The Rallar museum

Are you intrigued by the history of the Bergen railway, Rallarvegen, and the lives of the people who worked and lived here? If so, we recommend a visit to the Rallar history museum here in Finse. The museum has, amongst other things, an authentic smithy and a working cottage. Outside the museum you can see old and fascinating snowblowers and locomotives lined up.

The museum currently has two exhibitions: “Norways future – The breakthrough” shows preliminary work, design, stitching and construction of the Bergen railway from 1871 to its opening in 1909. “The fight against the snow” shows historic snowploughing equipment and tells of how this mountain range was kept open through the winter. During the summer, you can see both steam and diesel powered ploughing trains, as well as different snow equipment, outside the museum.

The Rallar museum was founded in 1986 by Finse Vel (Trust), NSB, Finse 1222, Ulvik Herad (municipality), and the Norwegian Railway Club. The Rallar museum opened in 1990 and aims to continue the tradition and maintain the history of the “alpine stretch” of the Bergen railway.

The museum shop in the entrance offers a small selection of items, including books and postcards. One of the books sold here is Sigvard Heber´s book from 1924, Då Bergensbanen blev til.

Where is the Rallar museum

The museum is located vis-à-vis to our hotel and our bike shop Sykkel 1222. In order to get to it, you need to cross the railroad tracks on the west side, then walk back towards the east. After walking past the green warehouse, you’ll see the old locomotives and the museum.

Hours and Fees

Adults: 40, –
Children: 20, –
Family: 100, –
The museum is open on a daily basis during the summer season of 2018 (8th of July  to 9th of September). Opening hours are from 09:30 to 21:30. During the winter, the museum may be opened on request. You can pay the entrance fee at the museum or with us in the reception of Finse 1222.

Group Visit

If you are planning to visit the museum in a large group, it is best if to notify us and the museum in advance.
The cafe and museum shop can seat 25 people and has a maximum capacity of 50 people.
During off-peak season (before July or after 18th September) it may be possible to arrange a special opening for groups by appointment.


CEO: Kjell Magne Tangen
Phone: +47 905 00 940