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Grand Arctic Circle Explorer

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(Tour code: AOJ20)

The ultimate overland adventure by rail

Explore Denmark, Sweden and Norway on this truly spectacular overland rail adventure. We visit the region's three magnificent and lively capital cities, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo, Norway's awe-inspiring fjords and the wild landscapes north of the Arctic Circle in the 'Land of the Midnight Sun.'

  • Copenhagen and Stockholm including city tours
  • Ofoten Railroad journey
  • Trondheim
  • Rauma Railroad
  • Geiranger and Geirangerfjord cruise
  • Flåm and a journey on the Flåm Railroad
  • Bergen and the Bergen Railroad
  • Oslo
  • Hamburg
What’s Included
  • 1st & Standard Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meals
    Heritage Rail Excursions
  • Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
    19 nights hotel accommodation
  • Selected Departures Guaranteed

Grand Arctic Circle Explorer 2020Tour Details

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Days 1-2 Eurostar

London to Denmark

After meeting your group and Tour Manager at our dedicated Departure Office, we depart St Pancras International by Eurostar to Brussels in Standard Premier Class. We continue in First Class to Bremen, where we overnight. On Day 2 we travel by Standard Class rail via Hamburg to Copenhagen, for a two-night stay at Scandic Copenhagen.

  • Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Copenhagen

Discovering Copenhagen

Our morning sightseeing tour features the magnificent Amalienborg Palace, a large octagonal palace, surrounded by four identical rococo palaces, one of which is home to the reigning monarch, Queen Margrethe II. We also visit the Little Mermaid statue and enjoy a cruise in the colorful canal area of Nyhavn, once the hub of the port where sailors from around the world frequented the many bars. The afternoon is free for you to explore at your leisure.

  • Breakfast
Days 4-5 Stockholm


Today we join the X2000 train (First Class) for the direct service to Stockholm. On arrival in Sweden's capital city we transfer to the Scandic Continental Hotel for two nights. On Day 5 we begin with a sightseeing coach tour of this fascinating city including the Royal Palace, the cathedral and the narrow streets of Gamla Stan (the Old Town), a perfect way to get your bearings in Sweden's splendid capital. Your afternoon is free to explore at leisure. Skansen, the oldest open-air museum in the world, gives an insight into how the Swedes used to live and is well worth a visit.

  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast
Day 6 Ostersund

To Östersund

Today we head inland by coach to Östersund, nestled on the shore of Lake Storsjön, Sweden's fifth largest lake. Here we stay for one night at the 4-Star Clarion Grand Hotel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 Sami Experience
Sami Experience

Inlandsbanan & Sami experience

We join the Inlandsbanan today to Sorsele and visit Inlandsbanan museum. We visit a Sami village, home to the indigenous Sami people of Scandinavia. They have inhabited the northern region of Sweden for an estimated six thousand years, surviving via their activities of reindeer herding, fur trapping and fishing, and today we learn more about their culture with a visit to a local Sami center. We then continue to Arjeplog for the night.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 Jokkmokk

Across the Arctic Circle

Travel around lakes and forests of Swedish Lapland by coach today. Making our way to Jokkmokk, we cross the Arctic Circle into the 'Land of the Midnight Sun' marking the occasion with a small celebration en route. On arrival we enjoy a light dinner with local Sami specialties before transferring to the Hotel Jokkmokk.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 Norwegian fjords
Norwegian fjords

The Ofoten Railroad to Narvik

Transferring through Lapland to Gällivare, we continue on the Ofoten Railroad to Narvik on one of the world's most northerly lines. The scenery on this route is truly spectacular as we pass sheer drops down to fjords and dramatic mountain peaks. On arrival we check in for one night at the Scandic Hotel Narvik.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10 Nordland Railroad
Nordland Railroad

The Polar Express

We take the coach from our hotel today for a trip on the spellbinding 'Polar Express', also known as the Nordland Railroad. This incredible railroad journey is rightly one of the world's most famous, passing unconquerable landscapes that are a delight to experience. Vast, ever-changing environments as far as the eye can see stretch out from our comfortable carriages as we strike out across Norway's dramatic landscape, watching as clear blue lakes, sparkling fjords and the spectacular Svartisen Glacier roll by our windows. We disembark in Verdal for a night in Stiklestad.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11 Trondheim

