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 set off from Oslo S with my dear friends Chris and Graham ready to be wowed.
I was wowed.
Have you ever seen scenery so spectacular your stomach turns a little, so wowed that mother nature could have created something so beautiful, so peaceful that it makes you think everything is going to turn out okay?
I have now.
Chris is a master wordsmith. His description of the journey betters anything I could cobble together and his photos aren't so obviously taken on a phone through a train window like mine. So I advise you to go read it. Now!
Little did we know as we spoke of how this was the most beautiful thing ever that in fact, we were seeing the pre-amble to ascending Europe’s highest mountain plateau where the beauty was cranked up to 11. Here, the mountains were dusted with snow, the lakes were half-frozen and it was hard work getting back on the train, such was the desire to just explore the area, move into a wooden hut with a grass roof and marry a woman called Helga.
He got very excited on the train… look!
You can buy a one-way ticket in advance from a spectacular 199kr from the NSB. That's only about £22 GBP for a 6.5hr journey, REMARKABLE. Oh, and it's most definitely worth paying 90kr to upgrade to NSB Komfort where it's quieter and more comfortable.
Enjoy, I know you will 🙂