The beauty of the north with endless vacation opportunities!
Be amazed by boundless natural beauty, as you travel across Norway on its scenic train routes. With your Interrail Pass - plan a trip to the thriving city of Oslo, visit the wooden wharf houses of Bergen and wander around quaint shops in the old town of Fredrikstad. When in Norway, the dazzling Northern lights are a must-see.
Trains in Norway
There are 3 railway carriers in Norway that are included in your Interrail Pass: VY, Go Ahead Norge, and SJ Norge. Get all the information you need about Norway’s rail network, different train types and reservation requirements.
Reservations in Norway
You can book all trains from these included railways through Entur, either by phone or at their ticket desks at the train station. Reservations are not mandatory in Norway (except for trains between Oslo and Bergen and night trains), but they are recommended.
Interrail Global Pass
The Interrail Global Pass is the flexible and budget-friendly way to get around up to 33 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.
Places to visit
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.
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.
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 comes 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.
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.
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.
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