I grew up in Aurland, just a 10-minute drive from one of Norway’s most popular tourist destinations. As a result, I’ve got some pretty helpful knowledge for anyone planning a trip to the area. Flåm, or Flam (I’m sure not all of you have the Norwegian Å on your keyboard), is a small village along the Aurlandsfjord. The village gets over a million visitors a year, most of whom are looking for accommodation in the area. Naturally, they need a place to stay, and so I decided to compile this guide to all the hotels in Flam, Norway.
Anyone looking for where to stay in Flam will find that there are loads of great Flam hotels to choose
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Where to stay in Flåm, Norway
Naturally, I’ll be doing more than simply listing all the Flam accommodation I could think of, and have included helpful information on each hotel, and links to where you can book it – in order to make it much easier for you when browsing through all the hotels in Flam, Norway. I’ve also included my personal notes where appropriate, so you can get advice from a local!
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Here’s all the hotels in Flam, Norway to help you pick the perfect Flam accommodation for you!
Whether you are visiting Flåm in order to travel with the famous Flam Railway (a bucket list experience for many), go on a fjord cruise through the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Nærøyfjord, or simply enjoy the area and the beautiful Norwegian nature, you will be looking for the right place to stay for you and your family. Finding a hotel (or a hostel) that’s perfect for you is important, especially if you are spending more than one night in the area. That’s why I hope that the Flam hotels on this list include the one you’re looking for, regardless of whether price, location or comfort level is the most important for you.
If you are visiting Flåm, I do advise you to book your stay in advance, as there is limited accommodation in the area. Keep in mind that it’s a small village, and that these are all the hotels there are! Once your dates are set I recommend you book your hotel, as they tend to book out (especially in the high season from July to August.
Keep reading and check out all the amazing hotels in Flam, and where you can book them! Then, check out this overview of fun and sustainable experiences in the area!
Here’s a map of all the hotels and accommodation I have mentioned in this guide (as you can see, Flåm and Gudvangen are both located at the end of a fjord arm each).
Flåmsbrygga / Flamsbrygga is located right by the cruise port in the center of Flåm, and they are the only hotel in Flåm that can claim that all their rooms with balconies have a fjord view. When I first learned of this, I told my friend (who works there) that there is no way that’s possible. But he then showed me that indeed it is, as all their balconies are set at an angle to face the fjord! Absolutely genious!
Right next to Flåmsbrygga Hotell you’ll find their BrewPub, Ægir, which has become a staple for locals and tourists alike. They brew loads of different kinds of beer, and have won several awards for them. Some favourites include the IPA Vetlebror (meaning ‘Little brother’), Aud (another IPA named after the wife of the head brewer) and Bøyla (a blonde ale).
Excitingly enough, many of their beers are now sold in stores across Norway, and the tell-tale sign of someone from the Flåm area is when they spot the Ægir beer and shout “Look! They have Ægir here!” (I’m guilty of doing that every single time).
Fretheim Hotel, Flam
Fretheim Hotel is a very popular hotel in Flåm, and with good reason. It’s part of the Historic Hotels in Norway, and has a history dating as far back as the 1800s, when there was a farm on the hotel grounds. As well-off Englishmen started travelling to the area to fish salmon in the local rivers, the farm started offering lodgings.
Today, Fretheim Hotel is a beautiful building consisting of a new wing and an old wing, and each room in the old Historic Wing tells its own story. The hotel is beautifully located in the center of Flåm, and brings with it a perfect mix of the old and the new. They have a great restaurant, and the only bar in Flåm serving proper cocktails! So how about an espresso martini in front of the fireplace?
Flåm Ferdaminne offer apartments right by the station building in Flåm, so if you are arriving with the famous Flam Railway it’s a great location for you to stay. Their 4 apartments are available for short term rentals, and all have balconies for you to enjoy the Norwegian sunshine from.
Each of the four apartments have 2 bedrooms, and can accommodate for up to 8 people, so they are perfect for families travelling to Flåm and if you are looking to cook some of your own meals during your stay. The (only) grocery store in Flåm is also close, only a 2-minute walk away.
Tiny House with a view (and a rowing boat)
If you are looking for some truly unique accommodation in Flåm, look no further. You can actually rent a tiny house by the fjord, with some epic views included. I spent a night in the tiny house, and woke up to birds chirping and great views to enjoy my morning coffee with (a coffee machine and coffee for it is available in the house). The house is located within walking distance from everything in Flåm, and is perfect for those who want to spend some time on their own and not stay in a hotel.
