On Day Four of our Norway trip we left Oslo, heading west into the fjords. Here comes our train – bang on time!
They say that the Oslo to Bergen is one of the 10 best railway journeys in the world. I’ve not been on the other nine. I did go from London to Birmingham once, a couple of years ago, but I have reached the conclusion that there are better views to be had on the Oslo to Bergen line. It really is a spectacular trip. Within a couple of minutes of pulling out of Oslo we were greeted with this view:
We weren’t travelling all the way to Bergen today. We were getting off at Voss, the adventure capital of Norway. We brought books for the journey but we didn’t read them. It was a five hour journey of pure beauty. The train climbed slowly out of Oslo, up into fjord territory, reaching about 3,000 feet before starting its descent towards Bergen on the west coast.
We left Oslo behind and travelled through rolling fields with hills rising gently behind them.
The railway snaked its way around the lakes and hills as much as possible, but more and more had to be routed through the terrain rather than around it. We passed through tunnel after tunnel, sometimes emerging from one only to find ourselves heading into another a few seconds later. More often than not the train would start by passing into a grey-clad structure enclosing the railway line before plunging into the tunnel proper. These grey housings had windows and gaps in them so as to allow the passengers to continue to enjoy the landscape.
Date of Trip: 20 July 2014
Points in this post (copy and paste the co-ordinates into Google Earth):
- Oslo Station: N 59° 54.650 E 010° 45.100
- Voss Station: N 60° 37.745 E 006° 24.620
- Bergen Station: N 60° 23.420 E 005° 20.005