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Introduction

Aurlandsfjord - cloud rising.

Aurlandsfjord - cloud rising.

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Even by Norwegian standards Flåm is famous for its scenery. It is at the end of the Aurlandsfjord, which is one arm of the massive Sognefjord. The Aurlandfjord has an arm of its own in the Næroyfjord, spectacular not only for being narrow but for its steep sides.

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Sights and Activities

As well as the sights from the railway and ferry, it is worth taking a walk up the valey to the village proper.

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Getting There

By Train

The Flåmsbana (Flåm Railway) is a private railway from Myrdal on the Oslo - Bergen. You may get particular interest from the technical information on the website, even if you are not generally technically minded. This and the ferry below to Gudvangen are stages in the Norway in a Nutshell tour (also see main Norway page)

By Boat

A ferry runs from Flåm to Gudvangen, through the spectacular scenery of the Auerslandfjord and the Næroyfjord.

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

There is a bus to Aurland, only a short distance away. The ferry to Gudvangen is scheduled to stop here but if it is full at Flåm, it won't! However there is a very scenic road known as the Snow Road from Aurland to Laersdal, that continues to the Wild Salmon Centre.

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Sleep

Mid-Range

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Keep Connected

Internet

Most Norwegian households are connected to the Internet in some way (often broadband), making cybercafés hard to find outside major cities, due to a relatively small market. Most public libraries have free public access to the internet, but a limited number of computers and limited opening hours.

However, if you bring a laptop with a wireless connection you will find wireless internet zones just about everywhere (gas stations, city centres, cafés, shopping centres, hotels etc.), sometimes free, but be prepared to pay for it though. It is not unusual for hotels to have a terminal for guest use. Well over half of the camp grounds have wifi internet, but if it's crucial for you, best to ask before paying for your camping space.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The international calling code for Norway is 47. Emergency numbers include Police at 112, Fire at 110 and Emergency Medical Services at 113.
If you are unsure which number to call, 112 is the central for all rescue services and will put you in contact with the correct department. For non-emergencies, the police is to be called on 02800.

Cell phone Coverage generally is very good, except maybe some of the valleys, fjords and mountains. The company with the best coverage is Telenor. The other main operator is Netcom. These two deliver coverage to a multitude of other companies (Tele2 and Network Norway are two smaller companies that deliver coverage in the main cities, but utilize the othe two's net when outside).Prepaid sim card are available in all shops that sell phones and also petrol stations and kiosks. Prepaid has been in a slump in Norway after forced registration was effected, so prices are a bit higher for these than for subscriptions.

If you plan to do quite a bit of websurfing on the phone then Telenor's Prepaid (or "Kontant" in Norwegian) might be the ticket. You can surf as much as you wish, but the card doesn't get charges for more than 10 NOK per day (worth it if you use more than 2MB per day on the days you surf - though after 500MB the speed get's axed to 100kb/s).

Post

Red mailboxes are found easily and post offices are plentiful, with opening hours on most being 9:00am to 5:00pm, with usually shorter hours on Saturday. Stamps can usually only be found at post offices although some popular tourist venues might carry them. Norway's postal system, "Posten", has a good website with a lot of English information including up to date prices and also details about the opening hours of the nearest post office. The most commonly sent format for travellers are letters and cards up to 20 grams, check their website for current prices. If you want to send packages, you might also use international courier companies lik DHL, UPS or TNT.

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