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Travel On The Oslo-Bergen Railway – Highest Railway in Northern Europe

Take a train ride on the Oslo-Bergen Railway in Norway
Take a train ride on the Oslo-Bergen Railway in Norway [Image by Trond Giæver Myhre from Pixabay]
Train travel continues to be popular with travelers seeking to reduce their carbon footprint. However, when it comes to certain routes, it isn’t just about getting from A to B, as the journey becomes a vacation in itself. One exceptional example is the Oslo-Bergen Railway, the highest railway in Northern Europe, which stops at 21 idyllic small Norwegian towns along the way. Moreover, it is rated as the highest as it reaches a 4,058 feet elevation.

About the Oslo-Bergen Railway in Norway

According to the Daily Scandinavian, the train line broke ground in 1875 and was completed in 1909. Its inaugural journey between Bergen and Oslo was christened by Norway’s King Haakon VII. While it was an amazing journey back then, it is equally exciting now.

Oslo-Bergen railway
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Meanwhile, the train travels between the two major destinations several times daily, taking six-and-a-half hours to cover the 267-mile distance. Along the way, passengers can enjoy the spectacular scenery of mountains and valleys, fjords and lakes. Moreover, the train makes 21 stops along the route, allowing passengers to hop on and off as they travel across the country. However, while the villages are quaint, the journey is a vacation in itself.

Comfortable seating
Comfortable seating [Image Rail Ninja on YouTube]
Passengers traveling from Oslo to Bergen can hop on board six daily departures. However, it should be noted that the train schedule can vary, depending on the time of year. Meanwhile, those traveling on the Bergen to Oslo train have three daily departures to choose from, with times also varying by season.

Seats and amenities on the train

Onboard storage
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Passengers have a choice of economy or business class on the Oslo-Bergen Railway. When choosing economy class, passengers have a seat with either a folding or fixed table, Wi-Fi, power outlets and luggage racks. Moreover, food and drink are available for purchase at the onboard cafe.

Business class passengers enjoy wider seats and more legroom and Wi-Fi, and have the additional option of a coffee and tea service and complimentary newspapers. Meanwhile, families traveling on the train have access to a family coach that offers play areas and toys to keep the children quiet as their parents enjoy the views from the windows.

Cafe on the train
Cafe on the train [Image Rail Ninja on YouTube]
Tickets can be purchased online and can be printed to show the conductor or the barcode can be shown on their phone before boarding. Visit RailNinja online for more information.

Stops along the way on the Oslo-Bergen Railway

The route includes 21 villages or towns along the way, including some of Norway’s best ski destinations, like Mjølfjell. Passengers can hop off to check in at the Mjølfjell Mountain Lodge, for a ski adventure or summer hiking vacation. Moreover, the train also stops at Geilo, a more traditional ski experience with 46 trails and two terrain parks with runs for all levels of expertise.

Meanwhile, depending on the time of year, passengers can enjoy snow scenes, green landscapes or wildflowers. They can also expect to spot some of Norway’s wildlife, including the largest wild reindeer herd in Europe.

To find out more about the various stops on the route, check out more information on VisitNorway.com. See the train in action in the video included below.

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