The Nordic rail adventure of a lifetime
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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.'
We fly from London to Stockholm, for two nights at the Clarion Sign Hotel, close to the central railway station. On Day 2, we enjoy a sightseeing tour of the modern city and the narrow streets of Gamla Stan (the Old Town). Later you are free to explore Stockholm.
Departing Stockholm we head inland by InterCity train to Östersund, nestled on the shore of beautiful Lake Storsjön. Here we spend tonight at the Best Western Östersund.
We leave Östersund and head north, travelling through some of Sweden's most glorious scenery as we head towards the untamed wilderness of Swedish Lapland, making several stops at beauty spots along the way. Our journey on the Inlandsbanan tourist train takes us through a landscape of crystal clear lakes and towering forests, crossing the Arctic Circle into the 'Land of the Midnight Sun'. We get a real taste of Lapland with a visit to a Sami village in Slagnas on arrival, before transferring to Arjeplog where we spend the night.
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.
Today 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, traversing steep mountainsides, with sheer drops to the fjords below. 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 Steinkjer which takes us along the incredible Nordland Railway on the 'Polar Express', which travels past awesome fjords and bristling forests. On arrival into Steinkjer, we stay at the Quality Hotel.
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. 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.
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.
Today we enjoy the beautiful scenery of the spectacular 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 snow-capped peaks in the distance. When it rains, countless waterfalls appear from nowhere, flowing majestically over exposed rocky outcrops and crashing down into the water below.
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.
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.
Today we are treated to a guided 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.
We leave Bergen by train for a magnifi cent 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.
We bid farewell to Norway today as we transfer to the airport for our flight to London.
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An escorted experience and all travel arrangements
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Delicious meals included
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I've already given my feedback twice.
I enjoyed the experience, & would recommend it, My only comment as said in the follow up questionaire is that I paid a hefty single person supplement, but most of my accomodation was in small rooms with a single bed & I feel these should not incur a supplement. I felt that the two set meals were poor and without adequate choice.
I enjoyed our journey. The hotels, trains, our tour manager, food and location stops were nicely selected. Except for luggage transportation to hotels, trains, buses for the elderly, they needed more help.
The holiday met our expectations although we enjoyed the Norway section the most. Our tour Manager was very efficient and ensured everything ran smoothly.
Porterage and storage of luggage onto trains became an issue for clients of our age group. The Flam to Bergen day needs to be reviewed as the evening hotel meal was served much too late and so my wife missed her meal.
Would have been more satisfactory to go half board throughout the trip
The holiday seemed a bit too hectic, especially having to manage ones luggage, but this was probably unavoidable given the distances covered. The hotels were mostly good or excellent but the hotel at Ostersund was not up to expectations and in Bergen the hotel was very poor. The rooms were very pokey and the dining facilities crowded and disorganised. It was not as advertised or as the itinerary and there were many better options ! Everyone was complaining and if it was done to save money then it was not worth it ! We found the buffet meals a bit repetitive in terms of food options.
Holiday well planned and we had an excellent tour guide. Scenery spectacular as expected. For us, being 80 years old, some days were rather long, but difficult to do otherwise in light of distances to travel. We note that next year is by rail only. 19 days make that a long holiday - will you suffer bookings ?
Most of the holiday was good.
Good itinerary but as expected a little too condensed in some areas. Some rethink necessary In terms of timing re lengths of stay in some places relative to journey lengths before and after and times of arrival and departure. A good tour manager but the group size of 37 on a tour of this complexity and length is too much for one person to handle adequately. The Great Western Hotel was a complete disaster.
The Nordic rail adventure of a lifetime