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DIY Andalsnes and the Rauma Railway - Bjorli

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    DIY Andalsnes and the Rauma Railway - Bjorli

    Traveling to the Fjords in a couple of weeks and one of the stops is Andalsnes.

    Does any one have any advice for DIY trips there? I was looking at the Rauma railway which looks lovely but wondered if any one had done this before.
    The ship also offers excursions on the railway but they are very expensive and after looking online looks like DIY is about 1/3 of the price.

    What else is there to do in Andalsnes? it looks a pretty small town.

    The ship is there all day.

    #2
    We were there a couple of weeks ago. We gave the railway a miss as we did the one at Flaam. Apparently it is easy to do on your own. We went to the tourist office and got a map with walks on it and did a lovely walk (about 6k but there are shorter ones) along the river and to the next village (whose name excapes me at the moment, but it had a pretty little red church). We were lucky with the weather - not hot but warm and dry. Our ship was there all day - Queen Victoria - don't know which ship you are going on but it should tell you what times the ship is in port on your final documents. Hope this helps - enjoy your cruise. Annieb

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      #3
      We did the Rauma railway as a ship's excursion, which involved a coach trip up into the mountains with a couple of stops at scenic viewing points, then down on the train. it was a lovely trip. I guess the problem would be if any train tickets are left after the cruise trips have made their bookings, I don't know if you could book in advance? also if more than one ship was in port it would be very busy. Andalsnes is a reasonable size town, certainly some shops, I think there may be some clothing factory shops here.

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        #4
        We did the Rauma railway a couple of weeks ago. The station is very close to the port, we just bought the tickets and got on. Beautiful scenery, and I would say even more stunning than Flamm. Cost us 22 NOK each, but not sure if that is seniors price. People in the booking office very helpful.

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          #5
          Originally posted by cruisegal, southwest View Post
          We did the Rauma railway a couple of weeks ago. The station is very close to the port, we just bought the tickets and got on. Beautiful scenery, and I would say even more stunning than Flamm. Cost us 22 NOK each, but not sure if that is seniors price. People in the booking office very helpful.
          Srry that should rad 220 NOK. Damn nails!

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            #6
            Originally posted by cruisegal, southwest View Post
            Srry that should rad 220 NOK. Damn nails!
            I will try once more! Sorry that should read 220 Nok!!

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              #7
              You can buy tickets on the train if, as is likely, there is a queue at the ticket office. 22 Norwegian krona is the rate for oldies as I recall. Try and get the early 'workers' train (8.30am from memory) as you can then go on to the next town beyond the very drab Bjilbi and get safely back by about 1.30.
              The later train (10.37am approximately) tends to fill with cruise tours even though it has more carriages.
              Well worth the ride, especially at this time of the year.

              Staff at ticket office are very helpful and, as always in Norway, there are very informative guides to the area.

              Bjilbi does have some wonderful poppies growing along the track at the station; Andalsnes has blue lupins to admire!

              Nice town though it won't take that long to look round so then you can do one of the walks.

              (And I thought the Flam railway was pretty good, too).

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                #8
                Thank you all so very much , very helpful comments.

                Am deff gonna do it myself now Not sure how far up the line to go yet but think i might make that decision on the day.

                220k (about £23 / £25 ) isnt bad considering the ships trip is something like £62 each.

                Not sure how long to spend up at the villages at the top , I think theres like a 20 min turn around or you can wait like just under 2 hours for the next one. If i time it right maybe we can fit lunch in some where.

                Thanks again I watch the video of the Railway and it looks so beautiful , a bit like Scotland but on Steroids!

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                  #9
                  We went up to Bjorli (think thats the correct spelling) and just stayed on board for the return journey (about 10-15 mins if I recall correctly) but you can get off and take photos or catch a later train back. Incredibly stunning scenery! Try and get to the station and get your tickets about half an hour before the train leaves, so you can get a seat to your liking. Our train left at 10.30 and we were onboard by 10.00. Enjoy it!

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