Join us on a remarkable adventure into the mysterious Arctic on this tour that features some unique and unforgettable experiences. Discover the magic of Norway in winter as husky dogs lead you through the snow, chase the incomparable northern lights, and ride aboard the most northern railway in the world. This tour is operated by our sister company Rail Discoveries.
Meet your group and Tour Manager at either the Clarion Edge Hotel or Clarion Aurora Hotel in Tromsø. Situated far into the Arctic Circle, Tromsø stands on its own forest-covered island, and is known as the 'polar capital of Norway' due to its relative proximity to the North Pole. At this time of the year, the attractive city is characterised by its polar nights, where the sun only briefly breaks over the horizon, casting a low light across the charming, brightly-coloured buildings.
After settling in, you are then free to begin your explorations of Tromsø before dinner this evening. The city has a rich history and plays an exciting role as a starting point for many polar expeditions. It also played a key role during the Second World War, acting for a brief period as Norway's capital.
Discover more of Tromsø on this morning's guided sightseeing tour. Highlights include the Arctic Cathedral, a distinctive towering white building that looks out across the city to the Fjord. You also visit the Polaria Museum and the charming Polar Museum. Housed in the city's former Customs House on the quayside, this interesting museum tells the story of numerous polar expeditions that took place from Tromsø, as well as giving an insight into the hardy wildlife that populates this region.
This afternoon, you travel out to a husky camp for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. After seeing these powerful creatures as they are put through their paces, you learn about their environment, and how they adapt through training. Later - dressed in a cold weather suit - you will experience these tireless creatures at work, as you enjoy a thrilling husky-hauled sledding journey through the snow-covered countryside. After dinner back at the hotel, tonight we attempt to spot the Northern Lights - the world's most spectacular natural phenomenon. Tromsø is one of the world's best places to see the lights, officially called Aurora Borealis, so hopefully a clear night will permit a good evening's sightings.
Depart from Tromsø and drive to Narvik, on a journey full of Norway's dramatic scenery, ranging down steep valleys to the striking fjords below. Later you arrive in Narvik, and spend tonight at the Scandic Hotel. Spend an afternoon at leisure in this delightful city; one of the most fascinating attractions is the Red Cross War Memorial Museum, which documents the occupation of Narvik and the bitter air and sea battles that took place here during the Second World War. Narvik was considered to be an important strategic outpost that not only boasted a port, but also supplies of coveted iron ore. The Ofoten Museum is also worth a visit; the museum is rich with exhibits documenting the life of the Narvik population over the previous centuries.
This evening transfer by coach to take the cable car to Narvikfjellet mountain, which provides an excellent vantage point from which to hunt for the Northern Lights. Afterwards you return by coach to your hotel.
Enjoy a wonderful journey on the Ofoten Railway, sometimes also known as the Arctic Circle Express. This line, which at the time of construction was the most northern railway in the world, travels through the wild, beautiful landscapes of Lapland, passing breathtaking mountains, crossing barren plateaus and traversing steep mountainsides as it crosses into Sweden. On arrival in Kiruna, check into the Scandic Hotel Ferrum for a two-night stay, and enjoy an afternoon to explore this interesting location. The Kiruna Church, built in 1912, is particularly impressive and is one of Sweden's largest wooden buildings.
Today you will make a visit to Kiruna's famous Ice Hotel, the first and largest hotel made of ice and snow in the world. At the latest count there have been 25 versions of this building since the first iteration in 1990. The Kiruna Ice Hotel needs to be re-constructed at the beginning of each cold season, and on arrival you will enjoy a guided tour of the spectacular frozen structure and have the chance to wander through the icy halls and marvel at the impressive feats of architectural design.
This evening, enjoy an authentic and fascinating 'Sami experience' in a nearby village, and discover the lives and culture of Sweden's indigenous people. During the visit you meet reindeer, before a feast in a 'lavvu' tent. During the meal, you are regaled with local folk tales. Then, you'll spread out around the camp-fire, to try and view the captivating Northern Lights once again as they perhaps perform their dance across the night sky.
Bid Kiruna farewell as you make your way to the airport for your flight back home
For this tour, we recommend arriving into Tromsø airport (TOS), which is approximately 3 miles from your first hotel. Our recommended departure airport is the Kiruna airport (KRN), which is approximately 6 miles from your final hotel.
It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
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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 Scandic Ferrum Hotel is situated in the heart of Kiruna and has a restaurant and a bar. Leisure facilities include a fully-equipped gym and a sauna, plus bicycles and sledges are available to hire from reception. The bright, airy rooms come with a telephone, television, wireless internet access and a hairdryer.
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.
In Tromsø, you stay at the Clarion Aurora Hotel.
The 4* Clarion Edge in Tromsø is wonderfully situated near the harbour, with most rooms offering views of the water or out over the city. The hotel features an elegant bar and restaurant, and its staff are excellent, multilingual and happy to help with any requirements you might have. Each bedroom comes equipped with a private bathroom, a television and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.
We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!