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Norway by train

Annabelle's verdict:

Drama, beauty and nature on a frankly gobsmacking scale; a trip across Norway delivers all three, along with picturesque villages, easy to navigate cities and some of the best seafood in the world. A highlight - literally - is a trip on the Bergensbanen railway, which climbs 4,000 feet to the Hardangervidda plateau – the highest train route in Europe.

Recommended tour operator: Nordic Experience

BergensbanenBergen at nightStigen, Aurland, NorwayOslo Opera House shine at dusk, morning twilight, Norway

Nordic Experience says

Norway is easy to explore by rail and ferry – our four-night Roof Across Norway breaks are a great introduction to this scenic country.

Days 1 and 2 of your holiday kick off in Oslo where we can arrange a guided tour or you can explore at your own pace. You won’t want to miss the new Opera House (pictured above), the Viking Ship Museum and the Vigeland Sculpture Park before chilling out on the cosmopolitan waterfront.

The Bergensbanen is something special – the journey alone is worth the trip to Norway. It’s the highest railway line in Europe, climbing to 4,000ft across the Hardangervidda mountain plateau before descending through lush valleys to the coast.

Day 3 takes you on the train for the steep descent to Flåm, followed by a ferry ride along the picturesque Aurland and Naerøy fjords to Gudvangen. There’s time to see the spectacular Voss waterfalls too before the Bergensbanen takes you on down to Bergen.

Known as the ‘Gateway to the Fjords’, Bergen is an historic town packed with medieval character. It’s home to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site of Bryggen and the home of Edvard Grieg amongst other attractions, not least the fjords which surround it. Lunch in the fish market is a special treat.

In both Oslo and Bergen, where you stay for two nights, we offer a choice of a standard or superior hotels, all ideally located for the sights.

Find out more about our short breaks in Norway.

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