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Scandinavia and the Baltic - a land of fire and earth

The historic ports of Scandinavia have been a melting pot of culture and trade for centuries. Take a deep lungful of the fresh arctic air, or cruise along the banks of fjord country. Our Scandinavian and Baltic rail journeys are a way to enjoy beautiful sights, investigate fascinating history and experience the rich culture of these northern lands.

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Fjords Cruise & Historic Cities of Norway

With their towering cliff faces, rugged rocky ledges and waterfalls that drop straight into the sea, the awe-inspiring Norwegian fjords really have to be seen to appreciate their beauty and majesty. On this fantastic tour we visit these natural wonders and cross spellbinding landscapes to visit Norway's magnificent cities.

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2019JunJulAugSep

7 days from £1,495 pp

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Essential Norway

Marvel at the beauty and majesty of spellbinding Norway on this enthralling seven-day holiday. Travel from the elegant city of Oslo to the breathtaking fjords and mountains of Norway's west coast. This tour is operated by our sister company Rail Discoveries.

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2019MayJunJulAugSep

7 days from £1,345 pp

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The Northern Lights & Lapland

On this remarkable adventure we explore Norway and Swedish Lapland, journeying north far into the Arctic Circle where we seek out the magical Northern Lights, all whilst travelling on some of Scandinavia's most scenic railways.

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2019JanFebMar

11 days from £2,595 pp

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Huskies and the Northern Lights

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.

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2019JanFebMar

6 days from £1,695 pp

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Arctic Circle Express

Majestic mountains and heavenly fjords in Norway combine with the tranquil landscapes of Sweden on an epic journey that includes every great Scandinavian rail experience. On this exciting 16-day tour you'll visit the fascinating cities Oslo and Stockholm and travel beyond the Arctic Circle to the 'Land of the Midnight Sun.'

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2019JunJulAug

16 days from £3,995 pp

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Highlights of the Baltics & Scandinavia

Discover the contrasting cultures of the fascinating Baltic region, from colourful Scandinavia to the splendour of Russia, via the historic countries of Latvia and Estonia. Explore glorious palaces and UNESCO World Heritage sites on this unique Baltic Explorer rail tour.

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2019MayJulAugSep

19 days from £3,995 pp

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The excursions and day trips we include as part of our Scandinavian itineraries are designed to give our guests an almost unrivalled insight into the Nordic way of life, but should you choose to explore on your own there are plenty of other sights to see. In Oslo there are the black bunnies of Gressholmen, Stockholm has the museums of Skeppsholmen, and on a day trip out of Trondheim it is possible to escape to Meråker, a region of peculiar beauty which is a favourite of the locals but almost unknown outside of Norway.

While Scandinavia, a region made up of Denmark, Sweden and Norway, is a delight whatever time of year you visit, winter often sees the mercury dip will below zero degrees centigrade, which means first and foremost, appropriate cold weather clothing is essential. Gloves, hats and scarves are all a must, as well as a properly insulated winter coat. We recommend visiting an outdoor adventure store, as they will be able to personally assist you when it comes to making sure you won't get chilly, especially on a Northern Lights tour whilst waiting for a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis. You may also want to invest in some hiking boots as, even though you won't be going on long, arduous rambles, they are designed to protect the feet from the elements over long periods of time. Another accessory to consider are clip-on ice grips for added security when you're out and about.

What should you pack for a trip to Scandinavia?

Layering your clothing is a great way to combat against low temperatures, and in our experience there's no better base than proper thermal underwear and thick socks, made of a natural material. And as there will be times when you're taking part in activities you may even get a bit warm, so having something to take off without leaving you completely at the mercy of the elements is the ideal situation. Don't forget your sunglasses and sunblock though, as any glare off the snow may be much stronger than you are used to.

When you're indoors, normal clothing such as jumpers, skirts and trousers will be absolutely fine as all your accommodation will have adequate heating. Many hotels do have saunas and hot tubs however, as is the Scandinavian way, so if you want that authentic experience, you'll want to make sure there's some swimwear in your suitcase.

Where can you see the Northern Lights?

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon famed across the world, and every year many tourists enjoy the experience of a lifetime as high solar activity and geomagnetic storms in space collide with the earth's atmosphere, creating the most fantastic light show you could ever hope to see. And to make the most of any sightings, some budding photographers will want to try and capture the moment for prosperity. For this a long-exposure is needed which means a tripod is an essential piece of kit. Camera batteries also have a tendency to drain quicker in cold temperatures, so remember to pack plenty of spares so you don't miss the big moment!

Throughout the rest of the year, the climate varies and coastal areas remain warmer than more mountainous regions that lie inland. A good rule of thumb is to plan as if you were holidaying in the UK and prepare for all eventualities! English is spoken widely, and pretty much fluently, throughout and there are no travel warnings in place or visas required when travelling from Britain.

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