Norway’s popular and scenic train line that runs from Myrdal in the mountains to Flåm on the fjord below raked in a record NOK 100 million in revenues last year, up 11.6 percent from the year before. Now other tourist-related businesses in Aurland, where Flåm is located, are reporting solid spin-off effects, too.
The train line, known as Flåmsbanen, attracted around 720,000 passengers last year, making it Norway’s most visited attraction. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported that other businesses in the venture known as Flåm Utvikling all reported double-digit increases in revenues as well.
The venture, partly owned by state railroad NSB, in turn owns the train line, the Aurland shoe factory, the Fretheim Hotel in Flåm and Flåmsbanen’s museum. Plans now call for making the area and the train line a year-round destination and operation, to attract tourists in the winter as well as the summer season.