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Amsterdam to Oslo by train

Travel from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Oslo (Norway) by train (913km): schedule and information to the train connection. Compare fares and buy your ticket.

To travel by train from Amsterdam in the Netherlands to Oslo in Norway, the main route leads via Germany, Denmark and Sweden.

There are two main routes. Compare them and decide which one feeds your needs best.

1 Amsterdam (Netherlands) - Hamburg (Germany) - Gothenburg (Sweden) - Oslo (Norway)

2 amsterdam (netherlands) - hamburg (germany) - stockholm (sweden) - narvik (norway) - oslo (norway).


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1a Travelling from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Hamburg (Germany)

Travel from Amsterdam to Hamburg by ICE InterCityExpress train. The journey time of the fastest train connection is 05:05 hours. Buy your train ticket from 27 EUR. The departure station of your train journey is Amsterdam Centraal. The arrival station is Hamburg Hbf. The distance from Amsterdam to Hamburg is 365 kilometres. Generally, you have to change trains once on this route.

Where to buy a ticket from Amsterdam to Hamburg?

Cheap international train tickets Official online shop of Netherlands railways (NS International). International train tickets for Europe including overnight trains. Buy your saver fare tickets easily and securely here.


Official saver fares! Official online shop of German railways (Deutsche Bahn). Train tickets for Germany and to bordering countries. Buy your saver fare tickets easily and securely here.

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train types: Train types you are likely to travel with. Intercity (IC) / IntercityExpress (ICE)

train connections: popular connections travelled by other users Hamburg - Amsterdam

1b Travelling from Hamburg (Germany) to Gothenburg (Sweden)

Travel from Hamburg to Gothenburg by train. The journey time is 08:45 hours with one change of trains in Copenhagen. The train ticket price starts at 56 EUR. First you travel by Intercity train from Hamburg to Copenhagen. There you change trains to an Öresundståg train from Copenhagen to Gothenburg.

Where to buy a ticket from Hamburg to Gothenburg?

Cheap train tickets! Buy your train ticket online on Omio. The easy to use booking system with very good prices and e-tickets.

Buy the train ticket at Snälltaget.

Online shop of the Swedish State Railways SJ (Statens Järnvägar).

train types: Train types you are likely to travel with. Intercity (IC) / IntercityExpress (ICE) / Snabbtåg (S) / Öresundståg (OT) / EuroCity (EC) / Snälltåget (SNÄ)

night train: Night trains that might be suitable for this trip. ST1 Stockholm - Berlin / ST2 Berlin - Stockholm

train connections: popular connections travelled by other users Gothenburg - Hamburg

1c Travelling from Gothenburg (Sweden) to Oslo (Norway)

To travel from Gothenburg/Göteborg to Oslo by train, use one of the direct train connections. There are usually two to three connections per day with a journey time of 3:40 hours. One-way train tickets are available from 25 EUR. Beside the train connections between Sweden and Norway, you will also find a lot of bus connections.

Where to buy a ticket from Gothenburg to Oslo?

Buy your saver fare tickets for Sweden and bordering countries easily and securely here. Online shop of ACPRail, the rail travel experts for more than 20 years.

VY offers train and bus tickets in Norway. VY is the new name of the former NSB (Norwegian state railways).

train types: Train types you are likely to travel with. Regiontog (RT)

train connections: popular connections travelled by other users Oslo - Gothenburg

search for train schedules here: Online timetable information, on which you can find relevant, up-to-date connections. rail.cc Deutsche Bahn

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Through fjords via combined effort of bus and ferries, everything about a scenic train ride., overnight to swedish lapland and northern norway, crossing the arctic circle in norway by train, a train journey through sweden beside the beaten paths, travel to the far north., breathtaking and idyllic nature in the north of norway: the lofoten, 2a travelling from amsterdam (netherlands) to hamburg (germany), 2b travelling from hamburg (germany) to stockholm (sweden).

Travel from Hamburg to Stockholm by train. The journey time is 10 hours. The train ticket price starts at 49 EUR. You have two travel options: 1) From Hamburg to Stockholm by Snälltåget overnight train. The journey time is 17 hours. The departure time in Hamburg is 21:30. The arrival time in Stockholm is 14:30. The train offers the following service classes: - standard seat from 49 EUR. - reclining seat: a wider seat with less travellers in the wagon. The ticket price starts from 74 EUR. - bed in a private compartment. 2) By a day train connection with change in Copenhagen. The German railways Deutsche Bahn offers discount price tickets from 56 EUR. The journey time is 10 hours. You travel as follows: - from Hamburg to Copenhagen by Intercity/Eurocity train. The journey time is 4:30 hours. - from Copenhagen to Stockholm by X2000 Snabbtåg high-speed-train. The journey time is 5:15 hours.

Where to buy a ticket from Hamburg to Stockholm?

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2c Travelling from Stockholm (Sweden) to Narvik (Norway)

Travel from Stockholm to Narvik by direct overnight train NT94. The journey time is 18:45 hours. Train tickets are available from 50 EUR (500 SEK). The departure time in Stockholm is at 18:00. The arrival time in Narvik at 12:45. The night train offers seats in open-seating-cars which are spacious and cozy. More relaxing are the couchette compartments with six berths. And sleeper compartments which you can book for 1, 2 or 3 persons. There is a spacious, clean shower available for sleeping car travellers with free towels. All in all a very comfortable overnight train with scenic views into Swedish nature, especially on the part of the route between Kiruna and Narvik. Find exact train schedules and buy your tickets via the given booking links.

Where to buy a ticket from Stockholm to Narvik?

night train: Night trains that might be suitable for this trip. NT 94 Stockholm - Narvik / NT 93 Narvik - Stockholm

train connections: popular connections travelled by other users Narvik - Stockholm

2d Travelling from Narvik (Norway) to Oslo (Norway)

To travel in Norway by train with VY or another operator, please buy your train ticket online via one of the following booking links. There you find exact schedules and ticket prices. Advance fares (Minipris) can be considerably cheaper compared to full fare tickets. For connections along the coast and in the far north you have to go with buses. For example from Bodö/Fauske to Narvik, to the Lofoten or from Narvik to North Cape. Narvik is connected by train from Sweden.

Where to buy a ticket from Narvik to Oslo?

Buy your train tickets for Norway easily and securely here. Online shop of ACPRail, the rail travel experts for more than 20 years.

