Flaam

The record-breaking Sognefjord

The Bergen railway line

Unique and unforgettable landscapes

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Flaam

Fairy tale views

To reach Flåm, your MSC cruise ship will navigate into the Sognefjord, the long    est of the hundreds of Norwegian fjords.
Extending over 204 kilometres and 1,308 metres deep, it is a record breaking fjord in which your ship will head southward, to reach the southern end of the Aurlandsfjord. At this point of your MSC cruise of Northern Europe you will see Flåm, amidst mountains of dense forest reaching up to the sky.

In this challenging and remote setting you can see how even a modern means of locomotion like the train can blend in with Norway’s spectacular natural landscape. Take a train ride from Flåm to Kjosfossen: 20 incredible kilometres inside the green coaches up to the station of Myrdal on the Bergen railway line.

The landscapes you will admire are truly unique and will make your journey unforgettable. Nature is revealed in its most beautiful and wild landscape, with rock shaped by rivers that form gorges and rifts and waterfalls that plunge down dizzy heights, and, here and there, mountain farms, perched like mountain climbers, where cattle are raised and excellent cheese is produced.

And to think that the current to power the train is actually a gift of nature. It is the imposing Kjosfossen waterfalls, that plunge vertically down almost as if to show off to the tourist’s camera, that move the turbines that produce the electric energy for the railway line. Don’t miss the excursion in rubber dinghies or kayaks in the waters surrounding the small port.

You will have the opportunity to see the variety of animals and plants that inhabit these shores. Visit the protected areas of the Aurlandfjord and the Nærøyfjord to admire the majestic beauty produced by the activity of the ice and the sea on this land, from a privileged point of view.

Must see places in Flaam

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  • NÆRØYFJORD & STALHEIM

    NATURAL WONDERS

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    The tour starts with a short walk from your ship to the pier located just in front of the railway station. Here you will board the sightseeing boat for a 2-hour pleasure cruise on the Aurlandsfjord and the Nærøyfjord. The cruise covers some of the most beautiful parts of the Sognefjord; we sail past steep, snow-clad mountains, rushing waterfalls and a living cultural landscape before disembarking in Gudvangen. The excursion continues by bus through the narrow and impressive Nærøydalen Valley with more impressive cascades, before arriving at the warm and welcoming Stalheim Hotel, some 1,237 feet above sea level, for coffee. We will continue driving along Stalheimskleivi, the old mountain road, Stalheimsfossen and Sivlefossen waterfalls with its 240 metres cascade; the road is very steep with a series of sharp hairpin bends. The last part of the tour takes us back through a long valley tunnel, through more mountain sceneries before arriving back at the pier in Flam. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests who are claustrophobic as it includes driving through 2 long tunnels. In Stalheim, we will drive along a very steep and curvy road. A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
    • Snack included

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • AdultsR1435Price per person

    • ChildrenR1035Price per person

  • STALHEIM & UNDREDAL

    NATURAL WONDERS

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    Starting from the pier in Flåm, your tour begins with a drive through Norway’s stunning landscape to the village of Gudvangen and continues through a narrow valley to reach Stalheim, home to one of Norway’s most spectacular views. Once you have had a chance to relax over pastries and coffee, the coach will take you back down the valley via Norway’s steepest road, the Stalheims-kleivi with its 13 hairpin bends before reaching the tiny village of Undredal where you will briefly stop for picture taking. Do take your camera to capture the many awe-inspiring views of Norway’s ruggedly beautiful and incredibly green countryside on your way back to Flåm and your ship. Please note: the excursion includes driving through a series of long tunnels so it is not suitable for guests who suffer from claustrophobia. The road in Stalheim is very steep and curvy. A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
    • Snack included

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      3 h

    • AdultsR1209Price per person

    • ChildrenR859Price per person

  • WATERFALLS & THE WHITE CAVE

    NATURAL WONDERS

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    After leaving the pier this excursion takes you, through a tunnel, to the village of Gudvangen where we will continue up the Nærøy Valley and on to Tvindefossen Waterfalls where we will make a photostop. “Tvinde” comes from an old Norwegian word meaning “double”; as there are actually two waterfalls that cascade next to each other. We will drive on through more tunnels to the White Cave of Gudvangen where we will trek through the deep caves and along underground pools, ending the visit with coffee in one of the cave chambers. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests who are claustrophobic or have walking difficulties due to long periods of walking on uneven ground. In Stalheim, we will drive along a very steep and curvy road.
    • Shooting videos and/or taking pictures is not allowed or subject to fee

    • Snack included

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • AdultsR1209Price per person

    • ChildrenR859Price per person

  • NORWEGIAN WATERFALLS & DRAMATIC SCENERIES BY TRAIN

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    Once you are ready for the steep roads and mountain tunnels of this region, you can sit back and enjoy the ride through spectacular countryside. Leaving the port of Flåm, we will traverse a long tunnel that takes us to Gudvangen, and the coach will climb through the steep, narrow Nærøy valley. We will travel up the mountain roads, with some sharp bends, to reach the Sivlefossen Waterfalls. We will stop at the Tvindefossen waterfalls, a twin cascade of two fabulous falls. The excursion continues to the town of Voss, prettily located on the Vangvatnet Lake. We will board a train to continue our outing across a range of stunning natural landscapes, before reaching Myrdal. Here, at 867 metres above sea level, we will change trains and continue down the breathtaking Flåm valley, travelling on the world famous Flåm Line. The train will pass by Kjosfossen waterfall to allow passengers enjoy the lovely view before terminating at Flåm station, on the Sognefjord, from where we can walk back to the ship. Lunch included. Please note: the excursion includes a long train ride through a series of tunnel. The order of the visits may change. Some groups will start the tour by train and end the tour by coach and vice versa. This tour is not suitable for guests who are claustrophobic, have walking difficulties or use a wheelchair. In Stalheim, we will drive along a very steep and curvy road.
    • Lunch or dinner included

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      6 h

    • AdultsR2662Price per person

    • ChildrenR1909Price per person

The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
 
Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

Norway

The magic of the northern lights
The magic of the northern lights

A holiday in Norway is a dream. A dream along a fjord, the most evocative and characteristic natural formation of this land.

The Geirangerfjord and the Nærøyfjord are listed as part of UNESCOs World Heritage Sites, but it's also worth mentioning the longest of all the Fjords, the 204 km long Sognefjordas well as the Hardangerfjord where cherry and apple blossoms can be seen on the cliff-side during spring.

But a Northern Europe MSC cruise also means experiencing the spectacular beauty of the Northern lights; while those of you who travel in the summer can admire the spectacular midnight sun, once north of the Arctic Circle. A cruise to Norway also means discovering the culture of two ancient populations: the Vikings, not just pirates and warriors, but merchants, explorers and colonisers who, for over three hundred years until the 11th century governed Scandinavia and the northern Atlantic: and then, the Samis, the natives of these lands, dressed in multicoloured clothes with immense herds of reindeer, who have lived in the deep North for more than 10,000 years.

Finally, watch out for the Trolls! Many of the places you will visit are named after these legendary creatures: Trollheimen, Trollstigen (with the spectacular Troll’s path), Trollhatten and Trollveggen.