Inspiration for Train Travel
I was looking for inspiration for my next travel and activity holiday and I was delighted to see that WalkingWomen (my preferred holiday provider 😉) was offering a cross country skiing adventure in Norway, in March 2024.
I’m not an experienced skier (I don’t do heights), but I’m otherwise fit and up for a physical challenge, so it seems an ideal holiday choice. Of course, it would be easy to fly to/from Oslo (what a city) and WW provides free transfer to the hotel from the airport, but I’m a big train fan and was looking for a focus for my next interrail trip … so I booked my place on the holiday and started to plan.
I’ll be heading up through Amsterdam, via Aarhus (for the architecture) up to Hirtschals in Jutland (Denmark) from where it is an easy crossing to Kristiansand and on to Norway.
The chance to spend a couple of days in Oslo was part of the attraction; the city has fantastic architecture, not to mention the fjords and floating saunas; and this time the new Munch museum and the sculpture park are on my list. After the skiing week, I could just head back but I’ll probably carry on up to the Lofoten islands (by train & ferry, naturally) for a few days and then travel back via Eastern Sweden coastline with a stop in Malmo, before heading back via Oresund Bridge to Copenhagen, Hamburg and finally Brussels.
The interrail ticket options these days provide so much choice; you can get anything from 4 travel days in a two month period to a continuous 3 month ticket, and you can always have an outward and inward day from your home country … with UK rail prices being what they are, this is a really attractive option. Add into this the inherent flexibility and the discounts for ferries and I feel I will be interrailing for a long time to come – hopefully with more WalkingWomen adventures as central to the trip.