Riding the Flåm Train
Trip Start Jun 02, 2012
20Trip End Jun 28, 2012
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We left Oslo this morning and drove from Eastern Norway through the pastoral rural landscapes of the Halling Valley
Weather was overcast when we boarded the train in Geilo for the first leg of the journey, but began to clear as we climbed across the rooftop of Norway. Patches of snow gave way to a frosty white blanket covering everything in sight. We changed trains in Myrdal, and began our descent on the Flåm Railway.
As we wound our way down the mountainside, sunlight illuminated vista after vista of Norwegian mountain splendor. Waterfalls dropped like silver threads and brick-red farmhouses staked out their terrain amidst the emerald green of a Flåm Valley summer.
We covered the 20 km in about one hour, stopping once at Kjos Waterfall, a river that cascaded in stages directly at our train before disappearing beneath us
The day was almost perfect. They only fly in the ointment was a 12-story cruise ship dominating the skyline, dwarfing our hotel right next to it, and reinforcing once again my antipathy for the “bigger is better”, “take America with me” cruise ship mentality :( The cruise ship departed during dinner, however, and we dined sumptuously, then enjoyed the delicious calm and quiet of a Norwegian fjord on a Midsummer night!