Flam Touris Centre, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway
Since long before the dawn of modern tourism in the middle of the 19th century, travellers have come from afar to appreciate the scenery of the Sognefjord. The county with this magnificent fjord at its heart offers a wealth of activities and adventure possibilities.
Half the joy of the Sognefjord is the many charming and eye-catching villages along the 204 km long fjord – such as Balestrand, known for its ornate Swiss-style houses. At the end of one of the innermost fjord arms lies the wonderfully preserved village of Lærdalsøyri. One of Norway’s most famous salmon rivers flows right through the old centre of town. For many cruise passengers, the Nærøyfjord is the climax of western Norway, with peaks towering 1200 metre high mountains along the narrowing fjord.
Railway buffs consider Flåmsbana one of the most exciting train rides in all of Europe. The 20 km long railway, which passes through 20 tunnels, took 20 years to build. It is a masterpiece of engineering. A popular bicycle journey is Rallarvegen, an old construction road, from the Hardangervidda mountain plateau down to Flåm.
Epic Norway Culture & Adventure Route © Monika Newbound