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The Nordic rail adventure of a lifetime

Majestic mountains and heavenly fjords in Norway combine with the tranquil landscapes of Sweden on an epic journey that includes every great Scandinavian rail experience. On this exciting 16-day tour you'll visit the fascinating cities Oslo and Stockholm and travel beyond the Arctic Circle to the 'Land of the Midnight Sun.'

  • Stockholm
  • Inland Railway
  • Swedish Lapland
  • Ofoten Railway to Narvik
  • Rauma Railway
  • Geiranger and Geirangerfjord cruise
  • Flåm and Bergen Railways
  • Boat Cruise to Flåm
  • Trondheim
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
    15 Nights' Hotel Accommodation
  • NEW Inclusive Luggage Transfer
    Except where highlighted in itinerary 1x bag up to 25kg per hotel room (size and weight may vary)
  • Fjord Cruises

Arctic Circle Express 2020Tour Details

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Days 1-2 Arriving in Stockholm
Arriving in Stockholm

London to Stockholm

We fly* from London to Stockholm, for two nights at the Scandic Continental. On Day 2, we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Stockholm, before you are free to explore at leisure.

*Please Note: you will need to take your luggage from the UK with you as opposed to it travelling via our luggage transfer service

  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast
Day 3 Ostersund

Inland to Östersund

Departing Stockholm we head inland by InterCity train to Östersund, nestled on the shore of beautiful Lake Storsjön. Here we spend tonight at the Clarion Grand Hotel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 The Inlandsbanan
The Inlandsbanan

The Inlandsbanan and Lapland

We leave Östersund and head north to Sorsele travelling through some of Sweden's most glorious scenery as we head towards the untamed wilderness of Swedish Lapland Our journey on the Inlandsbanan tourist train takes us through a landscape of crystal clear lakes and towering forests, towards the 'Land of the Midnight Sun'. On arrival we make a visit to the Inlandsbanan Museum before getting a real taste of Lapland with a visit to a Sami village in Slagnas. From here we transfer to Arjeplog where we spend the night.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Jokkmokk

Crossing the Arctic Circle.

Today we continue our adventure through the north as we travel via coach to Jokkmokk, celebrating our crossing of the Arctic circle on the way. On arrival, we check into the Hotel Jokkmokk for a one night stay.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 6-7 Norway's fjords
Norway's fjords

The Ofoten Railway to Narvik

After a free morning, during which entrance to the local Sami museum is included, you will need to take an overnight bag with you as your main luggage is transported to Stiklestad while we enjoy a journey on one of the world's most northerly railway lines, the Ofoten Railway*. We travel through Sweden's breathtaking mountains into Norway, journeying through the region's picturesque lakes and mountain ranges. We arrive in Narvik, where we stay at the Scandic Hotel Narvik.

Day 7 is then spent travelling to Fauske via coach. On arrival in Fauske, we board our train to Verdal which takes us along the incredible Nordland Railway on the 'Polar Express', which travels past awesome fjords and bristling forests. We disembark in Verdal for a night in Stiklestad.

*Please note: you will need to take an overnight bag with you as your main luggage is transported to Stiklestad

  • Day 6-7 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 8-9 Trondheim

South to Trondheim

Today is spent admiring the rugged shores of Norway as we follow the coastline south to Trondheim on our coach. On the way, we stop at Stiklestad, the site of King Olav's death in 1030. Here we enjoy a guided tour and lunch. Late this evening we arrive in Trondheim, Norway's religious capital. The Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel is our home for two nights.

Day 9 is free to explore the atmospheric city of Trondheim, one of the oldest cities in Norway. As well as discovering the city's broad avenues, old warehouses and pretty timber dwellings, you could visit the Ringve Museum which features a collection of musical instruments from all over the world.

