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Explore Norway, Lapland and the Northern Lights

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11 daysFrom £2,495 £2,395 per person
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2021 Tour code: NLW21

About the tour

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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Itinerary

Day 1 - London and Oslo

Our wonderful journey in search of the Northern Lights begins at London Heathrow, where we board our flight* to Oslo. On arrival, we transfer to our hotel, the Scandic Byporten, for 2 nights.

*Please note: your luggage will travel out from the UK on your flight with you, rather than via our luggage service.

Includes
  • Dinner
Oslo
Day 2 - Exploring Oslo

Today, we embark on a guided tour of the Norwegian capital, seeing the Royal Palace, the National Theatre, the Parliament building, and the Opera House by the waterfront. We also see Akershus fortress, a medieval castle, and take a stroll through Vigeland Sculpture Park.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Royal Palace, Oslo
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. We transfer for 2 nights to the Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel, located in the heart of the city.

On Day 4, we explore Trondheim on a guided tour, visiting Bakklandet, the city's Old Quarter, the old town bridge, and Nidaros Cathedral, the northernmost medieval cathedral of the world.

Includes
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Breakfast
Trondheim
Day 5 - Trondheim to Bodø

We leave Trondheim early this morning and travel north on the Nordland Railway, making the 452-mile journey to Bodø. The route takes us through the beautiful and varied landscape of northern Norway before crossing the Arctic Circle at 66 degrees north.

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 sits 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 Scandic Bodø or similar.

After dinner, we travel by coach to a special viewing point that maximises our chances of seeing the spectral dance of the Northern Lights.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Nordland Railway
Day 6 - Bodø and the Lofoten Islands

Today, we transfer to Bognes for the ferry to Lodingen. After disembarking, we enjoy a scenic drive up 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. We spend 2 nights at the Thon Hotel Svolvaer.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Lofoten Islands
Day 7 - The Lofoten Islands and the Northern Lights

We enjoy a scenic drive across Lofoten today, seeing the fishing village of Nusfjord and the traditional district of Vestvågøy. After dinner, we embark on another excursion by coach for a chance of seeing the Northern Lights.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Northern Lights
Day 8 - Svolvaer to Narvik

We leave Svolvaer by coach this morning, returning 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 Thon Hotel in 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 the Red Cross War Memorial Museum, which documents the wartime occupation of Narvik by the Germans in World War II. Also worth a visit is the Ofoten Museum which features exhibitions relating to local cultural history and the construction of the Ofoten Railway.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Narvik
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 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 check into our cabins at the Camp Ripan Hotel, where we spend 2 nights.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Kiruna Cathedral
Days 10-11 - Kiruna and the Sami experience

This morning we enjoy time at Kiruna's famous Ice Hotel. We tour the cold rooms, followed by lunch in the warm restaurant before donning our warm weather gear to visit the ice bar. In the afternoon we enjoy 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 transfer to Kiruna airport, beginning our journey* back to London Heathrow via Stockholm.

*Please note: your luggage will travel back to the UK on the flight with you, rather than via our luggage service.

Includes
  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11 - Breakfast
White reindeer

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

Scandic Bodo

Scandic Bodo, Bodo

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Camp Ripan, Kiruna

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Thon Hotel, Narvik

Thon Hotel, Narvik

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Scandic Byporten, Oslo

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Thon Hotel Lofoten, Svolvaer

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Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel, Trondheim

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Trains

Dovre Railway
Nordland Railway
Ofoten Railway

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Reviews

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Mrs R Davenport

Submitted 25/04/2019

The itinerary, the rail experience and the tour manager all were excellent

Mr T Russell

Submitted 18/04/2019

Overall, the experience was excellent. The last-minute change of hotel in Narvik was a demerit especially since the new hotel was nothing great.

Anonymous

Submitted 12/04/2018

We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. The change of hotels on Lofoten was good, in that it was fun to stay in a Rorbuer, but the location meant that we had a lot of hours in buses using the same route. Also it was very sad to make the boat trip out to the islands at night, as the scenery would have been wonderful

Anonymous

Submitted 05/04/2018

Well organised and generally very satisfactory. Scenery wonderful and train rides excellent. One problem with accommodation quickly resolved by tour manager.

Mrs P Hardy

Submitted 09/03/2018

The tour guide went above and beyond what was expected: she was brilliant. The hotels were all very nice, although the breakfast options did drop from absolutely excellent (The Bristol in Oslo was amazing on all counts) to acceptable but moving toward basic at Kiruna. The weather was great and we saw the Northern Lights. Thoroughly enjoyed the holiday and would recommend unreservedly.

Anonymous

Submitted 09/03/2018

Excellent itinerary, very pleasant and efficient tour manager, good location of good quality hotels, scenic train rides, right mix of free time and excursions

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