In the evening we took the ferry to Bodø, where we dropped off our car the following day. We took the night train to Trondheim, where we continued our journey to Oslo in the afternoon. Actually, the onward journey was planned for the morning, but because I couldn't make a reservation either via the official homepage or via Interrail, we didn't find a free train until the afternoon. We spent another night in Oslo before taking the ferry to Kiel. The ferry port was a bit outside Oslo, so we needed another bus. When we finally found the right one, we were unloaded somewhere on a motorway exit and had to walk another 500m to the ferry. In between was another overpass, which was only accessible by stairs. Dragging all the luggage up, we finally arrived at the ferry port. The ferry was actually more of a cruise ship and couldn't be surpassed for kitsch. Unfortunately, there were no tickets without cabins, which made the whole experience even more expensive. Because the train line between Oslo and Germany was extremely complicated due to construction work, we had no other option. Normally, the train would then run through from Kiel to Basel. But the Deutsche Bahn had other plans and used the holiday period for construction work. So we first had to board a completely overcrowded train to Hamburg, before we were then stuffed into an even more crowded ICE to Offenburg. The train was finally so full that we were already seriously considering lying down in the luggage racks above the seats. Fortunately, after 2 hours of travelling, we found a seat.
In Offenburg we had to take buses to Freiburg im Breisgau. There was a traffic jam on the motorway and so we had to drive around the whole thing. Unfortunately, the train in Freiburg did not wait for its guests and left without us. Our bus was one of the first to leave Offenburg. So we had to cram ourselves back into a completely overcrowded regional train heading for Basel Badischer Bahnhof. The track on which this train travelled was of course only accessible by stairs, so we had to lug our luggage up again. From there we continued towards Basel SBB by tram, before finally taking the ICN via Olten back to Biel.
In total, the outward journey from Switzerland took almost 4 days and the return journey from Bodø again 4 days. All in all, 8 days of stress, lugging luggage around, mostly not knowing if and when we would finally arrive at our destination. At least the journey was reasonably environmentally friendly, except for the ferry. But even I have to admit that I questioned my decision against the plane a few times during the journey. All in all, we paid considerably more for the journey than if we had flown including the compensation.
Of course, the situation was somewhat special due to Corona and therefore the seats in some trains were limited. In addition to unfavourable construction work, we were travelling with Interrail for the first time. In retrospect, we probably could have done things a little differently and perhaps saved ourselves a little stress.
Still, I am sorry to say that I can understand travellers by plane within Europe to a certain extent. I can only hope that this will change in the near future. I think night trains in particular are a great thing and hope that more will be offered as soon as possible. Even just one train from Zurich to Stockholm would make things much easier.
Despite the tedious journey and the mostly miserable weather, I would get straight back on the train tomorrow. The landscape, the many animals and the many exciting encounters with locals and other travellers make all the effort forgotten.