On this remarkable adventure we explore Norway and Swedish
Lapland, journeying north far into the Arctic Circle where we seek
out the magical Northern Lights, all whilst traveling on some of
Scandinavia's most scenic railroads.
Oslo & Trondheim
Journey along the line of the Dovre Railroad
Journey on the Nordland Railroad
Northern Lights spotting excursions in Bodø
Svolvaer and the Lofoten Islands
Narvik and journey on the Ofoten Railroad
Kiruna & The Ice Hotel
Excursion to Henningsvaer for a chance to spot the Northern Lights
Your wonderful journey in search of the Northern Lights begins
in Oslo, where you meet the group and Tour Manager at our hotel for
two nights, the Thon Hotel Opera, located close to the Opera
Day 2 - Exploring Oslo
Today you are free to explore Oslo at leisure. The new State
Opera House is situated close to our hotel and is an impressive,
award-winning example of modern architecture. Norway's magnificent
19th century Royal Palace and the 20th century Oslo City Hall, home
of the Nobel Prize ceremonies, are both well worth visiting. Oslo
also boasts a variety of attractive parks including the Vigeland
Sculpture Park, whose 80 fascinating acres were designed by Gustav
Vigeland. The city offers a good choice of museums including, the
Folk Museum and the Edvard Munch Museum.
Days 3-4 - Oslo to Trondheim
Today we leave Oslo and head due north by train, following the
line of the Dovre Railroad. Our wonderfully scenic daytime journey
takes us through the majestic landscape of the Dovrefjell - a
mountain range separating eastern Norway from the region
surrounding Trondheim. The mountains are part of the
Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park, a protected region which
is a natural habitat for many rare plants and animals. Later we
arrive in Trondheim for two nights at the Radisson Blu Royal Garden
Hotel, located in the heart of the city within walking distance of
its shops, restaurants and Bakklandet, the city's Old Quarter.
Day 4 is free to explore atmospheric Trondheim,
one of Norway's oldest cities.
Day 3 - Dovre Railroad
Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Breakfast
Day 4 - Free Day
Day 5 - Trondheim to Bodø on the Polar Express
We leave Trondheim early this morning and travel north on the
Nordland Railroad for a 452-mile journey to Bodø. 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.
We cross the Arctic Circle - 66 degrees north - shortly before
reaching the town of Lonsdal, the highest point of the railroad. The
train reaches Fauske before turning due west for the final short
section of the journey to Bodø, which claims to be 'the city with
the world's most beautiful coastline'. As Bodø is beneath the
auroral oval, if the weather is clear, tonight could be our first
viewing of the magical Northern Lights.
We spend the night at the Thon Hotel Nordlys, located in the
heart of the town. After dinner, we travel by coach to a viewing
point, to maximise our chances of seeing the spectral dance of the
magnificent Northern Lights.
Day 6 - Bodø and the Lofoten Islands
After a leisurely morning we board our Hurtigruten ship, and
travel to Svolvaer, the tiny capital of the stunning Lofoten
Islands. Described as Europe's most dramatic and spectacular
islands, the Lofoten Islands are tethered to mainland Norway by a
series of bridges and resemble spikey, wired teeth. The islands are
home to small fishing communities, their houses built on timber
piles with seawater under the floorboards and imposing cliffs
towering 3,000ft above. We spend two nights at the Thon Hotel
Day 7 - The Lofoten Islands and the Northern Lights
Your morning is free to explore Svolvaer and the Lofoten Islands
at leisure. The islands are home to some outstanding wildlife,
including the world's densest population of sea eagles and large
numbers of minke whales which roam the blue-watered bays. In the
late afternoon we embark on a coach journey to the quiet side of
the island where there is hardly any light pollution. These are
fantastic conditions from which to hunt for the Northern Lights, as
well as making for beautiful views of the wintry landscapes.
Afterwards, we enjoy a meal of local produce at the Old Fish Oil
Museum and later we return by coach to Svolvaer.
Northern Lights Excursion
Day 8 - Svolvaer to Narvik
We leave Svolvaer by coach this morning, and return to the
Norwegian mainland. Our journey once again offers a wonderful
opportunity to soak up the region's breathtaking beauty, with views
from the coach stretching down sheer drops to the majestic fjords
in the valley below. We check in to the Scandic Hotel Narvik and
enjoy an afternoon at leisure. The ice-free seaport is located 250
miles north of the Arctic Circle and has a number of fascinating
attractions including its Red Cross War Memorial Museum, which
documents the wartime occupation of Narvik by the Germans in World
War II and the bitter air and sea battles that took place for
control of the harbor and the iron ore supplies. Also worth a
visit is the Ofoten Museum, housed in the old NSB Railroad building,
which features exhibitions relating to local cultural history and
the construction of the Ofoten Railroad.
Day 9 - Narvik to Kiruna on the Ofoten Railroad
Today we enjoy a journey on one of the world's most northerly
railroad lines, the Ofoten Railroad. Narvik was originally built as a
port to export the iron ore mined near Kiruna, and the Ofoten
Railroad was built as the link between the mines and the port.
We travel on this line across the Swedish border, crossing
barren plateaus and traversing steep mountainsides as we make our
way to Kiruna, Swedish Lapland's largest city. The railroad's route
was painstakingly carved out of the mountains - an incredible
engineering project that was largely undertaken by hand. On arrival
in Kiruna we have time at leisure. We spend two nights at the Camp
Kiruna Ice Hotel
Days 10-11 - Kiruna and the Sami experience
This morning we enjoy time at Kiruna's famous Ice Hotel. In the
late afternoon we take a 'Sami experience', discovering the lives
and culture of Sweden's indigenous people. We travel to a Sami
village where we meet the reindeer, enjoy a Sami feast in a 'lavvu'
(Sami tent) and listen to local folk tales. We then leave the
lights of the village behind, heading into a beautiful landscape of
forests and mountains to try and view the captivating Northern
Lights once again. On Day
11 you depart Kiruna for the airport, and fly to
Stockholm Airport where your tour concludes and are free to catch
your flight home.
We recommend that for this tour you arrange flights to Oslo
Gardermoen airport, approximately 30 miles from your base in
Oslo. Our recommended departure airport is Stockholm Airport
(ARN), which is approximately 0 miles from your end point.
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.
You may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime
after 14:00; you will meet your tour
manager and group at dinner at approx 18:30.
The itinerary, the rail experience and the tour manager all were excellent
Mr T Russell
Submitted Apr 18, 2019
Overall, the experience was excellent. The last-minute change of hotel in Narvik was a demerit especially since the new hotel was nothing great.
Submitted Apr 12, 2018
We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. The change of hotels on Lofoten was good, in that it was fun to stay in a Rorbuer, but the location meant that we had a lot of hours in buses using the same route. Also it was very sad to make the boat trip out to the islands at night, as the scenery would have been wonderful
Submitted Apr 05, 2018
Well organised and generally very satisfactory. Scenery wonderful and train rides excellent.
One problem with accommodation quickly resolved by tour manager.
Mrs P Hardy
Submitted Mar 09, 2018
The tour guide went above and beyond what was expected: she was brilliant. The hotels were all very nice, although the breakfast options did drop from absolutely excellent (The Bristol in Oslo was amazing on all counts) to acceptable but moving toward basic at Kiruna. The weather was great and we saw the Northern Lights. Thoroughly enjoyed the vacation and would recommend unreservedly.
Submitted Mar 09, 2018
Excellent itinerary, very pleasant and efficient tour manager, good location of good quality hotels, scenic train rides, right mix of free time and excursions