Day 15: From Gudvangen to Flam
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June 19th, 2009 – by: aloneinthecrowd
The Rallarvegen is the old railroad workers road and nowadays a hiking and biking trail. One of the most beautiful ones in the world I assume.
Our train left at 1.35 p.m. and we had some time for preparations like packing some food and water, controlling the batteries of the camera etc. before our trip started.
The single track line is 20.2 km long. The top station Myrdal is 865 metres above sea level, while Flam is by the fjord at sea level. In order to manage the climb up the mountainside, the line twists and turns and has twenty tunnels to gain altitude. There is a crossing (passing) loop at Berekvam station to allow trains going up and down at the same time. There's a 5 minutes stop at the Kjosfoss waterfall to take photos.
Since I'm not well trained in long distance hikes I wanted to reach at least Berekvam station which is almost half way. Around 2.30 p.m. we've reached Myrdal. We found the sign to the Rallarvegen and started our hike.
There were lots of rocks and loose gravel at the first section but after about 3 km the road was in better condition. We were overwhelmed by the beauty of the valley. The waterfalls, rivers, mountains, little farm houses, a tiny tunnel. I'm lost for words. Look at the photos they say more than I ever could.
The hiking went better as I thought and we left Berekvam behind us and did the 4.5 km to Dalsbotn where we've entered the train again to drive back the last 7 km to Flam since it was late already. All the photography stops needed more time as we've calculated ;)
All in all it was a beautiful day :) A dream came true and I did it better as I've expected.
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