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The Nordic rail adventure of a lifetime

16 daysFrom $5,225 per person

2020 Tour code: ACJ20

About the tour

Majestic mountains and heavenly fjords in Norway combine with the tranquil landscapes of Sweden on an epic journey that includes every great Scandinavian rail experience. On this exciting 16-day tour you'll visit the fascinating cities Oslo and Stockholm and travel beyond the Arctic Circle to the 'Land of the Midnight Sun.'

Highlights

What’s included

Itinerary

Days 1-2 - The delights of Stockholm

Meet the rest of your group and Tour Manager at your hotel in Stockholm for two nights at the Scandic Continental, close to the central railroad station. On Day 2, we enjoy a sightseeing tour of the modern city and the narrow streets of Gamla Stan (the Old Town). Later you are free to explore Stockholm.

Includes
  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast
Arriving in Stockholm
Day 3 - Inland to Östersund

Departing Stockholm we head inland by InterCity train to Östersund, nestled on the shore of beautiful Lake Storsjön. Here we spend tonight at the Clarion Grand Hotel.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Ostersund
Day 4 - The Inlandsbanan and Lapland

We leave Östersund and head north to Sorsele traveling through some of Sweden's most glorious scenery as we head towards the untamed wilderness of Swedish Lapland Our journey on the Inlandsbanan tourist train takes us through a landscape of crystal clear lakes and towering forests, towards the 'Land of the Midnight Sun'. On arrival we make a visit to the Inlandsbanan Museum before getting a real taste of Lapland with a visit to a Sami village in Slagnas. From here we transfer to Arjeplog where we spend the night.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
The Inlandsbanan
Day 5 - Crossing the Arctic Circle.

Today we continue our adventure through the north as we travel via coach to Jokkmokk, celebrating our crossing of the Arctic circle on the way. On arrival, we check into the Hotel Jokkmokk for a one night stay.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Jokkmokk
Days 6-7 - The Ofoten Railroad to Narvik

After a free morning, during which entrance to the local Sami museum is included, you will need to take an overnight bag with you as your main luggage is transported to Stiklestad while we enjoy a journey on one of the world's most northerly railroad lines, the Ofoten Railroad*. We travel through Sweden's breathtaking mountains into Norway, journeying through the region's picturesque lakes and mountain ranges. We arrive in Narvik, where we stay at the Scandic Hotel Narvik.

Day 7 is then spent traveling to Fauske via coach. On arrival in Fauske, we board our train to Verdal which takes us along the incredible Nordland Railroad on the 'Polar Express', which travels past awesome fjords and bristling forests. We disembark in Verdal for a night in Stiklestad.

*Please note: you will need to take an overnight bag with you as your main luggage is transported to Stiklestad

Includes
  • Day 6-7 - Breakfast, Dinner
Norway's fjords
Days 8-9 - South to Trondheim

Today is spent admiring the rugged shores of Norway as we follow the coastline south to Trondheim on our coach. On the way, we stop at Stiklestad, the site of King Olav's death in 1030. Here we enjoy a guided tour and lunch. Late this evening we arrive in Trondheim, Norway's religious capital. The Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel is our home for two nights.

Day 9 is free to explore the atmospheric city of Trondheim, one of the oldest cities in Norway. As well as discovering the city's broad avenues, old warehouses and pretty timber dwellings, you could visit the Ringve Museum which features a collection of musical instruments from all over the world.

Includes
  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9 - Breakfast
Trondheim
Day 10 - The Rauma Railroad

Today we join the 71 mile long Rauma Railroad for a spectacular journey through magnificent, contrasting landscape. We navigate the same course as the emerald waters of the River Rauma for much of the journey, the tracks following the river as it winds around the hillsides below jagged mountain peaks. As we climb over rounded mountain peaks and smooth plateaus we are treated to awesome views across the expansive, unspoiled national parks that stretch into the distance.

On arrival into Åndalsnes, we transfer by coach to Geiranger for a two night stay at the Union Hotel Geiranger. The hotel stands at the head of the Geirangerfjord. One of Norway's most picturesque sites, the Geirangerfjord is even more incredible first-hand than in photographs.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Raumabanen Railroad
Day 11 - Geirangerfjord boat cruise

Today we enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Geirangerfjord by boat. As we cruise along the serene, deep water, the steep sides of the fjord seem to tower over the boat. In sunshine, this UNESCO World Heritage site is alive with color and contrasts - the lush greens of the trees clinging to the rock contrasting with the deep blue water and the brilliant white of the distant snow-capped peaks. When it rains, countless waterfalls appear from nowhere, flowing majestically over exposed rocky outcrops and crashing down into the water below. We take a scenic drive via Hellesylt back to our hotel.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Geiranger
Day 12 - Through the Fjords to Flåm

