If youâ€™re planning a trip to Norway, be sure to save some time for the Flamsbana.Â
The Flamsbana is a green carriage train that runs from the mountain station of Myrdal, down a stunning Valley, to the village of Flam. This 20km route carved along the valley is one of the steepest lines on normal gauge and a testament to Norwegian engineering. The line rolls along the valley through twenty manually crafted tunnels and at impossible angles. It also throws up some of the best Norwegian scenery on display.Â
The route is marked with rushing rivers, falling ravines, flowering meadows and peaceful mountain farms. All along the valley youâ€™ll spot enthusiastic trekkers and campers waving hello.Â
The train makes only one stop on the way to Flam, at the Kjoss waterfall. As you get off the train, in the midst of an icy spray, a beautiful, haunting voice rises up across the valley. As you peer through the mist, youâ€™ll see a peasant woman standing high on the rocks, singing; surreal, like everything else around the valley.
As the train heads to the floor of the valley, signs of village life pop up â€“a church, a market, sheep. 865 meters below Myrdal, the train slows down and pulls in at Flam, a beautiful little spot on the Aurlandfjord.