While the quickest way to make the 195-mile (314 km) journey to Flåm from Oslo is by catching a flight and then driving the train offers a unique way of travel. The train is the best way for any traveler looking to take in stunning views you can't get from driving or flying. Driving would be another option if you’re looking to take the scenic route and explore a bit before getting to your destination.
This 14-day Ultimate Winter Tour in Norway’s Arctic itinerary includes all the best that Oslo and Flåm have to offer. In Flåm, you’ll enjoy Fjord winter cruise and get to explore Oslo, one of Europe’s fastest-growing cities before flying to the Arctic Circle in search of the Northern Lights.
Duration: 6.5 hours
While the train is the longest way to get to Flåm, it does offer views you can’t get from flying or driving. The train’s tracks are more in the mountains and give the train passengers stunning scenery. Not only that, you'll be able to take a ride on the world-famous Flåm Railway.
Taking the train from Oslo Station, you will be on that train for about 5 hours till you get to Myrdal. In Myrdal, you’ll make a transfer and finish off your trip to Flåm on the luxurious Flåm Railway. The train offers a comfortable ride and has different cabins to suit your needs. Not only that, it's described as one of the most mesmerizing and beautiful train rides in the world. The Flåm Railway is an engineering marvel, climbing the steepest train tracks in the world. You'll go from mountain ranges to sea level as you descend into Flåm.
By Plane/Car or Private Transfer/Ferry
Duration: 2.5 hours
Taking the quick 55-minute flight over to Sogndal Municipality helps cut this trip’s time in half. When you reach Sogndal Municipality, rent a car or hire a private transfer to complete the remainder of your trip. On clear days, the flight over lets you see a variety of mountain ranges and views of the fjords from a different angle.
After landing and retrieving your rental car or meeting with your driver, you will drive to the ferry. While on the ferry, you float along the Sognefjord and give you panoramic views. On a warmer day, you must stand outside to take pictures. After the ferry ride, you will drive until Lærdal where you then will take the world’s largest road tunnel, the Lærdalstunnelen.
At the end of the tunnel, stop at the Stegastein Viewpoint, which will look out onto the Aurlandsfjord. This is a great place to stretch your legs and take in Norway’s natural beauty. Finally, you will drive alongside the Aurlandsfjord, which is to your right, while you make your arrival into Flåm.
By Car or Private Transfer
Duration: 4.5 hours
The drive to Flåm from Oslo is filled with breathtaking landscape, but it also is a bit complicated and does eat up travel time. You will the E16, which features gorgeous views of the Tyrifjorden—a great place to pull over and take pictures.
Just past Tolpinrud, you should plan to stop into the Veien Kulturminnepark. This museum features exhibits describing integral Nordic history. You’ll also drive past Krøderen, a stunning lake that stretches 25 miles.
Taking this route as well, you will have a chance to take the world’s largest road tunnel, the Lærdalstunnelen. At the end of the tunnel, stop at the Stegastein Viewpoint, as well as you cannot miss this view. You will also wind alongside the Aurlandsfjord, which is to your right, while you make your arrival into Flåm.
Keep in mind that if you do drive yourself that the trek includes toll roads, so ensure you know how to pay your tolls by checking with your rental company.