The dazzling fjords and mountains of Norway offer the most spectacular views in Europe, and they’re all yours to discover on scenic train routes. Make your trip complete with a visit to these exciting towns and cities. Norway is the ideal destination for an adventurous European holiday.
Traveling by train in Norway
Norway quick facts
Population: 5 million
Currency: Norwegian krone (NOK)
Dialing code: +47
Trains in Norway
The Norwegian State Railways (NSB) operates the major railway lines. The 7-hour trip between Oslo and Bergen is one of the most scenic routes to find in Europe.
Places to visit
Gamlebyen, the Old Town (Fredrikstad)
One of Norway´s most popular attractions, the old town (Gamlebyen) in Fredrikstad is the best-preserved fortress town in all of Scandinavia. Breathtaking and dynamic, the area boasts cobblestone streets, centuries-old buildings, quaint shops, the Fredrikstad City Museum, and a spectacular Saturday morning flea market. Spend a day walking back through time to 17th century simplicity and beauty.
Fredrikstad is about 1 ½ hours by train from Oslo.
Natural beauty in Bergen
The train ride from Oslo to Bergen has been called the most beautiful in the world. Mountains, lakes, rivers and forests await you along the way. In Bergen, there’s plenty to do. The famous Bryggen wooden wharf houses celebrate 900 years of Norwegian tradition. Ride the Funicular Cable Car, and soar to the top of Mount Floyen, 1,050 feet above sea level. Love fresh seafood? The lower station is just steps from the fish market.
From Bergen station (Bergen Stasjon), the lower station of the Funicular Cable Car is a 10-minute walk.
Say hello to Aurora Borealis
Get front row seats to the Northern Lights. The best months to witness this breathtaking natural event are October, February and March. But the Lights are ever-changing, so it’s worth checking into the possibilities whenever you plan to visit Norway. Specific weather conditions are also a factor. (The Lights are best visible in the very northern parts of Norway, such as Narvik, Bodø, Tromsø and Finnmark).
Bodø is the northern end of the Norwegian State Railways.
Steepest railway line in the world in Flåm
Some very skillful engineering created the rail path from Flåm to Myrdal. This is one of Norway’s most popular attractions and also boasts magnificent natural scenery. The steepest inclines for any railroad (at some points, up to a 55% gradient), plus narrow paths that pass into and out of the mountainside, waterfalls and wildlife make this journey truly unique. Your 40-minute train ride will provide memories that last a lifetime.
You can travel from Bergen to Flåm in about 3 hours, and enjoy the beautiful natural scenery – mountains, fjords and forests – along the way.
The cultural mix in Oslo
Oslo, Norway’s capital and largest city, is a mecca of international activities, music, art, culture, science and history. From the unusual, like the Fire Museum (Brannmuseet i Oslo), to the historical Aker Brygge Wharf and the Royal Palace. Oslo will suit your style, no matter what that is. Spend some time listening to the local music and enjoy the hearty cuisine before venturing away from the city into the majestic fjords and stunning nature.
Step off the train at Oslo’s station Nationaltheatret, and the royal palace grounds will be directly in front of you.
Holmenkollen Ski Festival
Every year, more than a million spectators come out to see the 12-day event, which features competitions in ski jump, cross country, and combined events.
From Oslo Central station take metro 1 to Holmenkollen.
Oslo’s citizens do traditional garb and fill the streets, gathering at the Royal Palace for celebration and merry-making to honor the country’s constitution.
The Royal Palace is a 20-minute walk from Oslo’s Central station.
This small music festival in Oslo has an impressive line-up of classic rock acts and Norwegian bands playing on a festival for the first time. The festival takes place at a public open-air bath, so you can go for a swim during the concerts!
The festival site can be reached by tram 12, bus 20 (stop Frogner stadion or Vigelandsparken) or by metro (stop Majorstuen) from Oslo's main train station.
Oslo jazz festival
Oslo’s 6-day jazz festival offers an eclectic mix of jazz sounds. The event includes colorful jazz parades through the city.
The jazz festival is held at locations around Oslo.
This popular 5-day summer festival is Oslo’s largest and offers an excellent selection of international and local acts across 4 stages.
The festival is located in Medieval Park in Gamlebyen, just a 10-minute walk from Oslo’s main train station.
Eurail passes for Norway
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