Travel like Harry Potter on the Rauma Line
Parts of the new Harry Potter film, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”, were shot on the Rauma Line in Norway.
”The filming which took place at Bjorli last winter, is, as far as we are aware, the only time that any of the Harry Potter series has been filmed outside of the UK,” says Jarle Namtvedt, the press officer of Sandrew Metronome Norge AS.
It was the Norwegian Railway Club’s veteran train that was used during the filming on the line between Dombås and Lesja.
Tove Sylte, NSB’s manager for the line, says that, just like Harry Potter, many people are spellbound by the magical scenery along the Rauma Line with the fantastic Trollveggen (Troll Wall) and the impressive Kylling Bridge.
”Harry Potter follows in the wake of the many tourists who travel along this line each year. Last year, we carried 82,000 passengers and are expecting 50,000 tourists to take an NSB train this summer alone. This is one of the most spectacular railway lines we have in Norway. It doesn’t get more spellbinding,” says Sylte.
“Bjorli is 574 metres above sea level while Åndalsnes is situated right down on the Romsdalsfjord. The hour-long journey plunges down the valley. Talk about contrasts. One could almost believe they waved a sorcerer’s wand when they built the railway,” she says.
The Rauma Line is one of Norway’s most beautiful and wildest railways. It starts at Dombås and ends 114 kilometres further west at Åndalsnes down on the Romsdalsfjord.
The area which the Rauma Line runs through includes some of Norway’s best known tourist attractions, the most famous of which are Trollstigen (the Troll Ladder), Trollveggen (the Troll Wall), Romsdalshorn and the Rauma river.