Polar Bear Hunt 2015 - Day 17
Oslo to Myrdal then the Flåmbana Railway down the hill to Flåm
We woke up this morning in Oslo, back in the same hotel as our stay 10 days ago. This was an early start to walk across the road to the railway station and find the 8.25am train to Bergen. We had breakfast of coffee and pastries at the station and then waited for the train to arrive. Soon we were off through the Norwegian countryside, climbing steadily to the maximum height of 1222 metres. Not exactly alpine territory, but the spring thaw had only just started and it was now a week past Midsummer's Day! At Myrdal we alighted and waited for the scenic Flåmbana Railway train to arrive. To our surprise the platform was crowded and not all these people had come off our train. Soon we were on board and heading down the steep inclin to Flåm, passing many waterfalls on the way. Once back to sea level at Flåm we found out where all these people had come from..
Oslo to Myrdal
The train meanders through the outskirts of Oslo before starting to climb through farmland and mountain scenery. At Finse we reached the highest point at 1222 metres. This was also the end of the road and the beginning of the Outback where the Norwegians get away from it all in the snow and ice.
Right on time we arrived at Myrdal, lifted our luggage off and wandered back along the platform. To our surprise it was crowded. But soon the train for Flåm arrived and we all crowded on. The carriages were of an old style with wooden bench seats but they had been renovated recently and were very comfortable. The windows were not of anti-glare glass so it was difficult to take photos, but you could go to the end of the carriage where the doors had drop-down windows. Inside, there was a commentary and a moving display of the train's progress. The journey downhill to Flåm took one hour. It is spectacular with rugged mountains and plenty of waterfalls.
On arrival in Flåm we headed for the hotel to check in so that we could drop our bags and walk back to the visitor centre. We had planned to take the small tour bus from Flam to the lookout at Stegastein. Unfortunately, everybody else who was staying at the hotel had arrived on the same train, so there was a large group at the hotel reception. It took a long time to get to our room, and then we had to stand behind the same family group at the ticket office while they, once again, asked many stupid questions and debated what they would do. I knew exactly what I wanted - a bus ticket!
Last updated: 9/12/2015