SJ Nord is the operator of the train routes "Nordlandsbanen" from Oslo via Trondheim to Bodø. As well as the "Raumabanen" to Åndalsnes and the "Rørosbanen" from Røros.

train types: Train types you are likely to travel with. Regiontog (RT) / Flåmsbana (FLAM-R)

night train: Night trains that might be suitable for this trip. RT 476 Bodø - Trondheim / RT 475 Trondheim - Bodø / RT 405 Oslo - Trondheim / RT 406 Trondheim - Oslo / RT 605 Oslo - Bergen / RT 606 Bergen - Oslo / RT 745 Oslo - Stavanger / RT 744 Stavanger - Oslo / NT 94 Stockholm - Narvik / NT 93 Narvik - Stockholm

bus: Bus connections that might be helpful. Narvik - Bodø / Bodø - Narvik / Narvik - Svolvær / Svolvær - Narvik / Bergen - Stavanger

ferry: Ferry connections that might be helpful. Bodø - Svolvær / Svolvær - Bodø

train company: NSB Norges Statsbaner / FLAM Flåmsbana / COLL Color Line / TOHA Torghatten / NORWAY NOR-WAY Bussekspress / 177N 177 Nordland

train connections: popular connections travelled by other users Oslo - Narvik / Oslo - Bergen / Oslo - Trondheim / Oslo - North Cape / Oslo - Flåm / Bergen - Trondheim / Bergen - Bodø / Trondheim - Bodø / Bodø - Narvik / Narvik - Svolvær / Narvik - Stockholm

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A step-by-step travel guide. Take the train from Amsterdam to Oslo

Traveling from Amsterdam to Oslo by train is a great experience. You'll pass through Osnabrück , Hamburg , Copenhagen and Gothenburg . It's a 2 days long train ride with beautiful scenery.


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International train journeys in Europe are covered by the CIV protection rules, a set of rules to make it easier to travel cross-boarder with train. Primarily providing compensation for lost baggage and a guarantee of onward transport.

You can find out if your journey is covered by CIV by checking the tickets. "CIV" should then be printed in a corner.

...there are many cases when these rules does not apply. Therefore All Aboard advise you to have a valid travel insurance before going on your trip. It's never a fun thing either to miss a connection or to loose your luggage, we know, therefore it's very useful to have an insurance where you're fully covered.

Can I charge my phone on the train?

Most long distance trains in Europe have power sockets available. In some cases, the number of power sockets may be limited in the 2nd class cars. In 1st class, however, it's most common that there are power sockets somewhere around each seat. If it's super important to you, the best way to really know is to google the name of the train (that can be found on your ticket) and you'll find out.

Wondering if there's free wifi available? Find more information here: Is there wifi on the train?

Onboard catering & food

Most of the trains in Europe have restaurant cars open to all passengers, regardless of the fare. What is offered depends on the operator but also during what time you travel. They usually serve hot food, drinks and snacks available for all customers.

Onboard catering during covid-19

Many train operators don't have onboard catering due to the current situation. And face masks are required on many trains so if possible – eat and drink before you hop on the train.

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There are no COVID-related entry requirements for U.S. citizens. 

Visit the  Royal Norwegian Embassy  website for the most current visa information.

Traveling Through Europe:  If you are planning to visit or travel through European countries, you should be familiar with the requirements of the Schengen Agreement. 

  • Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay if you plan on transiting a Schengen country; review our U.S. Travelers in Europe page .   
  • You will need sufficient proof of funds and a return plane ticket. 
  • For additional information about visas for the Schengen area, see the Schengen Visa page.

HIV/AIDS Restrictions:  The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Norway. 

Find information on  dual nationality ,  prevention of international child abduction , and  customs regulations  on our websites.

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Terroris m: Terrorist groups and those inspired by such organizations are intent on attacking U.S. citizens abroad. Terrorists are increasingly using less sophisticated methods of attack – including knives, firearms, and vehicles – to more effectively target crowds. Frequently, their aim is unprotected or vulnerable targets, such as:

  • High-profile public events (sporting contests, political rallies, demonstrations, holiday events, celebratory gatherings, etc.)
  • Hotels, clubs, and restaurants frequented by tourists
  • Places of worship
  • Shopping malls and markets
  • Public transportation systems (including subways, buses, trains, and scheduled commercial flights) 

For more information, see our Terrorism page. 

Crime:  Norway has a low level of crime and violent crime is uncommon.

  • The most likely forms of crime, especially in the Oslo metropolitan area, include residential and office burglaries and petty thefts.
  • Pickpocketing and petty theft occur more frequently in major tourist areas, hotel lobbies, train and transit stations, and surrounding areas. The Oslo Central train station is an especially popular area for pickpockets and bag snatchers.
  • Although rare, violent and weapons-related crimes do occur in areas known to have drug trafficking and gang problems, such as certain parts of eastern Oslo. As in any other urban area, you should remain aware of your surroundings at all times.

International Financial Scams:   See the  Department of State  and the  FBI  pages for information.

Victims of Crime:  Report crimes to the local police by dialing 112 and contact the U.S. Embassy at +(47) 2130-8540. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

See our webpage on  help for U.S. victims of crime overseas .

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  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide information on  victim’s compensation programs in the United States
  • assist you in accessing Norway’s program to provide financial compensation to victims who suffer serious criminal injuries, via the  Norwegian Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority .
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence:  U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance. Victims may also contact:

Police (non-emergency)  02 800  Oslo Emergency Room  116 117  Helpline for Children and Youth  116 111  Hotline for Victims of Sexual Assault  800 57 000  DIXI Center for Victims of Rape  22 44 40 50  Oslo Crisis Center  22 48 03 80  National Association for Victims of Crime  22 16 40 00

Tourism:  The tourism industry is generally regulated, and rules are regularly enforced. Hazardous areas/activities are usually identified with appropriate signage and professional staff is typically on hand in support of organized activities. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is widely available throughout the country. Outside of a major metropolitan center, it may take more time for first responders and medical professionals to stabilize a patient and provide life-saving assistance. At certain times of year, there are increased risks of avalanche and hidden crevasses in mountainous areas throughout Norway.  Rapid weather changes may also create hazards in backcountry areas.  We encourage you to check with local authorities and websites showing current conditions before engaging in outdoor sporting activities. If you plan to travel to Svalbard, please see more information below. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance . 

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties:  You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be deported, arrested, or imprisoned. For instance, it is generally illegal to carry knives or other sharp objects in Norway. Individuals establishing a business or practicing a profession that requires additional permits or licensing should seek information from the competent local authorities before practicing or operating a business.  

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on  crimes against minors abroad  and the  Department of Justice  website.

Arrest Notification:  If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately.  See our  webpage  for further information.

Svalbard:  The Svalbard archipelago consists of nine main islands located midway between mainland Norway and the North Pole.  You need a passport to enter Svalbard.

