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The Nordic rail adventure of a lifetime

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20222023
17 days From £3,295 per person

2022 Tour code: ACJ22

About the tour

Norway's majestic mountains and azure fjords combine with the tranquil landscapes of Sweden on this epic holiday, which includes every great Scandinavian rail experience. Explore the cities of Oslo and Stockholm and travel beyond the Arctic Circle to the 'Land of the Midnight Sun.'

Highlights

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 – London and Stockholm

We fly from London Heathrow to Stockholm, our base for two nights.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - Stockholm

On Day 2, we set out on a sightseeing tour of the city that takes us to City Hall, the Royal Palace, Östermalm, Långholm, the Royal Djurgården and the Old Town. Afterwards, we enjoy a well-deserved, traditional Swedish 'fika', or coffee break, relaxing over a hot drink and slice of homemade cake. The rest of your afternoon is free.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 3 – Östersund

We board an InterCity train to Östersund today, a city set on the shores of Storsjön Lake which is supposedly home to a mythical monster. This secluded spot is a scenic place to relax and admire the vivid waterside attractions.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 – Inlandsbanan

We continue our journey north on Day 4. Travelling towards the untamed wilderness of Swedish Lapland, the Inlandsbanan takes us ever closer to the 'Land of the Midnight Sun' through a landscape of pine and birch forests. Enjoy the chance to spot some local wildlife, including moose and reindeer, as we listen to commentary about the sights passing by our windows. We arrive in Sorsele, visiting the Inslandsbanan Museum after disembarking before making our way to a nearby Sami village to learn about the lives of Scandinavia's indigenous people. We spend the night in Arjeplog, where dinner is served around a campfire.

For May, early June and September departures, on Day 4 we will travel by coach to the Sami village, not on the Inlandsbanan.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 – Crossing the Arctic Circle and Jokkmokk

Driving even further north, we celebrate as we cross the Arctic Circle on our way to Jokkmokk for the night.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Ofoten Railway to Narvik

Enjoy a free morning today to visit the local Sami Museum before riding the famous Ofoten Railway to Narvik. The views that accompany our journey are spectacular; deep, dark fjords, wild and rugged mountain terrain, and barren plateaus that go to show just how remote these far northern reaches really are.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 – Narvik

Narvik was a key battleground in WWII, and with free time today, you could find out more about the vital role it played with a visit to the local war museum.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 8 - Nordland Railway

On Day 8, we transfer to Fauske by coach, where we join the Nordland Railway, also known as the 'Polar Express', for the journey to Verdal. Along the way we marvel at the ever-changing scenery as clear blue skies reflect the water of sparkling fjords and the spectacular Svartisen Glacier extends from the mountains into the valley below. From Verdal, we transfer to Stiklestad for the night.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 - Stiklestad and Trondheim

We enjoy a tour of Stiklestad this morning, the site of King Olav's death in 1030 during one of Norway's most famous historical battles. Afterwards, our coach takes us to the popular Viking city of Trondheim.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 - Trondheim

Discovering the history of Trondheim on Day 10's guided tour, we see the Old Quarter, the colourful waterfront houses of Bakklandet, the Gothic architecture of Nidaros Cathedral and the sumptuous Royal Residence. The rest of your day is free to continue sightseeing at your own pace.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 11 - The Rauma Railway

Joining the 71-mile-long Rauma Railway to Åndalsnes, we enjoy a spectacular journey through magnificent and contrasting landscapes. Following the same course as the emerald waters of the River Rauma most of the way, the train winds its way elegantly around the surrounding hillsides as we make our approach past the insurmountable 'Troll Wall' to the banks of the peaceful Romsdal Fjord. Stepping off the train into the fresh, crisp air, we continue by coach to Geiranger for two nights.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12 - Geirangerfjord

Today we enjoy a relaxing fjord cruise across Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to its unique setting. A nine-mile-long branch of the Storfjord (meaning 'Great Fjord'), the magnificent Geirangerfjord boasts towering walls that overlook some of Europe's finest scenery. As we sail, a number of high waterfalls - including the Seven Sisters and the Suitor, plunge straight from the forested cliff edge to the smooth waters below. Back on dry land, we return to Geiranger via Hellesylt.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 13 - Flåm

Leaving Geiranger by coach, we continue our scenic travels through Norway's incredible fjord country, pausing en route at the incredible Dalsnibba viewing point and ancient Kaupanger stave church. We reach Flåm at the head of Aurlandsfjord and check into our hotel for the night.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14 - The Flåm Railway to Bergen

