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Grand Tour of Scandinavia

The Nordic rail adventure of a lifetime

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Majestic mountains and heavenly Norwegian fjords combine with the tranquil landscapes of Sweden on an epic journey that includes every great Scandinavian rail experience. On this exciting 17-day holiday, we visit the fascinating cities of Stockholm, Trondheim, Bergen, and Oslo, also travelling beyond the Arctic Circle to the 'Land of the Midnight Sun.'

The itinerary for your journey
Tour highlights

What’s included

Day 1

We fly* from London Heathrow to Stockholm for 2 nights.

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

Day 2 - Stockholm

On Day 2, we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Stockholm 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. This afternoon is at leisure.

Day 3 - Östersund

We depart Stockholm on Day 3, taking the InterCity train to Östersund, nestled on the shore of beautiful Lake Storsjön.

Day 4 - The Inlandsbanan and Lapland

We leave Östersund and head north to Sorsele today, 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. Dinner tonight is served Scandinavian style, around an open fire in a tipi.

Day 5 - Crossing the Arctic Circle

Today, we travel by coach to Jokkmokk, crossing the Arctic Circle on our way.

Day 6 - Ofoten Railway

After a free morning on Day 6, during which entrance to the local Sami museum is included, we enjoy a journey on one of the world's most northerly railway lines, the Ofoten Railway†, seeing Sweden's breathtaking mountain scenery segue into iconic Norwegian landscapes.

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

Day 7 - Narvik

We arrive into Narvik which we explore on Day 7, visiting the town's war museum to learn about the pivotal role Narvik played in the Second World War.

Day 8 - Polar Express

Day 8 is 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'. We travel past awesome fjords and bristling forests, disembarking in Verdal and spending the night in Stiklestad.

Day 9- South to Trondheim

This morning we take a guided tour of Stiklestad, the site of King Olav's death in 1030. After lunch, we travel by coach along Norway's rugged coastline south to Trondheim. Late this evening we arrive in Trondheim, Norway's Viking capital.

Day 10 - Trondheim

Day 10 includes a guided tour during which we'll visit the Old Quarter, Bakklandet, Nidaros Cathedral, and the Royal Residence. The afternoon is free for you to continue exploring one of the oldest cities in Norway.

Day 11 - The Rauma Railway

Today we join the 71-mile-long Rauma Railway for a spectacular journey through magnificent, contrasting landscapes. We navigate the same course as the emerald waters of the River Rauma for much of the journey, the train tracks following the river as it winds around the surrounding hillsides. 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, travelling via Trollstigen for a 2 night stay at the Union Hotel Geiranger. The hotel stands at the head of the Geirangerfjord, one of Norway's most picturesque sites.

Day 12 - Geirangerfjord boat cruise

Today we enjoy the beautiful scenery of Geirangerfjord by boat. As we cruise along the serene waters, the steep sides of the fjord tower over our boat. Afterwards, we take a scenic drive via Hellesylt back to our hotel.

Day 13 - Through the Fjords to Flåm

We leave Geiranger by coach, continuing our scenic voyage through Norway's incredible fjord country. We travel along valleys hemmed in by lofty mountains and along steep-sided fjords, every bend in the road offering a new perspective. We pause en route at Dalsnibba viewing point and Kaupanger stave church. We reach Flåm at the head of Aurlandsfjord, our base for the night.

Day 14 - 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 does its best to accommodate the extreme terrain. We reach Myrdal and make the return journey to Flåm, where we board a luxury eco boat for a cruise across Sognefjord with a difference. After disembarking, we make our way by coach to Bergen.

Day 15 - Bergen

Today we are treated to a guided walking tour of Bergen, a harbour city surrounded by 7 striking mountains and noted for the wonderfully preserved medieval buildings of its Bergenhus district. We stop for a delicious seafood lunch at the picturesque fish market, before taking a coach tour of Bergen's dramatic bridges.

Day 16 - Bergen Railway and Oslo

We board the train to Oslo on Day 16, making the journey on Northern Europe's highest railway line, the Bergen Railway. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner in the hotel. 

Day 17 - London

On Day 17, we transfer to the airport for our flight* back to London Heathrow.

*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.

Departure Dates

All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
Please always refer to the website for up-to-date prices and availability.

Trains
Bergen Railway
Bergen Railway

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.

Flåm Railway
Flåm Railway

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).

Inlandsbanan
Inlandsbanan

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.

Nordland Railway
Nordland Railway

The Nordland Railway runs from the historic Viking capital of Norway, Trondheim, to the beautiful city of Bodø in northern Norway. The railway is 729km in length, making it Norway's largest mainline railway. It is also one of only a few railway lines in the world which cross the Arctic Circle. The railway, which is also called 'the train of the midnight sun', takes passengers through the beautifully varied scenery of northern Norway and includes views of lakes, rivers and fjords, as well as the spectacular Svartisen Glacier.

The Nordland Railway crosses the Arctic Circle (66 degrees north) just before reaching Lonsdal, the highest station on the line at 512km above sea level. This part of Norway is famous as an ideal place to view the Northern Lights. During the summer, in fine weather, the sun remains visible 24 hours a day.

After reaching Fauske, the most northerly point on the line, the railway turns due west to Bodø, regarded by many as the city with the world's most beautiful coastline.

Ofoten Railway
Narvik

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.

The Raumabanen Railway
Raumabanen Railway

Our spectacular journey on the 71-mile 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 the way we just came, before crossing the famous Kylling Bridge.

Further along the line we pass Trollveggen (Troll Wall), the tallest vertical rock face in Europe, continuing through the wild, awe-inspiring landscape towards the town of Åndalsnes, on the shores of the beautiful Romsdal Fjord.

Hotels
Hornavan Hotell Arjeplog, Arjeplog
Hornavan Hotell Arjeplog, Arjeplog

The 3-Star Hotel Hornavan in Arjeplog sits snuggly on the wooded shores of Lake Hornavan, close to the town centre. Decorated with warm wooden features to reflect its surroundings, rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen televisions and mini fridges. The hotel's spa area includes a hot tub, sauna, and a gym.

Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz, Bergen
Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz, Bergen

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.

Fretheim Hotel, Flåm
Fretheim Hotel, Flåm

The Fretheim Hotel in Flåm is a long-standing favourite with Great Rail Journeys' customers. Built on an old farm, the villa is picturesquely located by the cobalt blue waters of Sognefjord, set in a valley alongside cliffs that rise sharply into the clouds. The interior is tastefully decorated with glazed floors and wood panelling, while the in-house bar offers exclusive views of the fjord - the perfect spot to unwind after an exhilarating day.

Union Hotel, Geiranger
Union Hotel, Geiranger

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.

Hotel Jokkmokk, Jokkmokk
Hotel Jokkmokk, Jokkmokk

The Hotel Jokkmokk is a 3-Star establishment on the shores of Lake Talvatis, close to the centre of Jokkmokk. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, gym and a couple of 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.

Thon Hotel, Narvik
Thon Hotel, Narvik

In Narvik we stay at the 3-Star Thon Hotel which boasts a scenic location at the foot of Narvikfjellet and offers stunning fjord views. On site, there's a bar and restaurant, while rooms come with free Wi-Fi, a balcony, mini bar, LCD television, tea & coffee making facilities and a hairdryer.

Thon Hotel Opera, Oslo
Thon Hotel Opera, Oslo

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.

Clarion Hotel Grand Ostersund, Ostersund
Clarion Hotel Grand Ostersund

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 Storsjön Lake, this lovely hotel features 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, mini bar, tea & coffee-making facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Scandic Stiklestad, Stiklestad
Scandic Stiklestad

The contemporary and stylish 4-Star Scandic Stiklestad offers comfortable accommodation in the historic city of Stiklestad. Enjoy modern rooms and conveniences during your time here, as well as amenities such as the international Skalden restaurant and a well-stocked and cosy bar area. Rooms boast complimentary Wi-Fi, televisions, hairdryers and wall safes.

Scandic Continental Hotel, Stockholm
Scandic Continental Hotel

In Stockholm, we stay at the 4-Star Scandic Continental Hotel. Near to the city centre, it's just a short walk to the Royal Palace and over the road from the train station. There's a trendy restaurant on site, as well as a lobby bar and café. In summer, you could visit the rooftop terrace where you can soak up the city skyline with a refreshing drink. Rooms are modern and comfortable, with tea & coffee making facilities in each as well as free Wi-Fi and televisions

Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel, Trondheim
Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel, Trondheim

The 4-Star 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 serving a selection of meals and drinks, while the rooms feature stylish, contemporary décor and come equipped with individual climate control, a telephone, television, mini bar and a hairdryer.

Upgrades

We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!

Inclusive Luggage Upgrade
Baggage Upgrade

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.

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Flight upgrades
Flight upgrades

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.

London Hotels
London hotels

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. 

UK rail connections
UK train tickets

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.

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