Arctic Circle Express
Embark on a Nordic rail adventure of a lifetime to visit the best Norway and Sweden has to offer.
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 in Stockholm, and meet your group and Tour Manager at the Scandic Continental. The hotel is located right across the street from the central railroad station and is within walking distance of some of the best of the city, including Sergels Torg Square. You have some free time to get acquainted with the city ahead of tonight’s welcome dinner with the group. Overnight Stockholm. (D)
Day 2 - Stockholm Sightseeing
A guided sightseeing tour presents the beauty of Stockholm today. Enjoy a look at the modern architecture and the contrasting Gamla Stan (the Old Town), with its narrow streets. The remainder of the day is yours to explore Stockholm at leisure. Perhaps learn about Scandinavian maritime history at the Vasa Museum or visit Skansen, the world’s very first open-air museum. Overnight 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. On arrival, we check-in at the Clarion Grand Hotel, which is located right near the train station. Take the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy this city, which offers museums, beautiful architecture and serene waterside views. Overnight Östersund. (B, D)
Day 4 - The Inlandsbanan & Lapland
We leave Östersund and head north, traveling towards the untamed wilderness of Swedish Lapland. The train makes several scenic stops along the way, presenting the beauty of Sweden. 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 visit the Inlandsbanan Museum before getting a real taste of Lapland with a visit to a Sami village in Slagnas. After mingling with reindeer and learning about the local traditions, we transfer to Arjeplog for the evening. Overnight Arjeplog. (B, D)
Day 5 - Crossing the Arctic Circle
We continue our adventure through the north as we travel by coach to Jokkmokk. Crossing the Arctic Circle is a true milestone of this journey and it is celebrated as such with a ceremony. As we arrive and check-in at the Hotel Jokkmokk, the evening is at leisure to relax. Overnight Jokkmokk. (B, D)
Day 6 - The Ofoten Railroad to Narvik
Take in Sweden’s breathtaking mountains, traversing steep slopes and marveling at the sheer drops to the fjords below, aboard one of the world's most northerly railroad lines, the Ofoten Railroad*. The journey takes us on a northerly route to Narvik, a beautiful Norwegian city with a colorful harbor and an imposing mountainous backdrop. We stay at the Scandic Hotel Narvik. Overnight 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 we travel to Fauske via coach, and upon arrival, we board our train to Verdal. This memorable journey takes us along the incredible Nordland Railroad on the “Polar Express.” Magnificent fjords and bristling forests surround the tracks, and stunning scenes of wild Norway are on full display. As we arrive in Verdal this afternoon, check-in at the Scandic Stiklestad and enjoy the serenity of this quaint region. Overnight Verdal. (B, D)
Day 8 - Stiklestad
This morning we travel to Stiklestad, the site of one of Norway’s most famous battles and the place where King Olav met his death in 1030. A guided tour presents the immense history of this destination. Following our tour, we enjoy lunch and then admire the rugged Norwegian coastline as we travel by coach to Trondheim. Our southbound concludes this evening as we arrive at our hotel, either the Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel or Clarion Hotel & Congress Trondheim. Overnight Trondheim. (B, L, D)
Day 9 - Day at Leisure
Take the day at leisure to explore the atmospheric city of Trondheim, one of the oldest cities in Norway. Discover the city’s broad avenues, old warehouses and pretty timber dwellings. Market Square offers history dating back to the 12th century, and there is a charming covered bridge in the city. As you explore, seek out the art installations in the city or visit one of the museums, such as the Ringve Museum, which features a collection of musical instruments from all over the world. Overnight Trondheim. (B)
Day 10 - The Rauma Railroad
A spectacular journey through the magnificent, contrasting landscapes of Norway aboard the 71-mile Rauma Railroad lies ahead today. We follow the course of the emerald-colored River Rauma for much of the journey; the tracks following the river as it winds around the hillsides and below jagged mountain peaks. As we climb over rounded mountain plateaus, impressive vistas across unspoiled national parklands stretch into the distance. As we disembark the train, a motorcoach takes us to Geiranger for a two-night stay at the Union Hotel Geiranger. This hotel stands at the head of the Geirangerfjord, one of Norway's most spectacular sites. Overnight Geiranger. (B, D)
Day 11 - Geirangerfjord Boat Cruise
We are surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the spectacular Geirangerfjord as we cruise through the serene, deep water. Looking up, the steep sides of the fjord seem to tower over the boat. In the 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. Overnight Geiranger. (B)