  • Unlike Norway’s mainland, Svalbard is not party to the Schengen Agreement and air travelers to Svalbard from Norway will depart the Schengen Zone prior to boarding.
  • Travelers to Svalbard face unique hazards given the extreme weather conditions and limited transport infrastructure.
  • The U.S. Embassy has no direct representation on Svalbard, limiting its ability to provide emergency consular services.
  • Verify that you have adequate travel, medical, and medical evacuation insurance to cover the potential costs of medical treatment or repatriation before you travel to Svalbard.
  • Although road systems exist within the three largest towns – Longyearbyen, Barentsburg, and Ny-Alesund – they do not connect with each other, making sea, snowmobile, or limited air service the only options for traveling throughout Svalbard.
  • Tourism to Ny-Alesund is restricted due to its status as a research facility and the danger of polar bear attacks.
  • There have been several reported instances of death or injury to tourists in the Svalbard archipelago due to animal attacks and boating incidents, often involving unpredictable weather or ocean conditions.
  • In cases of illness or injury, a clinic in Longyearbyen can provide limited emergency care until medical evacuation to Tromsoe is available.
  • You should consult the  Svalbard Tourist Board  for the latest travel conditions and information before you go.

Counterfeit and Pirated Goods:  Although counterfeit and pirated goods are prevalent in many countries, they may still be illegal according to local laws. You may also pay fines or have to give them up if you bring them back to the United States.  See the U.S. Department of Justice website for more information.

Child Protection Laws:  The treatment of children is taken very seriously in Norway. All forms of corporal punishment of children are against the law, and any form of violence, humiliating treatment, or neglect may result in the child being taken away from parents by the Norwegian authorities and placed into long-term care by Norway’s social services.

Faith-Based Travelers:  See the following webpages for details:

  • Faith-Based Travel Information
  • International Religious Freedom Report  – see country reports
  • Human Rights Report  – see country reports
  • Hajj Fact Sheet for Travelers
  • Best Practices for Volunteering Abroad

LGBTQI+Travelers:  There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Norway.

See our  LGBTI Travel Information  page and section 6 of our  Human Rights report  for further details.

Travelers with Disabilities:   While in Norway, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from that in the United States.

  • Oslo Gardermoen International Airport is accessible to wheelchair users and the staff is very helpful with accessibility issues.
  • The Oslo subway/light-rail system (T-banen) has above-average wheelchair accessibility.
  • Taxi drivers are generally helpful in assisting wheelchair users.  It is possible to order taxis with wheelchair lifts.
  • From December to March it is extremely difficult for wheelchair users to navigate Oslo’s streets without assistance due to snow and ice.
  • Shopping malls, hotels, public buildings, and most modern structures will have accessible toilets.
  • Fewer than half of the restaurants in Norway are wheelchair accessible and many have restrooms located up or down a flight of stairs.
  • Many modern public structures, such as shopping centers, substitute inclined moving walkways/ramps for elevators, which are difficult for wheelchair users to use safely.
  • Norway’s Tourist Board website  offers accessibility information specifically for ferries.

Students :  See our  Students Abroad  page and  FBI travel tips .

Women Travelers:  See our travel tips for  Women Travelers .

Medical facilities are widely available and of high quality but may be limited outside larger urban areas. The remote and sparse populations in northern Norway and the dependence on ferries to cross fjords of western Norway may affect transportation and ready access to medical facilities. The U.S. Embassy in Oslo maintains a  list of emergency medical and dental clinics  in major cities.

We do not pay medical bills.   Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.

Medical Insurance:   Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on overseas coverage. Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information on type of insurance you should consider before you travel overseas.

We strongly recommend  supplemental insurance  to cover medical evacuation.

Vaccinations:   Be up-to-date on all  vaccinations  recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

  • World Health Organization
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC)

Ambulance services are widely available.

Air Quality:  Visit AirNow Department of State for information on air quality at U.S. Embassies and Consulates. 

Health facilities in general:

  • The U.S. Embassy maintains a list of  doctors and hospitals . We do not endorse or recommend any specific medical provider or clinic.
  • Adequate health facilities are available throughout the country, but health care in rural areas may be below U.S. standards.
  • Medical staff may speak limited English.
  • Generally, in public hospitals only minimal staff is available overnight in non-emergency wards. 
  • Patients bear all costs for transfer to or between hospitals.
  • Psychological and psychiatric services are limited, even in the larger cities, with hospital-based care only available through government institutions.

Medical Tourism and Elective Surgery 

  • Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for information on Medical Tourism, the risks of medical tourism, and what you can do to prepare before traveling to Norway.
  • We strongly recommend supplemental insurance  to cover medical evacuation in the event of unforeseen medical complications. 
  • Your legal options in case of malpractice are very limited in Norway.  


  • Exercise caution when purchasing medication overseas. Pharmaceuticals, both over the counter and requiring prescription in the United States, are often more difficult to obtain in Norway. Medication should be purchased in consultation with a medical professional and from reputable establishments.
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Food and Drug Administration are responsible for rules governing the transport of medication back to the United States.  Medication purchased abroad must meet their requirements to be legally brought back into the United States.  Medication should be for personal use and must be approved for usage in the United States.  Please visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Food and Drug Administration websites for more information.  
  • Norway does not allow the importation of some medications that are legal in the United States by prescription.   Please review Norway’s rules on medications here . 

Assisted Reproductive Technology and Surrogacy

Surrogacy is illegal in Norway.

Adventure Travel 

  • Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information about Adventure Travel .
  • The tourism industry is generally regulated, and rules are regularly enforced. Hazardous areas/activities are usually identified with appropriate signage and professional staff is typically on hand in support of organized activities.
  • In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is widely available throughout the country.  Outside of a major metropolitan center, it may take more time for first responders and medical professionals to stabilize a patient and provide life-saving assistance.
  • At certain times of year, there are increased risks of avalanche and hidden crevasses in mountainous areas throughout Norway.  Rapid weather changes may also create hazards in backcountry areas.  We encourage you to check with local authorities and websites showing current conditions before engaging in outdoor sporting activities.
  • If you plan to travel to Svalbard, please see more information above.  U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance.  See our webpage for more information on  insurance providers for overseas coverage .

Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety:   The maintenance and condition of urban roads is generally good. Rural road conditions are fair, and the availability of roadside assistance is limited.

  • Roadside assistance is mainly provided by two service providers in Norway: Viking (phone number +47 06000) and Falck (phone number +47 02222). Both service providers operate with 24/7 duty phones.
  • Most roadways beyond the city limits of Oslo and other major cities tend to be simple two-lane roads. In mountainous areas of Norway, the roads tend to be narrow, winding, and have many tunnels.
  • Road conditions vary greatly , depending on weather and time of year. Extreme weather, floods, and landslides can occur. This can disrupt both rail and road travel.
  • The use of winter tires is mandatory on all motor vehicles from November to April.
  • Many mountain roads are closed due to snow from late fall to late spring.

Traffic Laws: Norwegian law requires that drivers always use headlights when driving. Norwegian law also requires drivers to yield to vehicles coming from the right, except in a traffic circle, when drivers are required to yield to vehicles already in the circle.

