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The Northern Lights & Lapland

(Tour code: NLW17)Explore Norway, Lapland and the Northern Lights

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.

Tour Highlights
  • Oslo & Trondheim
  • Journey along the line of the Dovre Railway
  • Journey on the Nordland Railway
  • Bodø
  • Svolvaer and the Lofoten Islands
  • Northern Lights Photo Safari
  • Kiruna & The Ice Hotel
  • Sami Experience
  • Guest speaker on some departures - please call for details
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 3-4* Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
    10 Nights' Hotel Accommodation
  • Return Scheduled Flights
    Upgrades Available

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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.

Fly Options

Regional Departures Available

To make your travel arrangements even more convenient for you, we are excited to announce that we are now offering some regional airport options outside London for this tour.

To view prices and flight options, please click the 'View Dates & Prices' button and select the departure that you are interested in as options may vary. Alternative, click the image on the left to see flight options and call us on 01904 734 111 to book.

Day 1

London to Oslo by air

Our wonderful journey in search of the Northern Lights begins in London, where we board our scheduled flight to Norway. We fly to Oslo, where we transfer to our hotel for two nights, the Thon Hotel Opera, located close to the Opera House.

  • Scheduled flights
  • Dinner
Royal Palace, Oslo
Day 2

Exploring Oslo

Today you are free to explore Oslo at leisure. The new State Opera House is situated close to our hotel and is an impressive, award-winning example of modern architecture. Norway's magnificent 19th century Royal Palace and the 20th century Oslo City Hall, home of the Nobel Prize ceremonies, are both well worth visiting. Oslo also boasts a variety of attractive parks including the Vigeland Sculpture Park, whose 80 fascinating acres were designed by Gustav Vigeland. The city offers a good choice of museums including, the Folk Museum and the Edvard Munch Museum.

  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
Days 3-4

Oslo to Trondheim

Today we leave Oslo and head due north by train, following the line of the Dovre Railway. Our wonderfully scenic daytime journey takes us through the majestic landscape of the Dovrefjell - a mountain range separating eastern Norway from the region surrounding Trondheim. The mountains are part of the Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park, a protected region which is a natural habitat for many rare plants and animals. Later we arrive in Trondheim for two nights at the Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel, located in the heart of the city within walking distance of its shops, restaurants and Bakklandet, the city's Old Quarter. Day 4 is free to explore atmospheric Trondheim, one of Norway's oldest cities.

  • Day 3 - Dovre Railway
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Breakfast
  • Day 4 - Free Day
Nordland Railway
Day 5

Trondheim to Bodø on the Polar Express

We leave Trondheim early this morning and travel north on the Nordland Railway for a 452-mile journey to Bodø. The route takes us through the beautiful and varied landscape of northern Norway, past gently sloping hills and distant mountains, majestic lakes and deep forests, rocky coastline and views across small islands and out over the open sea. We cross the Arctic Circle - 66 degrees north - shortly before reaching the town of Lonsdal, the highest point of the railway. The train reaches Fauske before turning due west for the final short section of the journey to Bodø, which claims to be 'the city with the world's most beautiful coastline'. As Bodø is beneath the auroral oval, if the weather is clear, tonight could be our first viewing of the magical Northern Lights. We spend the night at the Thon Hotel Nordlys, located in the heart of the town.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Nordland Railway
Lofoten Islands
Day 6

Bodø and the Lofoten Islands

After a leisurely morning we board our Hurtigruten ship, and travel to Svolvaer, the tiny capital of the stunning Lofoten Islands. Described as Europe's most dramatic and spectacular islands, the Lofoten Islands are tethered to mainland Norway by a series of bridges and resemble spikey, wired teeth. The islands are home to small fishing communities, their houses built on timber piles with seawater under the floorboards and imposing cliffs towering 3,000ft above. We spend two nights at the Thon Hotel Svolvaer.

  • Breakfast
  • Hurtigruten Crossing
Northern Lights
Day 7

The Lofoten Islands and the Northern Lights

Your morning is free to explore Svolvaer and the Lofoten Islands at leisure. The islands are home to some outstanding wildlife, including the world's densest population of sea eagles and large numbers of minke whales which roam the blue-watered bays. In the late afternoon we embark on a coach journey to the quiet side of the island where there is hardly any light pollution. During the journey a local guide will tell you about the history and way of life in these spectacular islands. Then, we enjoy a meal of local produce in the golf club in Høv, a photo lesson from an expert in capturing the Northern Lights, and a walk outside to try and see and photograph the Aurora. Later we return by coach to Svolvaer.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Northern Lights Excursion
Day 8

Svolvaer to Narvik

We leave Svolvaer by coach this morning, and return to the Norwegian mainland. Our journey once again offers a wonderful opportunity to soak up the region's breathtaking beauty, with views from the coach stretching down sheer drops to the majestic fjords in the valley below. We check in to the Scandic Hotel Narvik and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. The ice-free seaport is located 250 miles north of the Arctic Circle and has a number of fascinating attractions including its Red Cross War Memorial Museum, which documents the wartime occupation of Narvik by the Germans in World War II 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, housed in the old NSB Railway building, which features exhibitions relating to local cultural history and the construction of the Ofoten Railway.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Kiruna Cathedral
Day 9

Narvik to Kiruna on the Ofoten Railway

Today we enjoy a journey on one of the world's most northerly railway lines, the Ofoten Railway. Narvik was originally built as a port to export the iron ore mined near Kiruna, and the Ofoten Railway was built as the link between the mines and the port. We travel on this line across the Swedish border, crossing barren plateaus and traversing steep mountainsides as we make our way to Kiruna, Swedish Lapland's largest city. The railway's route was painstakingly carved out of the mountains - an incredible engineering project that was largely undertaken by hand. On arrival in Kiruna we have time at leisure. We spend two nights at the Scandic Ferrum Hotel.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • Ofoten Railway
  • Kiruna Ice Hotel
White reindeer
Days 10-11

Kiruna and the Sami experience

This morning we enjoy time at Kiruna's famous Ice Hotel. In the late afternoon we take a 'Sami experience', discovering the lives and culture of Sweden's indigenous people. We travel to a Sami village where we meet the reindeer, enjoy a Sami feast in a 'lavvu' (Sami tent) and listen to local folk tales. We then leave the lights of the village behind, heading into a beautiful landscape of forests and mountains to try and view the captivating Northern Lights once again. On Day 11 we depart Kiruna for the airport, and fly via Stockholm to London.

  • Scheduled flights
  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 10 - Sami experience
  • Day 10 - Northern Lights Excursion
  • Day 11 - Breakfast
Jim Wild
Guest Speaker

Jim Wild

Before embarking on the magical journey North across the Arctic Circle, we experience a fascinating insight into the science and mythology behind the Northern Lights from our exclusive guest speaker, Professor Jim Wild. Jim is a Professor of Space Physics who has conducted extensive research in the Aurora Borealis field, and will present an overview of the phenomenon before giving you the chance to 'meet the expert' and discover all you have ever wanted to know about the Northern Lights.

Professor Jim Wild will only accompany selected departures. Please call for further details.


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