The Norwegian railway system track of which 2,622 km is electrified and 242 km double track. There are 696 tunnels and 2760 bridges. Jernbaneverket is a state owned agency which builds and maintains all railway tracks, while other companies operate them. These companies include Norges Statsbaner, NSB Anbud, CargoNet, Flytoget, Hector Rail, Tågåkeriet and Ofotbanen.
The NORDLAND RAILWAY
The Nordland Railway runs between historic Trondheim and beautiful Bodø in the north of Norway. The train journey itself is full of spectacular views. From the old trading centre of Bodø, the track makes its way across to Fauske, which is a traffic junction. From Fauske, you can get a bus to anywhere in North Norway, including the county of Finnmark.
Bodø, with the Lofoten archipelago to the north and the impressive tidal currents of Saltstraumen to the east, is at latitude 67°18´N, just inside the Arctic Circle. From here we cross to Fauske, and then turn south past Rognan and Saltdalen before braving the exposed Saltfjellet, crossing the Arctic Circle, and heading back down to Nord-Trøndelag.
Passing through Mo i Rana, with its industrial history, and down Børgefjell, where those with a thirst for adventure can make their dreams come true. The train carves its way through massive forests, past wild mountain scenery, alongside rivers teeming with fish, passing Namsskogan Familiepark, narrow fjords, Stiklestad, and eventually arriving at the 1000-year-old university town of Trondheim.
The BERGEN RAILWAY
When you buy a train ticket to Bergen, you are buying a ticket to one of Europe´s most breathtaking adventures. After Drammen, there are several interesting stops on the route to Vikersund and Hønefoss. The train continues to Nesbyen, Gol and Geilo, which are all winter sports centres.
Discover the Flåm Railway an incredible train journey from the mountain station at Myrdal on the Bergen Railway down to Flåm station nestled in the innermost corner of the Aurlandsfjord. Nowhere in the world do adhesion railcars on normal tracks have a steeper journey than on the Flåm Railway. Each year, this exciting stretch of track attracts people from all comers of the world, making the Flåm Railway one of Norway´s major and most spectacular tourist attractions.
Through Hallingdalen the track climbs, with some sharp inclines, to one of Europe´s highest mountain plateaus – to Finse, with the Navy Road (Rallarvegen) and Hardangerjøkulen glacier nearby. There are countless tours and hiking opportunities to enjoy here! On the descent to Voss, the landscape opens out and the journey ends in Bergen, with its fish market, seven mountains, culture and history.
The RAUMA RAILWAY
A trip on the Rauma Railway gives you an unique opportunity to experience at close hand fantastic Norwegian scenery. The Rauma Railway runs between Åndalsnes (4 metres above sea level) and Dombås (659 metres above sea level). At Dombås there are train connections to/from Oslo and Trondheim.
You will see views ranging from precipitous crags plunging vertically to the valley floor among majestic, jagged alpine peaks to lush, curving hillsides climbing towards great rounded mountain plateaus that extend into unspoiled national parks. The beautiful, emerald-green River Rauma will follow you, right outside the train window, for much of your trip. The river´s character is constantly shifting – one moment flowing gently between small beaches of white sand before transforming into a wild torrent, cascading down rapids at breakneck speed.
The train will run especially slowly through the most spectacular scenery, and at the famous Kylling Railway Bridge and at Trollveggen, Europe´s highest perpendicular mountain wall, the train will make a complete stop.
The DOVRE RAILWAY
The Dovre Railway runs form Oslo to Trondheim through the stunning Norwegian scenery of the mighty Dovrefjell. Get a unique travel experience by travelling with NSB. From Trondheim, the town where Norse saga and high technology live together in perfect harmony, the line follows the Gaula river, a river teeming with salmon. There is then a sharp incline as the train passes the mountain slopes of Oppdal through Drivdalen.
We then travel on over Dovrefjell, with its musk oxen, myths and trolls, and down to the wealth of cultural treasures at Gudbrandsdalen. From here, you can take trips to Jotunheimen, Rondane and Peer Gynt.
The SØRLAND RAILWAY
From Stavanger to Oslo there are varied and contrasting experiences to be enjoyed as the line makes it way. The journey takes you beneath Jæren´s lofty skies, over fertile hills and down to the gentle south coast where bathing, Kristiansand Zoo, Captain Sabertooth´s World, Cardamom Town and festivals are just a few of the abundant sources of entertainment and enlightenment that await you.
From the gentle coast, the train weaves its way towards the valleys of Agder and Telemark, which are steeped in tradition. In Kongsberg you´ll find silver mines and alpine skiing facilities, before the landscape levels out towards Hokksund, Drammen and Oslo. Along the entire line there are plenty of opportunities to make a detour to take in exciting sights or experiences.