  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9 - Breakfast
Day 10 Raumabanen Railway
Raumabanen Railway

The Rauma Railway

Today we join the 71 mile long Rauma Railway for a spectacular journey through magnificent, contrasting landscape. We navigate the same course as the emerald waters of the River Rauma for much of the journey, the tracks following the river as it winds around the hillsides below jagged mountain peaks. As we climb over rounded mountain peaks and smooth plateaus we are treated to awesome views across the expansive, unspoiled national parks that stretch into the distance. On arrival into Åndalsnes, we transfer by coach to Geiranger for a two night stay at the Union Hotel Geiranger. The hotel stands at the head of the Geirangerfjord. One of Norway's most picturesque sites, the Geirangerfjord is even more incredible first-hand than in photographs.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11 Geiranger

Geirangerfjord boat cruise

Today we enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Geirangerfjord by boat. As we cruise along the serene, deep water, the steep sides of the fjord seem to tower over the boat. In sunshine, this UNESCO World Heritage site is alive with colour and contrasts - the lush greens of the trees clinging to the rock contrasting with the deep blue water and the brilliant white of the distant snow-capped peaks. When it rains, countless waterfalls appear from nowhere, flowing majestically over exposed rocky outcrops and crashing down into the water below. We take a scenic drive via Hellesylt back to our hotel.

  • Breakfast
Day 12 Flåm

Through the Fjords to Flåm

We leave Geiranger by coach this morning, continuing our scenic voyage through Norway's incredible fjord country. We travel through valleys hemmed in by lofty mountains and along steep-sided fjords, every bend in the road offering a new perspective, every mountain pass delivering us into a new, beautiful valley. We reach Flåm at the head of the Aurlandsfjord and stay at the Fretheim Hotel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13 Flåm Railway
Flåm Railway

The Flåm Railway to Bergen

Today we enjoy a superb excursion on the Flåm Railway. Our rail journey takes us up into the mountains along one of the steepest lines in the world, twisting and turning regularly as the railway line does its best to accommodate the extreme terrain. We reach the end at Myrdal and return to Flåm, to board the express boat for an afternoon journey along Norway's longest and deepest fjord, Sognefjord. Navigating coastal islets and skerries, we end the day in Bergen, where we spend two nights at the Thon Rosenkrantz.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14 Bergen


Today we are treated to a guided walking tour of Bergen. The town is nestled beneath seven hills and is surrounded by fjords. We see a number of sights including Bryggen, the old city, a UNESCO World Heritage site as well as enjoying a fresh seafood lunch at the city's fish market.

  • Breakfast
Day 15 The Bergen Railway
The Bergen Railway

The Bergen Railway to Oslo

We leave Bergen by train for a magnificent journey on Northern Europe's highest railway line, the Bergen Railway. The train climbs high above the tree line across some of the most remote areas of western Norway before descending to the elegant city of Oslo, where we overnight and enjoy dinner together.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 16 Flying home
Flying home

Oslo to London

We bid farewell to Norway today as we transfer to the airport for our flight* to London.

*Please Note: you will need to take your lugggage back to the UK with you on your flight as opposed to it travelling via our luggage transfer service.

  • Breakfast

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Flights from London to Stockholm and from Oslo to London
  • Standard Class rail travel throughout (Upgraded to Komfort Class between Fauske & Steinkjer, Bergen & Oslo)

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 15 nights' hotel accommodation

Delicious meals included

  • 27 meals including 15 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 10 dinners

Fantastic rail experiences

  • Journeys on the Ofoten Railway, Nordland Railway, Rauma Railway, Flåm Railway and Bergen Railway


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Guided sightseeing tours of Stockholm and Bergen
  • Cross the Arctic Circle by coach
  • Visit to the Batsuoj Sami Centre & a Stave church
  • Cruises on Geirangerfjord and Sognefjord
  • Tour of Stiklestad battlefield
  • Parts of this holiday make use of portable audio headsets on guided tours, allowing you to hear your guide clearly wherever in the group you are

NEW FOR 2020: Inclusive Luggage Transfer

  • Inclusive luggage transfers except where highlighted in itinerary 1x bag up to 25kg per hotel room (size and weight may vary)
  • To arrange for a second suitcase up to 25kg (size and weight may vary) - prices start from £65 per bag. Just let us know at time of booking. View more information.

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

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