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THE DOVRE RAILWAY

The Dovre Railway .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen / Visit Norway
The Dovre Railway .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen / Visit Norway

Travel through 'the king of the valleys', across the Dovrefjell mountain plateau, and along Norway's biggest lake, Mjøsa.

The Dovre Railway .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen / Visit Norway
The Dovre Railway .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen / Visit Norway

This six and a half hour train trip takes you through some of Norway's most amazing places on its way from Oslo to Trondheim.

Plan a full holiday! The train can be a perfect starting point for your adventures. No car required.

The Dovre Mountain .
Photo: SJ NORD
The Dovre Mountain .
Photo: SJ NORD

Read on and let Erik Sveberg Dietrichs, author of Togferie, ("Train Holidays"), be your guide to the Dovre Railway.

Erik Sveberg Dietrichs on the Dovre Railway .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen / Visit Norway
Erik Sveberg Dietrichs on the Dovre Railway .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen / Visit Norway

Let the journey begin

Join us from Oslo Central Station. 

You can also start your journey from the train station at Oslo Airport.

The Dovre Railway at Oslo Central Station .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen / Visit Norway
The Dovre Railway at Oslo Central Station .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen / Visit Norway

The Mjøsa region 

Sit back and enjoy the view as the train runs along Mjøsa, Norway’s biggest lake.

Enjoy the view as you pass by quaint farms in this agricultural region before stopping at Hamar, the biggest city in the area.

View of lake Mjøsa from the Dovre Railway .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen / Visit Norway
View of Mjøsa from the Dovre Railway .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen / Visit Norway

"Hamar has many great museums, like The Norwegian Railway Museum and Domkirkeodden."

Erik Sveberg Dietrichs

Erik at the Dovre Railway .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen / Visit Norway
Erik at the Dovre Railway .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen / Visit Norway

Spend the night in the world-famous Wood Hotel, the world's tallest timber building. 

Or simply admire the impressive building from the train.

Frich's Wood Hotel in Brumunddal, Eastern Norway .
Photo: Visit Innlandet
Frich's Wood Hotel in Brumunddal, Eastern Norway .
Photo: Visit Innlandet

The Lillehammer region

Lillehammer, the city which hosted the Winter Olympics in 1994, is a one-hour journey from Hamar. 

Explore the Norwegian Olympic Museum.

The Norwegian Olympic museum in Lillehammer .
Photo: Ian Brodie / Visit Lillehammer
The Norwegian Olympic museum in Lillehammer .
Photo: Ian Brodie / Visit Lillehammer

Enjoy the idyllic surroundings of the open-air museum Maihaugen, which is perfect for families.

If you are travelling with kids, you should also plan to stop at the next station.

Maihaugen in Lillehammer .
Photo: Veslemøy Furuseth / Maihaugen
Maihaugen in Lillehammer .
Photo: Veslemøy Furuseth / Maihaugen

There are two very good family adventure parks within walking distance of Hunderfossen station: Hunderfossen and Lilleputthammer.

Hunderfossen Family Park .
Photo: Joakim Mangen / Hunderfossen
Hunderfossen Family Park .
Photo: Joakim Mangen / Hunderfossen

Stay an extra day and get your adrenaline pumping with some downhill mountain biking in the world-famous bike park in Hafjell.

Hafjell Bike Park .
Photo: Blur Media
Hafjell Bike Park .
Photo: Blur Media

In winter, you can bring the family along and enjoy the ski resorts at Hafjell or Kvitfjell

Alpine skiing in Kvitfjell .
Photo: Kvitfjell Alpinanlegg
Alpine skiing in Kvitfjell .
Photo: Kvitfjell Alpinanlegg

The Gudbrandsdalen valley

Hop on the train again, you have so much more to explore! 

The train now enters 'the king of the valleys', The Gudbrandsdalen valley, with its tall mountains, mighty rivers, and rich cultural heritage.

Gudbrandsdalen Valley .
Photo: Ian Brodie
Gudbrandsdalen Valley .
Photo: Ian Brodie

Visit historic Ringebu stave church, built around 1220.

Ringebu Stave Church .
Photo: Christine Baglo / Visit Norway
Ringebu Stave Church .
Photo: Christine Baglo / Visit Norway

"Bring along a copy of The Bell in the Lake by Lars Mytting. It's a great novel that's set in the church and the local area."

