Europe Trip 2015 – Day 37 – Flåm, Norway

Norway is famous for its fjords, characterized by long inlets from the sea with steep, mountainous walls. One of the easiest ways to see the fjords is to book a “Norway in a Nutshell” tour, which is essentially a group of tickets for various means of public transit to/from Bergen/Oslo (or round trip to one of the two), by way of Voss, Flåm, and a few other small towns. You can do the entire trip in a day, but it’s often recommended to spend at least one night in one of the stops. We ended up staying in Flåm, booking a night at a beautiful hostel located alongside pastures and farms.

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The start of the trip, at the Bergen train station. The railroad between Bergen and Oslo is known as one of the most scenic in the world.

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Views along the first leg of the journey, by rail from Bergen to Voss.

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A tractor not far from Voss.

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A bus takes you from Voss to Gudavagen, along often windy roads that seem impossible for a bus to traverse.

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Once you’re in Gudavagen, you board a two hour ferry that takes you to Flåm.

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Glimpse of life in one of the towns along the fjord.

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Once in Flåm, we checked into our hostel. This is the view from the window. It was absolutely gorgeous.

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A road near the hostel, which leads to a waterfall.

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The area is full of pastures with adorable sheep.

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Sign marking the way toward the waterfall.

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View from the top of the hike, looking back towards where the hostel is located.

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Tree, with the waterfall in the background.

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Small tiny flowers along the way.

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More sheep, heading back to the hostel.

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