Arctic Circle Express
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'.
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 and Inclusions
- Standard Class rail travel throughout (Upgraded to Komfort Class between Fauske & Steinkjer, Bergen & Oslo)
- Flights from London to Stockholm and from Oslo to London
- 15 nights' hotel accommodation
- 27 meals including 15 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 11 dinners
- Guided sightseeing tour of Stockholm
- Visit to the Batsuoj Sami Centre & a Stave church
- Cross the Arctic Circle by coach
- Journey on the Ofoten Railway
- Journey on the Nordland Railway
- Journey on the Rauma Railway
- Cruise on Geirangerfjord
- Excursion on the Flåm Railway
- Cruise on Sognefjord
- Journey on the Bergen Railway
- Tour of Stiklestad battlefield
- The services of a professional Tour Manager throughout
- Porter service at Stockholm, Narvik and Trondheim stations and luggage transfers from Flam to Bergen and Bergen to Oslo
Days 1 & 2 - London to Stockholm
We fly from London into Stockholm for two nights at the Scandic Continental. On Day 2, we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Stockholm, before you are free to explore at leisure. (Day 1 - D, Day 2 - B)
Day 3 - Inland to Östersund
Departing Stockholm we head inland by InterCity train to Östersund, nestled on the shore of the beautiful Lake Storsjön. Here we spend tonight at the Clarion Grand Hotel. (B, D)
Day 4 - The Inlandsbanan and Lapland
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. (B, D)
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. (B, D)
Days 6 & 7 - The Ofoten Railway to Narvik
Today we enjoy a journey on one of the most northerly railway lines, the Ofoten Railway. We travel through Sweden's breathtaking mountains into Norway, traversing steep mountainsides, with sheer drops to the fjords below. 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 Steinkjer which takes us along the incredible Nordland Railway on the 'Polar Express', which travels past awesome fjords and bristling forests. On arrival into Steinkjer, we stay at the Quality Hotel. (Day 6 - B, D, Day 7 - B, D)
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. 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 8 - B, L, D, Day 9 - B)
Day 10 - The Rauma 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 spectacular sites, the Geirangerfjord is even more incredible at first hand than you could have imagined from any photograph. (B, D)
Day 11 - Geirangerjord Boat Cruise
Today we enjoy the beautiful scenery of the spectacular 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 snow-capped peaks in the distance. When it rains, countless waterfalls appear from nowhere, flowing majestically over exposed rocky outcrops and crashing down into the water below. (B)
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 and interesting 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. (B, D)
Day 13 - The Flåm Railway to Bergen
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. (B, D)
Day 14 - Bergen
Today we are treated to a guided 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. (B)
Days 15 - The Bergen Railway to Oslo
We leave Bergen by train for a magnificent 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. (B, D)
Day 16 - Oslo to London
We bid farewell to Norway today as we transfer to the airport for our flight to London. (B)
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.
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Train and Hotel Accommodations
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.
A branch line of the Bergen Railway, the scenic Flåm Railwaytakes 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).
The Inlandsbanan connects Kristinehamn in the south of Sweden with Gällivare in the north, a journey of approximately 810 miles (1,300km). 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.
As we travel through the dense forests of northern Sweden, keep an eye out for native wildlife, in particular reindeer and elk. The Inlandsbanan train crosses the Arctic Circle and we travel through the Laponian area, a region dominated by mountains and lakes in the Lapland province which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Relax and soak up the wild, beautiful scenery as the train makes its way to our destination, Jokkmokk.
Named after the famous British express service, InterCity trains are long-distance services operating in a variety of different countries, such as Germany, Switzerland and Austria. InterCity trains are distinct from Inter City Express (ICE) and EuroCity services in that they operate on domestic routes within country borders.
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.
The 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thon Hotel Opera, Oslo
The modern Thon Hotel Opera is perfectly located next to Oslo Central Station and just a short walk from Karl Johans Gate, the city's main pedestrian thoroughfare. The hotel has a restaurant, a bar serving snacks and light refreshments, a sauna and fitness studio. The rooms are comfortably furnished and facilities include climate control, a television, telephone, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities and a hairdryer.
Hotel Silverhatten, 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.
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. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi and a gym. The rooms feature stylish, contemporary décor and come equipped with individual climate control, a telephone, television, minibar and a hairdryer.
Clarion Hotel Grand Ostersund, 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.
Quality Hotel Grand, Steinkjer
The 3-Star Quality Hotel Grand in Steinkjer enjoys a superb location close to the heart of the town. Featuring modern amenities, minimalist design and excellent, friendly and efficient service from its well-organised staff, the Quality Hotel Grand is a great place to begin your explorations of this charming Norwegian town. The hotel boasts complimentary WiFi along with a restaurant and a bar, while each room has a television and air-conditioning.
Scandic Continental Hotel, Stockholm
In Stockholm, we stay at the 4-Star Scandic Continental Hotel located near the city centre.
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