Today we enjoy a superb excursion aboard the iconic Flåm Railway. The train twists and turns as it takes us into the mountains along one of the steepest lines in the world, stopping beside the powerful Kjosfossen Falls before reaching the high-altitude station at Myrdal and making the return journey back to Flåm. Here, we board a luxury eco boat for a cruise across Sognefjord to meet the coach transferring us to Bergen.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 15 - Bergen

We set off on a guided tour of Bergen this morning, a harbour city surrounded by seven striking mountains and known for the wonderfully-preserved medieval buildings of its Bergenhus district. We stop for a delicious seafood lunch at the picturesque fish market.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 16 - Oslo

We board the train to Oslo today, travelling along Northern Europe's highest railway line, the Bergen Railway. Sights to look out for include the pretty Hallingdal Valley, through which the Hallingdalselva River flows to Lake Krøderen, and the mountain of Norefjell. Having passed through towns and villages such as Geilo, Gol and Flå, the backdrop begins to become more urban as we begin our approach into Norway's capital city.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 17 - London

On Day 17, we head 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.

Includes
  • Breakfast

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

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Hornavan Hotell Arjeplog, Arjeplog

Hornavan Hotell Arjeplog, Arjeplog

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Scandic Neptune Hotel, Bergen

Scandic Neptune Hotel, Bergen

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Fretheim Hotel, Flåm

Fretheim Hotel, Flåm

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Havila Hotel, Geiranger

Havila Hotel, Geiranger

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Hotel Jokkmokk, Jokkmokk

Hotel Jokkmokk, Jokkmokk

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Scandic Narvik Hotel, Narvik

Scandic Narvik Hotel, Narvik

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Scandic Byporten, Oslo

Scandic Byporten, Oslo

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Clarion Hotel Grand Ostersund

Clarion Hotel Grand Ostersund, Ostersund

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Scandic Stiklestad

Scandic Stiklestad, Stiklestad

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Scandic Continental Hotel

Scandic Continental Hotel, Stockholm

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Scandic Bakklandet

Scandic Bakklandet, Trondheim

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Trains

Bergen Railway
Flåm Railway
Inlandsbanan
Nordland Railway
Ofoten Railway
The Raumabanen Railway

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Upgrades

Inclusive Luggage Upgrade
Flight upgrades
London Hotels
UK rail connections

Reviews

3.9 stars3.9 / 5 · 15 reviews

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G Hargreaves

4 stars

Submitted 6/Aug

A great trip but we could have done the Inlandsbanan. I was looking forward to this journey not a long bus trip. Regards George Dr George B Hargreaves

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h styles

4 stars

Submitted 1/Aug

This was a full on holiday with a lot of travelling and moving to different hotels. Although a couple of the coach and rails journeys were long they were mostly enjoyable with plenty of stops on the way. The last train journey to Oslo was too late which left us all rather exhausted. The hotels were generaaly good although two were pretty robey however there were three excellent hotels. (swings and roundabouts) The food was good to excellent and no bad meals. The scenery was excellent and if you are happy to do the travelling this is a fantastic way to see Sweden and Norway. With a couple of better hotels and an adjustment to the timings at the end of the holiday would give this five stars.

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J Hamilton

4 stars

Submitted 31/Jul

Well organised and varied tour.

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L Ashton

4 stars

Submitted 31/Jul

If the weather had been better, the trip would have been wonderful. Pity Sweden's inter city train had such filthy windows. After that one, the other trains were brilliant. Would have liked an extra day in Oslo.

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Allan Smith

4 stars

Submitted 20/Jul

Great trip but very full on, needed a holiday when we came home.

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zz

3 stars

Submitted 10/Jul

Mostly excellent, but the journey north through Sweden was, frankly, tedious trees trees and more trees and some of the start and finish times were too early and too late respectively. And because we had seen wonderful mountain scenery previously the rail journey Bergen to Oslo seemed repetitive and unnecessary particularly when the regular tour allowed hardly any time in Oslo. Suggest the tour could in future end with flight home from Bergen. Also some of the hotels were not great with zero view from rooms. Food provided was good. Tour guide was also good. Trains mostly comfortable especially Comfort Class. Bus not bad. Reduce number of seats to give each seat more legroom? Weather better than we expected.

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