Norway is a country full of one-of-a-kind experiences. Namsen Salmon & Train Experience, founded and run by Torger Haugen and Elizabeth Hamsund and located in the county of Trøndelag, is an attraction unlike anything you might have seen before.
TEXT: ALYSSA NILSEN | PHOTOS : TORGER HAUGEN
Permanently parked on the Bertnem Bridge over the salmon-rich river Namsen, perfectly preserved carriages from a 1960s train have been converted into a hotel with a restaurant and bar. The sleeping carriage sleeps up to 20 people in ten compartments with two beds in each, all compartments fully fitted with a washbasin with hot and cold water. The sanitary carriage in connection with the sleeping carriage has toilets and showers.
The restaurant carriage, separated from the sleeping and sanitary carriages by a large, seated outdoor lounge, serves lunch and dinner, focusing on local delicacies such as salmon, moose and reindeer.
The perfect destination for fishing, hikes or hunting, or for business outings and special occasions such as weddings, confirmations or parties, Namsen Salmon & Train Experience caters to your needs, whatever they may be. Whether you want adventure, a celebratory spirit or a quiet weekend away, you can be certain that you’ll be well looked after by Haugen and Hamsund. “We, along with the locals in the area, do everything in our power to make this as good an experience as possible,” Haugen says, commenting that he doesn’t have more hours per day than the rest of us, only more minutes per hour!
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