«Mellom bakkar og berg»: Train rides in Norway’s hills and mountains
Norway’s varied nature is breathtaking – both in the figurative and literal sense. Many places require long hiking trips and fitness to visit. But there are options for those who rather want to relax than sweat: Why not experience Norway’s amazing scenery by train?
Pictured above is Flåmsbana (Flåm Railway), one of Norway’s most popular railways. The fjords and steep mountains of Flåm attracts more than half a million tourists to the train ride every year. In addition to the Flåm Railway, there are other beautiful railway routes in Norway. Here are more suggestions to where you can go!
The Nordland Railway is Norway’s longest railway line, and is by many considered to be the most spectacular. The 729 kilometer long route starts in Trondheim, and ends in the northern city of Bodø. On the way, one can enjoy the dramatic mountains, fjords and islands of the Helgeland coast. It is the only railway route in Norway that crosses the Arctic Circle.
Photo: Leif Johnny Olestad/Visit Norway.
Due to the dramatic scenery in the northwestern Romsdalen, The Norwegian State Railways (NSB) has described the Rauma Railway as Norway’s most “beautiful and wild railways lines”. On the way, which goes from Dombås to Åndalsnes, one will pass the well-known mountain Trollveggen, along with other jaw-dropping panoramic views.
Photo: Rune Fossum/NSB.
The Dovre Railway crosses several of Norway’s most famous national park. The seven-hour train ride goes through Gudbrandsdalen, Rondane, Jotunheimen and Dovrefjell, the home of many of the folk tales about trolls. If you are lucky, you might spot the endangered musk ox or a wild reindeer!