of which is more than six miles (about 9.6 kilometres) in length, and take in splendid views of the Aurlandsfjord. Gudvangen is an important ferry junction located on the other side of the mountains, and situated at the head of the spectacular Nærøyfjord, an UNESCO World Heritage Site and branch of the mighty Sognefjord. Upon arrival in Gudvangen, a short photo stop is made to marvel at your surrounds.
Nærøy Valley, Glashamaren, Oppheim Lake and Tvinde Waterfall
Next, re-board your coach and continue up the Nærøy Valley. Drive along the Salmon River, then past Glashamaren, where the road winds its way up the mountain in front of you and leads to the Stalheim Hotel. However, your current route takes you through the tunnels that pass underneath the mountain. Leaving the tunnels, continue along the road leading to Voss and Bergen. From here, pass by beautiful Oppheim Lake, then through woodlands and green farmland before approaching the spectacular Tvinde Waterfall. Upon arrival, take a short stroll amidst the fresh air for a closer look at the falls, which cascade down the mountainside. Afterward, re-board your coach and head back towards the Stalheim Hotel, which is perched on a cliff overlooking the Nærøy Valley.
Stalheim Hotel and Museum, and Stalheim and Sivle Falls
After refreshments served at the hotel, head to the terrace for splendid panoramic vistas overlooking the valley, or browse the hotel's shop and many antiques on display. Some time is also made available to explore the owner's open-air museum, which consists of 25 16th- and 17th-century farm buildings gathered from various parts of the country, as well as the stately, beautifully-furnished Lekve House (comment. It will be a guided walk with visit to some houses, guests can not visit the houses themselves). Following your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier. En route, drive down Norway's steepest road, which has 13 hairpin turns, to the valley below. Waterfalls plunge down both sides of the road; the Stalheim-fall is to the right, and Sivle-fall to the left. Upon reaching the valley floor, follow the Nærøy River back towards Gudvangen, then through the tunnels to Flåm.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 875 yards (about 800 metres), at times over uneven, gravel and grassy surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and ten steps at the Stalheim Museum; a ramp is available at the museum. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible nor recommended for guests with a fear of tunnels. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a waterproof jacket or coat from the ship. Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled. The tour sequence may vary.