Flam is a Norwegian village at the inner end of the Aurlandsfjord, an arm of the Sognefjord. Surrounded by steep mountainsides, roaring waterfalls and deep valleys, Flam is a paradise for everyone looking for a spectacular experience with nature. Many visitors enjoy the spectacular Flamsbana railway between Flam and Myrdal, one of the steepest railway tracks in the world. A former rail station building in Flam now houses a museum dedicated tot the Flamsbana railway.
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Indulge your senses with the natural beauty of Norway during this picturesque tour filled with beautiful fjords, lush valleys and stunning waterfalls.
Departing from the idyllic village of Flåm, you will travel by means of two tunnels to reach Gudvangen on the other side of the mountains. Gudvangen, which means "the field of the Gods", is an important ferry junction and situated at the head of the spectacular Nærøyfjord, a branch of the mighty Sognefjord.
As you travel up the Nærøy valley, you will see before you how the road winds its way up the mountainside. However, your route now takes you along the new road that goes through tunnels and underneath Stalheim hotel. On the return, you will experience the spectacular "old road".
Making your way through lush woodland and verdant farmland, you will pass truly magnificent scenery which includes beautiful Oppheim Lake and the spectacular Tvinde waterfall that cascades down the mountainside. After a short stroll in the fresh air to get close to the waterfall, you will re-board your coach and transfer to the Stalheim hotel which is perched on a cliff that overlooks the Nærøy valley. Here, a refreshment stop is made and you will be treated to coffee, tea, and cakes. You will also be afforded time to take in the view from the terrace and browse in the hotel shop.
Continuing on, you will descend to the valley floor once more via 13 hairpin bends. This is Norway's steepest road and perhaps most visually stunning with waterfalls plunging down both sides of the road, to the right the Stalheim Fall and on the left, the Sivle Fall. Reaching the valley floor, you will follow the course of the Nærøy-river back to Gudvangen and then through the tunnels to Flåm where your tour ends.
Please note: This tour is panoramic in nature with limited optional walking at any stops made. There are a few steps to negotiate at the hotel. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability. Warm clothing; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.
Climb aboard one of the most dramatic and visually-stunning train adventures in all of Europe during a ride on the Flåm Railway. The train journey provides some of Norway's wildest and most magnificent scenery, rivers that cut through deep ravines, waterfalls that cascade down the side of steep, snow-capped mountains and mountain farms that cling dizzily to sheer slopes.
Flåm is located in the innermost part of the 124 mile-long Sognefjord, Norway's longest and most majestic fjord. At the pier in Flåm, which also serves as the city's railway station, you will embark on a truly unforgettable train ride. The Flåm Railway is only 12.5 miles long, but a true masterpiece of engineering. Its exhilarating route traverses the narrow, steep valley, climbing from sea level to more than 2,800 feet while crossing back and forth across rivers, and through 20 tunnels. In order to afford you the best possible views of the magnificent scenery, the train will proceed slowly.
Continue on through the tunnel to Vatnahalsen, where you'll disembark the train and enjoy tea or coffee at the Vatnahalsen Mountain Hotel. There will be time to relax and take a stroll outside to enjoy the beautiful view of the valley far below. After your rest, re-board the train for the return journey back to Flåm. At the foot of the mountains you can enjoy the natural majesty of the Flåm Valley and admire the marvelous Aurlandfjord, a branch of the world's longest fjord, the Sognefjord. At Flåm's charming train station, you will find an assortment of souvenir shops, a post office and several cafes which you may visit if time permits.
Please Note: This tour includes a minimal amount of walking and is available to guests who utilize a wheelchair who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their way on and off both the coaches and train, sit in a coach or train seat and have a companion to assist them. These modern trains are equipped with restrooms. As the Flåm Railway is not exclusive to Regent, the initial departure time may be delayed. It is important that all guests be ready on time as the train must keep to its time schedule and will not wait. There is a short walk from the train station to the Vatnahalsen Hotel. Warm clothing and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Enjoy exploring the scenic countryside around Flåm on this relaxing tour.
Arriving by tender, you will find your coach waiting. After boarding, you will commence by driving along the fjord to the village of Aurland. This typical fjord village is rich in traditions and an old church from the 13th century is the village's focal point.
From Aurland, you travel inland and along the Aurland River, well known for its salmon fishing. Continue up the beautiful Aurland Valley with its abundance of native flora and fauna. Your destination is Østerbø Mountain Farm, which was permanently inhabited up until the late 1920s. However at that time, the farm was completely cut off from the rest of the world during the winter, which ranged from six to eight months. Østerbø is nestled among majestic mountains and situated next to a scenic lake fed by waterfalls. During your visit you will be treated to coffee and waffles, accompanied with jam and sour cream.
After your enjoyable visit to the Farm, you will re-board your coach and travel back to the pier in Flåm where your tour concludes.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 45 minutes of walking and/or standing, and is not considered suitable for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and. There are 4 - 5 steps which must be negotiated at the farm; there is not a ramp available. A windbreaker or light jacket and comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended.