Travel from Trondheim beyond the Arctic circle from the comfort of a train.
At 729km and taking almost ten hours, the Nordland line is Norway’s longest single train journey. The railway crosses 293 bridges, ploughs through 154 tunnels and crosses the Arctic circle on its epic journey northwards from Trondheim to Bodø.
The train runs the entire length of the line just twice per day. At the time of writing, a train leaves Trondheim at 7.38am and arrives into Bodø at 5.28pm. There’s also a night train leaving Trondheim at 11.40am, which arrives at 9.15am. From Bodø there are departures at 12.27pm and 9.10pm, arriving into Trondheim at 10.05pm and 7.47am respectively. These times are subject to change, so check timetable and reserve your tickets with the Norwegian state railway company NSB.
The journey isn’t as picturesque as some of Norway’s other famous railway lines, but it still offers much of interest along the route. Mountainous scenery to the east, rocky coastal scenery to the west, and small communities all along the route. It’s a different story in the winter, when blankets of snow can create a stunning vista – for as long as there is daylight to see it, of course!
Why visit Bodø?
Locals use this service to travel between towns, while many tourists are making the long journey to the Lofoten islands. From Bodø, three different ferries leave for different parts of the islands.
Bodø itself is an interesting town especially if you have an interest in war history. Some of the city’s museums tell the story of how Bodø suffered in the Second World War. My recommendation is the Norwegian Aviation Museum, which covers all aspects of civil aviation along with a military exhibit. Although a little pricey at 160kr, the entrance fee includes a guided tour in English during July.
Bodø is also within easy reach of the Saltstraumen, one of the world’s strongest tidal currents. Whirlpools up to ten metres in diameter are formed when the current is at its strongest. Trips are RIB boat from the city are popular throughout the year.