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 Scandic Continental. On Day 2, we enjoy a sightseeing tour that takes us to City Hall, the Royal Palace, Ostermalm, Långholm, the Royal Djurgården, and the Old Town. We take a traditional Swedish 'fika', or coffee break, relaxing over a hot drink and slice of home-made cake.
*Please Note: you will need to take your luggage from the UK with you as opposed to it travelling via our luggage transfer service
We depart Stockholm on Day 3, taking the InterCity train to Östersund, nestled on the shore of beautiful Lake Storsjön.
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 Kraja where we spend the night. Dinner tonight is served Scandinavian style, around an open fire in a tipi.
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.
After a free morning on Day 6, 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 arriving into Narvik.
*Please note: you will need to take an overnight bag with you as your main luggage is transported to Stiklestad
Day 7 is spent travelling to Fauske via coach. On arrival, we board the ''Polar Express' to Verdal which takes us along the incredible Nordland Railway. We spend the night in Stiklestad.
Day 8 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.
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 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.
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 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.
We board the train to Oslo on Day 16, making the journey on Northern Europe's highest railway line, the Bergen Railway.
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.
All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
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Widely regarded as one of the greatest railway journeys in the world, this high-altitude trip through southern Norway links the old Hanseatic city of Bergen and the Norwegian capital, Oslo. The harsh climate experienced in this part of the world has produced a landscape that is breathtaking and wild, and the Bergen Railway enables us to soak up the spectacular views whilst relaxing in warm, comfortable carriages.
A branch line of the Bergen Railway, the scenic Flåm Railway takes passengers on a wonderful 12.5 mile (20km) journey up one of the steepest railway lines in the world. On its journey from Flåm, located at the innermost corner of the Aurlandsfjord, the train negotiates horseshoe curves, twists, turns and 20 tunnels - 18 of which were drilled by hand.
The scenery is truly spectacular, with rivers and waterfalls, snow-capped mountains and remote farms passing by the window as you travel towards Myrdal at 2,838 feet (865m).
The Inlandsbanan connects Kristinehamn in the south of Sweden with Gällivare in the north, a journey of approximately 810 miles (1,300km). On our Arctic Circle Express and Grand Arctic Circle Explorer holidays we join the railway in Östersund, an inland city in the middle of the country, for the trip to Jokkmokk, situated above the Arctic Circle. This fantastic journey up the 'backbone of Sweden' takes us past tranquil lakes and tumbling streams bursting with life.
Named after the famous British express service, InterCity trains are long-distance services operating in a variety of different countries, such as Germany, Switzerland and Austria. InterCity trains are distinct from Inter City Express (ICE) and EuroCity services in that they operate on domestic routes within country borders.
The Ofoten Railway lies on a headland at the foot of the Fagernesfjellet, between the Beisfjord and Rornbaksfjord, and runs between the iron-ore mines at Kiruna in Swedish Lapland and the port town of Narvik on the Norwegian coast. The modern town of Narvik was developed as a port for the export of the iron-ore, and the Ofoten Railway, was built at the turn of the century as the link between the mines and the port.
At the time of construction, the Ofoten Railway was both the coldest and northern-most railway project in the world. The 26-mile (42km) line was painstakingly carved out the mountains - an incredible engineering project that was largely undertaken by hand. The result is a breathtaking route which takes passengers past deep fjords, through the wild, rugged mountains and the barren mountain plateaus north of the Arctic Circle.
The Ofoten Railway Museum is dedicated to the local history of Narvik and the Ofoten Railway, and is located close to the centre of Narvik.
Our spectacular journey on the 71 mile (114 km) Raumabanen Railway begins in the village of Dombås. The train takes us along the valley carved by the River Rauma, offering magnificent views of the awe-inspiring crags, peaks and plateaus of the Alpine massif along the way.
Just beyond Verma, the train enters the semi circular Stavem Tunnel, which reverses the train's direction, taking us back in the direction from which we have just come, before crossing the famous Kylling Bridge.
Further along the line we pass Trollveggen (Troll Wall), the tallest vertical rock face in Europe and then continue through the wild, awe-inspiring landscape towards the town of Åndalsnes on the shores of the beautiful Romsdal Fjord. Åndalsnes is the terminus of the Raumabanen Railway, and from here we continue our journey by coach.
The Hotel Kraja is a 4-Star hotel located less than a mile away from central Arjeplog, on the banks of the scenic Lake Hornavan, the deepest lake in Sweden. Each room is equipped with a fridge, mini bar, telephone, Internet access, iron and ironing board and a satellite television. The hotel has washing machines for guests to use as well as a dedicated laundry service (payable locally). The hotel also boasts a garden for guests to enjoy at their leisure as well as free access to its outdoor Jacuzzi and sauna for all its guests. All rooms have air conditioning for the summer months while in winter guests are treated to a snow-covered view of the idyllic surroundings.
The Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz is situated on Bryggen, Bergen's historic waterfront, close to the famous fish market and the Fløibanen Funicular Railway. The hotel has a restaurant and a lobby bar. All rooms feature light, modern décor and are well equipped with a minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, telephone, television and a hairdryer.
The Fretheim Hotel in Flåm is a long-standing favourite with our customers. Surrounded by nature, the hotel has an impressive view of the nearby fjord and surrounding mountains. The hotel has a restaurant, bar and coffee shop. Rooms are equipped with television and a hairdryer.
Located on the edge of the beautiful Geirangerfjord, the Union Hotel features a lounge, two restaurants, three bars and a terrace serving light snacks and drinks, where guests may enjoy the magnificent views over the fjord. The hotel also has an indoor pool, sauna, Turkish bath, an outdoor pool (seasonal) a spa offering various therapies and treatments (pay locally) and a fascinating vintage car museum. Rooms are comfortably furnished and feature a telephone and television.
The Hotel Jokkmokk is situated on the shores of Lake Talvatis, close to the centre of Jokkmokk. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, gym and saunas - one in the main hotel building and one next to the lake. The rooms are comfortably furnished and feature a telephone, television and a hairdryer. Many of the rooms enjoy wonderful views over the lake.
Opened in 2012, the Scandic Narvik Hotel is one of Norway's tallest and most distinctive buildings, and offers fine views of the surrounding mountains. Its facilities include a restaurant, a sky bar and terrace on the top floor, and a well-stocked gym. The rooms feature amenities such as a television, minibar, telephone and hairdryer.
The modern Thon Hotel Opera is perfectly located next to Oslo Central Station and just a short walk from Karl Johans Gate, the city's main pedestrian thoroughfare. The hotel has a restaurant, a bar serving snacks and light refreshments, a sauna and fitness studio. The rooms are comfortably furnished and facilities include climate control, a television, telephone, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities and a hairdryer.
Our hotel in Östersund is the centrally located, 4-Star Clarion Hotel Grand Östersund. Set just a short walk away from the Badhusparken, which overlooks the Storsjön lake, this lovely hotel contains excellent amenities, including a restaurant, serving food made with locally sourced ingredients, a bar, a pool, a sauna, and a well-equipped gym. The delightful rooms are decorated in light colours, giving them a pleasant airy feel, and come with a television, a minibar, tea & coffee-making facilities, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
The contemporary and stylish 4-Star Scandic Stiklestad offers comfortable accommodation in the historic city of Stiklestad in beautiful Norway. Enjoy modern rooms and conveniences during your time here. Amenities include the international Skalden restaurant and a well-stocked and cozy bar area. The rooms boast complimentary WiFi, televisions, hairdryers and wallsafes.
In Stockholm, we stay at the 4-Star Scandic Continental Hotel located near the city centre.
The Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel is situated in the heart of Trondheim, within walking distance of its shops, restaurants and Bakklandet, the city's old quarter. The hotel has a bar which serves a selection of meals and drinks. The rooms feature stylish, contemporary décor and come equipped with individual climate control, a telephone, television, minibar and a hairdryer.
We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!
To arrange for a second suitcase to travel door to door, just let us know when you book. Prices start from £65 per bag (size and weight allowances may vary depending on airline polices), Please call for more details.
Flight upgrades are available. Please see the information regarding the types of upgrades offered by the various airlines we use in the Add-ons section of 'Things you should know' or call us for details.
Spending a night in London before your tour can make such a
difference to the first day of your holiday - you can arrive in the
capital in good time, relaxed and ready to join your Tour Manager
the next morning. You may even want to take in a show on the West
End, or dine in one of London's famous restaurants. Perhaps on your
return to London, you would like to break your journey with an
overnight stay before continuing home.
We are able to book a wide range of hotels in central London or, for our holidays beginning with a flight, at Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester Airport for the night before or after your holiday. The hotels listed below are some of the more popular hotels our customers book in Central London, others are available on request.
|Hotel||Room Rate From Price|
|The Ambassador Hotel||From £65 per person|
Above prices are approximate, subject to availability, and per room per night based on two people sharing. If you require a quote for single occupancy at any of the hotels please contact us on 01904 734 805.
Buying tickets for UK train services can be a tricky business - there are so many fares to choose from, each with different rules and restrictions. As you are connecting with an international departure, we strongly recommend that you book a fully flexible ticket to ensure that should the departure times for your holiday change, your rail ticket can allow for these changes.
We can book fully-flexible UK rail tickets from your local station to join your holiday whether this be a European holiday from St Pancras or a UK holiday. The prices are competitive and tickets are not restricted to a particular train or time of day, and in most cases offer you a free choice of routes.
For an up to date quote from your local station, please ask one of our Tour Advisors.