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Flåm harbour and railway station
Flåm harbour and railway station
Flåm is located in Sogn og Fjordane
Location in Sogn og Fjordane county
Coordinates: 60°50′17″N 07°07′14″E / 60.83806°N 7.12056°E / 60.83806; 7.12056Coordinates: 60°50′17″N 07°07′14″E / 60.83806°N 7.12056°E / 60.83806; 7.12056
Country Norway
Region Western Norway
County Sogn og Fjordane
District Sogn
Municipality Aurland
Elevation[1] 59 m (194 ft)
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
Post Code 5743 Flåm

Flåm is a village at the inner end of the Aurlandsfjorden, an arm off of the main Sognefjorden. The village is located in the municipality of Aurland in Sogn og Fjordane county, Norway. The village is located along the European route E16 highway, about 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) southwest of the municipal centre of Aurlandsvangen, 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) south of the village of Undredal, and 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) east of the village of Gudvangen (through the Gudvanga Tunnel). Flåm Church is located on the south end of the village.


The name Flåm is documented as early as 1340 as Flaam. It is derived from the plural dative form of the Old Norse word flá meaning "plain, flat piece of land", and it refers to the flood plains of the Flåm River.[2][3]


The village of Flåm is a popular tourist destination and has been so since the late 19th century. It currently receives almost 450,000 visitors a year. Most come to enjoy the scenic 20-kilometre (12 mi) Flåm railway (Norwegian: Flåmsbana) between Flåm and Myrdal, one of the steepest railway tracks at 1 in 18 (not counting rack railways) in the world. There are also a few spirals.[4] A former rail station building in Flåm now houses a museum dedicated to the Flåm railway.

The harbour of Flåm receives some 160 cruise ships per year, including MS Independence of the Seas and RMS Queen Mary 2.[5]

The Rallarvegen road between Flåm and Finse is popular with bicycle tourists.


The European route E16 highway between Oslo and Bergen runs through Flåm.

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  1. ^ "Flåm" (in Norwegian). yr.no. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  2. ^ Brekke, Arne. "Farm names in Flåm". Retrieved 29 June 2008. 
  3. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1919). Norske gaardnavne: Nordre Bergenhus amt (in Norwegian) (12 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 115. 
  4. ^ "Railways Illustrated". June 2007. p. 67. 
  5. ^ "Key Facts on Flåm". VisitNorway.com. 

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