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Car vs Train NIN

Hi,

We are a family of 5 and are considering renting a car and driving the Norway in a Nutshell tour. I know that the scenic train rides are part of the beauty. Would we miss much by driving? I assume that the roads travel a similar path as the train??? (We are going to spend some time in Flam and take the cruises on the fjord.)
Thanks so much!!

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You cannot exactly replicate the traditional NiN route because the Bergen Rail Line crosses the Hardangervidda to Myrdal where there is not a road for cars. If you rent a car and drive here is what you would miss:
http://realscandinavia.com/hardangervidda-high-crossing-norways-vast-mountain-plateau-on-the-bergen-railway/

For a taste of what the journey is like, watch this 10-minute NSB
video condensing footage from the entire seven-hour journey between
Oslo and Bergen. [Video link: https://youtu.be/Ql2qXpNVTjw ]

Here's a Lonely Planet description of the Bergen Line for railroad buffs:
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/norway/travel-tips-and-articles/oslo-to-bergen-europes-best-train-journey/40625c8c-8a11-5710-a052-1479d2773ae1

Oslo to Bergen: Europe's best train journey?

We're somewhere on the Hardangervidda plateau, on one of the world's
highest stretches of railway tracks, and we appear to have stopped. I
say that with no great certainty because we're in the middle of a
white-out.

Having just left Norway's most elevated train station, the Oslo to
Bergen train may or may not be continuing its astonishing progress
across a desperately inhospitable landscape. By the time we get here I
am simply in awe that this railway is here at all.