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To Flam or Not to Flam?

We are planning to take the train from Oslo to Bergen during our visit to Norway. Right now, we have two nights scheduled in Bergen. We have a free night prior to these two nights. Should we a) stop in Flam, b) add a night to Oslo (right now we only have one scheduled as it seems Oslo is not everyone's most favorite Scandinavian city), or c) add the night to Bergen?

I had initially planned to take the train from Myrdal to Flam and stay one night there, but it does look like there is a cruise with about 4,000 passengers scheduled to dock that day. So, if we decide not to stay in Flam, should we take the train there at all, or just continue on to Bergen?

Thanks for your advice!!

Posted by
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Once the cruise ship departs Flam won't be so crowded and the evening could be nice. Maybe you can find out the ship's departure time? Also, bear in mind that most cruise goers don't travel very far from the ship. So if you wanted to rent bikes or hike you could get away from any crowds. In fact, most of the cruise ship goers will probably be getting on the Flamsbana to Myrdal. You could also take a Naeroeyfjord tour from Flam. But you should book that in advance since it's popular. Another plan would be arrive in Flam and ferry over to Balestrand for the night. It would be quieter. Village is quite small but there's lovely walks and hikes. From Balestrand you ferry to Bergen along the Sognefjord. Adding a night in Oslo is not unreasonable. It's worth a full day, which is what two nights gets you.

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Oslo is a nice city with 4 wonderful museums-you could do all of them in one day, perhaps.
Flam is right on the fjord, so more natural beauty. The Flamsbana train from Flam to Myrdal ( or the other way) is drop dead stunning scenery ( if you have good weather). We loved Flam.

Posted by
4053 posts

We did Flam while on a cruise and it was worth a visit or at least the nearby places that we did. The fjord at Geiranger was amazing.
I can't see doing more than two nights at Bergen. Also, Alesund was great.

Posted by
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I'm one who enjoys Oslo. Two nights, one full day would be my minimum for a first time Oslo visit with my arrive day being just walking around the central city enjoying the ambiance. You would likely want the train departing Oslo S at about 8:30 AM to Myrdal. Flam is a very small village, Add the night to Oslo.

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I did the NIN from Bergen to Oslo, stopping for an overnight in Flam. There was a gigantic cruise ship there in the evening, but it was gone by the morning. It didn't actually seem that crowded - most folks were doing the train trip or the ferry, and all stayed on board the ship at night. It was very peaceful and we took the earliest (least crowded) train up to Myrdal in the morning. We had an apartment at Hotel Flam Marina - spectacular views.

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If you are not familiar with Norway in a Nutshell, you should be. It can be done in one day but I suggest two. I did it with a stop in Flam overnight. The train between Myrdal and Flam is amazing as is the cruise between Flam and Gudvangen (sp?). If all you do is take the train from Oslo to Bergen then you are missing out on an amazing journey.

Too bad you only gave this trip four nights. I liked Oslo and I'm going back in May.