We leave Geiranger by coach this morning, continuing our scenic voyage through Norway's incredible fjord country. We travel through valleys hemmed in by lofty mountains and along steep-sided fjords, every bend in the road offering a new perspective, every mountain pass delivering us into a new, beautiful valley. We reach Flåm at the head of the Aurlandsfjord and stay at the Fretheim Hotel.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Flåm
Day 13 - The Flåm Railroad to Bergen

Today we enjoy a superb excursion on the Flåm Railroad. Our rail journey takes us up into the mountains along one of the steepest lines in the world, twisting and turning regularly as the railroad line does its best to accommodate the extreme terrain.

We reach the end at Myrdal and return to Flåm, to board the express boat for an afternoon journey along Norway's longest and deepest fjord, Sognefjord. Navigating coastal islets and skerries, we end the day in Bergen, where we spend two nights at the Thon Rosenkrantz.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Flåm Railroad
Day 14 - Bergen

Today we are treated to a guided walking tour of Bergen. The town is nestled beneath seven hills and is surrounded by fjords. We see a number of sights including Bryggen, the old city, a UNESCO World Heritage site as well as enjoying a fresh seafood lunch at the city's fish market.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Bergen
Day 15 - The Bergen Railroad to Oslo

We leave Bergen by train for a magnifi cent journey on Northern Europe's highest railroad line, the Bergen Railroad. The train climbs high above the tree line across some of the most remote areas of western Norway before descending to the elegant city of Oslo, where we overnight.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
The Bergen Railroad
Day 16 - Oslo and Home

Your tour in Norway concludes today and you are free to make your own way to the airport for your flight back home.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Flying home

Additional information

Recommended Airports

For this tour, we recommend arriving into Stockholm Arlanda airport, which is approximately 25 miles from your first hotel. Our recommended departure airport is the Oslo Gardermoen airport, which is approximately 30 miles from your final hotel.

Airport waiting room
Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

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.

Hotels

Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz, Bergen

Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz, Bergen

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Fretheim Hotel, Flåm

Fretheim Hotel, Flåm

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Union Hotel, Geiranger

Union Hotel, Geiranger

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Hotel Jokkmokk, Jokkmokk

Hotel Jokkmokk, Jokkmokk

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Scandic Narvik Hotel, Narvik

Scandic Narvik Hotel, Narvik

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Clarion Hotel Grand Ostersund

Clarion Hotel Grand Ostersund, Ostersund

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Hotel Silverhatten

Hotel Silverhatten, Arjeplog

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Scandic Stiklestad

Scandic Stiklestad, Steinkjer

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Scandic Continental Hotel

Scandic Continental Hotel, Stockholm

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Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel, Trondheim

Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel, Trondheim

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Trains

Bergen Railroad
Flåm Railroad
Inlandsbanan
Ofoten Railroad
The Raumabanen Railroad

Reviews

100% of travelers would recommend this tour

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Mr D Higgins

Submitted Jul 18, 2019

This was an absolutely brilliant tour, which we thoroughly enjoyed, in spite of some early morning starts and late evening finishes! The Tour Manager was just great and a real fund of knowledge at every stage of the tour. She was well informed and was able to keep us very well advised along the way, as well as keeping the whole trip on schedule.

Anonymous

Submitted Jul 24, 2018

Very well organised tour with a fantastic tour manager. Spectacular scenery and good hotels. The best thing no hidden extras we didn't have to pay for any of the excursions like the fjord cruise or the visit to the Sami village plus we never had to tip any of the drivers, tour guides etc that was all taken care of by our tour guide. The only downside was how very expensive food and drinks were in both Sweden and Norway a small glass of wine and a medium beer cost on average £20.

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Mrs E Longbottom

Submitted Jul 21, 2018

2 hotels not up to scratch. Specially the one in Marvin which was poor. We would have liked more time in Marvin - but not in that hotel.

Mrs R Walker

Submitted Sep 10, 2017

I've already given my feedback twice.

Mrs M Morgan

Submitted Sep 10, 2017

I enjoyed the experience, & would recommend it, My only comment as said in the follow up questionaire is that I paid a hefty single person supplement, but most of my accomodation was in small rooms with a single bed & I feel these should not incur a supplement. I felt that the two set meals were poor and without adequate choice.

Anonymous

Submitted Sep 03, 2017

I enjoyed our journey. The hotels, trains, our tour manager, food and location stops were nicely selected. Except for luggage transportation to hotels, trains, buses for the elderly, they needed more help.

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