Well hey, hi and hello. To continue exploring Norway and venture into the countryside we bought the Sognefjord in a Nutshell tour. They are a ‘tour’ company who don’t really do ‘tours’ per say, they more book all your transport tickets and organise your travel from point a to point b. They offer a variety of different routes and just handle all the complications. With them you pick what days you want to go, how you want to get there, if you want stop overs etc. The journey from Oslo to Bergen is considered one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world so naturally we had to check it out! It takes several hours and switching between transportations so we opted to make it a two day trip and spend the night halfway in Flåm.
The journey started from Oslo to Myrdal via train. It was a really pleasant coach full of mainly tourists. The views were a mix of sunny lakes with little red huthouses and then the higher into the mountains we got there was snow and almost blizzard conditions outside. From there we got on the famous Flåm Railway which is a major downhill track. This train is wooden and quite rickety but really neat. It makes several stops along the way to show off waterfalls and different sites which is nice. Then at the very bottom of the hill we arrived in the village Flåm which is nestled in the Aurlandsfjord.
Flåm is definitely a one day visit (unless you’re a real avid hiker). The main village area has a little supermarket, restaurant and brewery (which does a great burger) and some tourist crap places. It’s a big middle point for people travelling east/west and mainy boats start or end their journeys here for the connection. In terms of things to do there’s kayaking, biking and lots of walks. We kicked things off with a hike up to the local waterfall called Brekkefossen. From our hostel we grabbed a walking map and off we went. Keep your eyes out for the signpost below as we missed it and got very confused haha. The terrain is quite steep at points but honestly so relaxing and the views of Flåm are beautiful. If it was a sunnier day I’m sure I would’ve used up all the memory on my camera. The waterfall itself was very calming and quite secluded so perfect for a cheeky, naked swim.
Another walk we went on was to Otternes Farmyard (around eight kilometres away). It’s the opposite direction to the waterfall and you get to follow the fjord water round and then up on a hill. From the photo below you can see I’m at the top and looking to maintown Flåm. Otternes consists of lots of little houses that date from several centuries ago. Spookily nothing was open and all the houses seemed abandoned but there was a dog that we played with and he was so damn adorable. I really felt like we were wild explorers who had come across an ancient Scandi settlement. Basically Flåm is perfect for sightseeing, taking a break and truly engaging yourself in nature.
Just to add a visual to a previous point from a previous post – brown cheese. On one of the trains I got a waffle with lingonberry jam and brown cheese aka the best thing in the whole wide world. Brown cheese looks like yellow/orange plasticine but tastes like a honey and toffee blend. Give it a try and see you in Bergen soon!