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Arctic Circle Express

The Nordic rail adventure of a lifetime

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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.'

The itinerary for your journey
Tour highlights

What’s included

Days 1-2 - The delights of Stockholm
Arriving in 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.

Day 3 - Inland to Östersund
Ostersund

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.

Day 4 - The Inlandsbanan and Lapland
The Inlandsbanan

We leave Östersund and head north to Sorsele travelling 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.

Day 5 - Crossing the Arctic Circle.
Jokkmokk

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.

Days 6-7 - The Ofoten Railway to Narvik
Norway's fjords

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 railway lines, the Ofoten Railway*. 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 travelling to Fauske via coach. On arrival in Fauske, we board our train to Verdal which takes us along the incredible Nordland Railway 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

Days 8-9 - South to Trondheim
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.

Day 10 - The Rauma Railway
Raumabanen Railway

Today we join the 71 mile long Rauma Railway 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.

Day 11 - Geirangerfjord boat cruise
Geiranger

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 colour 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.

Day 12 - Through the Fjords to Flåm
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.

Day 13 - The Flåm Railway to Bergen
Flåm Railway

Today we enjoy a superb excursion on the Flåm Railway. Our rail journey takes us up into the mountains along one of the steepest lines in the world, twisting and turning regularly as the railway 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.

Day 14 - Bergen
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.

Day 15 - The Bergen Railway to Oslo
The Bergen Railway

We leave Bergen by train for a magnifi cent journey on Northern Europe's highest railway line, the Bergen Railway. 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.

Day 16 - Oslo and Home
Flying home

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

Recommended Airports
Airport waiting room

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.

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 Dates

All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
Please always refer to the website for up-to-date prices and availability.

Trains
Bergen Railway
Bergen Railway

Widely regarded as one of the greatest railway journeys in the world, this high-altitude trip through southern Norway links the old Hanseatic city of Bergen and the Norwegian capital, Oslo. The harsh climate experienced in this part of the world has produced a landscape that is breathtaking and wild, and the Bergen Railway enables us to soak up the spectacular views whilst relaxing in warm, comfortable carriages.

Flåm Railway
Flåm Railway

A branch line of the Bergen Railway, the scenic Flåm Railway takes passengers on a wonderful 12.5 mile (20km) journey up one of the steepest railway lines in the world. On its journey from Flåm, located at the innermost corner of the Aurlandsfjord, the train negotiates horseshoe curves, twists, turns and 20 tunnels - 18 of which were drilled by hand.

The scenery is truly spectacular, with rivers and waterfalls, snow-capped mountains and remote farms passing by the window as you travel towards Myrdal at 2,838 feet (865m).

Inlandsbanan
Inlandsbanan

The Inlandsbanan connects Kristinehamn in the south of Sweden with Gällivare in the north, a journey of approximately 810 miles (1,300km). On our Arctic Circle Express and Grand Arctic Circle Explorer holidays we join the railway in Östersund, an inland city in the middle of the country, for the trip to Jokkmokk, situated above the Arctic Circle. This fantastic journey up the 'backbone of Sweden' takes us past tranquil lakes and tumbling streams bursting with life.

Ofoten Railway
Ofoten Railway

The Ofoten Railway lies on a headland at the foot of the Fagernesfjellet, between the Beisfjord and Rornbaksfjord, and runs between the iron-ore mines at Kiruna in Swedish Lapland and the port town of Narvik on the Norwegian coast. The modern town of Narvik was developed as a port for the export of the iron-ore, and the Ofoten Railway, was built at the turn of the century as the link between the mines and the port.

At the time of construction, the Ofoten Railway was both the coldest and northern-most railway project in the world. The 26-mile (42km) line was painstakingly carved out the mountains - an incredible engineering project that was largely undertaken by hand. The result is a breathtaking route which takes passengers past deep fjords, through the wild, rugged mountains and the barren mountain plateaus north of the Arctic Circle.

The Ofoten Railway Museum is dedicated to the local history of Narvik and the Ofoten Railway, and is located close to the centre of Narvik.

The Raumabanen Railway
Raumabanen Railway

Our spectacular journey on the 71 mile (114 km) Raumabanen Railway begins in the village of Dombås. The train takes us along the valley carved by the River Rauma, offering magnificent views of the awe-inspiring crags, peaks and plateaus of the Alpine massif along the way.

