Norway rail trips: The Arctic Nordland Line

Arctic Nordland Line By Oivind Haug, NSB

Nordland line – Experience a unique rail trip to Arctic Norway!

This amazing rail line takes you as far north as you can get by train in Norway:
It is the only line to cross the Arctic Circle in Norway.
The entire journey takes approx. 10 hours.
It is the longest rail line in Norway, with 44 stations, 293 bridges and 154 tunnels.
Watch a video from the line

To join the Nordland line from Oslo, you start on the Dovre line to the historic town of Trondheim, the starting point of the Arctic line.
About scenic Rail lines in Norway

Read more about this amazing train line, as well as a how you can experience the line on an eco-friendly Train & Cruise round trip from Oslo, with the magic Lofoten islands, Norwegian coast & Fjords

More about the Nordland line:

Nordland Railway by Rune Fossum, NSB

Experience the unique Arctic Nordland line!

The Arctic Nordland line starts in the picturesque, historic town of Trondheim and takes you through amazing scenery to the beautifully located, Arctic coastal town of Bodo. The trip is just as beautiful in winter as in summer, and truly a memory for life.

Historic Trondheim
is located by the wide Trondheim fjord. The town has the most unique areas with tiny wooden houses and narrow streets, and it is also home to the largest wooden buildings in Norway. The scenic Nidelven river cuts through the town, with the medieval cathedral Nidarosdomen located at the shore of the river.
Read about historic Trondheim

En route you will pass through forested areas and farmland in Trondelag, then across the majestic Saltfjellet range where you cross the Arctic Circle, the boundary of the polar region. Then heading down to the Arctic coast.

The Arctic town of Bodo
is beautifully located by the wide Vestfjord, surrounded by spectacular mountain peaks & islands. The amazing Lofoten Islands are located on the other side of the Vestfjord, with scheduled connections by boat.

Saltstraumen Bodo. Photo By Roger Johansen, Nordnorsk Reiseliv

See a breathtaking maelstrom outside Bodo!

The world’s most powerful tidal current Saltstraumen is located just outside the town of Bodo; four times a day, 13 billion cubic feet of water are forced in and out through a passage 150 m wide and 31 m deep, thus creating this breathtaking maelstrom!

Whirlpools up to 10 metres (33 ft) in diameter and 5 metres (16 ft) in depth are formed when the current is at its strongest.

Suggested round trip with the Nordland line:
Nordland line. Photo by Rune Fossum, NSB

Crossing the Arctic circle!

Lofoten Islands by Pixabay

Experience incredible scenery at Lofoten islands!

Lofoten Islands, Helgeland coast & Sognefjord

Train & Cruise round trip from Oslo, with:
The Dovre line & the Arctic Nordland line
Arctic Bodo & the Lofoten islands
3 nights Coastal cruise w. Helgeland coast
Historic Trondheim & picturesque Bergen
Fjord cruise on the Sognefjord
Flam Railway & Bergen line
Stays in Oslo, Trondheim, Bodo, Lofoten & Geilo
Duration: 12 nights. April to Sept.

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