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Grand Arctic Circle Explorer

(Tour code: AOJ17)The ultimate overland adventure by rail

Explore Denmark, Sweden and Norway on this truly spectacular overland rail adventure. We visit the region's three magnificent and lively capital cities, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo, Norway's awe-inspiring fjords and the wild landscapes north of the Arctic Circle in the 'Land of the Midnight Sun.'

Tour Highlights
  • Copenhagen and Stockholm including city tours
  • Inland Railway across the Arctic Circle
  • Ofoten Railway journey
  • Trondheim
  • Rauma Railway
  • Geiranger and Geirangerfjord cruise
  • Flåm and a journey on the Flåm Railway
  • Bergen and the Bergen Railway
  • Oslo & Hamburg
What’s Included (Full details)
  • 1st & Standard Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meals
    Heritage Rail Excursions
  • Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
    18 Nights' hotel accommodation
  • 1 night on ferry

Itinerary & Map

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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.

Days 1-2

London to Copenhagen

After meeting at our dedicated Departure Office, we depart St Pancras International by Eurostar to Brussels in Standard Premier Class. We continue in First Class to Bremen, where we overnight. On Day 2 we travel by Standard Class rail via Hamburg to Puttgarden, where we join the train ferry for the crossing to Rødby in Denmark. From here we continue to Copenhagen, for a two-night stay at the Imperial Hotel.

  • Day 1: Eurostar Meal, Dinner
  • Day 2: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3

Discovering Copenhagen

Our morning sightseeing tour features the magnificent Amalienborg Palace, a large octagonal palace, surrounded by four identical rococo palaces, one of which is home to the reigning monarch, Queen Margrethe II. We also visit the Little Mermaid statue and enjoy a cruise in the colourful canal area of Nyhavn, once the hub of the port where sailors from around the world frequented the many bars. The afternoon is free for you to explore at your leisure.

  • Breakfast
  • Guided City Tour
Days 4-5


Today we join the X2000 train (First Class) for the direct service to Stockholm. On arrival in Sweden's capital city we transfer to the Scandic Continental for two nights. On Day 5 we begin with a sightseeing tour of this fascinating city including the Royal Palace, the cathedral and the narrow streets of Gamla Stan (the Old Town), a perfect way to get your bearings in Sweden's splendid capital. Your afternoon is free to explore at leisure. Skansen, the oldest open-air museum in the world, gives an insight into how the Swedes used to live and is well worth a visit.

  • Day 4: Breakfast, Dinner;
  • Day 5: Breakfast
Day 6

To Östersund

Today we head inland by InterCity train (Standard Class) to Östersund, nestled on the shore of Lake Storsjön, Sweden's fifth largest lake. Here we stay for one night at the Best Western Gamla Teatern.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7

Across the Arctic Circle

Today we take the Inlandsbanan tourist train around lakes and forests to Swedish Lapland*. The train makes stops along the way for passengers to admire the scenery and take photographs. After crossing the Arctic Circle into the 'Land of the Midnight Sun' we enjoy a light dinner with local Sami specialities before transferring to the Hotel Jokkmokk.

*Early departures may make this journey by coach.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Norwegian fjords
Day 8

The Ofoten Railway to Narvik

Transferring through Lapland to Gällivare, we continue on the Ofoten Railway (Standard Class) to Narvik on one of the world's most northerly lines. The scenery on this route is truly spectacular as we pass sheer drops down to fjords and dramatic mountain peaks. On arrival we check in for two nights at the Scandic Hotel Narvik.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • The Ofoten Railway to Narvik
Day 9

At leisure in Narvik

Today you are free to explore Narvik, an ice-free seaport 250 miles north of the Arctic Circle. One of the most important sights in Narvik is its Red Cross War Memorial Museum, which documents the wartime occupation of Narvik by the Germans and the bitter air and sea battles that took place for control of the harbour and the iron ore supplies. Also worth a visit is the Ofoten Museum which the details the history of the Ofoten Railway.

  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
Days 10-11

To Trondheim

Today we begin with a coach journey along the coast and a beautiful ferry crossing. At Fauske we continue on Nordland Railway, leaving the Arctic Circle before arriving in Trondheim, where we spend two nights at the Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel. Founded in the 10th century, atmospheric Trondheim is one of the oldest cities in Norway and is full of history.

Day 11 is free for you to explore. As well as discovering the city's broad avenues, old warehouses and pretty timber dwellings, you could visit the Ringve Museum and Ringve Botanical Gardens.

  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 11- Breakfast
  • Day 11 - Free Day
Days 12-13

The Rauma Railway and Geirangerfjord

We leave Trondheim by Standard Class rail for Dombås, where we join the 71 mile long Rauma Railway for a journey through jagged mountain peaks to Åndalsnes. From here we transfer to Geiranger by coach for a two-night stay at the Hotel Union Geiranger. The Geirangerfjord is a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site, and on Day 13 we enjoy the beautiful scenery it boasts during a morning boat cruise.

  • Day 12: Breakfast, Dinner;
  • Day 13: Breakfast
  • Geirangerfjord cruise
Flam Railway
Days 14-15

The fjords and Flåm Railway

Departing by coach we continue to Flåm, where we overnight at the Fretheim Hotel. On Day 15 we enjoy a superb excursion on the Flåm Railway (Standard Class), taking us up into the mountains along one of the steepest lines in the world. We reach Myrdal and return to Flåm, from where we board the express boat for an afternoon journey along Norway's longest and deepest fjord, Sognefjord. We end the day in Bergen at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Bergen Railway
Days 16-17

Bergen and the Bergen Railway to Oslo

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Bergen at your own pace. Bryggen, the old city, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the Fløibanen Funicular Railway both afford great views of the city. Leaving by Standard Class train on Day 17 we take a journey on Northern Europe's highest railway line, the Bergen Railway. The train climbs high above the tree line across some of the most remote areas of western Norway before descending to the elegant city of Oslo, where we overnight at the Thon Hotel Opera.

  • Day 16 - Breakfast
  • Day 17 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Journey on the Bergen Railway
Oslo city hall
Day 18

Ferry to Frederikshavn

You have a day at leisure in Oslo, before we transfer to the port and board the overnight ferry to Frederikshavn in Denmark. Perhaps visit one of the attractive city parks or the elegant Royal Palace.

  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
Hamburg Town Hall
Days 19-20

To Hamburg and London

On arrival in Frederikshaven we join the train to Hamburg. On Day 20 we take the train via Cologne to Brussels for the Eurostar back to London.

  • Day 19: Breakfast, Dinner;
  • Day 20: Breakfast, Eurostar Meal

Please note

Our 14 & 21 June departures coincide with the period of
the Midnight Sun.

If requesting a twin room, please note the room layout of the Novotel Hotel will be a double bed and a sofa bed.


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