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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

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.

Oslo
Day 1-2

London to Oslo by air

Our journey begins in London, where we board our flight to Oslo. Here we transfer to our hotel for two nights, the Thon Hotel Opera. You are free to explore Oslo at leisure on Day 2.

Trondheim
Days 3-4

Oslo to Trondheim

Today we leave Oslo and head due north by train, following the line of the Dovre Railway to Trondheim for two nights at the Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel. Day 4 is free to explore atmospheric Trondheim, one of Norway's oldest cities.

Includes:
  • 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. Accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine, we cross the Arctic Circle - 66 degrees north - before reaching Bodø, situated beneath the auroral oval.

Lofoten Islands
Days 6-7

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. Begin Day 7 with free time to explore at leisure before we embark on a coach journey to the quiet side of the island. 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.

Narvik
Days 8-9

Svolvaer to Narvik

We leave Svolvaer by coach this morning, and return to the Norwegian mainland. We check in to the Scandic Hotel Narvik and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Take a journey on one of the world's most northerly railway lines, the Ofoten Railway, on Day 9. We make our way to Kiruna, Swedish Lapland's largest city for two nights.

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. On Day 11 we depart Kiruna for the airport, and fly via Stockholm to London.

Jim Wild
Guest Speaker

Professor Jim Wild

Before crossing 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 of the Northern Lights, answering any questions afterward.

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