Viking Cruise Bergen to Basel - 2022

2 nd Port: Flam, Norway In Norwegian, the very small town’s name translates to “Flat place in the Mountains.” In this part of Norway, there are very few flat spots where towns can be established and Flam (pronounced like it is spelled “Flum” in English), dates from 1530. Most of the time, the town has only 400 inhabitants, but during summer tourism season, the population swells significantly. Our visit did not occur in the high season, and we were the only visitors around. The scenery is the attraction as well as hiking, riding the Flam Railway up into the mountains above the city, and cruising the narrow Songe Fjord where the steep sides reach 6000 feet.

For an additional tourist attraction, the city has built the impressive Stegastein Viewpoint: the 100-foot wooden ramp extends 2000 ft above the Sogne Fjord, permitting panoramic views thru 360 degrees. The drive up to the viewpoint is impressive itself. There are so many switchbacks and hairpin turns to reach the area that your ears begin to pop, and the road is right on the edge of the very steep mountains. If prone to acrophobia or carsickness, this ride up is not for you.

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