Our 3 generation family group will be in Flam for 2 nights in a couple of weeks. We have a 3 hour kayak trip booked one day, and reservations for the buffet at Fretheim hotel one night, but nothing else nailed down. This group likes short ( maybe 2-5 miles) hikes. The Stegastein viewpoint involves a couple of hours on a bus, and we will have long transport days on the NIN days, so I was trying to avoid more buses. Is this viewpoint not to be missed ? Or does anyone have any ideas for activities in and around Flam? We will not have a car. Thanks in advance.
I am signed up for the high speed jet boat fjord tour departing from Flam. They have several variations, some including meals at the Viking Brewhouse in Flam. No cheap, but unique. You can see this excursion on a RS tv episode. Also there is a waterfall/viewpoint (Brekkefossen) which is maybe a 2 mile walk from the harbor. Someone offers guided tours, but I doubt they are necessary, and you may be able to get a detailed map at the TI. I Google mapped it, and it’s less than a mile from my hostel.
I think the tourist office has some hiking/walking information. I've read one can do an uphill walk behind one of the hotels in Flam (maybe the Fretheim). I'm not good on uneven ground, so I'm tentatively planning to walk to Aurland and back; I think there's a decent path.
There are walks one can do near the rail line, but I don't know how steep that would be; it might be a lot of stress on one's knees. And if you ride part of the way up on the train in order to walk back downhill, I imagine that would be pretty pricey.
Thank you both for your responses. As we are already on the Nutshell tour, we will concentrate on walking/hiking.
acraven you are my hero. So many helpful responses to my many queries over the months. We will be in Norway June 20 to 28. Perhaps we will meet up!
Which tourist office did you think may have walking trails maps? An online one, or in person at Flam?
I was thinking of the one in Flam, but there may be things online. I'm away from my apartment at the moment and can't check, bur I think I downloaded something last year. At one time there was a VisitFlam website, but I don't know that it's still active.
The tourist office in Flåm is massive, I am sure they have guidance on walking/hiking.
Leaving from the Myrdal train station there is a path with no cars all the way back down to Flam. We rented bikes and went all downhill, but you could walk it either direction. One of the most beautiful places I have ever been (well it helped we had amazing weather). I stopped counting waterfalls at 50!
We also did the fjord safari with a rather arduous hike up to a cheese farm. Another fantastic day.
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