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Experience life in the Arctic and soak in the never-setting sun

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2023 Tour code: AYJ23

About the tour

Travel the length of Norway aboard some of the world's most impressive railways, discovering remote landscapes and stunning archipelagos along the way. Experience life in the Arctic Circle, visit Viking cities and see the summer phenomenon of the Midnight Sun.

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What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - London and Oslo

After meeting at London Heathrow, we fly to Oslo, checking into our hotel for two nights on arrival.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - Discovering Oslo

We begin exploring the Norwegian capital on today's guided tour, visiting some of its most beloved sights. These include the city's incredible opera house, with its unique yet accessible roof, the stately Royal Palace, where we see the time-honoured changing of the guards, and Frogner Park - a green space filled with unique sculptures and impressive water features. The rest of your day is free to keep sightseeing. Why not make a visit to one of the city's world-class galleries or museums?

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 3 - Bergen Railway

We make the short walk to the station where we catch the train to Bergen for a two-night stay. Travelling along the full length of the Bergen Railway, we enjoy views of the wild Norwegian countryside, passing glaciers, mountains and numerous fjords. Widely regarded as one of the greatest railway journeys in the world, this high-altitude trip through southern Norway, where a harsh climate experienced has produced a landscape that's breathtaking and wild, enables us to soak up spectacular views while relaxing in comfortable carriages.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Bergen

We enjoy a guided tour that takes us along the old Hanseatic waterfront of Bryggen, through nar-row streets that give us a sense of what life was like here for merchants in the 13th century, and the bustling local fish market. With some free time afterwards, you could visit the Bergenhus district of the city, known for its well-preserved medieval buildings, while on the other side of the harbour is the Klosteret area, home to 18th-century wooden houses and charming alleys where you can take a stroll out to the Nordnes Peninsula.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 5 - The Flåm Railway

We enjoy two scenic rail journeys today, beginning with the Bergen Railway. Leaving Bergen, the train makes its ascent into the rugged mountains, travelling alongside deep fjords and through tunnels hewn out of the solid rock before arriving in Myrdal, 2,840 feet above sea level. Here, we board the famous Flåm Railway for an unforgettable ride along one of the steepest lines in the world. As we descend to the fjord-side village of Flåm for the night, located at the innermost corner of Aurlandsfjord, the train negotiates horseshoe curves, twists, turns and 20 tunnels. The scenery is spectacular, with rivers and waterfalls, snow-capped mountains and remote farms passing by our window.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 – Loen

Travelling to Loen, located in the innermost part of the Nordfjord region, we begin by taking the Fodnes-Mannheller ferry before visiting the Fjaerland Glacier Museum. Housed in a building designed by esteemed architect Sverre Fehn to reflect the surrounding backdrops of jagged mountains and angular glaciers, award-winning exhibits tell the story of Norway's glacial landscapes and history of glaciology. We continue to Loen by coach, checking into our hotel for two nights on arrival.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Geirangerfjord

We make our way by coach to Geiranger via the Dalsnibba viewpoint, Europe's highest fjord view at a staggering 4,500 feet. We enjoy the scenery of Geirangerfjord by boat, cruising the calm waters of this UNESCO-listed site. Acclaimed for its unique landscape, this nine-mile-long branch of Storfjord (meaning 'Great Fjord'), boasts towering cliff walls that overlook some of the continent's finest scenery. Along its shores, a number of waterfalls - including the Seven Sisters and Suitor - plunge from the mountainous forests to the waters below. The scenery as we cruise envelops into a world of colour and contrasts, the lush green of the trees contrasting with the blue water and the brilliant white of the snow-capped peaks in the distance. When it rains, waterfalls appear seemingly from nowhere, cascading majestically into the water below. After disembarking, we take a scenic drive from Hellesylt back to Loen.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - The Rauma Railway

We make the journey to Åndalsnes today, travelling along the serpentine Trollstigen Mountain Road to admire cinematic views over the deep valleys and their waterfalls. On arrival, we board the famous Rauma Railway to Trondheim for two nights, a 71-mile-long journey filled with scenic views of magnificent and contrasting landscapes. Following the same course as the emerald waters of the River Rauma, the train winds its way elegantly around the surrounding hillsides as we pass the insurmountable 'Troll Wall' and the banks of the peaceful Romsdal Fjord.

