Flåm Through the Eyes of a Tourist

By Jenna Herrick and Shannon Kehoe

The Toget Cafe in Flam.
The Toget Café has great food and both indoor and outdoor seating. Photo by Shannon Kehoe.

This small Norwegian town looks as if it came right off a postcard.

Flåm is a flat tourist destination in Norway surrounded by tall, steep mountains. According to Visit Flåm’s website, the town is located at the end of Sognefjord, the world’s deepest and second-longest fjord at 4,291 feet deep and 126 miles long.

A tourist’s dream, Flåm has an abundance of gift shops filled with small trolls (significant in Norwegian mythological history), Norwegian wool sweaters and rain gear for the unprepared traveler. One popular spot is the Sami Shop, a tipi filled with handcrafted goods in the Sami style, such as wooden bottle openers dream catchers, reindeer jerky and reindeer hides. The Sami are Norway’s indigenous people and their culture is reflected in their work.

A stuffed reindeer and a reindeer head are displayed in the Sami Shop.
The Sami Shop sells an abundance of souvenirs handcrafted by Sami people. Photo by Shannon Kehoe.

There are several restaurants and cafés to choose from in Flåm, including the delicious Toget Café which has something for every palate, with  outside seating when weather permits visitors to enjoy the view. The ham pizza and veggie pizza were both delicious and affordable options, according to two diners. After eating at the café, you may want to stroll over to Flám Bakery to choose from an abundance of baked goods or some gelato.

The Flåm Railway is said to be one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world. Throughout your hour-long trip on the railway you’ll pass spectacular waterfalls, soaring mountains and beautiful countryside. Make sure you get a window seat on the right side of the train,as you won’t want to miss anything! Check out the Flåm Railway Museum while in town, which provides a history of the railway and documents the challenges of its construction.

The Flåm visitor’s center offers maps of several trails to hike and cycle in the area. If you plan to stay overnight, there are several hotels and camp sites to choose from. For more information, visit Flam’s tourism website.