If you want some practice with your superlative adjectives, try describing the train ride from Oslo to Bergen. It is widely agreed to be one of the best scenic train rides in the world, reaching the highest altitudes of any other train ride in Europe, and shocking travelers with the most dramatic landscape transformations as the seasons change from one to the next.
So let’s take it all in, shall we? Superlative by superlative.
Oslo to Bergen: The Best Scenic Route
It’s impressive to think that any European train route can compete with Switzerland in terms of scenic views, but Norway makes a pretty strong case for itself. Like Switzerland, Norway has gorgeous mountain views, quiet countryside, magnificent glaciers, majestic forests, and quaint little villages, but it also has one thing that Switzerland doesn’t have – mesmerizing fjords. These almost mystical formations lend an aura of mystery to the Norwegian landscape, leaving the traveler feeling as though he or she is a world apart, in a land less explored.
The Oslo to Bergen train ride is so charming, in fact, that it is the main leg of the Norway in a Nutshell scenic tour. Add on a ferry ride through the fjords or a tram ride on the old Flam Railway, or keep it simple with the seven-hour journey between Norway’s two most popular cities, Oslo and Bergen. As long as your train, tram, or boat has windows — and, well, they all do — your view will be magnificent.
Oslo to Bergen: The Highest Train Ride
The train from Bergen to Oslo boasts the highest altitude of any other train route in Europe. It’s probably the closest you can get to literally being “on top of the world” in a train. The highest point on the route is Finse, at 1,222 meters above sea level, and the train also passes over a stretch called Hardangervidda, which is the highest mountainous plateau in Europe. As you journey further and further up the mountains and away from the hustle and bustle of Europe, sit back in your seat and enjoy the views from the top of the world – or from your own personal little corner of the world, at least.
Oslo to Bergen: The Best View in Every Season
You could take this train once every season and catch a different view out the window each time. The seasons take a drastic toll on the scenery of Norway, transforming it into an entirely new landscape every few months, each one more beautiful than the next. Mountains, snow, greenery, wildlife, rooftops, sunsets, sunrises – no matter what it is you want to see, this route covers it all at some point during the year. If traveling in winter, try to take an early train – the days are much shorter during this time of year, with darkness usually falling around 4pm. In the summertime, travelers can enjoy sunshine into the early hours of the morning — fjords at midnight, anyone?
Traveling by train from Oslo to Bergen
The train ride from Oslo to Bergen is about seven hours long.
The trains along this route only offer one class of service, but Scandinavian trains are known for being some of the most comfortable and well-maintained in Europe.
If you purchase a train ticket to travel from Oslo to Bergen, the seat reservation will be included in the price of the ticket. Seat reservations are mandatory for this route since the journey is a pretty decent length (about 7 hours) and since the train ride is part of the scenic Norway in a Nutshell tour.
If you choose to travel with a rail pass instead of a ticket, the pass will cover the ticket price of the train, but the reservation cost will be an additional fee. Reservations can be purchased about 60 days in advance, and should be – this route is a popular one for obvious reasons, and it fills up quickly, particularly during the summer.
The following rail passes cover the train from Bergen to Oslo:
We hope this guide has been helpful, and we wish you every possible superlative — well, all of the positive ones, of course — on your train trip from Oslo to Bergen!