  • Seatbelts are mandatory for drivers and passengers.
  • It is illegal to use a hand-held cell phone while driving; violators risk a fine of 1,300 kroner (approximately $215).
  • Automatic cameras placed by the police along roadways help enforce speed limits, which are often lower than in other European countries.  Fines – and sometimes even jail time – are imposed for violations.
  • The maximum legal blood alcohol content level for driving a car in Norway is .02 percent.  Police conduct frequent road checks with mandatory breathalyzer tests, and driving under the influence can lead to a stiff jail sentence.

Public Transportation:   See our  Road Safety  page for more information. Visit the website of Norway’s  Tourist Board  and the  Norwegian Council for Road Safety .

Aviation Safety Oversight:   The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Norway’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Norway’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the  FAA’s safety assessment page .

Maritime Travel:  Mariners planning travel to Norway should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts . Information may also be posted to the  U.S. Coast Guard homeport website , and the NGA broadcast warnings .

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  • See the  State Department’s travel website  for the  Worldwide Caution  and  Travel Advisories .
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Review information about International Parental Child Abduction in  Norway . For additional IPCA-related information, please see the International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act ( ICAPRA ) report.

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How to travel from Amsterdam to Oslo, Norway

The distance between Amsterdam and Oslo is around 968km (601 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to fly and then take the train which takes around 2h 20m.

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We've found 8 different ways to get from Amsterdam to Oslo by plane, train, bus, ferry and car. The recommended routes, which include information on duration, ticket price, and level of difficulty, can be found below.

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Plane and Train

Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Oslo (OSL) then take the train to Oslo S.

  • Duration 2h 20m
  • Flight time 1h 45m
  • Typical cost NOK 1,990 ( $195 )

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Take the train to Osnabrueck Hbf, Hamburg Hbf, København H then Göteborg Centralstation and then to Oslo S.

  • Duration 16h 60m
  • Departs every 20 mins
  • Typical cost NOK 2,665 ( $260 )

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Take the bus to Hamburg central bus station and then to Oslo.

  • Duration 22h 10m
  • Departs 5 times a week
  • Typical cost NOK 810 ( $79 )


Train and Ferry

Take the train to Groningen and then to Eemshaven then take a ferry to Kristiansand then take the train to Oslo S.

  • Duration 1 day 2h
  • Departs 3 times a week
  • Typical cost NOK 2,595 ( $255 )

Drive to Oslo.

  • Duration 14h 40m
  • Distance 1,519km (944 miles)

Frequently asked questions about travel between Amsterdam and Oslo

Popular questions, how do i get from amsterdam to oslo.

There are several options for getting from Amsterdam to Oslo by plane, train, bus, ferry and car. The cheapest option is to take the bus which costs around NOK 810 ($79) and will take around 22h 10m. If you need to get there more quickly, you can fly and then take the train and arrive in approximately 2h 20m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately NOK 1,990 ($195).

What is the distance between Amsterdam and Oslo?

The distance between Amsterdam and Oslo is around 968km (601 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 912km (567 miles)

How long does it take to travel from Amsterdam to Oslo?

It takes around 2h 20m to get from Amsterdam and Oslo by plane and train. If you are travelling by car it will take around 14h 40m to drive there.

What is the fastest way to travel from Amsterdam to Oslo?

The quickest way to get from Amsterdam to Oslo is to fly and then take the train which takes around 2h 20m and will set you back approx NOK 1,990 ($195).

What is the cheapest way to travel from Amsterdam to Oslo?

The cheapest way to travel between Amsterdam and Oslo, if you exclude driving, is to take the bus which will typically cost around NOK 810 ($79) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

Is there a train that runs from amsterdam to oslo.

Yes there is a train service that runs between Amsterdam and Oslo. It typically takes around 16h 60m and departs every 20 mins.

Is there a direct train service from Amsterdam to Oslo?

There are no direct train services that runs from Amsterdam to Oslo. However, you can instead can take several connecting trains with a changeover in Osnabrueck Hbf, Hamburg Hbf, København H and Göteborg Centralstation. These services run every 20 mins and will take a minimum of 16h 60m.

Who runs the train services between Amsterdam and Oslo?

Dutch Railways, Deutsche Bahn, Swiss Railways, FlixTrain, Danish Railways, Öresundståg, Skånetrafiken, Tågkompaniet and Norwegian Railways run train services between Amsterdam and Oslo. Trains depart every 20 mins and will take around 16h 60m, however, this may vary depending on the particular service and whether it runs express or stops all stations.

Is there a bus that runs from Amsterdam to Oslo?

Yes there is a bus that runs regularly from Amsterdam and Oslo. It typically takes around 22h 10m and departs 5 times a week.

Is there a direct bus service from Amsterdam to Oslo?

There are no direct bus services that runs from Amsterdam to Oslo. However, you can instead can take several connecting buses with changeovers in Hamburg central bus station. These services run 5 times a week and will take a minimum of 22h 10m.

Who operates the bus services between Amsterdam and Oslo?

FlixBus run regular bus services between Amsterdam and Oslo. Buses run 5 times a week and take around 22h 10m on average but will vary depending on you book with.

Flights and Airlines

Can i fly from amsterdam to oslo.

It doesn't look like you can fly directly from Amsterdam to Oslo. We recommend that you fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Oslo (OSL) then take the train to Oslo S. instead which will take 2h 20m.

What is the closest airport to Oslo?

The closest major airport to Oslo is Oslo Gardermoen Airport (OSL) (OSL) which is approximately 37km (23 miles) from Oslo. Torp Sandefjord Airport (TRF) (TRF) and Sogndal Airport (SOG) (SOG) are also nearby and might be a better alternative airport depending on where you are flying from.

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Can i drive from amsterdam to oslo and how long does it take.

Yes it is possible to drive from Amsterdam and Oslo. The distance is around 1,519km (944 miles) by road and it will take around 14h 40m in normal traffic conditons.

How do I get from Amsterdam to Oslo if I don't have a car?

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Amsterdam to Oslo is to fly and then take the train which takes, on average, 2h 20m and will usually cost around NOK 1,990 ($195).

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Rail travel to the Arctic: all aboard Norway's slow train under the midnight sun

In high summer, the sun doesn’t set in northern Norway, making it prime time for a unique rail adventure, following the tracks from the capital Oslo all the way into the Arctic Circle.

The attendant, Tor Helge, potters around the dining car, his whistling presence companionship enough as I look out onto the Gudbrandsdalslågen, one of Norway’s longest rivers, its waters twinkling in the light. Like Christmas trees on stilts, pencil-thin pines fringe its banks and a sandy islet rises up like a backbone between the flow.  

Whispering alongside, the train leans into a turn before we swing wide and I edge towards the window, spotting a handful of people fly-fishing for trout, pike and perch, waders up to their thighs. Hikers appear on a pathway and a group of cyclists glance sideways as we pass. The sky’s a milky blue, sunshine glinting on the peaks of the Dovrefjell mountains — it’s a classic summer scene. Only one thing’s different: I glance down at my watch and it’s 3.50am.  

