Dwarfed by the towering, claustrophobically-close slopes of Norway's most imposing fjord, Gudvangen waits patiently around the scenic bend of the Nærøyfjord. The journey between Gudvangen's small port and Flåm is one of the world's most dramatic, with extraordinary scenery unfolding before your eyes along every inch. Explore one of Norway's two UNESCO World Heritage Site listed fjords, as you cruise sandwiched between emerald slopes on the ferry that traces back and forth. Or, get up close and personal as you part the glassy waters on a kayak. Hardy hikers, meanwhile, will be rewarded with some of Norway's most breathtaking panoramas, as they rise into the majestic mountains, which rocket up everywhere you look.
Waiting at the end of the forked tongue of Sognefjord, Gudvangen is a place of remarkable human history that is almost as deep as the gouged fjords themselves. Visit a former Viking village to hurl axes, fire arrows and weave fabrics using traditional methodologies, as you get tactile with the area's storied heritage. Settle in to eat in a restaurant of wooden benches and smoky log fires, where you can taste fresh, flame-cooked salmon.
Flåm is also the terminus of the celebrated Flåm Railway, one of the most scenic stretches of railway track laid in existence. The carriages, brimming with old-time charm, trundle past gushing waterfall veils and burbling rivers on their theatrical 12-mile journey. The rail tracks up through the mountain scenery to Myrdal's station, which sits 867 metres above sea level.