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A Norwegian adventure Gudvangen to Flåm

A Norwegian adventure Gudvangen to Flåm

GUDVANGEN TO FLAM

If you are considering a vacation in Norway prepare to fall in love. If you think you have seen spectacular scenery – come back from Norway and tell me again!! Norway is for me THE most beautiful country on earth and somewhere I would return to again and again.

If you are visiting Norway then a trip to the fjords will certainly feature high on your agenda. The trip from Gudvangen Norway to Flam and then from Flam up to Myrdal on the famous railway must rate as one of the world’s most scenic journeys.

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GUDVANGEN

On my visit to Norway I was staying in the beautiful town of Laerdal (read more about the town of Laerdal) and so it was an easy decision to catch the bus to Gudvangen (meaning God’s place by the water). Once there we could then catch the ferry from to Flam which meant a trip along the Næøryfjord!! We were really lucky as we chose the last day of October to go rather than a day later as it was the last day that the visitor’s centre/shop/cafe/hotel was open. We did arrive about 3 hours too early for the ferry so it was a bit of luck that it was open as it was quite cold but the scenery was so stunning we were happy to simply wander and take photographs.

 

catch the ferry!

When we arrived at Gudvangen we were literally the only people there bar a few people working in the soon to be shut for the winter café!  We walked around, took photographs then retreated into the coffee shop for hot chocolate! (And Mr C had to try some new headgear…)

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Mr C's new headgear

By the time the ferry arrived Gudvangen was a hive of activity. Tour buses had dropped off quite a few eager eyed tourists – so we strolled over to join them and the queue for the ferry.

ferry boat

The best way to realise just how spectacular this scenery is is to look at the photographs. Isn’t it amazing? The little dot on the picture is the ferry!!!!!!

Gudvangen ferry

The ferry takes you along the Næøryfjord and it really is – for me – THE most beautiful place I have ever been. To say that the scenery is spectacular does not even begin to describe it. The waterfalls, the villages (some only accessible by boat or foot) the sheer height of the steep mountainsides – stunning. It takes about 4 hours and every second you are surrounded by scenes of spectacular natural beauty.

the fjords in Norway

beautiful Norway

Norway

stunning scenery in Norway

a village by the side of the fjord

sailing along the fjord

truly beautiful

village on side of fjord

beautiful day out on the fjords

FLAM AND THE FLAM RAILWAY

On arrival in Flam on the boat we made the decision to catch the famous Flam railway to Myrdal. If you ever get the opportunity to do this then take it! It is world famous for a reason! It is beautiful and you travel for 2 hours through steep mountain sides, pass amazing waterfalls and lush landscapes until you arrive in Myrdal. (The Myrdal station connects with the main Oslo/Bergen train line).

At the top you reach Myrdal after a fantastic train ride!

And a few stunning waterfalls along the way!

 

waterfall was gorgeous

My last few days in Norway were spent in Bergen. Bergen itself a UNESCO World Heritage Site is a fantastic city to spend some time visiting. The views if you walk (or catch the funicular)up the mountain behind Bergen are beautiful. You will find on a weekend that a lot of Bergen’s residents will be running up that mountain! But that and a little about Voss can be found in my final instalment of ‘Norway: is this the most beautiful country on earth?

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train view

LOGISTICS

So HOW can you get to this beautiful place?

There are quite a variety of different options of how to get there and packages to take (and prices – Norway is not a cheap destination!)

The best thing to do in my opinion is to consult the official Flåm website which has lots of information to help you plan a trip!


A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE

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The West Norwegian Fjords – Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. On this trip you explore the Nærøyfjord. Read all about their inscrption on the world heritage site list here – The West Norwegian Fjords – Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord


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21 Comments

  1. July 13, 2016 / 6:54 am

    Wow, looks like such a nice place. Norway is high on our travel list too, will have to make it happen!

    • July 13, 2016 / 5:53 pm

      Norway is for me one of the – if not the – most beautiful country I have yet visited. My husband was over there for 3 months and being able to visit and see more of this amazing country (I first visited Norway aged 11 and never forgot the beauty)was fantastic.

  2. April 27, 2017 / 8:01 am

    Norway looks so beautiful! Reminds me of Kashmir in India! Feels like heaven on Earth! I have heard a lot about Bergen! Would love to visit it someday.

    • April 28, 2017 / 11:41 am

      It is lovely – I will have to visit Kashmir if it is so beautiful!

  3. April 27, 2017 / 8:09 am

    Norway looks so beautiful, I need to visit this place soon , your tips were so helpful for my nest trip there and the pictures are amazing, thanks for share your experience

    • April 28, 2017 / 11:40 am

      It is a wonderful country to visit – simply stunning

  4. Lauren
    April 27, 2017 / 11:31 am

    I so want to go to Norway! I had a viewer on YouTube send me some snacks which I vlogged about!

    The fijords remind me so much of Milford Sound in New Zealand!

    • April 28, 2017 / 11:39 am

      It is lovely – I can’t wait to visit Milford Sound!

  5. April 27, 2017 / 11:36 am

    Indeed, it’s a very beautiful place! The landscapes are stunning. Great post!

  6. April 27, 2017 / 12:22 pm

    You pictures show this places so beautifully. I agree it seems to be one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. We have been dreaming of Norway for a while now… so hopefully soon!

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HI THIS IS ME – TRACY

Hello from Australia

Traveller, teacher, train lover, and milkshake connoisseur.Now living and working in my 7th country and experiencing life in Queensland, Australia.

I write to inspire others whatever their age to explore the world - near and far!

I have travelled for over 30 years including solo in my 20's , as a single parent in my 30's and now in my 40's and beyond with my husband. House sitter and aspiring grey nomad a life of location independence is my goal.

Over 40 years ago I dreamt of a life well travelled and that is the life I live!

Dream it, plan it, do it!!

Tracy

“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life”
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