With a mild ache behind my eyes, I’m urging my body to adjust its circadian rhythms to the natural phenomenon of Norway’s midnight sun. North of the Arctic Circle, from mid-May to mid-July, the sun stays above the horizon, with no distinction between night and day. During this period, Norwegians embrace the gift of time — and light — by hiking, fishing, climbing, sailing, sea kayaking and generally roaming around drinking and partying in the soft orange glow of ‘night’.  

Intrigued by the idea of groundhog daytime, I’m taking the sleeper train from the capital, Oslo, up to Trondheim on the 300-mile Dovre Railway. From Trondheim, I’ll transfer onto the Nordland Railway, which weaves up the country for another 450 miles to Bodø (pronounced boo-der), the final station on the line, just north of the Arctic Circle.

The previous day, I arrived in Oslo expecting to find the city alive with noisy beer gardens and gourmet food trucks, and cyclists weaving between them in floaty dresses — but a ghost town awaited. “Everyone leaves in July,” said Fredrik, a waiter at a bookshop cafe. “Most people go to France or Italy or escape to their summer houses. For two to three weeks in July, it’s dead here.”  

Fortunately, the station had a number of restaurants where I could linger until it was time to board the train. Departing promptly from platform four, the service creaked and groaned out of Oslo Central at 11pm, before it relaxed into the journey, an even thump-thump taking us behind warmly lit apartment blocks, the city’s spread of green spaces dense and frequent. It wasn’t long before we pulled east, where the area’s wealth revealed itself in the form of detached, multi-levelled homes with Teslas parked in the driveways and boutique shops on the high streets.  

By midnight, the clouds had darkened and stretched into indigo ripples, but on the horizon, a belt of orange refused to fade, eventually turning pink. As we passed the edge of the Vorma River, a white mist hovered above it until it widened into Lake Mjøsa, Norway’s largest lake. Still as glass, it appeared silver in the twilight, the outline of fishing boats just visible on its surface. Unable to look away, I sat at the window eyeing the pink glow, determined not to lose it as it flashed in and out between rising mountain peaks until the train barrelled into a wild expanse of darkness and the lake vanished from view.  

On any other night, I’d have taken myself off to bed, but even at 12.30am, the dining car was busy, passengers tuned into the summer vibe. Two young women shared a bottle of rosé, amusing each other with stories of terrible dates, while an elderly couple sipped beer, their matching Merrell sandals suggesting a walking trip ahead. Meanwhile, two dishevelled parents boarded with twin toddlers asleep in buggies, their fat little feet bare in the heat. Just before 1am I noticed the teen who had been reading in the corner was now on the platform at Brumunddal, wrapped in his father’s embrace. It seemed a fitting point at which to turn in.  

Debating whether to pull down the blackout blind in my compartment, I finally left it open, too nervous to risk sleeping through to Trondheim and missing the scenery. Quiet, with barely a jolt, the service was one of the most comfortable sleeper trains I’d ever ridden. Still, at 3.20am, as we passed through Dovre National Park, I sacrificed my slumber to watch peach clouds beginning to warm the tops of mountains and reflect onto the lakes.

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It’s 7am and golden light is flooding dewy meadows, with long shadows stretching over the train and halos of mist swirling in the valleys. I’m joined by Lars and Astrid, who are travelling to Trondheim for a weekend break of eating and walking — “before we have children and they ruin everything,” says Lars, as Astrid pulls a face. “Like Oslo, it’ll be quiet,” she says, “but we like that.”

They tell me it’s a different story in August, when chefs come from all over the country to cook at the Trǿndelag Food Festival, and the crowds follow. The city is known as the food capital of Norway and has three Michelin-starred restaurants — Credo, Fagn and Speilsalen. This is another reason why I’m breaking up my journey with a night here.  


“You should visit Sellanraa Bok & Bar,” says Astrid. “It’s very seasonal and everything is from the surrounding region, so you’ll get a taste of the local flavours.” She sketches directions to it in my notebook before spotting the convergence of railway tracks. “We’re here,” she says, sliding out from the table and wishing me a happy onward journey.

The coastal freshness slaps me awake as I cross the bridge over the Nidelva River into town, pausing to take in the promenade — a strip of six-storey buildings stretched out like a Dulux colour palette, sailboats tethered in the foreground. From here, it’s a 10-minute walk to the Britannia Hotel, and I’m hoping my room is ready. As much as sleeper trains fulfil the fantasy of romance, they do come with a downside: for passengers returning home, it’s no bother to arrive in the small hours and head straight off for a hot shower and breakfast. But for those of us who are strangers to a destination, perhaps waking less than refreshed, it can often mean mooching around with bags, killing time in coffee shops until check-in. Fortunately, my room is available and I sleep for a couple of hours before experiencing one of the greatest breakfasts of my life.

There are also comically large rounds of local cheeses on cake stands alongside rumpled bries and crumbly blues. There’s cheese that’s speckled, seeded, hard, soft, made from ewe’s milk, cow’s milk and goat’s milk, then on the side, dollops of preserve, quince and jam. It’s almost overwhelming.

I sit down with Olav Svarliaunet, a junior sous-chef who takes part in August’s three-day food festival. “We only use local produce here and everything is labelled to show where it’s from,” he says. The hotel has its own farm, Braattan Gaard, about half an hour’s drive away. It has more than 5,000 apple trees, which provide the cold-press juice for breakfast. “We get a lot of produce from the mountain village of Røros, two hours south of here, including eggs, cream, milk, butter and all our cured meats and fish,” Olav says. With the exception of perhaps a few tropical fruits like pineapple, everything is Norwegian.

Trondheim has switched to summer mode and many of its restaurants are closed, but this gives me the chance to see more of the place. I amble along cobbled streets filled with walkers, wet retrievers trotting at their heels. It’s unusually warm as I embark upon the Midtbyrunden, a 3.7-mile trail that meanders around the city centre following the Trondheim Fjord and Nidelva River. A beautiful route, it takes me over bridges and around docks, where swimmers yelp in the chilly waters. I linger in the wharf neighbourhood of Bakklandet, sipping an iced chilli chocolate milk from Dromedar Kaffebar before browsing a range of shops selling everything from artisan soap to cashmere blankets. Painted in soft pinks and sage greens, some of the timber houses look empty, their walls covered by trailing blooms of roses and their ledges lined with boxes of buttery yellow flowers.  

