Transfer in Voss, for Bergen


I visited Voss for one reason only and that was to transfer from the Gudvangen – Voss bus to the Bergen Line train and continue my onward journey to Bergen. Continue reading “Transfer in Voss, for Bergen”


Gudvangen to Voss via Stalheimskleiv Road


Given the slight hassle we had getting our boat from Flåm to Gudvangen, notwithstanding that we had a ticket, purchased well in advance, we didn’t want to take any chances with the bus from Gudvangen to Voss, especially as I had always felt this to be the least clear and thus most uncertain component of our trip between Oslo and Bergen.

Accordingly, as soon as our boat docked at Gudvangen we headed straight for the bus – no dilly dallying or looking around the Viking village of Gudvangen. Continue reading “Gudvangen to Voss via Stalheimskleiv Road”

Cruising Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjord


As was our arrival into Flåm, so too was our departure a major highlight of our time in Norway.

This is not to say that we hated our time in Flåm. Far from it, as hopefully other reviews on this blog attest to. Continue reading “Cruising Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjord”


Various Shops: “Souvenir shopping in Flåm”


With nearly 150 cruise ships, countless other boats, a few thousand buses, thousands of train passengers and people in their own vehicles visiting Flåm each year it is little wonder that there are more souvenir shops than any other type of business in the small village of Flåm. Continue reading “Various Shops: “Souvenir shopping in Flåm””


Railway Museum


In my review of our trip from Myrdal to Flåm aboard the Flåm Railway (Flåmsbana) I indicated that the line, the steepest in Europe, opened in 1940 and was an extraordinary piece of engineering.

Those interested in learning more about this railway and its history and, importantly, the people who built it – both engineers and work gangs – should visit the Railway Museum right in the centre of Flåm. Continue reading “Railway Museum”


Petit Train Ride


My love for trains does not extend to ‘petit’ trains like this.

That said, they are everywhere nowadays and provide a useful option for getting around if you are incapacitated, with kids or just feel like being lazy, and who doesn’t from time to time? Unless one or more of these afflictions apply, Flåm is extremely easy to get around on foot. Continue reading “Petit Train Ride”


Cruise Ships – You May Not Be Alone In Flam


Large numbers of cruise ships visit Flåm each year, often two a day in the peak summer season. While the souvenir shops, the Flåm Railway and other businesses together with the local community benefit from this not everyone is so happy. Environmentalists, in particular, are aghast at the (potential) pollution issues, both here in the upper reaches of Aurlandfjord and in the fjord system more generally. Continue reading “Cruise Ships – You May Not Be Alone In Flam”


Have Breakfast With A View


The evening before we had seen a sign advertising a buffet breakfast in the Flamsbrygga Hotel for NOK180, not expensive for Norway.

The next morning we went for a look and, thankfully, there was no one around to show us to our seats. This give us the opportunity to have a look at the buffet offering. It appeared lacklustre at best and not worth the price. We hastily decided to go to the Co-op shop (about 50metres away) and take our chances there and then find somewhere to sit down an enjoy a takeaway breakfast. Continue reading “Have Breakfast With A View”


Flåm Coop – Supermarket: “General Store”


Apart from souvenir shops there is only one other shop in Flåm, a Coop supemarket. The Coop stocks a decent range of groceries, confectionery, drinks, over the counter medicines and other household requisites like cleaning products and loo paper. My recollection is that should you need a rice cooker you also need look no further than the Flåm Coop. Continue reading “Flåm Coop – Supermarket: “General Store””


Ægir Brewery Restaurant: “A Viking Experience”


For background information and details on the Ægir Brewery and Pub see my separate review on the pub/brewery part of the business.

The restaurant forms the upper level of the old Norse/Viking styled building though the traditional décor is less obvious in the restaurant than it is in the bar/brewery making me think that the restaurant was a later loft conversion, if you like. Continue reading “Ægir Brewery Restaurant: “A Viking Experience””