Named Europe's most beautiful railway journey by Lonely Planet, the Rauma Railway takes you though some of the most dramatic of Norway's landscape.
A trip on the Rauma Line gives you a unique opportunity to experience at close hand some of the most spectacular scenery Norway has to offer. In only one hour, the train will take you from beautiful fjords to the wild mountains. Once onboard, all you need to do is sit back, gaze through the large windows and enjoy your journey through a landscape full of contrasts.
The train will run especially slowly through the most spectacular scenery, and make photo stops at the famous Kylling Bridge and at Trollveggen, Europe’s highest perpendicular mountain wall. The beautiful, emerald-green River Rauma will follow you, right outside the train window, for much of your trip. The river’s character is constantly shifting – one moment flowing gently between small beaches of white sand before transforming into a wild torrent, cascading down rapids at breakneck speed.
On the train, you will hear a commentary in Norwegian, English, and German, and receive a brochure describing the highlights of your journey.
The sightseeing trains on the Rauma Line run from 30 May through 30 August. Choose between two scenic rides; the one hour-ride from Åndalsnes to Bjorli, or a 1 hour and 40 minutes-ride from Åndalsnes to Dombås. In this period these trains slow down here and there to give tourists the best possible view from the trains. The rest of the year, these trains are 10-15 minutes faster than in the summer.
Visitors to Norway can now travel in the footsteps of Harry Potter. Parts of the movie "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" were shot on the Rauma Railway, between Oslo and the Norwegian fjord region. The scene from Bjorli is the only one in the film that was shot outside of Great Britain.
The best known line is the Bergen Railway that crosses the high mountain range between Oslo and Bergen. The trains run across a windswept and treeless mountain plateau, awesome in its bleak solitude. The line turned 100 years in 2009.
The famous Flåm Railway starts from the junction at Myrdal on the Bergen Railway. Another great tourist attraction is the Northern Line, from Trondheim to Bodø. It is NSB's longest main line and one of the few railways in the world to cross the Arctic Circle. This railway stretch is very scenic, with a view of the glacier Svartisen, rivers and fjords.
The Norwegian State Railways is a government-owned railway company which operates most passenger train services in Norway. NSB has a well-developed railway network stretching from Kristiansand in the south to Bodø above the Arctic Circle.
The Rauma Railway running between Åndalsnes and Dombås is known as one of Norway’s wildest and most beautiful train journeys. The whole trip takes 1 hour and 40 minutes.
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