Having pulled ourselves away from our new favourite view, we drove onward to Flåm. We booked in at Flåm Camping, which was a nice site, though it felt a bit odd to be camped with so many other people after the last few nights! We cycled down into what we initially referred to as the village, but realised was really the cruise ship terminal, railway station and tourist trap! The village is actually slightly removed from this. We booked ourselves onto the last train on the Flåm Railway. My guess is almost everyone who visits Norway ends up here – it certainly looked that way. Between Cruise Ship arrivals (most days) people coming by train from the main Bergen to Oslo line which connects with the other end of the Flåm Railway, hikers, bikers and family campers, it was busy!
We had originally planned to do the railway one way and cycle back down on the next day, but the weather forecast wasn’t looking great so we decided to just do the train, and move on the next day. We did cycle a tiny way up the route alongside the railway to see Flåm church though. Cycling in Norway, tick! Susan’s new super-low climbing gear that Island Bikeworks fitted certainly helped!
The railway ride was quite spectacular and well worth doing, but was definitely more pleasant on the return trip when the train had emptied out significantly. It was quite odd after our small scale, often just us, experiences to be around so many other tourists! If you ever find yourself in Flåm do make the trip. Maybe next time we’ll make it down by bike too.
Flam was an odd place, stunningly beautiful and dripping with great experiences, but with an oddly Disney-esque hub that felt like anywhere and nowhere. There were odd contrasts between the quick visits from the cruise ships and tour buses and the hikers rolling up with their wordly possessions on their back. We didn’t quite feel we fitted – we were after more off-the-beaten-track activity than many of the package tour people but not as hardy in the my-only-shoes-are-my-walking-boots types around the campsite! I think if we’d decided to spend some more time here we could have got some great walks in, and we managed two beautiful cycle rides, plus the most dramatic train ride we have ever taken, so we are happy. Another good day.