The ØSTFOLD RAILWAY
Starting from Oslo, the Østfold Railway runs to Halden. Several departures continues to Gothenburg (Sweden). This stretch of track is one of the busiest in the country, taking thousands of people to and from work, meetings and appointments. However, it also offers much scope for exploring the county´s impressive cultural and coastal landscape!
Fredriksten Fortress, which is rich in history, towers over Halden and Iddefjorden. From here towards Oslo the line shows you a sunny archipelago, versatile Sarpsborg, former timber centre Fredrikstad, the cultural and industrial town of Moss and the rich cultural landscape of Follo. This stretch of track is not long, but there is much to experience in the way of sport, outdoor pursuits, history and culture.
The VESTFOLD RAILWAY
The Vestfold Railway is NSB´s busiest stretch. Carrying thousands of passengers to and from work and airport. Most of the departures on the Vestfold line run directly to / from Oslo Airport Gardermoen, without having to change trains. If you travel by plane from Oslo Torp Airport is a good idea to take the train. We have set up a shuttle bus that takes you from the train station and the airport in just 4 minutes.
The RØROS RAILWAY
The Røros Railway is a 383 kilometer long railway running between the towns of Hamar and Støren via Elverum and Røros. The Røros Line is Norway´s second longest stretch of unelectrified railway, the longest being the Nordland Line.
The former mining town of Røros is simply unique - a modern community, in which people live and work right in the middle of an UNESCO Heritage Site. The town itself is the main attraction. You will find yourself being carried back to life in a different age. The small town has long-established traditions, and its own unique and fascinating charm.
The GJØVIK RAILWAY
The Gjøvik Railway departures from Oslo, beafore heading towards Nordmarka via Hadeland and Eina. The final destination is Gjøvik.
FLÅM STEP BY STEP
The Bergen Railway and Flåm Railway meet on the Myrdal Plateau. The Flåm Railway is operational throughout the year with four departures daily in the winter season and nine or ten during the summer season.
Barely a kilometre from Myrdal the train stops at Vatnahalsen where you can enjoy the first spectacular view over the valley. Vatnahalsen Hotel is located close to the station.
Just east of the line lies Reinunga Lake in picturesque surroundings. At Reinunga the train enters its first loop. After a few sharp bends it slowly passes a "window" cut out in the tunnel wall, providing a magnificent view over the Flåm Valley.
At the exit of Bakli Tunnel the train stops at the mighty Kjos Waterfall. The river seen from here flows down from the Reinunga Lake to the power station through a water tunnel.
Shortly after the Kjos Waterfall and tunnel, at Pinnelia, you can see three levels of the Flåm Railway spiralling up the steep mountain side.
From Pinnelia you can also see the Rallarvegen road with its 21 sharp bends zigzagging up towards the Myrdal Mountain. The next tunnel, the Nåli Tunnel measuring 1.340 metres, is the longest.
From Kårdal you can see the highest hamlet in the Flåm Valley, the Kårdal Waterfall and the old road through the Ugjerd Valley.
One of the Flåm Valley´s most dangerous natural phenomena, the Trolla Avalanche, is to be found in the west. Each winter with normal snowfalls an avalanche thunders down from the lofty mountain peak.
From this station, halfway between Myrdal and Flåm, you can see the dramatic Berekvam Ravine, where the Flåm River cuts deeply through the narrow gorge.
At Berekvam there are double tracks to enable the trains from Myrdal and Flåm to pass each other.
Just south of Dalsbotn lies the Styvisethaugen Farm, built on an enormous rock. Another huge rock provides a natural bridge across the river. After Dalsbotn there are two tunnels, Spælemyren and Furuberget.
The Flåm Railway widens out and you can see picturesque farms and Flåm Church (1667) nestling at the bottom of the valley.
Above Håreina, tower the Vibmesnosi Mountain (1.260 metres) and the breathtaking Rjoande Waterfall with a vertical drop of 140 metres.
This is where the precipitous Haga Mountain drops down to the railway line.
Flåm is a smalI town with approximately 450 inhabitants, nestled in the innermost corner of the Aurlandsfjord, and centrally located along the new main road (open all year round) between Oslo and Bergen.
FLYTOGET (AIRPORT EXPRESS TRAIN)
The main airport in Norway is Oslo Airport Gardermoen. It takes 19 minutes to Oslo Central Station. The Airport Express Train brings you from Oslo Airport to Lillestrøm, Oslo Central Station (Oslo S), the National Theatre, Skøyen, Lysaker, Sandvika, Asker and Drammen.
NSB Regional and Local trains
All Regional trains on the stretch Skien - Oslo - Lillehammer - Trondheim via Oslo Airport. So does NSB Local trains on the stretch Kongsberg - Eidsvoll also. Train schedules are available at NSB Customer or your local railway station.