By the end of the walk, I’ve worked off breakfast and decide to take Astrid’s advice and seek out Sellanraa Bok & Bar. The menu is mostly vegetarian, featuring colourful plates of sliced hasselback carrots with baked shallots and turnips, most of which is sourced from nearby Grindal Farm. Inside, it’s a cross between a bookshop and a pantry — the top shelves are lined with jars of oranges and chanterelles brewing in murky yellow brines, sitting alongside hardbacks of Elif Batuman’s The Idiot and Albert Camus’ The Plague. Over a plate of fresh shrimp and shaved fennel, I reflect how easy it’s been to while away the day, grazing on small dishes between bursts of windy walks along the coast.

The journey north

The following evening, I’m on the platform just before 11pm to board the sleeper train to Bodø. On the horizon, the sun threatens to sink, but instead spreads outwards in a pool of mellow yellow, throwing a healthy glow onto passengers’ cheeks. At this time of year, the trains are at capacity and I’d been unsuccessful in trying to book a sleeper carriage. I’d secured a ticket in what’s called ‘Premium Pluss’, where wide seats recline up to 45 degrees and you’re provided with blankets, pillows, a hot breakfast and unlimited hot drinks.  

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Within minutes, the sweaty fear of not being able to lie flat at any point of this leg of the journey has evaporated, and I’m snuggled up in what feels like the cosiest carriage on the train, my fellow passengers pulling on hoodies and watching films on their phones. Tor, the attendant from the previous leg, is back on board and only too pleased to demonstrate the nifty foot rests, side tables and reading lights. He takes my order for breakfast and directs me to the tail end of the train to see the tracks snake off into what’s almost a sunset. From the back window, I watch as we curl around the edge of the Trondheim Fjord, its waters orange and pink. There’s a sense of magic as the light deepens and intensifies, before simmering to a softness I’ve never witnessed before. A feeling of in-betweenness gets under my skin as I stand with one foot on either side of two carriages, watching the day not turn into night as our train crosses the joints and hinges of the land, waterways flowing in from all sides.  

This Nordland line crosses 293 bridges and runs through 154 tunnels, much of which I miss as I doze off at 1am, waking five hours later as sunlight pours across the Ranfjorden, a wide-mouthed body of water that swings around the base of forested mountains, its green depths bubbling with life.  

Once again, I take myself off to the dining car, the beating heart of every sleeper train, and over a hot salami sandwich, I get chatting to Ludwig Herder, who’s been sleeping in the play area of the family carriage. A sailor for the coastguard, living in Tromsø, Ludwig has adamantly refused to fly for the past 15 years. When I ask about his choice of sleeping compartment, he looks sheepish and laughs, retying his pony tail as he gathers his thoughts. “Everyone has the time to travel in summer, so it gets very booked up. And it’s impossible to get a sleeper compartment because you can’t just buy a single bed, you have to buy both the berths.” He pulls out his phone and shows me a Norwegian Facebook group where passengers share their travelling dates to see if they can buddy up in compartments. “Despite my best efforts, I couldn’t get one,” he says.  

Located 220 miles inside the Arctic Circle, Tromsø is at the top of the country. Here, both the midnight sun and the Northern Lights are at their finest. “My girlfriend likes to hike and I enjoy going skiing,” Ludwig says. “In June, there was still more than six feet of powder to ski on at night.” He gets off at Fauske station, from where it’s a six-hour bus ride to Narvik and then a four-hour ride to Tromsø. With that journey ahead of him, I can’t help but marvel at his dedication to being flight-free.  

From my window seat, I try to breathe in the final sights of the trip — of deer bounding across fields, and fjords rushing past below. As towns flit by, I’m reminded again that it’s the particular privilege of the train traveller to witness the intricate details of other people’s lives: the workman repainting a church spire, the couple kissing on a platform, the patterns on kitchen curtains.  

And then it’s over. Just before 9am, we terminate at Bodø, and my train family and I disembark — fishing gear and bikes are unloaded and dogs happily stretch their legs.  

Within an hour, it’s clear this is a junction town that most travellers pass through for its easy access to the outdoors: taking a ferry to the Lofoten Islands, hiking the glacier at Svartisen or fishing and scuba diving at Saltstraumen, home to the world’s strongest maelstrom, or whirlpool. Feeling the cumulative lack of sleep, and having centred the majority of my trip on food, my own plans involve little more than a walk along the marina with an ice cream from the local van. I follow this up with a search for presents for my children, who’ll have to make do with a compass and a stuffed toy moose. That is until I realise I’m travelling home by train and can take them a bag of baked kanelboller (plump knots of sticky cinnamon bread, dusted with sugar) from PåPir BibliotekBar, the cafe at Bodø’s library.

After a walk around the town’s parks, I’m geared up for dinner at Lystpå, a fine-dining restaurant, but a particularly relaxed one with throws and cushions. Served on slate plates are starters such as pan-fried scallops fizzing in mussel bisque and truffle croquettes followed by mains like perfectly seared reindeer. By the time I’m cracking into creme brulee and homemade doughnuts, that deep orange glow I’m getting so used to here catches my eye; enriching and invigorating, it brings a sense of calm and joy. No wonder Norwegians stay out all night basking in its goodness. Michał Młynarczyk, who runs the restaurant, tells me now’s the time to visit Keiservarden, one of the area’s most popular hiking destinations. I’m ready to walk off the meal, but at 11pm? “There’s no better time — everyone does it,” he says.  

And so I set off, crossing paths with runners and families as I begin the ascent of Veten hill, the skies burning as though the horizon’s set alight. Young children carrying sticks and leaves from their hikes skip past me, hopping over tree roots, and in just under an hour, I’ve reached the top of Keiservarden mountain plateau, where dogs run around in the wind and climbers stare out at the soft outline of the Lofoten and Steigen islands. There’s a smell of salt in the air and nothing but the sound of the wind whipping as I turn slowly, taking in the view of hazy mountains that descend into waters of pure gold. Here, in the far north, the midnight sun turns dark red and I stare at it dipping behind the clouds for a few moments. I turn and make my way back down the track at 1am, just as the sun begins to rise again.  

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Summer, with its long, bright nights, is the perfect time to travel around and experience Norway's magnificent nature, dramatic fjords, picturesque cities, and cultural experiences.

Most people associate Norway with the northern lights and midnight sun in Northern Norway or the fjords in the west. However, you don't need to travel far inland before encountering other amazing experiences. Around Oslo and in Sørlandet, a wonderland of nature and cultural experiences awaits.

Here are my best tips for experiencing the Norwegian summer at its finest, from Kristiansand in the south to Finnmark in the north.

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Norway in the summer

Norway in the summer: city breaks and nature.

You can't mention a vacation in Norway without talking about Oslo. The capital has undergone a massive facelift in recent years, and a vacation here is the perfect blend of city life and nature. Enjoy floating saunas, modern neighborhoods, and lots of events and attractions.

Go on a cycling adventure along the Oslo Fjord or hike in the forested hills of Oslomarka. Explore ski resorts that transform into hiking trails in the summer. Don't forget to experience Oslo's cultural scene too, visit museums like the Viking Ship Museum, and discover modern art at the Astrup Fearnley Museum.

