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A rail tour of Sweden is defined by such memorable moments as spotting a herd of reindeer against a snowy backdrop, catching your first glimpse of the Aurora Borealis as it illuminates the night sky or enjoying lunch in a hotel created entirely from ice.

Great Rail Journeys' guests can enjoy these and many other experiences on an escorted rail tour of Sweden. This is a country that is equally engaging in summer or winter, and destinations such as Lake Storsjön and Gällivare are beautiful to behold.

Sweden's highly-efficient rail network spans the entire country, and some of the most modern trains in Europe ensure that a rail tour of Sweden is easily the most comfortable and relaxing way to enjoy the best views of landscapes which feature magnificent fjords and cascading waterfalls, dense forests, dramatic cliffs and grassy mountain meadows.

 

 

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The Northern Lights & Lapland
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4.5 stars(75 reviews)
2023JanFebMar
10 days from
£2,295 pp
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  • DestinationNorway, Sweden
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Arctic Circle Express
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4.0 stars(20 reviews)
2023MayJunJulSep
17 days from
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  • DestinationNorway, Sweden
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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The Little Mermaid, Copenhagen
2023MayJunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationDenmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Sweden
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International / London Heathrow
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Grand Arctic Circle Explorer rail tour
3.9 stars(9 reviews)
2023JunJul
22 days from
£5,295 pp
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  • DestinationDenmark, Norway, Sweden
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Grand Tour of Scandinavia
1/Sep
Julie Kay
5 stars
“Fabulous holiday from start to finish. Our Tour Manager, Roger, was very knowledgeable and efficient in ensuring the itinerary went smoothly. The hotels were good with some being very good. Had an issue with one hotel but they swiftly resolved it. Pity the Inlandsbanan railway journey was cancelled but we enjoyed a very scenic (if long) coach journey instead. A big thank you to our driver Peter and his excellent driving skills getting our coach up some very steep roads with hair pin bends. We extended our trip by a few days at each end which I recommend. We experienced all the seasons ice, snow, sun, mist, bitterly cold winds, heavy rainfall; saw stunning waterfalls, fjords, snow capped mountains, glaciers, forests, and animals. Crossed the Arctic Circle; and travelled by rail on some of the worlds most scenic railways. Although tiring with some very early starts, it was s fantastic holiday
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The Northern Lights and Lapland
5/Apr
Carol Collinson
5 stars
“This was 4th GRJ trip we’ve done. Everything is well organised and you feel safe while away. We must admit it’s the Tour Guide that either makes or breaks it. Kate was absolutely brilliant on this trip.
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Ultimate Scandinavia and The Polar Express
25/Jul
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4 stars
“Beautiful scenery
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Discovering Sweden with Great Rail Journeys

As the UK's leading provider of specialist rail holidays for more than thirty years, Great Rail Journeys is proud to offer escorted rail tours in Sweden which offer both a truly memorable experience and wonderful value for money.

The cost of your Sweden train holiday covers all transport costs including flights or cruises as appropriate, an itinerary of exciting excursions and guided tours which highlight the best of Sweden, overnight accommodation and a selection of meals.

Guests on our escorted rail tours in Sweden are accompanied by our experienced and friendly Tour Manager who will be happy to provide assistance, answer questions and share their knowledge of the destinations we visit throughout your tour.

 

 

 

Stockholm Parliament Building

Overnight accommodation features hotels that we have exclusively selected for their beneficial location and for the quality, service, comfort and value they represent. For preference we choose family-owned hotels in which our guests will enjoy a more personal level of service and can unwind in a friendly and informal atmosphere.

Sweden Traveller's Guide

The long and narrow country of Sweden in northern Europe shares its entire western border with Norway and is bordered to the north east by Finland. Southern Sweden is linked to Denmark by a three kilometre bridge-tunnel which spans the intervening body of water, the Øresund.

Sweden's long history, which began as the last ice age receded, is a fascinating tale which encompasses the development of a race of people from agricultural workers and traders into rampaging Vikings and a country devastated in the fourteenth century by the bubonic plague which swept Europe, yet which bounced back to become a conquering nation with an empire that ranked Sweden as a European superpower in the seventeenth century. Today, the Swedes have quelled the impulses that drove their ancestors to rampage and pillage and have become one of the most reserved, polite and peaceful nations on earth.

 

 

Reindeer in Lapland

Courtesy of the Gulf Stream, Sweden enjoys a temperate climate in which extremes of temperature are rare. Central and south Sweden experience short, cold winters whilst summer temperatures are comparable to those in southern Britain, but with significantly longer daylight hours. Winters become colder and harsher the further north in Sweden you travel although summers remain warm. Sweden above the Arctic Circle sees year-round snow and here summer days are at their longest and winter days their shortest.

Swedish culinary tradition has typically been shaped by three factors; long warm summers, cold winters and the fresh produce available. Some of the staples of Swedish cuisine, such as meatballs or pickled herring, you'll be familiar with, others less so. Swedish food simply hasn't caught on in the same way as other European foods, but it is different, distinctive and definitely worth trying. Our guests on a rail tour of Sweden should know that lingonberry jam is used as an accompaniment to food in the same way as ketchup or brown sauce. The historical need to preserve food over long and inhospitable winters means that the Swedes have a strong tradition of pickling and this is responsible for the national obsession with pickled herring. Swedes have a sweet tooth and favourite snacks and desserts include cinnamon buns, and the vibrant green Prinsesstårta (princess cake); a sponge layered with jam, vanilla custard and whipped cream and carefully wrapped in a thin skin of green marzipan.

Swedish law prohibits the retail selling of alcohol over 3.5% in volume. The only noticeable difference this makes to guests visiting Sweden on rail tours with Great Rail Journeys is that they have to visit a government controlled Systembolaget if they wish to buy alcohol for consumption off licensed premises.

If you're chatting with a Swede about your experiences in Sweden take care not to make unfavourable comparisons of your current destination against one you may prefer; Swedes take great pride in their native town or region.

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