Highlights of the Dovrebanen train from Oslo to Trondheim
As Norway’s second highest rail line after the Bergen Railway, the Dovre Railway includes great variations in elevation and terrain. The journey takes you over the over the rugged Dovrefjell mountain plateau and along the beautiful Gudbrandsdalen valley, passing through 8 kilometres of mountain tunnels and making a steep, winding descent down to the Trondheim lowlands.
On the way you’ll enjoy scenery of pristine nature reserves and small towns with traditional log houses. Overall, it’s approximately a half-day journey (7 hours) from the Oslo Central Station to Trondheim on the Dovre Railway (Dovrebanen) train.
Customisations for your holiday on the Dovre Railway in Norway
As Nordic Visitor specialises in creating bespoke itineraries in Norway, you can easily combine a trip on the Dovrebanen train with a number of other scenic journeys by land and sea.
The most popular option is to add an overnight Hurtigruten cruise from Trondheim to the city of Bergen, “The Gateway to the Fjords”. Sailing to Bergen, you would have the option to join a guided shore excursion to the picture-perfect Atlantic Ocean Road. After a day or two in Bergen, we recommend taking the Norway in a Nutshell © railway journey back to Oslo, a route that includes a trip on the famous Flåm Railway, a short fjord cruise and a thrilling ride on a steep, twisting mountain road.
It’s also possible to take the Dovre Railway to Ålesund instead of Trondheim. From the Dovrebanen, you would change at Dombås to the Rauma Railway (Raumabanen), which is another spectacularly scenic line with numerous sights to enjoy including the Trollveggen (“Troll Wall”), the Vermafossen waterfall and the beautiful Sunnmørs Alps.
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What to see & do in Trondheim
Take a tour of the historic Nidaros Cathedral
Walk around the Bakklandet neighbourhood and admire the rows of colourful, old wooden houses
Head up to Kristiansten Fortress for a panoramic view over the city and surrounding hills