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Holiday to Norway in May

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Holiday to Norway in May

Hi,

I've decided to take a weeks holiday in May, flying into Oslo. The reason is that I would like to do a railway tour and from my research it seems there are 5 railway journeys to do. They are The Bergen Line, including the Flam Railway, The Dovre LIne, The Rauma Line and the Arctic Nordland Line. I think I should purchase an interrail pass if I'm going to do all these, is that the right decision? Also I'm aware that the Bergen, Dovre and Rauma all start in Oslo, which means I will need to keep returning to the capital to take the next train. Also it means doing the journey twice. Is it feasible to do all these journeys in 7days? Would appreciate any help and advice, air tickets booked but nothing else at present. Oh, also apart from booking my first nights accommodation before leaving, would I be ok to get a bed for the night easily for the other 6nights?

Cheers,

Paul

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1. Re: Holiday to Norway in May

The Rauma line is connected to Dovre line at Dombås junction, so it is really just a branch of Dovre line. Dovre and Bergen line are connected only in Oslo.

Instead of going back to Oslo you can consider an express bus ride from Bergen or Flåm to Lillehammer

nor-way.no/oest-vestxpressen/category5015.ht…

Alternative bus Bergen to Otta:

nor-way.no/fjordekspressen/category5027.html

Bus map

http://www.nor-way.no/vaare-ruter/rutekart/

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2. Re: Holiday to Norway in May

Check minipris on https://www.nsb.no/en/ against Interrail prices remembering that you still have to pay seat reservation with Interrail. Minipris is available 90days in advance, when limited tickets sold out price goes up. No changes, no refunds, no splitting the journey.

You could also do the Sørlandsbanen and Ofoten line

You'd need these tickets and check timetables for what is possible.

Oslo-Myrdal - minipris

Myrdal-Flåm-Myrdal return discount if bought at Myrdal station (can't be booked in advance)

http://www.visitflam.com/flam-railway/

Myrdal-Bergen - minipris

Then either sleeper train back to Oslo, saving one night in hotel or bus to Stavanger and Sørlandsbanen to Oslo.

http://kystbussen.no/default.aspx

Oslo-Åndalnes - minipris

Åndalsnes-Trondheim (via Dombås) - minipris

Trondheim-Bodø - minipris

OR Åndalnes-Bodø (via Dombås and Trondheim) - minipris (real bargain!!! but you would probably want to split it to avoid travelling at night)

Flight back Bodø-Oslo

OR what about the Ofoten Railway, Narvik-Fauske and beyond to Luleå in Sweden - tickets through Swedish rail https://www.sj.se

Note that May 17th is Norwegian National Day - you should try and spend that day in one of the major cities to see the parades and national costumes. That would also influence timetables and probably minipris tickets snapped up earlier and trains full around that time.

Edited: 25 March 2014, 20:00
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3. Re: Holiday to Norway in May

If you are interested in railways, the iron ore rail to Narvik can be interesting

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4. Re: Holiday to Norway in May

Thank you for all the information. I've looked at minipris tickets, but roughly Oslo to Bergen , Oslo to Trondheim and Trondheim to bodo would come to about 3000 krona which is about £300. The interrail ticket is about £270, and with that I have the flexibility of breaking my journeys and take additional ones. Are reservations compulsory , I thought they were optional, but not sure.

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5. Re: Holiday to Norway in May

Are you looking at www.nsb.no for prices? Minipris tickets start at NOK 299 , near GBP30, and should still be available near that price for the routes I suggested. If the minipris tickets are sold out take it as a hint that the train is likely to be full and seat reservation recommended.

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