The Nordland Railway runs from the historic Viking
capital of Norway, Trondheim, to the beautiful city of Bodø in
northern Norway. The railway is 729km in length, making it Norway's
largest mainline railway. It is also one of only a few railway
lines in the world which cross the Arctic Circle. The railway,
which is also called 'the train of the midnight sun', takes
passengers through the beautifully varied scenery of northern
Norway and includes views of lakes, rivers and fjords, as well as
the spectacular Svartisen Glacier.
The Nordland Railway crosses the Arctic Circle (66
degrees north) just before reaching Lonsdal, the highest station on
the line at 512km above sea level. This part of Norway is famous as
an ideal place to view the Northern Lights. During the summer, in
fine weather, the sun remains visible 24 hours a day.
After reaching Fauske, the most northerly point on the line, the
railway turns due west to Bodø, regarded by many as the city with
the world's most beautiful coastline.