LifestyleJourneying from Oslo to Norway's Arctic Circle by Train

Journeying from Oslo to Norway’s Arctic Circle by Train

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Exploring Norway on the Midnight Sun Train

As I sit in the dining car of the train, Tor Helge, the friendly attendant, moves about with a cheerful whistle, offering a sense of companionship as I gaze out at the picturesque Gudbrandsdalslågen, one of Norway’s longest rivers. The shimmering waters of the river are lined with slender pine trees that resemble Christmas trees on stilts, while a sandy islet in the middle adds a unique touch to the landscape.

Gliding smoothly along the tracks, the train gracefully navigates a bend, allowing me to catch glimpses of individuals engaging in fly-fishing along the river banks. Hikers and cyclists also dot the surrounding scenery, enhancing the idyllic summer setting. Despite the clock showing 3:50am, the sky is a soothing milky blue, with sunlight casting a gentle glow on the peaks of the Dovrefjell mountains.

Embracing the Midnight Sun Phenomenon

Adjusting to Norway’s midnight sun phenomenon, where the sun remains above the horizon from mid-May to mid-July, is a unique experience. With no clear distinction between night and day, locals take full advantage of the extended daylight hours by engaging in various outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and sailing. The soft orange glow of the perpetual ‘night’ creates a surreal ambiance that adds to the allure of the region.

Intrigued by this concept of continuous daylight, I decided to embark on a journey on the sleeper train from Oslo to Trondheim, with the final destination being Bodø, located just north of the Arctic Circle.

Travelling Through Norway’s Unique Landscape

Departing from a quiet Oslo, the train embarked on its journey through the picturesque Norwegian countryside. Passing by lush green spaces and upscale neighborhoods, the train slowly made its way towards the northern regions of the country. As midnight approached, the sky transitioned from indigo to pink, with a striking belt of orange lingering on the horizon.

During the journey, we passed by the scenic Vorma River, where a blanket of mist hung above the water before expanding into the vast Lake Mjøsa. The enchanting landscapes and serene atmosphere made for a truly unforgettable travel experience.

For more information on exploring Norway’s Arctic regions via train, visit National Geographic Travel.

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