Just beyond Verma, the train enters the semi circular Stavem Tunnel, which reverses the train's direction, taking us back in the direction from which we have just come, before crossing the famous Kylling Bridge.

Further along the line we pass Trollveggen (Troll Wall), the tallest vertical rock face in Europe and then continue through the wild, awe-inspiring landscape towards the town of Åndalsnes on the shores of the beautiful Romsdal Fjord. Åndalsnes is the terminus of the Raumabanen Railway, and from here we continue our journey by coach.

Hotels
Hotel Silverhatten, Arjeplog
Hotel Silverhatten

Located amongst verdant scenery in one of the most beautiful areas of Sweden, the 4-Star Hotel Silverhatten is the perfect place from which to conduct our explorations whilst we are here. Available at the hotel are a restaurant, serving delicious food with a mix of both international and Swedish specialties, a gym, a sauna, a steam room, and a variety of massage treatments available at the spa (payable locally). The comfortable rooms are decorated with beautiful dark wooden accents, and come well equipped with a television, a minibar, an en-suite bathroom, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz, Bergen
Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz, Bergen

The Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz is situated on Bryggen, Bergen's historic waterfront, close to the famous fish market and the Fløibanen Funicular Railway. The hotel has a restaurant and a lobby bar. All rooms feature light, modern décor and are well equipped with a minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, telephone, television and a hairdryer.

Fretheim Hotel, Flåm
Fretheim Hotel, Flåm

The Fretheim Hotel in Flåm is a long-standing favourite with our customers. Surrounded by nature, the hotel has an impressive view of the nearby fjord and surrounding mountains. The hotel has a restaurant, bar and coffee shop. Rooms are equipped with television and a hairdryer.

Union Hotel, Geiranger
Union Hotel, Geiranger

Located on the edge of the beautiful Geirangerfjord, the Union Hotel features a lounge, two restaurants, three bars and a terrace serving light snacks and drinks, where guests may enjoy the magnificent views over the fjord. The hotel also has an indoor pool, sauna, Turkish bath, an outdoor pool (seasonal) a spa offering various therapies and treatments (pay locally) and a fascinating vintage car museum. Rooms are comfortably furnished and feature a telephone and television.

Hotel Jokkmokk, Jokkmokk
Hotel Jokkmokk, Jokkmokk

The Hotel Jokkmokk is situated on the shores of Lake Talvatis, close to the centre of Jokkmokk. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, gym and saunas - one in the main hotel building and one next to the lake. The rooms are comfortably furnished and feature a telephone, television and a hairdryer. Many of the rooms enjoy wonderful views over the lake.

Scandic Narvik Hotel, Narvik
Scandic Narvik Hotel, Narvik

Opened in 2012, the Scandic Narvik Hotel is one of Norway's tallest and most distinctive buildings, and offers fine views of the surrounding mountains. Its facilities include a restaurant, a sky bar and terrace on the top floor, and a well-stocked gym. The rooms feature amenities such as a television, minibar, telephone and hairdryer.

Clarion Hotel Grand Ostersund, Ostersund
Clarion Hotel Grand Ostersund

Our hotel in Östersund is the centrally located, 4-Star Clarion Hotel Grand Östersund. Set just a short walk away from the Badhusparken, which overlooks the Storsjön lake, this lovely hotel contains excellent amenities, including a restaurant, serving food made with locally sourced ingredients, a bar, a pool, a sauna, and a well-equipped gym. The delightful rooms are decorated in light colours, giving them a pleasant airy feel, and come with a television, a minibar, tea & coffee-making facilities, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Scandic Stiklestad, Steinkjer
Scandic Stiklestad

The contemporary and stylish 4-Star Scandic Stiklestad offers comfortable accommodation in the historic city of Stiklestad in beautiful Norway. Enjoy modern rooms and conveniences during your time here. Amenities include the international Skalden restaurant and a well-stocked and cozy bar area. The rooms boast complimentary WiFi, televisions, hairdryers and wallsafes.

Scandic Continental Hotel, Stockholm
Scandic Continental Hotel

In Stockholm, we stay at the 4-Star Scandic Continental Hotel located near the city centre.

Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel, Trondheim
Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel, Trondheim

The Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel is situated in the heart of Trondheim, within walking distance of its shops, restaurants and Bakklandet, the city's old quarter. The hotel has a bar which serves a selection of meals and drinks. The rooms feature stylish, contemporary décor and come equipped with individual climate control, a telephone, television, minibar and a hairdryer.

Upgrades

We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!

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