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The Krossobanen cable car on its way up the mountain from Rjukan in Telemark, Norway
Krossobanen cable car in Rjukan.
Photo: Ian Brodie /

Ferryboat or kayak, bus or bike? It’s not just where you go, but how you get there, that will define your trip.

There's much to see and a lot of ground to cover when you travel in Norway. Perhaps you would like to sail down a fjord, cross a mountain plateau or gasp your way down one of Northern Europe’s steepest roads?

Here are five modes of transport - accompanied by some must see routes.

The Navvy Road by bike

Photo: Sverre Hjørnevik /

Bringing your own bicycle will naturally leave you with more options, but the most popular routes have bike rental spots nearby.

The Navvy Road, Rallarvegen, in Fjord Norway is one of the classics, the name indicating how it was used for transporting materials to the construction of the Bergen Line early in the 1900s.

The most common path starts in the mountains at Haugastøl, 1000 metres above sea level, and runs along the Bergen Line for 80 kilometres all the way down to Aurlandsfjorden in Flåm. Although you will be racing downhill more often than pedalling uphill, Rallarvegen and the Bergen Line's highest point is at 1343 metres. Luckily you will find a café there with waffles on the menu.

While it's possible to do the whole ride in one day, it's rather common to divide it into two or three legs spending a couple of nights in mountain lodges or hotels.


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The Rauma Line by train

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If you're a fan of trains there are several renowned tracks to consider. But according to popular opinion you can't go wrong with the Rauma Line.

When Lonely Planet in 2013 named Europe’s ten most scenic rail journeys, it was at the top of the list.

The Rauma Line, which runs from Dombås to Åndalsnes, takes you past Trollveggen, the highest perpendicular rock face in Europe, and Kylling Bridge, one of the most photographed railway bridges in the country.

Rjukan by cable car

The Krossobanen cable car in Rjukan in Telemark, Eastern Norway
The Krossobanen cable car in Rjukan.
Photo: Ian Brodie / Visitrjukan

Unless dangling high above the ground makes you queasy and uneasy, you can catch a comfortable cable car ride up a Norwegian mountain top.

Krossobanen in Rjukan, which was built in 1928, was Northern Europe’s first cable car. It was a gift from the company Norsk Hydro to the people in Rjukan so that they could get up from the valley floor in the winter to see the sun.

Vega islands by kayak

Vega, Helgeland
Vega, Helgeland.
Photo: Terje Rakke / Nordic Life /

To take in the nature and wildlife along the coast you can board a cruise ship or, if you like the idea of human propulsion, a kayak.

Visit the Vega islands, the archipelago whose cultural landscapes earned it a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2004.

The Eider House Museum is an essential part of the Vega islands’ culture and history, as it demonstrates the population’s tradition for keeping eider ducks and producing eiderdown.

Stalheimskleiva by bus

Photo: Esther Westerveld / CC BY 2.0

You may want to find something or someone to hold on to going down Stalheimskleiva. It’s one of Northern Europe’s steepest roads, zigzagging its way up the mountainside for 1,5 kilometres.

Its 13 hair pin turns are likely to take a chauffeur's breath away, except if he or she is an experienced bus driver doing this for a living.

The road was built by a 1000 men between 1842 and 1849 to improve the post route between Oslo and Bergen, and it gives you a spectacular view of the valley below and of two cascading waterfalls.

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