Hiking in Flåm

November 4, 2011

In the end, it was a good decision to stay 2 nights in Flí¥m. I was a little worried that there’d be nothing to do in Flí¥m. Flí¥m is so small that during the off peak season, which was the time we were there, there were only 2 restaurants open, with only 2 set dinners to choose from and no ala-carte.

A lot of people try to rush the whole journey by hopping on to the next train back to Oslo but what’s the point of coming then? I say there are no prizes in reaching the finishing line first. The whole journey goes like this:

Bergen —> by train to Voss (1hr) —> by bus to Gudvangen (1hr) —> by cruise to Flí¥m (2hr) —> by train to Oslo (5hr)

Thanks to our leisurely pace, we had the opportunity to go ”hiking”in the mountains. Here’s pictures of city girl roughing it out in the woods.

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First, picture of the view from my hotel Flamsbrygga. Damn cool view, if I say so myself.

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Proof that I was here!

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Before we can even get out of the hotel area… Check out the dancing people

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Didn’t get a chance to see the Tanjong Pagar Railway lines before they were removed so I found a substitute instead

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Keep your farts down

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The goal of the hike was to hike up to the Brekkefossen waterfall, a hike that would take about 2hrs, return.

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It’s no walk in the park. That white patch there is the waterfall

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Stopping to enjoy the little stream, possibly fed by the Brekkefossen waterfall or the numerous other waterfalls around.

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The partner got tired of waiting and moved to higher ground

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View of the residential area from up above

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It’s tiring business so we stopped for a break

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In the end, I never did get higher than this spot. The Partner went up further but it was really muddy higher up so we gave up. Ok specifically I gave up so he had to give up. I have this huge fear of heights and falling. You can see from the photo that the incline is quite steep, and coupled with muddy tracts and no real proper path, I was just too scared to go further.

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Went back down to admire the mini waterfall since I couldn’t get up close to the real thing.

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Me looking wistfully at the Brekkefossen waterfall. Notice the stick I had in my hands. That was really useful in aiding my descent. If only we had found it while going up, we might have made it to the top. For my next trip, I’m definitely going to buy a hiking pole. I just googled for hiking poles and I realise that lots of seasoned hikers use it and it’s not just something for losers.

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Me giving the finger to the waterfall for being so unfriendly

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This river must surely be fed by the Brekkefossen waterfall, the volume is substantial!

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The river in slow mo

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Interesting sights along the way back too. Baby cow here sticking its tongue out at me

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Those horns look fierce. This is not a bull I believe, as bulls are normally not kept together with the herd

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Farmer trying to attract the lambs with the food bucket

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I don’t know why these lambs were so hesitant to go towards the farmer. We stood still to watch for a while and when we finally started to move, the lambs all turned around and scooted back and the farmer had to start all over again!

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After a hard day’s worth of hiking (we took 3 hours to complete the journey, with all the stopping and photo taking), it was nice to have a drink on our balcony overlooking the fjord.

1 Comment

  1. I’m really enjoying following you on your journey. I wouldn’t have made it up the mountain either 😉 At least you got pretty far up. The cows are soo cute but I would have been afraid of those horns.

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