Just an hour's drive from Oslo, you can visit Hadeland, a new art destination, or explore Kistefos Museum and its unique exhibition building, The Twist .

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Summer vacations in southern Norway

Where should you spend your summer vacation in Norway? Follow the Norwegians and travel to the southern corner of Norway. Sørlandet is known as Norway's vacation paradise, offering lovely beaches, picturesque islands, and lots of sunshine. In the region's capital, Kristiansand, the charm of narrow streets surrounded by whitewashed wooden houses combines with the richness of Norwegian folk traditions in the Setesdalen valley.

Experience the historical atmosphere in the old town of Posebyen. Stroll through cobblestone streets, enjoy local delicacies from the sea in cozy eateries, spend a relaxing day on the city beach, or join one of the lively festivals filling the streets with life and cultural experiences.

For family fun, Kristiansand Zoo is a must, loved by both children and adults.

If you're up for an adventure, take a short drive to Lindesnes Lighthouse, Norway's southernmost point. Or explore the award-winning Michelin restaurant Under, the world's largest underwater restaurant, in Lindesnes. Remember to book your table well in advance!

City summer breaks, hiking, and watersports in Stavanger

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Stavanger is home to a unique combination of Michelin restaurants, old wooden houses, world-class street art, and a multi-dimensional music scene. The city is the ideal starting point to explore two of Norway's most iconic tourist attractions: Lysefjorden and Preikestolen.

For beach lovers, the coastal area of Jæren is a true paradise with some of the country's best and widest sandy beaches. If you're into surfing or kitesurfing, this is the place to be. Take the trip along the North Sea Road towards Egersund and drive through charming coastal towns like the picturesque Sogndalstrand.

Stavanger's Michelin Star restaurants invite you on a culinary journey, while the old wooden houses and colorful street art bring the city to life. Plan a hike to the impressive Preikestolen and enjoy the panoramic view of Lysefjorden.

Culture and fjords in Bergen

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Norway's second-largest city, Bergen, offers everything from historical World Heritage sites and innovative fashion trends to a culinary scene and a progressive music environment. Explore some of Norway's most fascinating museums here, including the impressive art museum KODE.

Get lost in the narrow alleys and streets, and experience the city's beauty from the top of one of the seven mountains surrounding Bergen. The city is also the ideal base for exploring the world-famous Norwegian fjords, such as Sognefjorden to the north, Norway's longest and deepest fjord. Don't forget Hardangerfjorden, home to the iconic Trolltunga, to the south. Do yourself a favor and explore the less crowded tributaries, which are just as breathtaking as the main fjords.

If you don’t rent a car in Norway, it's also a great opportunity to take the train to Flåm and experience one of the world's most beautiful train journeys on the Flåm Railway.

Summer vacations for foodies in Norway

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In the middle of Norway, the Trøndelag region is bursting with exciting history, culinary culture, and nature experiences. Awarded the title of the European Gastronomy Region in 2022, the region is a dream destination for food enthusiasts.

Try your luck with fishing or bring your bike or skis for an adventure. Walk along the nine pilgrim routes known as St. Olav's Ways, all leading to the impressive Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim. As the capital of the entire region, Trondheim is also known as the Home of Nordic Flavours. Experience culinary masterpieces or enjoy delicious dishes at cozy cafes and restaurants.

Follow the scent of local dishes along the Golden Detour in Innherred and take a journey back in time to the UNESCO-protected mining town of Røros.

Island hopping in Norway

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Are you into island hopping? Then park your car in either Brønnøysund and Sandnessjøen or the resorts of Horn and Tjøtta. From here, you can hop on a ferry (with a rented bike) to one of the fantastic island communities along the Helgeland Coast. From Sandnessjøen, for example, you can head out to Dønna and Herøy. Enjoy a stay in a rorbu (seasonal residence for Norwegian fishermen), go hiking in the mountains, and explore medieval churches and the dramatic sea. From the resorts Horn and Tjøtta, you can head out to the municipality of Vega, consisting of over 6000 islands that have caught UNESCO's attention, earning them World Heritage status.

A bit further north from Sandnessjøen, in Stokkvågen, you can go on a road trip to many exciting islands such as the Træna archipelago. On one of the islands, Husøy, a summer festival has been organized.

The islands of Husøy and Selvær together have fewer than 500 inhabitants but offer unique natural conditions and interesting experiences, such as a cave in the mountains and beautiful hiking trails. You can also take a speedboat to Husøy from Sandnessjøen or Bodø.

Dramatic nature in Lofoten

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If it's Norway's dramatic nature that entices you, there is no better destination than Lofoten. Few places in Norway are as photographed as Lofoten. With its charming rorbuers and impressive mountains, it secures a place on many international travel bucket lists, and perhaps it's already on yours?

It's easy to fall in love with the vibrant Lofoten culture, stretching across 6 municipalities and 12 cities with plenty to see. Coastal culture and natural conditions make Lofoten an excellent choice year-round. Here, you can spend your days surfing, nature safaris, mountain hikes, sea excursions on RIB boats, and traditional Lofoten fishing. If you're traveling with children, visit the impressive Viking Museum in Vestvågøy. If not, horseback riding in the midnight sun might sound more tempting.

For the adventurous, sea kayaking, surfing, snorkeling, and diving might be the way to go after a few days in the mountains. If you want to spend your days surfing, the town of Å – Lofoten's outermost point – is possibly the best choice. The beaches here are referred to as the world's northernmost surf paradise. If climbing sounds exciting, Austvågøy's climbing opportunities in the Lofotveggen are a must – and the view is worth it all.

Climbing, Kayaking, and Culture in Bodø and Salten

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The beautiful city of Bodø is surrounded by sea and mountains, making it a clear favorite for a holiday in Norway. No trip to Bodø is complete without a trip to Keiservarden or one of the nearby mountain areas with fantastic viewpoints. You can also pack a picnic and drive to Mjelle Beach, where you'll be met by white sand and soothing waves. Both here and from Bodø Harbor, you can go on guided kayak tours – and Bodø is generally a great starting point for kayaking. If you're in a more adventurous mood, you can go kayaking along Svartisen with departure from Meløy outside Bodø.

Bodø is also known for having exciting caves, like Svarthamarhola – Scandinavia's largest cave. Explore the caves and hear the echo of your own voice as you go further and further in. If you prefer climbing, don't miss the chance to try the challenging peaks in Salten – such as Stetind and Hamarøyskaftet. If climbing skills aren't that great yet, but you love heights, the wooden staircase Fykantrappa in Glomfjord – Europe's best-preserved outdoor wooden staircase – might be a good alternative.

Experience the Midnight Sun in Finnmark

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The northernmost parts of Finnmark have the pleasure of having the midnight sun for the longest time – from mid-May to the end of July . If you're lucky to experience the midnight sun, there's not much else that compares to the sight and the exceptional view over the sea.

