Take in spectacular nature on Norwegian cruises to Flam

Monday, 30 April 2012 8:56 AM

If you're a family of nature lovers and want to work this into your next getaway, consider booking a short Norwegian fjord cruise that calls in at Flam. Norway is renowned for its natural beauty and nowhere is this more apparent than in the town of Flam, where you can take in dramatic scenery that includes caves and waterfalls.

Once your cruise ship has docked at the port, you can take an excursion that will highlight some of the settlement's most picturesque spots. A great way to take in all the town has to offer is via a scenic tour, which will transport you up through the narrow Stalheim valley until you reach the spectacular Sivlefossen waterfall. From here, you'll journey on to the magnificent Tvindefossen waterfall - which has a drop of 116 m - where you can stop to snap a few photos.

Tvinde is derived from the old Norwegian word for double, and the falls actually consist of two separate sections that plunge next to one another. Some tours will take you through a few tunnels here until you reach the white cave of Gudvangen. Wander through underground pools and deep caves before enjoying some fresh coffee and been driven back to the ship. If you choose a longer tour that doesn't include visiting the caves, you'll travel through Voss next, where you can admire the Vangvatnet Lake.

Board a train and continue your tour of Norway's dramatic landscape before changing locomotives at Myrdal, 867 m above sea level. Journey through the Flam Valley along the famous Flam Line and you'll make a brief photo stop at Kjosfossen waterfall before your tour concludes at Flam station.

If you want to get active as you explore the beauty of nature on a family cruise, consider a hiking excursion. Travel via the Flam Railway up to 867 m above sea level and admire the stunning views as you make your way past Kiosfossen waterfall. You'll disembark from the train at Vatnahalsen, where you can tuck into homemade waffles washed down with coffee before you begin the hike back down the wildly beautiful Flam Valley. After around three hours of trekking, you'll board a train at Berekvam and make your way back to your ship.

There's plenty of history to absorb as you journey through the town; if you want to find out more consider taking a trip along the Snow Road to Laerdal. You'll pass through the longest tunnel in the world before reaching the old village of Laerdal, which is home to many buildings dating back to the 18th century. You'll return to Flam via the Snow Road, which winds its way through the mountains to the lofty point of 1,309 m above sea level.

Another excursion that allows you to take in some stunning sights will transport you through the village of Gudvangen and a narrow valley to Stalheim, where you can admire one of the most breathtaking vistas the whole of Norway has to offer. After a pastry and some coffee, you'll be driven back down through the valley to the tiny spot of Undredal, where you can visit the little wooden church - one of the country's smallest - before returning to Flam and climbing back onboard your ship to continue the remainder of your cruise deal holiday.


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