*The opening date of Trollstigen Road varies due to road and snow conditions. Early departures before mid-June may travel on an alternative route.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 - Trondheim

Discovering the history of Trondheim on today's guided tour, we see the Old Quarter and the colourful waterfront houses of Bakklandet as well the Gothic architecture of Nidaros Cathedral. We also make a stop at the sumptuous Royal Residence, the largest wooden building in Northern Eu-rope with up to 140 different rooms. The rest of your day is free to continue sightseeing at your own pace. Amongst the city's broad avenues, old warehouses and pretty timber dwellings, there are a number of attractions waiting to be explored, such as the Ringve Music Museum and the Archbishop's Palace Museum - a treasure trove of local archaeological finds.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 10 – The Nordland Railway and Bodø

Departing Trondheim, we travel north on the Nordland Railway, also known as the 'Polar Express' and 'the train of the Midnight Sun', making the 452-mile journey to Bodø. The route takes us through the beautiful and varied landscapes of northern Norway, and we cross the Arctic Circle at 66 degrees north shortly before reaching the town of Lonsdal, the highest point on the route. The train reaches Fauske before turning west for the final approach to Bodø, our base for the night

Includes
  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11 – The Midnight Sun on the Lofoten Isles

We board a speed ferry to Moskenes before taking a scenic coach journey through idyllic fishing villages to Svolvaer, the tiny capital of the beautiful Lofoten Isles. Described as Europe's most dramatic and spectacular islands, the Lofoten Isles are tethered to mainland Norway by a series of bridges which resemble spiky, wired teeth. After checking into our hotel for the night, we enjoy a complimentary drink while admiring the never-setting Midnight Sun.*.

*Please note: seeing the Midnight Sun is dependent on weather conditions.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12 - Svolvaer and a sea eagle safari

We continue exploring the Lofoten archipelago, visiting the charming fishing village of Henningsvaer, the petite harbour town of Kabelvåg, and Lødingen - a remote village surrounded by mountain scenery - before taking to the waters for a unique sea eagle safari. While we hope to see these majestic yet endangered creatures, which are larger than golden eagles, soaring above us, other wildlife, such as heron, seals, dolphins and even whales, may also make an appearance.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 13 - London

After a final breakfast and checking out of our hotel, we transfer to Evenes for our flight to Oslo. From here, we fly back to London Heathrow.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Please Note

Please note, hotels may differ depending on departure date.

Please note: you will need to transport your own luggage on flights and the Nordland Railway, rather than via our luggage service.

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 Bergen City, Bergen

Scandic Bergen City, Bergen

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Scandic Bodo

Scandic Bodo, Bodo

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Fretheim Hotel, Flåm

Fretheim Hotel, Flåm

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Alexandra Hotel, Loen

Alexandra Hotel, Loen

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Scandic Byporten, Oslo

Scandic Byporten, Oslo

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Thon Hotel Lofoten, Svolvaer

Thon Hotel Lofoten, Svolvaer

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Clarion Hotel, Trondheim

Clarion Hotel, Trondheim

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Trains

Bergen Railway
Flåm Railway
Nordland Railway
The Raumabanen Railway

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Reviews

4.7 stars4.7 / 5 · 17 reviews

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David J

4 stars

Submitted 05 Sep 2022

An incredible experience seeing the amazing sights of Norway. Good mix of rail and coach travel and 2 night stays in most places. Small group travel was a big plus

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J Kirman

5 stars

Submitted 25 Jul 2022

Excellent trip overall. Hotel/food in Bodo left much room for improvement. Journey home protracted due airline pilots' strike but not your fault & alternative arrangements well handled by GRJ.

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R Witt

5 stars

Submitted 21 Jul 2022

A superb holiday with magnificent scenery. The midnight sun was a wonderful experience

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Amanda and David Condon

5 stars

Submitted 19 Jul 2022

We had a great time in Norway with a lovely group of people and a fab tour guide Margaret. Obviously Norway is prettier in the sunshine than the rain but very beautiful nonetheless

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Simply Amanda

5 stars

Submitted 18 Jul 2022

The only thing that stopped this being an exceptional holiday was the SAS strike, which had implications for our return journey, and the grey weather for parts of the holiday, but neither of these factors has anything to do with GTJ’s, who did an excellent job in negotiating a new route home for us via Finland using FinnAir. The itinerary and individual experiences were excellent, with a good blend of rail, coach and ferries. Three of the hotels were excellent (Flam, Loen and Trondheim). The other hotels were fit for purpose and well located. Our bus driver was amazingly helpful and our tour manager could not have been friendlier or more helpful. We went on this holiday explicitly to visit Lofoten again, and it didn’t disappoint. It’s spectacular! We were fortunate to enjoy the midnight sun on Gimsoy beach, while members of our group went in the sea for a swim!

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Clive

4 stars

Submitted 18 Jul 2022

What a beautiful country with epic scenery this is. From the journey to Flam, the majestic Fjords and the wide open spaces, there's something for everyone here. And that's not to mention the fact that it's still light at midnight the further north you go. Clearly the weather conditions play their part and it's not so much fun when it's raining but overall I had a great time. Oh and it's not cheap here, so tell your bank manager before you go ??. A wonderful country to visit.

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