How to See the Best of Norway by Train

Norway’s long-distance trains are a great deal in a country that is not well-known for its affordable travel options. It is often cheaper to travel by train between major cities than flying and offers scenic views throughout the journey.

However, Norway’s railway infrastructure is old and single-track in many areas. This can lead to long journey times. However, with some planning ahead, the slow option can still be an enjoyable way to see all of Norway without breaking the bank.

Night trains can also be used to save money on lodging costs when traveling intercity. You have the option of booking a small cabin for an extra cost, or you can opt to try your luck in a regular seat. You can take a shower in a hotel near your arrival station on some routes.

The famous Oslo to Bergen Line

Many tourists have the Oslo-Bergen line on their bucket lists, as it is often listed among the most beautiful rail journeys in the world.

The train crosses the Hardangervidda plateau, which is snowy at its peak in summer. This provides passengers with breathtaking views that will keep them busy for the entire six-hour journey.

Some tourists do not travel the entire route. Some tourists stop at Hardangervidda for the night, others go on to Flam Railway, while others head to Gelio, a popular ski resort.

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Flamsbanen: Myrdal and Flam

Myrdal, located at 867m (2,844ft) above the sea level on Oslo to Bergen’s Oslo-Bergen line is a small station. The station is located at 867 meters (2,844 feet) above sea level. There aren’t any roads or cabins here. However, it is the busiest station on the Oslo to Bergen line. It’s also the beginning point of Flam Line, one of Norway’s most popular tourist attractions.

The line, which runs 20.2km (12.6 miles) from the mountain plateau to the Aurlandsfjord, was built between 1924 and 1940. The line boasts eight stops, 20 tunnels, and one bridge. It is truly an engineering marvel. Tourists flock to the area because of its stunning scenery.

The train is now a tourist service and stops at two stations for passengers to take pictures of the scenery. Kjosfossen station is included in this list, which was built to give a glimpse of the Kjosfossen waterfall.

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Raumabanen: From Andalsenes to Dombas

This railway runs 114km (71 miles) and is one of Norway’s less-known, but it is also one of the most spectacular.

The line runs through the Romsdal Valley and connects with the Oslo-Trndheim line at Dombas to the fjord community of Andalsnes. It crosses the breathtaking Kylling Bru bridge and two horseshoe curves, offering views of the rugged mountainous Romsdal Alps scenery.

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Dovrebanen: Oslo to Trondheim

Tourists and locals love the Dovre line, which links two of Norway’s most populated cities. It also serves the winter sports resorts Lillehammer & Oppdal.

Although not as well-known as the Flam or Bergen lines, this train brings passengers closer to nature. It takes you from the lakeside views of Norway to the Dovre mountain plateau. You might be lucky enough to spot one of the few hundred mountain musk oxes that call the mountains home.

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Nordlandsbanen: Trondheim and Bodo

The longest Norwegian railway, the Nordland line, is 729km (453 miles). Two trains connect Trondheim to Bodo. It takes almost ten hours for the entire journey. They travel through many stations and cross the Arctic circle.

Saltfjellet’s mountain crossing is the highlight. It is wild at any time of the year, but a beautiful winter wonderland in spring and winter.

The train is an excellent option for tourists who prefer slow travel. Many daily ferry departures depart from Bodo to reach different areas of the charming archipelago.

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Train travel internationally

Train passengers can also arrive by train on a few international routes. From Sweden, Oslo is served by direct trains from Stockholm or Gothenburg.

Trondheim is easily reached by Ostersund. There are also plans to provide a direct service from Stockholm after work is completed on electrifying the line.

You can also travel to Narvik via the north of Sweden. However, Narvik is not connected to any other Norwegian rail system.

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