On June 20, we took a train from Oslo to Myrdal, and then took the Flåmsbana (the famous Flåm railway line) from Myrdal to Flåm.
It is billed as the most beautiful railroad journey in the world, and I believe it.
This is the Kjosfossen waterfall. The Flamsbana stops so you can get out for a second and see it up close.
I wish there were a job where you ride trains around Norway taking photos. :)
Flåm (pronounced almost like "Flome") is a village at the inner end of the Aurlandsfjorden, which is a branch of the Sognefjorden. The Sognefjorden is the largest fjord in Norway, and the largest open (ice-free) fjord in the world.
Flåm is a good base from which to explore the Sognefjorden.
We stayed at the Freheim Hotel, which was lovely and had a view of the fjord, the train, and the village. And a tour bus. :)
The next morning, we got up and took a cruise of the Nærøyfjord, from Flåm to the village of Gudvangen and then back to Flåm in just under three hours.
Nærøyfjord means (you guessed it) "Narrow Fjord," and is a branch of the large Sognefjord. Nærøyfjord was used as inspiration for Arendelle in Frozen. :) I have never seen anything like it in all my days.
In Gudvangen we bought a few souvenirs, because it was cold on the boat. :)
It was really a very beautiful and inspiring morning. When we returned to Flåm, we grabbed some lunch and then went to the Ægir Brewery, which is a Viking-style pub. I wasn't sure we were going to be able to get Bob out of there. It was very cozy. (The Norwegian word koselig, like the Danish word hygge and the Swedish word fika, are very interesting to me, and mean something a bit more than coziness.)
Claire even took a nap.
It was such a beautiful day in every way. In the afternoon, we took the Norled express boat from Flåm to Balestrand, and I will tell you all about Balestrand a bit later. :)