Bergen Railway Oslo Bergen

Bergen Railway Oslo Bergen– Norway –1 day, Oslo - Bergen or Bergen - OsloThe Oslo-Bergen line was opened in 1909 as the only year-round land transport between Norway's two largest cities. The 300-mile length of track passes through 200 tunnels, 18 miles of snow sheds and crossing more than 300 bridges. The scenery on the 7-hour Bergen Railway trip across the Hardanger plateau, the largest wilderness area in Europe, is breathtaking. It is one of the safest and most comfortable ways of traveling between Oslo and Bergen.

Operation January 1 - December 31, 2014
Departure Daily, all year
Price from $160 per person
Komfort class $18 per person
Included Train ticket Oslo - Bergen or Bergen - Oslo
Tour Options Train: Bergen Railway
Train Type: First-Class
Route: Oslo - Bergen or Bergen - Oslo
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Introduction/History: The complete Oslo-Bergen line was opened in 1909 as the only year-round land transport between Norway's two largest cities. It was electrified in 1964. The 300-mile length of track passes through 200 tunnels and 18 miles of snowsheds in addition to crossing more than 300 bridges. In 2009, the Bergen Railway celebrated its 100th anniversary!

The scenery on the 7-hour Bergen Railway trip across the Hardanger plateau, the largest wilderness area in Europe, is breathtaking. Keep your eyes open for reindeer and other wild animals on what the Eurail Guide calls the "most scenic rail trip in Europe".

Interesting stops along the Bergen Line: Oslo
Is the largest city in Norway. Situated by the Oslofjord and with its approx 575,475 inhabitants in the municipality of Oslo, it is the smallest capital city in Scandinavia. Oslo, considered a global city, is the cultural, scientific, economic and governmental centre of Norway.

The city is surrounded by marvelous areas for recreation, and of several green parks in the centre the Vigeland (Frogner) Park is the most popular.

In summer, the streets are bursting musicians and cafés. You can also take a boat trip on the Oslo fjord either during the day or on a nice summer evening. The city pulsates with culture and music, and Oslo features many exceptional events in winter.

Gol At a height of 207 m, is where the Bergen line really starts its ascent into the mountains, climbing more than 1100 meters over a distance of less than 100 kilometers. Gol is a farming community with a population of 2000 inhabitants, and it is with an emphasis on dairy farming and extensive use of alpine pastures.

Geilo Is an important traffic junction, with a considerable iron and metal goods industry (knives, scythes, tools, etc.) as well as a manufacturing center of sports articles and souvenirs. Geilo, with a population of 2000 is one of the largest winter sports centers in Northern Europe, with a multitude of hotels, chair lifts and ski tows, floodlit cross-country ski trails, alpine slopes, several snowboard parks and Trollpark for children.

Ustaoset Is one of Norway's largest holiday cabin "town-ships" with about 700 chalets and log cabins scattered about the mountainside. The mountain ridge of Hallingskarvet dominates the scene along the stretch of track.

Finse At a height of 1222 m, Finse is the highest station on the Bergen line. One of the lines most exposed stretches between Finse and Hallingskeid is now enclosed in a 10.3 km long tunnel. This is the longest high mountain stretch among the railways in Europe and it is a very nice area for hiking in the mountains, either by foot or on skis.

Myrdal Is the beginning and end station of the famous Flåm Railway. At Myrdal, the Flåm valley plunges towards the Aurland fjord.

During this wonderful journey, with breathtaking panoramic views between the tunnels, the train goes into a spiral tunnel inside the mountain to cope with the change in elevation of 865 m along a mere 20 km of track.

Voss Is a charming rural town with a population of almost 6000 which is also famous for its excellent cross-country and alpine skiing. The cable railway "Hangursbanen" running 200 m from Voss station is 1,1 km long and has a change in elevation of 570 m in only 4 minutes. Voss is situated in the heart of fjord country and has preserved its many traditions dating back some 3000 years when it became a farming community. Today it is a modern village with app 6000 inhabitants, well known for its ski resort and activity center.

Bergen Was one of the great Hanseatic ports - founded in 1070. The city now has a population of more than 210,000, all of whom are equally proud of its old traditions and distinctive character. The people of Bergen are fiercely proud of their city, and rightly so. Although "only" the second largest city in Norway, Bergen is the capital of Western Norway, also called "the gateway to the fjords" and definitely one of Norway's most beautiful port cities. Bergen was selected one of the European cities of culture in the year 2000.

Stops on the Bergen Railway: Oslo S - Nationaltheatret - Lysaker - Asker - Drammen - Hokksund - Vikersund - Hønefoss - Flå - Nesbyen - Gol - Ål - Geilo - Ustaoset - Haugastøl - Finse - Hallingskeid - Myrdal - Upsete - Voss - Dale - Vaksdal - Arna - Bergen

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