Flåm harbour and railway station
|County||Sogn og Fjordane|
|Elevation||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.
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. A former rail station building in Flåm now houses a museum dedicated to the Flåm railway.
A catamaran in Flåm harbour
View of Aurlandsfjord and Flåm from a nearby summit
The SS Norway in Flåm
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