True Oslo to Bergen

Oslo to Bergen

The journey by train from Oslo to Bergen is one of the more obvious inclusions on this list of Epic Express Train Journeys, but we couldn't leave it out, as it is undeniably fabulous!

It is also a journey to be made sooner rather later, as more shelters are to be built along some of the most scenic sections of the route, in order to protect more of the railway line from snow falls.

However, what will be preserved are the two key factors that make this journey so memorable, the more than four hours of sustained, continuous travel through beautiful landscapes and the elevation.
The height matters as much of the journey is above the tree line, so on some of the most spectacular parts of the trip, there is no lineside vegetation to get in the way of the views.

As the trains leave Oslo behind, the first highlight of the journey comes after Vikersund, when between there and Ask the train skirts the shores of Tyrifjorden – which can be seen from the right.

There are fabulous views from both sides of the train, but if you're only going to be making this journey once, then being sat on the left, when facing the direction of travel, has the edge - if you make the entire trip in good weather.

That is something to keep in mind, as you will be fortunate indeed to make the entire 6hr 30mins (plus) journey in sunshine

As will be seen from the misty morning above, the weather conditions can vary hugely during the course of the journey -  on our first trip we encountered mist, rain, sunshine and snow!

Between Honnefoss and Al the best of the views switch to the left, particularly as the train passes the beautiful lake named Kroderen (pictured in the second image below).


Oslo to Bergen by train

Then on departure from Al the train begins to ascend, with spectacular views between there and Hol down to the right over the Strandfjorden.

What truly gives this route its wow factor is the epic journey across the Hardangervidda plateau, the highest altitude travelled by European main line trains.
Oslo to Bergen by train
The trains traverse the plateau between Geilo and Myrdal with views stretching for huge distances across a landscape studded with lakes, so time your journey so that you’ll be travelling between these stations in daylight.

As can be seen from these images captured in mid-May, what contributes to this journey's wow factor is the lack of trees and vegetation as you traverse the plateau, the only things that get in the way of the views are the snow shelters that protect the trains from the worst of the weather.

Don’t expect the high peaks that can be seen from Alpine routes, this route’s sense of awe comes from scale and a sense of other-worldliness – particularly when the numerous lakes that the train passes are frozen over, as they are for most of the year.

Initially between Geilo and Finse, the best of the views are on the left.
Oslo to Bergen by train

Oslo to Bergen by train
Though as the train approaches Myrdal, the best of the views switch over to the right from where the frozen lake below can be seen.
Oslo to Bergen by train
However, arguably the most spectacular part of the journey comes after departure from Myrdal as the train begins to descend to Voss, where the pick of the views are once again on the left.

As will be seen below, this part of the journey has the best views of distant mountains and has a more Alpine aura.

The train will descend, so that as it approaches Voss, it will share a spectacular high sided valley with the river that can be seen below.
Oslo to Bergen by train
The must-see views aren’t over once the train departs from Voss as for most of the journey between there and Bergen, the line skirts the shore of Veafjorden – but here the best of the views switch back to the right.

Though you will need to have some luck on your side to see these views, Bergen has more rainy days than any other town in Europe!
Oslo to Bergen by train
Though they are also some fabulous views to be seen on the left as the train nears Bergen.
Oslo to Bergen by train

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