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Norway in winter

An Arctic Railway for Norway?

The government is considering plans to extend the railway northward to link Bodø & Tromsø. Apart from a line from Narvik into Sweden, Norway's railway network ends at Bodø. The Government has announced it will spend...
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The Rail Strike and the Future

It's 7:18 am and I'm standing so close to the others making the commute, that I can hardly breathe. In fact, it’s so strange to feel like a sardine packed in a tin for the first...
NSB Norway

The Oslo to Ski Railway Project

By 2021, the journey time from the town of Ski in Oslo's commuter belt into the city centre will be halved to just 11 minutes. The Follo line is Norway's largest transport project in recent history...
Finse 1222

Book Review: 1222 by Anne Holt

Travelling on the Oslo to Bergen train during a winter blizzard, retired Policewoman Hanne Wilhelmsen is startled awake as the train comes off the rails. But the problems are only just beginning. On my first winter train...
Flåmsbana valley

Our Journey on the Magical Flåm Railway

A personal tale of a first-time trip on one of the world’s most famous railway journeys. Way back in January my parents and I decided to book a summer holiday in Norway to celebrate my Dad's...
Simarjeet & Nicola in the snowy Bergen hills

A Train, Blocked Drain and Loads of Rain

Back in October I took the Oslo to Bergen railway with my friends Chris and Graham. This weekend I repeated the trip with Nicola and Simarjeet, dear friends from my Oxjam Brum days. They were staying...
Me getting cold in Lillehammer

The Winter Olympic Town of Lillehammer

This Saturday I packed my furry boots, thermos and countless layers of clothing for my first visit inland. My destination was the small town of Lillehammer, 170km due north of Oslo on the shores of Lake...

The End of the Line: 24 Hours in Bergen

A few weeks ago I wrote about my trip on the Oslo to Bergen railway with my friends Chris and Graham. Well I didn't so much write, as gush. In fact I still get a little...
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The Oslo to Bergen Railway

For once, the hype was justified. The Oslo to Bergen railway is often held up as one of the greatest railway journeys in the world. Naturally viewing that claim with a certain dash of cynicism, I...