Erik 

Erik Sveberg Dietrichs on the Dovre Railway .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen / Visit Norway
Erik Sveberg Dietrichs on the Dovre Railway .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen / Visit Norway

Gudbrandsdalen has for centuries been home to picturesque farms in a beautiful bucolic setting.

Hop off the train and enjoy a relaxing farm stay. This is also an excellent option if you decide to walk from Ringebu on the Gudbransdalleden pilgrim path.

Per Gynt farm in Vinstra, Gudbrandsdalen valley .
Photo: C.H. / Visitnorway.com
Woman by old wooden door .
Photo: C.H. - Visitnorway.com

The pilgrim route runs all the way from Oslo to Trondheim!

It's a walk that takes you through historical and cultural landscapes. Walking the route is an experience you will never forget!

Pilgrimage over Dovrefjell .
Photo: David Tett
Pilgrimage over Dovrefjell .
Photo: David Tett

If you’re looking for more action, you should go rafting in Sjoa. It's lots of fun for the whole family! 

Hop off the train at Kvam or Otta if you want to try this exciting activity.

Rafting at the river Sjoa in Jotunheimen .
Photo: Kristoffer Mæle Thuestad
Rafting at the river Sjoa in Jotunheimen .
Photo: Kristoffer Mæle Thuestad

At the top of the Gudbrandsdalen valley, the trains top at Dombås station, 659 metres above sea level. From here, you travel to the national parks Dovrefjell and Rondane.

Dombås Train Station .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen / Visit Norway
Dombås Train Station .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen / Visit Norway

Here, you can also switch trains to the world-famous Rauma line.

Join Erik on a tour of the Rauma line.

Rauma line on the Kylling bridge .
Photo: Leif Johnny Olestad - Visit Norway
Rauma line on the Kylling bridge .
Photo: Leif Johnny Olestad - Visit Norway

Get in the mood for the next part of your journey with Dovregubbens Hall ("In the Hall of the Mountain King") by famous Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg.

The Dovre Railway .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen / Visit Norway
The Dovre Railway .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen / Visit Norway

You are now entering the kingdom of the musk ox, Dovrefjell mountain.

The Dovre Railway .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen / Visit Norway
The Dovre Railway .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen / Visit Norway

See the majestic animal on a guided tour in the mountains. 

There are multiple tour operators close to Hjerkinn and Kongsvoll train stations.

Musk ox safari in Dovrefjell .
Photo: Field production / Nasjonalparkriket
Musk ox safari in Dovrefjell .
Photo: Field production / Nasjonalparkriket

Tour Snøhetta mountain, go horse riding on an Icelandic horse, or enjoy a bike ride through scenic mountains.

Horseback riding at Hjerkinn .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen / Visit Norway
Horseback riding at Hjerkinn .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen / Visit Norway

Relax in a traditional, Norwegian fjellstue (mountain lodge) afterwards!

The historic Kongsvold Fjeldstue lodge even has its own train station (Kongsvoll).

You can see the train station here. The station is in the black buildings at the upper left of the photo. It's just a five-minute walk from the mountain lodge.

Kongsvold Fjellstue .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen / Visit Norway
Kongsvold Fjellstue .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen / Visit Norway

"Get your camera ready for the next part of the journey! From Kongsvoll train station, the train passes through dramatic and scenic Drivdalen valley".

Erik 

 

Erik at the Dovre Railway .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen / Visit Norway
Erik at the Dovre Railway .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen / Visit Norway

Further down the valley, it's time to put your camera away and get ready for some action in Oppdal.

Try canyoning with experienced guides in Festajuv. It's guaranteed to get your pulse racing!

Canyoning in Oppdal, Trøndelag .
Photo: Opplev Oppdal
Canyoning in Oppdal, Trøndelag .
Photo: Opplev Oppdal

In the winter, choose between four mountains for your skiing adventure!

The Pilgrim Route also passes by Oppdal, where some pilgrims finish and others start their walk. 

Alpine skiing in Oppdal .
Photo: Martin I. Dalen
Alpine skiing in Oppdal .
Photo: Martin I. Dalen

"Before arriving at the final stop, the train stops at Støren station. Here, you can switch trains to the Røros Line, which brings you to the quaint town of Røros".

Erik

The Røros Railway .
Photo: Vy
The Røros Railway .
Photo: Vy

Sit back and relax during the final hour of your journey.  Why not enjoy a Norwegian waffle? 