There is a double bed in the “attic” (see the picture below) and a double sleeper sofa (where an adult can definitely sleep, but it would definitely be more comfortable for kids). The bathroom has both a shower and a laundry machine (perfect for longer stays).
Bonus: to get even better access to the fjord, a traditional Norwegian rowing boat (called a “færing”) is included in the rental.
Just a 10-minute walk from the centre of Flåm you’ll find Brekke Apartments and Brekke Hostel (but more about the hostel below). As Flåm is a small place, it’s no problem getting here by foot, and you’ll walk along the valley past cattle and fields. To get here from Flåm Station, simply cross the bridge and stay on the right side of the river as you walk through the Flåm valley.
Flam Marina and Apartments
If you’ve been following me on Instagram for a while, you’ll know that this place is a staple when it comes to having lunch in Flåm. Their restaurant serves great food, and this is also where you’ll find the only Mudslide cocktail/milkshake in the area. Or as the locals call it; grown up milkshake. It’s the best, and I strongly recommend heading this way during your visit to Flåm.
Flåm Marina & Apartments is located a 5 minute walk along the bay in Flåm, and you can enjoy the views of the fjord from their restaurant. If you are visiting the fjords in the winter, the Marina is the perfect place to look back at the Christmas decorations in the centre of Flåm!
Flam Hostel & Camping
If you are looking to visit Norway on a budget (hey, it’s possible!), you may want to find one of the hostels in Flam. Of course, there is also the option of booking an AirBnB. Flåm Hostel and Camping is located just across the river from the centre of Flåm. It is a popular pick for anyone travelling the fjords on a budget. They even have a food truck there in the summer, which makes for a great snack if you want to avoid breaking the bank.
Brekke Gard Hostel
Another hostel in Flåm is the Brekke Gard Hostel, which I believe is run by the same people who run Brekke Apartments. They are located a short (10-minute) walk from the train station and cruise port in Flåm, and you’ll definitely be able to find something that fits your budget when booking here.
Hotels near Flam, Norway
Of course, as Flåm is such a small village, there aren’t as many options of where to stay as you’ll find if you are travelling to a city. That’s why I’ve included three popular hotels near Flåm below. Two of them are just a short drive from the village, allowing you to access everything Flåm has to offer even if you can’t find anywhere to stay right in the middle of the village. The third is located along the Flåm Railway, and makes for the perfect mountain getaway – during both summer and winter!
If you continue along the Bergen Railway from Myrdal, you’ll end up at Finse, where they host the Norwegian Ice Music Festival! Quite a fun activity, in my opinion.
I’ve written about this hotel in Aurland before, and I used to work there when I was younger. I remember busy summers of greeting guests from all over the world during the day, and serving locals and visitors to the pub in the evenings. It was a blast.
Vangsgaarden is a historic hotel located right in the centre of Aurland (where I grew up, and one of the most beautiful places in Norway in my opinion). Aurland is just a 10-minute drive from Flåm. You’ll find refurbished rooms facing both the fjords and their picturesque gardens. Their most popular feature are the 6 fjord cabins located right by the fjord, allowing you to get as close to it as you possibly can. If you want to make sure you score one of the cabins, make sure to book in advance.
Just through one of Norway’s longest tunnels you’ll find Gudvangen, a village even smaller than Flåm. The 20-minute drive is worth it. Gudvangen is not only located at the end of the Nærøyfjord (a UNESCO World Heritage Listed area), but also the location of the Viking Village Njardarheimr. Here you can meet real vikings, learn about their distinct culture, and start (or end) your fjord cruise back to Flåm. A stay at Gudvangen Fjordtell will really bring you close to the action, and it’s accessible by bus from Flåm.
Fun fact: there are rumours of the next season of the show Vikings being filmed here next year!
If you want to experience something really special, catch the famous Flåm Railway up to Vatnahalsen, and stay in their “mountain sanctuary”. This hotel is a great place to stay if you want to simply enjoy nature away from everything, or if you are visiting the Flam area in order to cycle the well-known Rallarvegen. Right around the corner, the recently opened Flåm Zipline promises you an experience you’ll never forget (read my guide to the zipline here)!
There you have a full list of hotels in Flåm, Norway, and I hope it has made it a little easier for you to pick where to stay during your visit! If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments!
Want more? Head this way to read some hilarious questions that have actually been asked by travellers to Norway.
Now tell us; have you been to Flåm? Where did you stay? And if you haven’t, which one of these most caught your eye?