The National Geographic Magazine has called the Flåm Railway one of the Top 10 Train journeys in Europe. Lonely Planet went even further and called it the best train journey in the world. Today, you can enjoy a combination of a unique train and zipline adventure in Norway. The longest zip line in the Nordic region opened in 2018!
The picturesque train journey on the west-coast of Norway takes you from the fjord-side village of Flåm to Myrdal, covering about 20 kilometers of stunning views of magnificent mountains, rushing waterfalls and beautiful valleys. A one-way journey on the Flåmsbana lasts approximately 1 hour. All journeys include a 5-10-minute stop at the Kjosfossen waterfall. Read more about the Flåm railway here.
Taking the Flåm railway to Vatnahalsen station, you can experience the longest zip line in the Nordic region, 1381m long. Even the location is spectacular, as it is only accessible by train to Vatnahalsen station and offers a breath-taking view of the Flåm Valley.
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Flåm Zipline is located at Vatnahalsen, 820 meters above sea level, where the Flåm railway meets the Bergen railway line. The Flåm railway is the engine for tourism in Aurland municipality. Getting there is part of the adventure and only possible by train. Arriving at Vatnahalsen train station, follow the signs to Flåm Zipline. There you are met by a wonderful view down the lush and spectacular Flåm valley. Standing on the viewing platform, you will surely feel your heart beat a little faster!
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Helmets and harnesses are handed out and the skilled crew will give you the necessary instructions before sending you off on the adrenaline filled flight towards the lower station at Kårdal. When in the air, you do not have to think about anything else than enjoying the marvellous surroundings and feel the rush.
Reaching the end of the zipline at Kårdal mountain farm, a member of staff will help you get off and out of the harness. From here you can either walk or jump on a bicycle (must be rented in advance) and ride the 15 kilometres downhill to Flåm, or you can walk 2,5 kilometers to Blomheller station and catch the next train to Flåm or Myrdal.
Unique Train and Zipline Adventure in Norway, written by Admin.
Feature image (on top): Photo: Visit Norway.