Norway by Train and Ship
Say goodbye to everyday life and experience Norway on the most beautiful train route. The Dovre Railway takes you from Oslo through the most beautiful regions of Norway, passing the largest lake in the country, the highest mountain railway station, and then over to Trondheim.
From there, the ship’s journey starts with the Hurtigruten along the Norwegian coast and into breathtaking fjords. The ship trip ends in the old trading city, Bergen. Considered the most beautiful travel route in Norway, a further highlight of the round trip is the trip with the Bergen Railway from Bergen to Oslo.
Price Range: $$$$
Recommended Days: 9-11 Days
Riding Hours: Approx. 42 hr
Distance: 1,596 km
Transportation: Train, Ship
Oslo: Norway’s Vibrant Capital City
The special charm of the city lies in the mix of the lively big city, wild nature, and lots of water. The ski jump at Holmenkollen, from where you have a fantastic view over the city and the nearby fjord, is not worth missing.
The fortress of Akershus rises directly above the Oslo fjord. Other sites worth seeing are the town hall, the cathedral of Oslo, and Vigeland Park. A large number of museums such as the Norwegian National Gallery, the Historical Museum, the Norwegian Folk Museum, and the Viking Ship Museum are worth a visit.
Oslo → Trondheim | Duration: 6:45 – 7:30 h | Transfers: 0
The Dovre Railway takes you north to Trondheim. Shortly after the departure of the train has to climb one of the steepest routes and then follows the Mjøsasee, the largest lake in Norway, before passing by Lillehammer.
From Dombås the train climbs up to Dovrefjell. After Fokstua’s high mountain railway station, the Dovre Railway arrives at Hjerkinn’s highest station, 1017 meters above sea level.
Through a few tunnels, some of which are listed as historical monuments, the train leaves the mountain world again. In Støren you are welcomed by the Nidelva valley before the train arrives at Trondheim station via the Skansen Bru bascule bridge.
Trondheim: Exciting History and Gorgeous Fjords
At the mouth of the Nidelva lies the third largest city of Norway, directly at the Trondheim Fjord. The Kristiansten fortress and the Nidarsdom cathedral dominate the cityscape.
Red painted bridges lead to the district Bakkelandet with its narrow alleys and wooden houses. Along the Nidelva the old colorful warehouses, built on wooden beams, are lined up.
The town courtyard impresses with its length of 58 m and delights with its magnificent rooms, filled with rococo furniture and with wood-paneled halls.
Trondheim → Geiranger | Duration: 19:12h | Transfers: 0-1 | Ship
Geiranger: The Windy Road
Next on your travel route in Norway, a boat takes you along the beautiful fjord coast while narrow and wider fjords appear between majestic mountains. The Geirangerfjord, a unique natural diversity, opens up with grandiosity. The flanks of the mountains rise vertically out of the fjord.
At the end of the fjord is the village of Geiranger; this is where the famous Trollstigen road begins. With a gradient of up to ten percent, it leads in eleven serpentine curves to Korsmyra, 600m above the fjord. From the highest curve with the viewing platform you have a spectacular view of the fjord and the seven waterfalls.
Geiranger → Bergen | Duration: 17:42 h | Transfers: 0-1 | Ship
Bergen: The Most Beautiful City In Norway
Welcome to Norway’s second-largest city! In the past, this city held the seat for the Hanseatic League and was used for maritime expeditions. Instead of fleets of warships, today their harbor district is scattered with wooden warehouses and residential buildings.
The Bergenhus fortress at the harbor entrance is one of the best-preserved and oldest fortifications in Norway. The Hanseatic Museum, as well as the Old Bergen Open-Air Museum, both give a vivid impression of everyday life in the past. Don’t forget a visit to the Fisketorget, the colorful fish market at the harbor, where you will find daily catches as well as seasonal vegetables and local handicrafts.
Known as the city of seven mountains, round out your Norwegian trip with a funicular ride or a hike to the top of Fløyen, the closest mountain to the city center, this vantage point offers great views of the city and the harbor, from there you continue on a longer hike or stroll back down to the city center.
Bergen → Oslo | Duration: 6:30 – 7 h | Transfers: 0 | Train
Several times a day the Bergen Railway travels to Oslo over Europe’s largest plateau, the highest railway line in Europe. On the way, you have a beautiful view of Flåmsdal from Myrdal. Finse, 1,222m above sea level, is the highest railway station in northern Europe. Before reaching Oslo, the train crosses the bridges over Drammenselva, Norway’s longest railway bridges at 340m and 451m.