Go on a fishing trip or sea safari in Honningsvåg, explore the charming fishing village before heading up to the North Cape Plateau. You can also combine the excursion with a stay in Alta. Here, you have ample opportunities to learn about Sami culture, reindeer herding, and Norwegian culture by seeing rock carvings and visiting the Alta Museum. The ultimate experience awaits you by going to Finnmarksvidda in Inner Finnmark, with the towns of Kautokeino and Karasjok as a starting point.

You can also enjoy the midnight sun in Kirkenes, near the Russian border. This northern city had a central position during the German occupation in World War II and was bombed over 300 times in a short period. So, you'll find an interesting piece of history up here and can spend your days exploring the Soviet monument, a bomb shelter, and a prisoner camp.

Summer vacations in Norway with Kids

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Tromsø is known worldwide for its magnificent nature. Historically, Tromsø is not an insignificant city either. The city was the capital of free Norway for three weeks while Oslo and southern Norway were occupied. Today, Tromsø is the largest city in Northern Norway and is regularly called the Paris of the North and the capital of the Arctic.

Tromsø has an exciting mix of culture and nature, making it a great holiday destination for families, outdoor enthusiasts, and culture lovers alike. You'll find theaters, music, and a variety of festivals, and you're never far from the beautiful mountain landscape or pristine forests. You can also go on fjord trips, whale safaris, bird spotting, sea fishing, or visit a husky farm and a Sami gamme (traditional Sami dwelling).

If you're traveling with children, don't miss the Polaria experience center centrally located in Tromsø, where you can learn about Arctic sea conditions, and children can observe marine life. The 1960s Arctic Cathedral is also worth a visit. Another good choice is Polar Park, the world's northernmost animal park in Bardu. A city break in Tromsø can also be combined with an excursion to Kvaløya and Sommarøy, which has beautiful sandy beaches and breathtaking views of the sea.

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For more vacation inspiration close to home check out the best beach vacations in the US and the best places to visit during summer in the US this year .

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At Stock Market Bar Night, Buy Low and Drink Up

In London, “competitive socializing” transforms pubs into stock exchanges, golf courses and cricket fields for those looking for more elaborate drinking games.

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By Amelia Nierenberg

Amelia got a hole in one at mini golf while reporting in London. She still finished last.

“Buy, buy, buy,” a bargoer shouted just after 6:30 on a recent Wednesday evening. He grabbed two shot glasses, vodka sluicing over his hands.

The 411 , a pub in London, usually sells about £3,000 worth of drinks (about $3,800) on a weeknight. But on another recent Wednesday, it brought in £18,300 — more than $23,000 — said Antonio del Monte, the general manager.

The young and the thirsty had come for “ Wall Street Wednesdays ,” where drink prices fluctuate with demand like a stock market. Attendees queue three-deep at the bar for a “market crash,” when an air horn pierces through conversations and prices plummet.

“You need to keep your eyes on it,” said Emily Bjurqvist, a 23-year-old graduate student, as she nodded to TV screens showing price changes. “It’s more active than just a pub. And the prices might be better than a pub nowadays.”

The 411’s stock market nights are part of a rise in what some call “competitive socializing,” where games take center stage at bars across the British capital. Hospitality experts say the industry took off about five years ago, but it took a hit during punishing coronavirus lockdowns . As lockdowns eased and groups of work friends sought out new ways to socialize, the sector exploded.

These activities build on Britain’s strong tradition of pub games : weekly pub quizzes and, in centuries past, more old-fashioned competitions like Skittles and shove ha’penny. Most pubs today have little more than a dart board and a pool table.

But in the past few years, dedicated game bars have opened across London. There are board game bars and shuffleboard bars . There are darts bars and arcade bars and multiple mini-golf bar chains. There are ax-throwing bars and virtual clay target shooting bars .

“This is the formula,” said Oyama Valashiya, a 29-year-old finance recruiter. He leaned against a column in the 411, pausing to vape. “Mix activity with alcohol, and the people will come.”

London has become a launchpad for new activity bars, according to hospitality experts on both sides of the Atlantic. Social-gaming companies that started in Britain — mini-golf , darts and even cricket — are expanding into the United States.

“London has become a little bit of a petri dish for competitive socializing,” said James Cook, the Americas director of retail research at the real estate firm JLL.

The historical precedent of pub games and consumers’ shrinking disposable income make London an ideal testing ground for these concepts, said Kevin Williams, a British hospitality consultant. People pay only for something truly fun.

“If it can work here, it can work anywhere,” he said.

Most of the activity bars are expensive: Sixes , an augmented-reality cricket bar, charges about $80 for four people to spend 45 minutes in a batting cage during peak hours. (That’s relatively standard across sports-themed activities.) The drinks are not included.

“It’s fun to do something while you drink,” said Samuel Gilley, 32, after a turn in the batting cages. “Otherwise,” he said, laughing, “you’ve got to sit and talk to each other.”

Wall Street Wednesdays and similar stock-market concepts intentionally have a lower barrier to entry. The bargain itself is the game: Attendees jockey for the best price, trying to beat out a friend.

Ms. Bjurqvist, the graduate student, debated the psychology with her childhood friend, Olivia Kvan, who is also a 23-year-old graduate student from Norway.

They had gotten a Moscow Mule for £8.20, or just over $10. But that wasn’t rock bottom: It dropped to £7 during a crash. Ms. Bjurqvist eventually saw the price climb to £11 ($14).

“People like to think that they’ll save more money than they actually do,” she said. “Because of the last price you saw, it might make it seem cheaper.”

The stock market concept has cropped up in venues across Britain and the world, including in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Cape Town and Beirut. Bars like the 411 contract with the Drink Exchange , which owns the software displayed on the bars’ TVs. The company has yet to expand to the United States.

Two business school friends from Britain started the company in the mid-1990s. Chris Dunkley, a founder, said they are on track to operate in 20 countries by 2025: “Weirdly, after 30 years, the timing is now right.”

It’s a draw for young people who may be fighting to reclaim time lost to the pandemic — and it makes for a compelling social media post of one’s night out. For bars, he said, it’s good business: Even though the drinks are cheaper, people tend to buy more of them — and stick around for longer.

“People like gimmicks nowadays,” said Harry Clark, a 27-year-old project manager who had come with Mr. Valashiya, the recruiter.

The pair would be more than happy to sit in a pub and chat, Mr. Clark said, but with a shtick comes a crowd that can liven up an otherwise sleepy weeknight.

The air horn sounded. They winced, rolling their eyes at the masses flooding the bar.

Mr. Valashiya scanned the crowd. “It’s cheap, but it doesn’t look run-down,” he mused.

“But it’s not that cheap,” Mr. Clark protested.

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