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The habor and the railway station of Flam at the aurlandsfjord

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A: Aurlandsfjord

by Gregor Polster, 220 meters away

Aurlandsfjord

B: Flåmbana - The Flåm Railway in Norway

by Alexander Jensko, 290 meters away

The Flåm Railway in Norway (Flåmbana) is one of the world's steepest railway lines on normal gauge. T...

Flåmbana - The Flåm Railway in Norway

C: Stegastein Viewpoint

by Ronald Tichelaar, 7.3 km away

This spectacular platform towers 640 metres over Aurlandsvangen and juts out in space, providing a pa...

Stegastein Viewpoint

D: Snow Road

by Alexander Kalashnikoff, 7.3 km away

Snow Road

E: Viewpoint at the Aurlandsfjord

by Hans-Nikolaus Meiforth, 7.3 km away

Viewpoint at the Aurlandsfjord

F: evening at the aurlandsfjord

by Hans-Nikolaus Meiforth, 8.1 km away

evening at the aurlandsfjord

G: Aurlandfjord

by Valentin Tushinov, 8.5 km away

Aurlandfjord

H: the aurlandsfjord

by Hans-Nikolaus Meiforth, 8.7 km away

the aurlandsfjord

I: Prest

by Jone Ronold, 10.0 km away

360° view over Sognefjorden, Aurlandsvangen, Undredal and Flåm.

Prest

J: Kårdalsfossen in Flåmsdalen (1/15 sec)

by Ronald Tichelaar, 12.3 km away

The Kårdalsfossen (Kårdal's waterfall) is a small waterfall along a trail in Flåmsdalen through witch...

Kårdalsfossen in Flåmsdalen (1/15 sec)

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