Oslo to Bergen by train

A few snaps from Norway…

The Bergensbanen is 308 miles long and takes six and a half hours to cross some really exceptional and inhospitable terrain. We start in Oslo at 8 am and start gradually climbing through spectacular mountain scenery to Gol and Geilo — up Hallingdal towards Finse and along the mighty Hardangerjøkulen, before plunging down towards Bergen.

The mountain scenery of Gol and Geilo

Arriving at Finse… a village that sits at an elevation of 1,222 meters above sea level, making it the highest station on the entire Norwegian railway system.

The snowy plateau of Finse

The village lies in the eastern part of Ulvik municipality, and it is not easily accessible from the rest of the municipality. There is no road access, only a railway stop. Finse was also the site of the Battle of Hoth and where Luke met the Force spectre of Obi-Wan Kenobi…

Arriving at Bergen — the City of Seven Mountains…

Bergen

The city centre and northern neighbourhoods are located on Byfjorden, “the city fjord”, and the city is surrounded by mountains.

The streets of Bergen
Bergen harbour

Historically Bjørgvin, is a city and municipality in Hordaland on the west coast of Norway. At the end of the first quarter of 2016, the municipality’s population was 278,121 making it the second-largest city in Norway.

The city is an international centre for aquaculture, shipping, offshore petroleum industry and subsea technology, and a national centre for higher education, media, tourism and finance.

Hrbour sunset

Bergen Port is Norway’s busiest in both freight and passengers with over 300 cruise ship calls a year bringing nearly a half a million passengers to Bergen.

Trolls

The dense rocky forests and jutting fjords of Norway seem to be the ideal setting for a magical creature that turns to stone if it encounters elusive sunlight. Norway love and appreciates their trolls and put them on lots of souvenirs and signs.