Flåm Line by Tony Via Flickr: Too Many Tourists: In a 2014 Dagens Næringsliv article a farmer said that “Previously the smell of summer was that of grass that had been cut. Now [the smell] it is [of] tungolje” [“heavy-oil”]. Furthermore, “They [a retired couple] talk about fish that has disappeared from the fjord. In Norway cruise ships are permitted to dump overboard their greywater in the postcard-narrow fjord-arms. Furthermore the news article says that defecation in public by tourists, is already a problem; the village has one public toilet, and 200 000 tourists are expected in the summer season.
At the top of the Flåm Line is the stop at Myrdal. At the start of the season, the snow was still thick.
Flåm tourist stop by Tony Via Flickr: Flåm is a village in Flåmsdalen, at the inner end of the Aurlandsfjorden—a branch of Sognefjorden.
The name Flåm is documented as early as 1340 as Flaam. It is derived from the plural dative form of the Old Norse word flá meaning “plain, flat piece of land”, and it refers to the flood plains of the Flåm River.