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Train: Flam Railway

Train Type: First-Class

Flam Railway
Flam Railway (Photo courtesy of Visit Flam)

Flam Railway
Flam Railway (Photo courtesy of Visit Flam)

Flam Railway
Flam Railway (Photo by Tomas Votava)

Flam Railway
Flam Railway (Photo courtesy of Visit Flam)

Journeys on this Train

Arctic Circle Express: Sweden & Norway


With the Flåm Railway, it’s what you see outside that counts. In about an hour, the line climbs some 2,833 feet from Flåm station, nestled in the innermost corner of the Aurlandfjord, to the mountain station at Myrdal on the Bergen Railway. On the 12.4-mile-long ride, you’ll see rivers that cut through deep ravines, waterfalls cascading down the sides of steep, snowcapped mountains and farms clinging dizzily to sheer slopes.

The Flåm Railway is one of the world’s steepest standard-gauge railways, with a gradient of 5.5%. The railway recently underwent a facelift; its new fleet of trains, in forest green livery, comprises five engines and 12 cars. It also boasts new interiors and a unique guide and loudspeaker service.

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This is a day-time only train. It runs year-round.


No dining service aboard this train.

Lounge Cars

Not applicable.


The Flåm Railway is one of the world's steepest railway lines on normal gauge. The gradient is 55/1000 on almost 80% of the line–– a gradient of one in eighteen. The twisting tunnels that spiral in and out of the mountain are manifestations of the most daring engineering in Norwegian railway history.

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