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 20 km (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%. Its fleet of trains, in forest green livery, comprises five engines and 12 cars.
This is a daytime-only train.
No dining service aboard this train.
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.