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Journey through the northerly reaches of Europe and the ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’ by rail.

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20212022
22 days From £5,595 per person

2022 Tour code: AOJ22

About the tour

Explore Denmark, Sweden and Norway on this truly spectacular overland rail ad-venture, with time in three magnificent and lively Scandinavian capital cities; Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo. You'll also get back to nature with a visits to Norway's awe-inspiring fjordlands and the wild landscapes north of the Arctic Circle - 'Land of the Midnight Sun.'

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 - London, Bremen and Copenhagen

After meeting at London St Pancras, we take the Eurostar to Brussels, continuing to Bremen for the night. We catch the train to Copenhagen for two nights on Day 2, travelling via Hamburg.

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

Our morning sightseeing tour today features the magnificent Amalienborg Palace, a large octagonal mansion surrounded by four identical Rococo palaces. One of these is still home to the reigning monarch of Denmark, Queen Margrethe II. We also visit the famous Little Mermaid statue before taking a cruise through the colourful canal area of Nyhavn, once a maritime hub where sailors from around the world frequented the many bars on offer here. Your afternoon is free to continue exploring.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Days 4-5 - Stockholm

We take the train to Sweden's capital today, transferring to our hotel for two nights on arrival. Day 5 starts with a guided tour by coach, the perfect way to get our bearings. Along the way, we'll see the Royal Palace, the city's cathedral, the narrow streets of Gamla Stan, also known as the Old Town, City Hall and the tranquil island of Djurgården. Afterwards, we take a well-deserved 'fika', the Swedish term for a coffee and cake break. Your afternoon is then free to look around on foot. Skansen, the oldest open-air museum in the world, gives an insight into how life once was here and is well worth a visit.

Includes
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast
Days 6-7 - Östersund and a Sami experience

Today we head inland by rail to Östersund, nestled on the shores of Lake Storsjön - Sweden's fifth largest lake.

On Day 7, we join the Inlandsbanan to Sorsele, visiting the Inlandsbanan Museum here on arrival to learn about the impact of rail travel in this remote location. Next, we call at a traditional village, home to some of Scandinavia's indigenous people, the Sami, before continuing to Arjeplog for the night. Dinner this evening is enjoyed around an open fire in a traditional tipi or 'lavvu', as they're known locally.

Includes
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 8-9 – Jokkmokk and the Ofoten Railway

We travel around the lakes and forests of Swedish Lapland by coach today, making our way to Jokkmokk. Along the way, we cross the Arctic Circle into the 'Land of the Midnight Sun', marking the occasion with a small celebration en route.

On Day 9, we join the Ofoten Railway to Narvik, enjoying a scenic journey filled with wild and remote landscapes that offer dramatic views of the surrounding mountains, fjords and waterfalls that characterise this part of the world.

Includes
  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 10-11 - Narvik and the Polar Express

This morning, we enjoy a visit to the War Museum and find out about the surprising role the city played during WWII. Afterwards, the rest of your day is free.

On Day 11, we meet at the station to for a journey along the Nordland Railway, also known as the 'Polar Express'. This spellbinding trip is rightly one of the world's most famous, with seemingly inaccessible landscapes stretching for as far as the eye can see. From our comfortable and cosy carriage, we watch as sparkling fjords and even the spectacular Svartisen Glacier roll by our window. We disembark in Verdal, spending the night in Stiklestad.

Includes
  • Day 10 - Breakfast
  • Day 11 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 12-13 - Stiklestad and Trondheim

After a short tour of Stiklestad, famous as the site of a major Viking battle in the 11th century, we travel by coach to Trondheim, soaking in views of Norway's rugged east coast.

We discover the country's former Viking capital with a guided tour on Day 13. Founded in the 10th century, Trondheim is one of the oldest cities in Norway - as well as one of its largest - and is brimming with history. Having been the former seat of the Norwegian kings, Trondheim was also a Scandinavian spiritual centre throughout the Middle Ages. In 1681, a huge fire damaged much of the original architecture, though the city was swiftly rebuilt in a grand style, much of which we see today.

Includes
  • Day 12 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 13 - Breakfast
Days 14-15 – The Rauma Railway and Geirangerfjord

We leave Trondheim by rail, travelling to Dombås where we join the 71-mile-long Rauma Railway for the scenic journey to Åndalsnes. From here, we continue to Geiranger by coach and ferry for a two-night stay. We enjoy the beautiful scenery of Geirangerfjord on Day 15, a UNESCO World Heritage site which we explore from the water during a morning boat cruise. This is followed by a visit to the jaw-dropping Dalsnibba viewing point.

Includes
  • Day 14 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 15 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 16-17 – Flåm and the Flåm Railway

We transfer by coach to Flåm this morning, stopping off at Kaupanger's unique stave church along the way.

Day 17 includes a superb excursion on the Flåm Railway, which takes us up into the mountains along one of the steepest lines in the world. We reach Myrdal and return to Flåm, driving to Gudvangen where we set sail aboard a luxury eco ship for a cruise across Sognefjord. Afterwards, we continue to Bergen by coach.

Includes
  • Day 16 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 17 - Breakfast
Days 18-19 - Bergen and Oslo

We enjoy a walking tour of Bergen today that takes us to Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage site and historic harbourfront. Lunch is a delicious meal of fresh seafood, enjoyed at Bergen's fish market, followed by a coach tour of Bergen's incredible bridges.

Boarding our train on Day 19, we take a journey along Northern Europe's highest railway line - the Bergen Railway. Our train climbs high above the tree line, travelling through some of the most remote areas of western Norway, before descending into elegant Oslo, where we stay overnight.

Includes
  • Day 18 - Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 19 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 20-22 - Oslo, Hamburg and London

Make the most a free day to discover the Norwegian capital, home to an array of world-class museums, galleries and attractions. You could even witness the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace. Later in the day, we transfer to the port to catch the overnight ferry to Kiel. On arrival in Kiel on Day 21, we board the train to Hamburg for an overnight stay.

Day 22 takes us by rail to Brussels, via Cologne, where we join the Eurostar to London St Pancras.

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

Includes
  • Day 20 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 21 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 22 - Breakfast, Eurostar Meal

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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Maritim Hotel, Bremen

Maritim Hotel, Bremen

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Scandic Copenhagen

Scandic Copenhagen, Copenhagen

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Fretheim Hotel, Flåm

Fretheim Hotel, Flåm

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Havila Hotel, Geiranger

Havila Hotel, Geiranger

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Novotel Hamburg City Alster, Hamburg

Novotel Hamburg City Alster, Hamburg

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Hotel Jokkmokk, Jokkmokk

Hotel Jokkmokk, Jokkmokk

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Alexandra Hotel, Loen

Alexandra Hotel, Loen

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Thon Hotel, Narvik

Thon 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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Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel, Trondheim

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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Peter Swaffield

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Submitted 31 Jul 2019

The holiday covered everything we wanted to do and see and the holiday had a large percentage of rail travel which we enjoy so much.

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