The Golden Road to Trondheim

Founded in the 10th century, atmospheric Trondheim is one of the oldest cities in Norway and is full of history and we make our way there along the famous Golden Road which is laced together by a multitude of scenic sights. Along the way we stop at Stiklestad battlefield for a visit and lunch. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12 Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim
Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim

At leisure in Trondheim

Today is free for you to explore Trondheim at leisure. As well as discovering the city's broad avenues, old warehouses and pretty timber dwellings, you could visit the Ringve Museum, featuring a fascinating collection of musical instruments from all over the world, and the Ringve Botanical Gardens.

  • Breakfast
Days 13-14 Geiranger

The Rauma Railroad and Geirangerfjord

We leave Trondheim by rail for Dombås, where we join the 71 mile long Rauma Railroad for a journey through jagged mountain peaks to Åndalsnes. From here we transfer to Geiranger by coach for a two-night stay at the Hotel Union Geiranger. The Geirangerfjord is a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site, and on Day 14 we enjoy the beautiful scenery it boasts during a morning boat cruise

  • Day 13 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 14 - Breakfast
Days 15-16 Flam Railroad
Flam Railroad

To fjords & the Flåm Railroad

Departing by coach we continue to Flåm, where we overnight at the Fretheim Hotel. On Day 16 we enjoy a superb excursion on the Flåm Railroad (Standard Class), taking us up into the mountains along one of the steepest lines in the world. We reach Myrdal and return to Flåm, from where we enjoy a fjord cruise along Naeroyfjord from Flåm to Gudvangen, followed by a scenic drive into Bergen. We end the day in Bergen at the Thon Rosenkrantz hotel.

  • Day 15 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 16 - Breakfast
Days 17-18 Bergen Railroad
Bergen Railroad

Bergen and the Bergen Railroad to Oslo

Enjoy a walking tour of Bergen that includes Bryggen, the old city, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the Fløibanen Funicular Railroad which affords great views of the city. Leaving by Standard Class train on Day 18 we take a 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 at the Thon Hotel Opera.

  • Day 17 - Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 18 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 19 Oslo city hall
Oslo city hall

Ferry to Kiel

You have a day at leisure in Oslo, before we transfer to the port and board the overnight ferry to Kiel, in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein.

  • Breakfast
Days 20-21 Hamburg Town Hall
Hamburg Town Hall

To Hamburg and London

On arrival in Kiel we disembark and join the train to Hamburg where we overnight. On Day 21 we travel in First Class via Cologne to Brussels for the Eurostar to London.

  • Day 20 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 21 - Breakfast, Eurostar
Airport waiting room

Recommended Airports

For this tour, we recommend arriving to, and departing from, London Gatwick or London Heathrow airport (LGW or LHR). London Gatwick is approximately 30 miles from your start and end point, and London Heathrow is approximately 19 miles from your start and end point.

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.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated St Pancras Departure Office
  • First and Standard Class rail travel (Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys with a light meal and drinks)

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 19 nights' hotel accommodation
  • 1 night on board the ferry from Oslo to Germany

Delicious meals included

  • 36 meals including 20 breakfasts, 2 lunch and 14 dinners


Fantastic rail experiences allowing you to explore

  • Journeys on the Ofoten Railroad, Rauma Railroad, Flåm Railroad and Bergen Railroad
  • Ride the Nordland Railroad, or 'Polar Express'

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Cruises on Geirangerfjord, Aurlandsfjord and Naeroyfjord
  • Tours of Stockholm, Bergen, Copenhagen & Stiklestad battlefield
  • Free time in Trondheim and Oslo
  • Sami Experience & Inlandsbanan Museum
  • Dalsnibba lookout and an excursion to a stave church
  • Arctic Circle ceremony
  • Parts of this vacation make use of portable audio headsets on guided tours, allowing you to hear your guide clearly wherever in the group you are

Not Included

  • Flights and Airport transfers


Dimitri Zgonis
Vaugnel Fletcher
Grand Arctic Circle Explorer

The ultimate overland adventure by rail


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