1912 expedition trained here, and in 1979 George Lucas used the area for the ice planet Hoth in Star Wars. The train dives into the Ulriken Tunnel to terminate under the great train shed roof at Bergen, fronted by an imposing 1913-built station building in dark stone. Book a Spa in a local hotel so you can have a shower before you board the train. Filming coincided with the worse storm in 50 years, with temperatures of 29C and 18ft of snow. The farms among the hills thin out before a tunnel that brings the railway steinsnes naf camping egersund on to a shelf of rock high above Lake Krderen, followed after Flm by a dramatic stretch above the forested Hallingdalselva River. The railway returns to the tree line and descends steeply through Mjlfjell station and a scattering of holiday cabins to pick its way along a ledge high above the River Raundal as it flows through a spectacular canyon. The handsome wooden station building at Haugastl (below in a cross between the National Romantic and Jugendstil styles, is the start of hiking routes through the shallow valleys of the high plateau and the beginning of the Rallar Road, named after the navvies who used. Among contemporary Norwegian crime writers, Jo Nesb is probably the best known in Britain; his 2007 novel The Snowman links Oslo and Bergen through the characters of the detectives Harry Hole and Katrine Bratt. Reaching sea level, it runs along a foreshore where boat houses reach into clear water. Time, fastest journey time six hours 47 minutes westbound; six hours 29 minutes eastbound. Make sure you are packed and ready to get off the train at your stop well in advance.
Travelling by train is an excellent way of exploring Norway, and the Bergen Railway takes you to some of the countrys best natural attractions. The Bergen Railway between Oslo and Bergen is considered one of the worlds most scenic train rides. Chemical hand warmers if venturing off the train, sunglasses. What to listen to, born in Bergen, dvard Grieg has to be the obvious choice for classical music: Peer Gynt evokes the landscape, the lively orchestrated version of the Holberg Suite can only lift the spirits, and his Piano Concerto remains one of his most. Isolated in a great bowl of mountains, the junction station of Myrdal oscillates between utter quiet and manic activity as passengers from a cruise ship reach the summit of the climb from Flm (see Highlights) and flock into the large caf and gift shop. Now regarded as a historic monument, its much used by mountain bikers; some even take advantage of the altitude to freewheel all the way to the sea at Bergen. Cost, fares from Oslo to Bergen start at 98 one way, 196 return. The course of the railway is surprisingly straight across the plateau, enabling a turn of speed that whips up the snow into eddying wraiths.