Snack at the Bergen Railway train .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen / Finn-Erik Rognan / Visit Norway
Snack at the Bergen Railway train .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen / Finn-Erik Rognan / Visit Norway

Welcome to Trondheim!

One hour later, you will arrive at the end station: Trondheim – the home of Nordic flavours.

Or maybe Trondheim is your starting point? In any case...

Enjoy your journey!

The Nidelva river in Trondheim .
Photo: Bernart Wood / trondelag.com
The Nidelva river in Trondheim .
Photo: Bernart Wood / trondelag.com

About the Dovre Railway journey 

The journey from Oslo to Trondheim takes about six and a half hours.

During the 485 kilometre-long trip, the train passes through Gudbrandsdalen valley, as well as the Rondane and Dovrefjell mountains. This gives you an excellent opportunity to experience varied Norwegian nature, and some of Norway’s most stunning national parks.

The Dovre Railway passes several stations that connect to other lines, including the Rauma line and the Røros line. When you arrive at Trondheim, you can hop on the Nordland line, which brings you all the way to Bodø in Northern Norway. From Bodø you can take the boat further on to the Lofoten Islands and the coast of Helgeland and Salten.

The Dovre Railway has 26 departures a week in each direction: four on weekdays, two on Saturdays and four on Sundays.

There is also a night train service. Note that if you want your own sleeping compartment, it's a good idea to book the tickets early, as these sell out quickly. Get more train travel tips from a train expert.

Travel sustainably by train

Explore destinations along the Dovre Railway. No car required! 

Destinations along the Dovre Railway
Step into the kingdom of the mythical musk oxen. Go hiking, biking, and horseback riding or visit the award-winning Viewpoint Snøhetta. Read more
The Dovrefjell mountains
Skiing, running, or biking down gentle mountainsides, traditional food that will make your mouth water, and encounters with the awe-inspiring musk ox… Read more
Oppdal
The vibrant city of Trondheim is home to some of Trøndelag’s most popular attractions, cosy shopping streets and a myriad of restaurants… Read more
Trondheim
Between the Oslofjord and the forests lies Norway’s capital and largest city, with its vibrant social scene and special combination of nature… Read more
Oslo
Lillehammer is located in the lush Gudbrandsdalen valley in Eastern Norway and offers a mix of culture, family fun, and outdoor activities. Read more
The Lillehammer region
Gudbrandsdalen is known for its lush nature, local food and fun family activities. The area boasts three national parks and offers great opportunities… Read more
The Gudbrandsdalen valley
Things to do along the Dovre Railway
One of Norway's largest medieval museums providing an insight into our history from the Viking era, through the Middle Ages and up until… Read more
Domkirkeodden
Eidsvollbygningen is a house full of exciting history. For Norwegians it is one of the most important national symbols, inextricably tied to the… Read more
Eidsvoll 1814 - Norwegian Center for Constitution
Wood Hotel in Brumunddal – stay at the world's tallest timber building Wood Hotel, in the world's tallest timber building, stretches an… Read more
Wood Hotel – Frich’s Hotel og Spiseri Brumunddal AS
The Norwegian Olympic Museum is a top modern and exciting museum. Experience olympic history from ancient times to the present day. The museum is… Read more
Norwegian Olympic Museum
Lilleputthammer is an adventure park for young and old, but where most of the activities are designed for children 1-8 years. Here you find a… Read more
Lilleputthammer Miniature Town
Would you like to experience something fun and exciting this summer? Bring your family and friends to Hunderfossen Fairytale Park in Lillehammer for a… Read more
Hunderfossen Amusement park
Ringebu Stave Church dates back to around 1220, and is one of the country's 28 remaining buildings of its kind. Read more
Ringebu Stave Church
Dovre­fjell is well known for the tribe of Musk ox, and every day in the sum­mer you can join gui­ded tours. Read more
Musk Ox safari at Dovrefjell
Hiking with local guides in Dovrefjell to look for musk ox’s. Read more
Musk OX safari at Dovrefjell
Is an architectural viewing pavilion overlooking Tverrfjellet mountain at Hjerkinn. The building was designed by Snøhetta architects and opened in… Read more
viewpoint SNØHETTA
Avaldsnes is the regional center for Kystpilegrimsleia which runs from Egersund to Trondheim. A spectacular and beautiful journey along the coast with… Read more
Pilgrimage to St. Olav`s church
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