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The ultimate overland adventure by rail

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2020 Tour code: AOJ20

About the tour

Explore Denmark, Sweden and Norway on this truly spectacular overland rail adventure. We visit the region's three magnificent and lively capital cities, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo, Norway's awe-inspiring fjords and the wild landscapes north of the Arctic Circle in the 'Land of the Midnight Sun.'

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What’s included

Itinerary

Days 1-2 - London to Denmark

After meeting at our dedicated Departure Office, we depart St Pancras International by Eurostar to Brussels in Standard Premier Class. We continue in First Class to Bremen, where we overnight. On Day 2 we travel by Standard Class rail via Hamburg to Copenhagen, for a two-night stay at Scandic Copenhagen.

Includes
  • Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Eurostar
Day 3 - Discovering Copenhagen

Our morning sightseeing tour features the magnificent Amalienborg Palace, a large octagonal palace, surrounded by four identical rococo palaces, one of which is home to the reigning monarch, Queen Margrethe II. We also visit the Little Mermaid statue and enjoy a cruise in the colourful canal area of Nyhavn, once the hub of the port where sailors from around the world frequented the many bars. The afternoon is free for you to explore at your leisure.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Copenhagen
Days 4-5 - Stockholm

Today we join the X2000 train (First Class) for the direct service to Stockholm. On arrival in Sweden's capital city we transfer to the Scandic Continental Hotel for two nights. On Day 5 we begin with a sightseeing coach tour of this fascinating city including the Royal Palace, the cathedral and the narrow streets of Gamla Stan (the Old Town), a perfect way to get your bearings in Sweden's splendid capital. Your afternoon is free to explore at leisure. Skansen, the oldest open-air museum in the world, gives an insight into how the Swedes used to live and is well worth a visit.

Includes
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast
Stockholm
Day 6 - To Östersund

Today we head inland by coach to Östersund, nestled on the shore of Lake Storsjön, Sweden's fifth largest lake. Here we stay for one night at the 4-Star Clarion Grand Hotel.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Ostersund
Day 7 - Inlandsbanan & Sami experience

We join the Inlandsbanan today to Sorsele and visit Inlandsbanan museum. We visit a Sami village, home to the indigenous Sami people of Scandinavia. They have inhabited the northern region of Sweden for an estimated six thousand years, surviving via their activities of reindeer herding, fur trapping and fishing, and today we learn more about their culture with a visit to a local Sami centre. We then continue to Arjeplog for the night.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Sami Experience
Day 8 - Across the Arctic Circle

Travel around lakes and forests of Swedish Lapland by coach today. Making our way to Jokkmokk, we cross the Arctic Circle into the 'Land of the Midnight Sun' marking the occasion with a small celebration en route. On arrival we enjoy a light dinner with local Sami specialities before transferring to the Hotel Jokkmokk.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Jokkmokk
Day 9 - The Ofoten Railway to Narvik

On Day 9 we continue on the Ofoten Railway to Narvik, after a free morning that includes entrance to the local Sami museum. The scenery that accompanies this journey is spectacular, and we enjoy passing views of dramatic mountain peaks.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Norwegian fjords
Day 10 - Narvik's War Museum

On Day 10 we visit Narvik's War Museum.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Narvik
Day 11 - The Polar Express

We take the coach from our hotel today for a trip on the spellbinding 'Polar Express', also known as the Nordland Railway. This incredible railway journey is rightly one of the world's most famous, passing unconquerable landscapes that are a delight to experience. Vast, ever-changing environments as far as the eye can see stretch out from our comfortable carriages as we strike out across Norway's dramatic landscape, watching as clear blue lakes, sparkling fjords and the spectacular Svartisen Glacier roll by our windows. We disembark in Verdal for a night in Stiklestad.

 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Nordland Railway
Day 12 - At leisure in Trondheim

Founded in the 10th century, atmospheric Trondheim is one of the oldest cities in Norway and is full of history and we make our way there along the famous Golden Road which is laced together by a multitude of scenic sights. Along the way we stop at Stiklestad battlefield for a visit and lunch. 

 

Includes
  • Breakfast
Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim
Days 13-14 - Trondheim & Dombås

Today is free for you to explore Trondheim at leisure. As well as discovering the city's broad avenues, old warehouses and pretty timber dwellings, you could visit the Ringve Museum, featuring a fascinating collection of musical instruments from all over the world, and the Ringve Botanical Gardens.

We leave Trondheim by rail for Dombås, where we join the 71 mile long Rauma Railway for a journey through jagged mountain peaks to Åndalsnes. From here we transfer to Geiranger by coach for a two-night stay at the Hotel Union Geiranger. 

Includes
  • Day 13 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 14 - Breakfast
Trondheim
Days 15-16 - Geirangerfjord & Flåm

The Geirangerfjord is a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site, and on Day 15 we enjoy the beautiful scenery it boasts during a morning boat cruise

Departing by coach we continue to Flåm, where we overnight at the Fretheim Hotel. 

Includes
  • Day 15 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 16 - Breakfast
Flam
Days 17-18 - Flåm Railway & Bergen

On Day 17 we enjoy a superb excursion on the Flåm Railway (Standard Class), taking us up into the mountains along one of the steepest lines in the world. We reach Myrdal and return to Flåm, from where we enjoy a fjord cruise along Naeroyfjord from Flåm to Gudvangen, followed by a scenic drive into Bergen. We end the day in Bergen at the Thon Rosenkrantz hotel.

Enjoy a walking tour of Bergen that includes Bryggen, the old city, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the Fløibanen Funicular Railway which affords great views of the city.

Includes
  • Day 17 - Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 18 - Breakfast, Dinner
Flam Railway
Day 19 - The Bergen Railway

Travelling in Komfort Class on Day 19, we journey on Northern Europe's highest railway line - the Bergen Railway.

 

Includes
  • Breakfast
Bergen Railway
Days 20-21 - Oslo & Hamburg

You have a day at leisure in Oslo, before we transfer to the port and board the overnight ferry to Kiel*, in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein.

*Please note: your luggage will travel on the ferry with you, as opposed to via our luggage service.

On arrival in Kiel we disembark and join the train to Hamburg where we overnight. 

Includes
  • Day 20 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 21 - Breakfast, Eurostar
Oslo

Additional information

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.

Mobility information

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

Hotels

Hotel Kraja, Arjeplog

Hotel Kraja, Arjeplog

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Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz, Bergen

Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz, Bergen

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Maritim Hotel, Bremen

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Scandic Copenhagen

Scandic Copenhagen, Copenhagen

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Fretheim Hotel, Flåm

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Union Hotel, Geiranger

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Hotel Jokkmokk, Jokkmokk

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Scandic Narvik Hotel, Narvik

Scandic Narvik Hotel, Narvik

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Thon Hotel Opera, Oslo

Thon Hotel Opera, Oslo

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Clarion Hotel Grand Ostersund, Ostersund

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Scandic Stiklestad

Scandic Stiklestad, Steinkjer

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Scandic Continental Hotel, Stockholm

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Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel, Trondheim

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Trains

Bergen Railway
Eurostar
Flåm Railway
Fløibanen Funicular
Inlandsbanan
InterCity
Nordland Railway
Ofoten Railway
The Raumabanen Railway
X2000

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