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Norway is a Scandinavian dream made up of glaciers, coastline and Nordic charm.

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Discover The Land of the Midnight Sun

As spectacular as they are, Norway's famous fjords - u-shaped coastal valleys created by retreating icebergs and subsequently filled by the waters of the Atlantic - tend to hog the limelight in any discussion of the country's natural beauty. 

As guests on any of Great Rail Journeys' superb rail tours of Norway will soon discover, fjords are only one aspect of a country that unfolds one extraordinary landscape after another. From the comfort of a seat on Norway's Bergen Railway our guests are afforded panoramic views of the glaciers and ice fields, forests of conifers, mountain ranges and rocky coastline as they journey through this remarkable destination.

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The Northern Lights & Lapland
(14 reviews)
2020JanFebMar
11 days from
£2,695 pp
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  • DestinationNorway, Sweden
  • Starts / EndsLHR Heathrow / London Gatwick
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  • TransportFlight, Rail
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Arctic Circle Express
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2020JunJulAug
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  • DestinationNorway, Sweden
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Fjords of Norway rail tour
(32 reviews)
2020JunAugSep
7 days from
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  • DestinationNorway
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Bryggen, Bergen
2020MayJunJulAug
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Operated by Rail Discoveries Value Tour
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  • DestinationNorway
  • Starts / EndsLHR Heathrow
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Huskies
2020JanFebMar
6 days from
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Operated by Rail Discoveries Value Tour
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  • DestinationNorway, Sweden
  • Starts / EndsLHR Heathrow / London Gatwick
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Grand Arctic Circle Explorer rail tour
2020Jun
21 days from
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  • DestinationDenmark, Norway, Sweden
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Stockhom Old Town
2020MayJunSep
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Arctic Circle Express
Mr D Higgins
“This was an absolutely brilliant tour, which we thoroughly enjoyed, in spite of some early morning starts and late evening finishes! The Tour Manager was just great and a real fund of knowledge at every stage of the tour. She was well informed and was able to keep us very well advised along the way, as well as keeping the whole trip on schedule.
The Northern Lights & Lapland
Mrs R Davenport
“The itinerary, the rail experience and the tour manager all were excellent
Fjords Cruise & Historic Cities of Norway
Mrs R Clare
“Leisurely pace of all tours was good for older people didn’t feel rushed. Guides and Tour manager were excellent. We had a problem with smell in one of the hotels and tour manager sorted us another better room. The fiord cruise was a bit of a let down we were squeezed onto a small car ferry with lots of others and the weather not being good there was not enough shelter for everybody. Other than that it was a good holiday. (Switzerland was better as we like old trains)

As though Norway's breath-taking scenery was insufficient justification for visiting, you can witness two further unique natural phenomena here. For around two months each summer a tilt in the earth's axis means that the sun never sets in northern Norway and daylight lasts for twenty-four hours. In the winter Norway's skies are illuminated by the ethereal Aurora Borealis: the legendary 'Northern Lights'.

When you factor in the excitement of travelling within the Arctic Circle and the pleasure of exploring cosmopolitan and culturally-rich cities such as Oslo and Bergen it becomes clear that Norway has everything to provide the rail tour of a lifetime.

Discovering Norway with Great Rail Journeys

At Great Rail Journeys, providing quality and value for money underpins every rail tour we create. Norway is a fascinating and unforgettable country and we want our guests to enjoy every moment of their visit. To make things as easy and worry-free as possible, the price of our escorted rail tours in Norway includes return flights and all other travel costs, quality accommodation with selected meals, a varied itinerary of guided tours, sightseeing trips and other activities and the services of an experienced and helpful Tour Manager throughout.

To ensure our guests enjoy a comfortable and relaxing train holiday in Norway we hand choose hotels that are well-located and combine value with high standards of service and guest facilities. These are often family-owned hotels which offer that little extra hospitality, personal service and informal atmosphere.

 

 

 

 

 

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Norway Traveller's Guide

Situated in Northern Europe, the long, narrow Kingdom of Norway shares its eastern border with Sweden - from which Norway gained independence in 1905, Finland and Russia. Much of the country's geography has been dictated by the movements of pre-historic glaciers; most notably in the creation of Norway's iconic fjords. It is also one of Europe's most mountainous countries.

Despite its proximity to the Arctic Circle, Norway enjoys a milder climate than other countries at the same latitude as a result of the Gulf Stream and thermal air currents. In summer, from late June to August, temperatures may reach around 25°C (77°F) although the weather can be unpredictable. Inland temperatures drop during the autumn, leaving coastal areas the warmest. Norway is typically blanketed in snow during the winter and conditions can become extreme with temperature occasionally dropping as low as -40°C in some areas. Norway is at its most beautiful during the spring (May to mid-June) when trees and plants burst back into life after the snows, which melt away to boost Norway's rivers and waterfalls.

 

 

As expected of a country with a coastline as long as Norway's, fish is a fundamental aspect of the country's cuisine. Tørrfisk - dried fish, often cod or haddock, is popular whilst Norwegian salmon is known for its firm flesh and distinctive, delicious flavour. Lamb is a favoured meat, typically eaten as Fenalår - a cured and seasoned leg of lamb, Pinnekjøtt - lamb ribs that have been dried or smoked and then cooked by steaming, Fårikål - lamb stewed with cabbage and peppercorns and, on special occasions, Smalahove - lamb's head. Served whole, and accompanied by vegetables, all of the head, including the eyes, may be eaten. Norway's national drink is Aquavit: a spirit distilled from potatoes and flavoured with botanicals including dill, coriander, star anise, fennel and caraway.

Should you choose to dine separately from the group whilst on your rail tour of Norway, be aware that tipping is not obligatory anywhere as service charges are always included in restaurant and bar bills.

Norwegians will generally to leave a tip in a restaurants or bars if they are satisfied with the service. A tip of 10% or more of the bill's total is considered generous. Norwegian greetings are generally informal. "Hei" means 'hi', whilst "god dag" means "good day" and equates to 'hello'. However, Norwegians are quite reserved and greeting everyone you meet with a cheery "Hei" might be viewed as peculiar behaviour.

Norwegian Trains

Discover the fantastic railways of Norway. It should come as no surprise that we love railways and we know many of you do too! That's why our tours feature some of the most iconic railways and trains on the continent.

Lynne Broadley
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