The Northern Railway

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.

The train is an easy and comfortable way of exploring Northern Norway, whether you are travelling all the way to Bodø or visiting a destination along the route. The trip is just as beautiful in winter as in summer, and truly a memory for life. Lean back in your seat and enjoy the view to the sea and the mountains while you are driving past 44 stations, 293 bridges and 154 tunnels.  

Maps and stations on the Nordland Railway

The Nordland Railway stops at the following stations between Trondheim and Bodø:

Trondheim S
Værnes (Trondheim Airport)
Stjørdal station
Levanger station
Verdal station
Steinkjer station
Jørstad station
Snåsa station
Grong station
Harran station
Lassemoen station
Namsskogan station
Majavatn station
Svenningdal station
Trofors station
Mosjøen station
Drevvatn station
Bjerka station
Mo i Rana station
Skonseng station
Dunderland station
Lønsdal station
Røkland station
Rognan station
Fauske station
Valnesfjord station
Mørkved station
Bodø station

Timetables on the Nordland Railway

The journey between Trondheim and Bodø takes 10 hours, and the Nordland Railway has two daily departures from Trondheim and two from Bodø. Below you will find timetables and traffic information for the most popular stretches: 

Trondheim – Bodø Bodø - Trondheim
Trondheim - Mosjøen Bodø - Fauske
Trondheim - Fauske Bodø – Mosjøen
Trondheim – Steinkjer Bodø – Mo i Rana
Trondheim – Mo i Rana        Bodø - Rognan

If you are travelling to or from other stations you can search for the timetables here.  

Attractions and destination along the Nordland Railway

Unique scenery, spectacular views and exciting stops: If you spend some extra time on your journey you can visit some great destinations along the way.  

The Saint Olav festival in Stiklestad

Close to Verdal station you will find Stiklestad and Scandinavia’s oldest outdoor theatre. Stiklestad was the battlefield where King Olav Haraldsson fell on July 29 th 1030 and became known as St. Olav. Every July you can experience the St Olav festival with the performance “Spelet om Heilag Olav” based on the Saint Olav drama.

The Arctic Circle  - 66% North

On your way across the Saltfjellet mountain you will pass the Arctic Circle. The Arctic circle marks the entrance to the Arctic and is located at 66% north. 

Take the train to the Midnight Sun

The Arctic circle also marks the entry to the land of the Midnight Sun. This is the southernmost spot where the sun shines 24 hours a day around midsummer in June.


The town of Bodø is the end destination at the Nordland Railway. There are plenty of things to see and do in Bodø: enjoy the long summer nights with the midnight sun, visit the outdoor cafes and experience the festivals and Northern culture. The town is also a great base if you are travelling to other parts of Northern Norway. Read more at


The idyllic islands of Lofoten with their charming fishing villages and dramatic scenery are well worth a visit when you’re travelling to the North. There is a ferry service from Bodø that takes you directly to the Lofoten islands.

The Northern Lights

The Northern Light belt hits Northern Norway in Lofoten and follows the coast to the North Cape. There is nowhere in the world where the chance is bigger of seeing the lights. The Northern lights can be frequently seen during winter, from late autumn to early spring.

Round trip with the Nordland Railway - Fjord Tours

Fjord Tours organize popular tour packages by train in Norway. The trip “Lofoten and Norway in a nutshell” combines the Nordland Railway with several of the most popular attractions in Norway including Lofoten, The Hurtigruten coastal voyage, the fjords and the Flåm Railway. You can start the tour in Trondheim, Bergen or Oslo, and you will to spend 9 days or more. Read more about the tour “Lofoten and Norway in a nutshell”.

Facilities on the Nordland Railway

The Nordland Railway has the following facilities on board:

Prices and tickets

Find fares and book your tickets on the top right hand side of the page.