Norway

Norway quick facts

  • Population: 5 million

  • Language: Norwegian

  • Currency: Norwegian krone (NOK)

  • Dialing code: +47

Trains in Norway

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Places to visit

Jotunheimen National Park
Jotunheimen National Park

Adventure among unspoilt scenery

Visit Norway’s (and perhaps the world’s) most mouthwatering natural treasure: Jotunheimen National Park. Be dazzled by crashing waterfalls, heavenly mountains emerging from azure crystalline rivers and discover hugely diverse flora and fauna. During a hike through this corner of paradise look out for reindeer, mink and lynx. Jotunheimen is an activity-junky’s centre of the universe – cross-country and alpine skiing is possible in winter and during the rest of the year glacier hiking, rafting, canyoning and caving are memorable ways to absorb the breathtaking scenery.

To reach Jotunheimen take a train to Otta and from there you can take a bus to various spots around the national park.

Northern lights above city of Tromsø
Northern lights above city of Tromsø

Northern night lights

Oslo is the country’s after-hours hub and Bergen also has a fairly lively offering of bars and clubs for night owls. However, a visit to Norway would be incomplete without savouring the night activity within the country’s vast skies. Gaze above to the heavens as one of nature’s greatest performances unfolds above you: the Northern lights. This natural phenomenon is caused when the solar wind stream collides with the Earth’s magnetic field, resulting in a spectacular light show of electric blue and green auroras showering the sky. Tromsø, towards the tip of the country is a popular spot to experience nature’s beautiful fireworks.

To reach Tromsø take a train to Narvik and then take a bus up to the town.

Oslo fjord
Oslo fjord

Oslo: Where city and nature come together

Norway’s capital Oslo, between Oslofjord and Oslomarka, is a place that perfectly reveals the locals’ determination to develop a city that remains in tune with their instinctive connection to nature. Just 20 minutes south of the city is Tryvann Winter Park – hugely popular with locals for skiing and snowboarding on its 14 slopes. As Oslo warms up in summer Oslofjord becomes alive with locals grabbing every opportunity to enjoy the outdoors – popular activities are canoeing, kayaking, fishing and sailing. For the less energetic, jump aboard a boat tour around the pristine fjord islands.

To reach Tryvann Winter Park take subway no. 1 towards Frognerseteren and get off at Voksenkollen station and from there you can take a shuttlebus to the park.

Walrus on Svalbard beach
Walrus on Svalbard beach

Out of this world nature

As far as stunning fjords go, Norway wins hands down with its Geirangerfjord landscape. Bask in the beauty aboard a boat tour and weave in and out of green-carpeted mountain ranges, while absorbing the magical tranquility that will have you feeling like you’re a million miles away from reality. The Svalbard archipelago – located halfway between Norway’s north coast and the North Pole, is further evidence of Norway’s incredible natural uniqueness. In summer join a polar boat tour and set eyes on walruses and seals in their natural habitat, and if you’re lucky you might spot a polar bear.

The nearest train station to Geirangerfjord is Åndalsnes and from there take a bus to the fjords.

Wooden houses, Bergen
Wooden houses, Bergen

Quaint cities and stunning stave churches

Aside from exploring Norway’s epic natural splendours, be sure to visit some of its urban treasures. Get a warm welcome in Bergen – a city oozing with charm and crammed with history and tradition. Sample locally-caught fish, relax around Vågen harbour, admire the cute timber-coated houses and have an altogether authentic Norwegian experience. If you’ve never visited a stave (medieval wooden) church then let Heddal church, in Notodden, be your first. It’s the largest of its kind in the country and will send you spinning into a world of fairytales and whimsical fantasy.

Bergen's train station is a 10-minute walk to the city’s centre. Heddal stave church is a short bus ride from Notodden train station.

Events

Norwegian wood festival, Oslo
Norwegian wood festival, Oslo

Norwegian wood

June 15 - June 17, 2017

This small music festival has an impressive line-up of classic rock acts.

The festival is a 20-min walk from the Nationalteateret train station.

Oya festival, Oslo
Oya festival, Oslo

Øya festival

August 8 - August 12, 2017

This popular 5-day summer festival is Oslo’s largest and offers an excellent selection of international and local acts across 4 stages.

Interrail passes for Norway

Most popular passes with Norway

Interrail Norway Pass from € 135

The Interrail Norway Pass takes you to the highlights of Norway like Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim

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Interrail Global Pass from € 175

The Interrail Global Pass is the flexible and budget-friendly way to get around up to 30 countries in Europe. Travel by train from one cool destination to the next. One day you're on a pub crawl through Amsterdam and the next you're white-water rafting in Interlaken, Switzerland.

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All Interrail passes with Norway

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