On my inter-rail trips of 1989 & 1992 I undertook many train journeys through the glorious Arctic landscapes of Norway and the rest of Scandinavia.
There was no way that my travel companions or I could afford a sleeper berth in those days. Hell, we could scarcely afford a beer in those pricey Nordic lands!
We did several overnight journeys getting as much sleep as we could whilst sat upright. The bonus of a fitful sleep was being alert at around 5am when the sun started to rise to reveal mesmerising, majestic scenery, the like of which we had never witnessed before.
I travelled there once more in 2018 – no overnight train journeys this time, but the rolling stock was infinitely more luxurious than it had been 30-years before.
The rail authorities in Norway (Norske Tog) have just announced a major investment in new trains to arrow through the snowy countryside, to bring an even more comfortable experience.
The carriages & compartments look amazing. Be careful about what you miss whilst you sleep mind you!
This is how the Railway Gazette reported the plans.
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