By Kabelleger / David Gubler ( (Own work: [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Sleeper Train Bucket List: Norway and the Arctic Circle

The Nordland Railway (or Northern Railway) runs between the historic city of Trondheim and the beautiful Northern town of Bodø. The 729 km. long railway crosses the Arctic Circle and takes you through stunning Norwegian scenery. The whole journey takes about 10 hours. The train departs twice a day, and also runs as a night train with sleeping compartments.

Cross the Arctic Circle, visit the land of the Midnight Sun in mid-June or see the Northern Lights in complete winter darkness. The Nordland Railway runs from Trondheim to Bodo, Norway.

A word of caution, I’ve heard from others that photographing the Northern Lights isn’t as easy as it sounds, so plan on a tripod and a camera with a long exposure.

If you’re looking to get there and take the train one way, Norwegian Air Shuttle offers flights from London (Gatwick) to both Trondheim and Bodo.

You may want to check out this or this fantastical Netflix series to hype yourself up for the trip.

Service / Route

In its 452-miles route, the Nordland Railway passes through 44 stations, over 293 bridges and through 154 tunnels. It is the longest rail line in Norway, operating twice-daily passenger service, and is also used for shipment of iron ore and lumber.

Schedule / Cost / How to Book

The overnight trip from Trondheim in the south to Bodo in the north lasts over 9 1/2 hours, from 11:40pm until 9:15am. A second afternoon train departs daily at 7:38am and makes the trip one hour quicker. Service is also available in the opposite direction, leaving at 9:10pm and lasting 10 1/2 hours.

Discount tickets are 249 NOK each and sleeper compartment (for two) is 900 NOK. In total, two one-way tickets with 2-person sleeper compartment cost 1398 NOK ($165 USD).

Photo credit: By Kabelleger / David Gubler ( (Own work: [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons]





2 responses to “Sleeper Train Bucket List: Norway and the Arctic Circle”

  1. Organized Wanderer Avatar

    After reading this blog post, I googled “Nordland Railway”. It looks like an epic journey – one that my wife and I will definitely build into our itinerary when we travel to Norway next year. Thank you for the inspiration!


    1. Kyle Bell Avatar
      Kyle Bell

      Thanks for checking it out, looks like we have similar blogging interests. Haven’t been able to get to Norway yet, but will definitely add it to our itinerary when we do get there as well.


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