Norway rail trips: The Bergen Line

Experience the Bergen Railway by Tore Bjorback Amblie, NSB

Bergen Line – one of the highlights in Norway!

Bergen line is an eco-friendly, electrified mountain railway connecting Norway’s two largest cities; Oslo and Bergen.
It is the highest mainline railway in Northern Europe, crossing the Hardangervidda mountain plateau at 1300 m above sea level.
The line is some 500 km long, with Finse as the highest station with an altitude of 1222 m above sea level.
The entire journey takes approx. 7 hours.
Watch a video from the Bergen Line

We will tell you about the line & stations en route, as well as travel tips & tour suggestions
Read about scenic rail lines in Norway
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Flam Railway In Winter By Paul Edmundson, Visit Flam

The Myrdal station in winter time!

Beautiful scenery en route

The Bergen Line takes you through beautiful scenery, the Hallingdal valley, across the Hardangervidda National Park with views of mountain peaks and the Hardangerjokulen glacier at Finse, rocky areas with tunnels, the Vosso river & the Sorfjord between Voss and Bergen.
The line makes stops at villages and popular ski resorts en route.
A lot of Norwegians living in Oslo and Bergen have a “hytte” (mountain chalet) along the Bergen line, due to the easy access by train.
The mountain areas are normally covered in snow between October/November and April. During these months the locomotives often carry a snow plow at the front.

Flam Railway at Myrdal station. Photo by Rita de Lange, Fjord Travel Noway

Flam Railway at Myrdal mountain station

An important transport route

The Bergen Line offers both transport from villages along the line, as well as travel between Oslo and Bergen, being the main means of transportation for the people living in the villages along the line, as well as for people from Oslo & Bergen visiting the mountain villages.
Spending the week end in a “hytte” or hotel along the line is a common week end activity for Norwegians.
Parts of the line visit stations without road access, such as Finse and Myrdal.
The famous Flam Railway is a side line off the Bergen line, starting at Myrdal mountain station, descending through the beautiful Flam Valley, finishing at sea level in the tiny Flam village by the Sognefjord

Experience the Flam Railway by Sverre Hjornevik, Flam AS

The amazing Flam Railway

Travel tips for the Bergen line

The Bergen Line is an ideal starting point for a trip to the Norwegian fjords. You can start in Oslo and take it across to Myrdal, then change to the spectacular Flam Railway, taking you down to the Sognefjord and the village of Flam.
There are boat and ferry trips from Flam, both to the Unesco Naeroyfjord and to the main Sognefjord, taking you all the way to Bergen, with calls at tiny fjord villages en route.

Suggested tours including the Bergen line
Streets of Bergen by Gjertrud Coutinho, Visit Bergen

Authentic wooden houses in Bergen

We offer you a selection of tours including the eco-friendly Bergen line, starting in Oslo or Bergen, with beautiful Fjord cruises and the famous Flam Railway.
The tours are individual (not with a group) and include all transport and accommodation en route.
Book safely with Fjord Travel Norway – a local, Norwegian travel company. We have been in business for more than 20 years, offering  tours based on our goal of sustainable tourism

Hardangerfjord on a summer day by Sverre Hjornevik, Fjord Norway

The beautiful Hardangerfjord

A taste of Sognefjord & Hardangerfjord
Round trip from Oslo to the Norwegian Fjords; Sognefjord & Hardangerfjord, as well as Bergen & tiny fjord villages, with the Bergen line & the Flam Railway
Duration: 7 nights

Sognefjord Cruise & Balestrand Village
Round trip from Oslo with fjord cruises on the Sognefjord, a 2 nights stay in the beautifully locared Balestrand village, as well as Bergen, the Bergen line and the Flam Railway
Duration: 6 nights

Bergen Line by NSB

Mountain scenery along the Bergen line

See the Bergen line in winter

Norway in a Nutshell® Winter tour
Round trip from Oslo, including the Bergen rail line, 2 nights in Bergen & one night in the tiny fjord village of Flam, fjord cruise on the narrow, UNESCO Naeroyfjord and a ride on the famous Flam Railway. The tour starts and finishes with overnight in Oslo
Duration: 5 nights

Bergen Bryggen area by Viale, Hurtigruten

The UNESCO Bryggen wharf in Bergen


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