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The Midnight Sun & Lofoten

(Tour code: NRJ17)One of the world's most thrilling phenomena

Each summer, the region north of the Arctic Circle is illuminated around the clock - a thrilling phenomenon known as the 'Land of the Midnight Sun'. On this magnificent adventure we travel overland by rail from Norway's energetic capital and through wild scenery to the stunning Lofoten Islands.

Tour Highlights
  • Oslo
  • Dovre Railway
  • Trondheim
  • Nordland Railway
  • Bodø
  • Lofoten Islands
  • Sea eagle excursion and Trollfjord
  • Lofotr Viking Museum
  • 2-night Hurtigruten coastal voyage across the ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
  • Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
    9 Nights' accommodation
    4 Lunches
  • Return Scheduled Flights
    Upgrades Available
  • 2 Night Hurtigruten Cruise

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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.

Kirkenes
Days 1-2

Kirkenes and the Pasvik Valley

Today we arrive in Oslo before transferring to Kirkenes, checking into our hotel on arrival.

On Day 2 we enjoy an excursion to the Pasvik Valley National Park. We see Langfjorden before arriving at Bioforsk Botanical Gardens. Here many perennial plants from as far away as China and Alaska are set out in colourful displays. There are also exhibitions on the local wildlife, which includes brown bears and elk. Later we enjoy an atmospheric lunch in a Viking Longhouse, before a tour of a husky kennel.

North Cape
Days 3-14

Tromsø, Honningsvåg and North Cape

Today we arrive in Honningsvåg, the most northerly town in Europe and the gateway to the North Cape. You are free to discover the town, with its brightly coloured houses and picturesque bay, or perhaps head to the North Cape and its visitor centre on an optional excursion. We then board our cruise ship.

On Day 4 we dock in Tromsø, the polar capital of Norway, which stands on its own forest-covered island. You can explore Tromsø independently, or perhaps take one of the ship's optional excursions such as whale watching or kayaking. Tonight, with weather conditions permitting, we may be able to see the Midnight Sun while enjoying a concert.

Hurtigruten ship
Day 8

Hurtigruten voyage

Today we visit the glorious Unstad Beach, with its pristine white sands. On the way to Svolvaer you can take advantage of the ship's excellent facilities. On arrival we enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening.

Trollfjord
Day 7

Sea eagles and the Trollfjord

We enjoy a spectacular cruising tour around some of the rocky landscapes just off shore. Departing from Svolvaer, we pass through waters which provide a feeding ground for an array of creatures, including the sea eagle.

Lofoten Islands
Day 6

Bodø and the Lofoten Islands

Today we see the Lofoten Islands which are tethered to mainland Norway by a series of bridges and tunnels. The islands are home to countless small fishing communities, their picturesque houses built on timber piles with seawater under the floorboards and imposing cliffs towering 3,000ft above. We arrive in Bodo later this evening.

Nordland Railway
Day 5

The 'Polar Express'

We leave Bodo for a spectacular journey north by rail. We travel along the Nordland Railway on a 729 kilometre journey to Trondheim.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.

Trondheim
Day 9

Exploring Trondheim

As one of Norway's oldest cities, Trondheim is brimming with history and culture, which we discover on this morning's guided walking tour. Among the many attractions, we see the Royal Residence, which was once the official seat of the Norwegian kings. We also take in the cathedral, and the pretty wooden houses of Bakklandet. After the tour, you are free to explore Trondheim at your own pace.

Dovre Railways
Day 10

Trondheim to Oslo

Today we leave Trondheim and head north by rail, along the line of the Dovre Railway. Our wonderfully scenic daytime journey takes us through the majestic landscape of the Dovrefjell to Oslo.

Oslo
Day 11

Discover Oslo

Today we discover the main sights of Oslo on a guided walking tour. We walk up to the roof of the new State Opera House - an impressive example of modern architecture - to admire the view over the city. We also see Akershus Castle and Fortress, before visiting the 'kvadratur', a street in the heart of the city, lined with attractive historical buildings. Your afternoon is at leisure.

Flights
Day 12

Homeward Bound

We leave Norway today on our flight home to London from Oslo.

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