Why you should stay overnight in Flåm

Posted on 14. Nov, 2012 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, Norway, Press Trips

You’re staying in Flåm…for the night?“, he said, unsure of himself, question marks in his eyes - mirroring my own.

Yes, that’s what my itinerary says“, I replied, also a bit skeptical. After all, Flåm is famous for one thing, and one thing only - its train. There isn’t a TimeOut for Flåm, nor is there a guidebook, nor is there a plethora of things to do. The most dynamic part of Norway certainly wasn’t there. It was going to be a long 24 hours, I thought.

After my friend and I parted ways - he walked towards the train station, while I was going to one of the village’s two hotels. After I settled in my fancy room at the Fretheim Hotel, I sat on the bed and started to think.

What the hell am I going to do here for a WHOLE day?”

Turns out, I did a lot.

I got work done in one of the prettiest offices I’ve ever had.

I hiked in the surrounding fjords.


I made a new friend.

I drank really, really good beer at Ægir Bryggeri. And I don’t even like beer, normally.

I ate like a queen.

And I boarded one of the most famous trains in the world.

No, Flåm isn’t the greatest destination in the world.

It’s a teeny, tiny village at the inner end of the Aurlandsfjord in central Norway. It’s merely a layover between a fabulous cruise, and a breathtaking train ride. But it will blow your mind nonetheless, by its sheer beauty, by the genuinely welcoming locals and by the quality of the few but fantastic things to do.

In fact, if there was ever a time to mention this “quality over quantity” saying, that would be it. The village doesn’t put up a show to entertain the visitors, because it frankly doesn’t need to. Exit the dozens of museums, supper clubs, art galleries and hipster cafés.

There are only two hotels in the village.
One grocery store.
One restaurant.
One souvenir shop.
One museum.

And if I had been stubborn - and blind - I would’ve probably stuck to the idea that there is, in fact, nothing to do in Flåm. But who needs entertainment when you’ve got some of the planet’s most gorgeous scenery at your feet? Why on Earth would you want to divert your attention from the fjords, the water, the fresh air?

If I was able to get off my iPhone and not check in the latest hip establishment, so should you. Open your eyes, take a deep breath and enjoy that Mama Nature made for you.

Disclaimer: I was a guest of Visit Norway & Eurail.com. As always, all opinions and superlatives-overload are my own.

Have you been to Flåm? Did you stay overnight,  long enough to explore the area or simply to transfer?


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9 Responses to “Why you should stay overnight in Flåm”

  1. Giovy

    05. Dec, 2012

    Your pictures are wonderful.
    I am so willing to explore Scandinavia during the winter.

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  2. I think I’d want to stay more than one night.

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  3. Andrea

    07. Dec, 2012

    Little towns like these are the best! Aegir beer is indeed delicious

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      07. Dec, 2012

      Wow! Do you get Aegir all the way to Stavanger?! :)

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  4. Sherry Thompson

    19. Dec, 2012

    We were there for a few hours last summer- it wasn’t long enough! There is a feeling of calm that comes over you, being in such a beautiful place!

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