Arctic Circle Express
Embark on a Nordic rail adventure of a lifetime to visit the best Norway and Sweden has to offer.
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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.
Start with a guided tour of both modern Stockholm and its historic Old Town, followed by a day to explore on your own. Next, head inland by train to Östersund and view the beautiful scenery at every turn, before you cross the Arctic Circle into the 'Land of the Midnight Sun.'
Then travel through Sweden's breathtaking mountains and into Norway, arriving in Narvik with a day at leisure. Follow the coastline south to Trondheim, where you have a free day to explore the musical history of the area on your own.
Enjoy the trek along the River Rauma with views of national parks as you approach Geiranger. There you will partake in a Geirangerfjord Boat Cruise alongside the steep sides of the fjord.
Experience an amazing train ride through the fjords to Flåm, and watch the mountains and valleys unfold outside your window. Once in Flåm, take an excursion on the Flåm Railroad, one of the steepest lines in the world, and then enjoy a visit to Sognefjord, Norway's longest and deepest fjord.
Wrap up your journey with a free day to explore Bergen, and then travel through the most remote areas of western Norway as you head to Oslo.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Standard class rail travel throughout (upgraded to Komfort class between Fauske-Verdal and Bergen-Oslo)
- 5 scenic rail excursions: Ofoten Railroad, Nordland Railroad, Rauma Railroad, Flåm Railroad and Bergen Railroad
- Hotel accommodations for 15 nights
- 27 meals including 15 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 10 dinners
- Guided sightseeing tours of Stockholm, Stiklestad battlefield and Bergen
- Tour of Stiklesstad battlefield
- Visit Batsuoj Sami centre and Inlandsbanan Museum
- Cross the Arctic Circle by coach
- Geiranger and Geirangerfjord cruise
- Boat cruise on Sognefjord
- Services of a professional Tour Manager
Day 1 - Stockholm
Arrive into Stockholm and meet your group and Tour Manager for two nights at the Scandic Continental in Stockholm, situated close to the central railroad station. (D)
Day 2 - Stockholm Sightseeing
Today 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. (B)
Day 3 - Inland to Östersund
Departing Stockholm we head inland by InterCity train to Östersund, nestled on the shore of beautiful Lake Storsjön, Sweden's fifth largest lake. Here we stay for one night at the Clarion Grand Hotel. (B, D)
Day 4 - The Inlandsbanan & Lapland
We leave Östersund and head north, traveling through some of Sweden's most glorious scenery as we head towards the untamed wilderness of Swedish Lapland, making several stops at beauty spots along the way. Our journey on the Inlandsbanan tourist train takes us through a landscape of crystal clear lakes and towering forests, crossing the Arctic Circle into 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)
Day 6 - The Ofoten Railroad to Narvik
Today 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, traversing steep mountainsides, with sheer drops to the fjords below. We arrive in Narvik, where we stay at the Scandic Hotel Narvik. (B, D)
*Please note: you will need to take an overnight bag with you as your main luggage is transported to Stiklestad.
Day 7 - The Polar Express
Today is 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. On arrival into Verdal, we stay at the Scandic Stiklestad. (B, D)
Day 8 - Stiklestad
Today we visit Stiklestad, the site of King Olav's death in 1030. Here we enjoy a guided tour. After lunch, we admire the rugged shores of Norway as we follow the coastline south to Trondheim on our coach, arriving late this evening. The Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel or Clarion Hotel & Congress Trondheim is our home for two nights. (B, L, D)
Day 9 - Day at Leisure
Today 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. (B)
Day 10 - The Rauma Railroad
Today we join the 71 mile long Rauma Railroad for a spectacular journey through magnificent, contrasting landscapes. 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 plateaus we are treated to awesome views across the expansive, unspoiled national parks that stretch into the distance. 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, more incredible at first hand than you could have imagined from any photograph. (B, D)
Day 11 - Geirangerfjord 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 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 snow-capped peaks in the distance. When it rains, countless waterfalls appear from nowhere, flowing majestically and crashing down into the water below. After our cruise enjoy a scenic drive from Hellesylt to Geiranger passing Hornindalsvatnet lake and Stryn. (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 of the surrounding mountains and valleys. We reach Flåm at the head of the Aurlandsfjord and stay at the Fretheim Hotel. (B, D)
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. (B)
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. After our tour we enjoy a seafood lunch at Bergen Fish Market. (B, L)
Day 15 - The Bergen Railroad to Oslo
We leave Bergen by train for a magnificent 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 through pastures to the elegant city of Oslo, where we overnight. (B, D)
Day 16 - Tour Conclusion
Today you are free to make your own way home. A group transfer is provided to the Oslo airport for flights departing after 2pm. (B)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Scandic Continental Hotel, Stockholm
In Stockholm, we stay at the 4-Star Scandic Continental Hotel located near the city center.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Clarion Hotel Grand Östersund, Östersund
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 colors, giving them a pleasant airy feel, and come with a television, a minibar, tea & coffee-making facilities, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
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.
Scandic Stiklestad, 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 wall safes.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest railroad 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 Railroad enables us to soak up the spectacular views whilst relaxing in warm, comfortable carriages.
A branch line of the Bergen Railroad, the scenic Flåm Railroad takes passengers on a wonderful 12.5 mile (20km) journey up one of the steepest railroad 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). On our tour we join the railroad 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.
The Ofoten Railroad 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 Railroad, was built at the turn of the century as the link between the mines and the port. At the time of construction, the Ofoten Railroad was both the coldest and northern-most railroad 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 Railroad Museum is dedicated to the local history of Narvik and the Ofoten Railroad, and is located close to the center of Narvik.
The Raumabanen Railroad
Our spectacular journey on the 71 mile (114 km) Raumabanen Railroad 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 Railroad, and from here we continue our journey by coach.
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