Day 12 - Through the Fjords to Flåm
We leave Geiranger by coach this morning and continue our scenic voyage through Norway's incredible fjord country en route to Flåm. 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. As we reach Flåm at the head of the Aurlandsfjord, enjoy spectacular views and rural serenity of the Fretheim Hotel. Overnight Flåm. (B, D)
Day 13 - The Flåm Railroad to Bergen
A memorable excursion aboard the Flåm Railroad takes us up into the mountains along one of the steepest lines in the world. As we travel through the mountain range, the rail line twists and turns to accommodate the extreme terrain. We reach the end of the route at Myrdal and return to Flåm, where we 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. After checking in at the Thon Rosenkrantz, the evening is yours to relax. Overnight Bergen. (B)
Day 14 - Bergen
Today we are treated to a guided tour of Bergen and enjoy a look at a number of the town’s most significant sites. One of the highlights of the tour is Bryggen, the Old City, which boasts UNESCO World Heritage designation. Here we see the wharf and the surrounding historical buildings. Bergen itself is nestled beneath seven hills and is surrounded by fjords; the views as we make our way through the city are simply spectacular. After our tour, we enjoy a seafood lunch at Bergen Fish Market. The remainder of the day is yours to continue your discoveries of this eclectic city. Overnight Bergen. (B, L)
Day 15 - The Bergen Railroad to Oslo
We leave Bergen by train and embark on a magnificent journey on Northern Europe's highest railroad line, the Bergen Railroad. The train climbs high above the tree line and crosses through some of the most remote areas of western Norway before descending through pastures to the elegant city of Oslo. After checking in at the hotel, spend some time enjoying the sites of the city before rejoining the group for your Farewell Dinner.Overnight Oslo. (B, D)
Day 16 - Tour Conclusion
Your Arctic adventure concludes after breakfast this morning. A group transfer is provided to Oslo Airport for flights departing after 2 p.m. (B)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Scandic Continental Hotel, Stockholm
Set in an urban-style building shrouded in reflective glass, the Scandic Continental Hotel offers 4-star accommodations and an unbeatable location. The hotel is located right across the street from the train station and within walking distance of many of the attractions in the city center. At the hotel, guests enjoy a rooftop terrace with a pool and a bar, an onsite restaurant and a 24-hour gym and sauna. Each room is complete with free Wi-Fi, modern furnishings, flat-screen TVs, telephone, safe and a hairdryer in the bathrooms.
Clarion Hotel Grand Östersund, Östersund
The Clarion Hotel Grand Östersund is a 4-star hotel that is set just a short walk from the Badhusparken, which overlooks the Storsjön lake. This lovely hotel offers excellent amenities, including a restaurant that serves food made with locally sourced ingredients, a bar, a pool, a sauna and a well-equipped gym. The rooms come with a television, a minibar, tea & coffee-making facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Hotel Silverhatten, Arjeplog
Located amongst verdant scenery in one of the most beautiful areas of Sweden, the 4-Star Hotel Silverhatten is the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The hotel features a restaurant that offers both international and Swedish specialties, a gym, a sauna, a steam room and a variety of massage treatments in the spa (payable locally). Each comfortable room is decorated with beautiful dark wooden accents and comes well-equipped with a television, a minibar, an en-suite bathroom and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Hotel Jokkmokk, Jokkmokk
Located on the shores of Lake Talvatis and within close proximity to the center of Jokkmokk is Hotel Jokkmokk. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, gym and two saunas - one of which is in the main hotel building and the other is next to the lake. Many of the guest rooms enjoy wonderful views over the lake and come complete with all of the modern conveniences one could desire, including television, phone and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Scandic Narvik Hotel, Narvik
Opened in 2012, the Scandic Narvik Hotel is one of Norway's tallest and most distinctive buildings. The establishment offers fine views of the surrounding mountains - especially from the sky bar and terrace on the top floor. There is a well-stocked gym onsite, as well as a restaurant. For guests, all of the rooms feature a television, minibar, telephone and hairdryer.
Scandic Stiklestad, Verdal
Contemporary design and stylish furnishings combine at the 4-star-rated Scandic Stiklestad. This hotel offers comfortable accommodation in the historic city of Stiklestad and modern rooms complete with complimentary Wi-Fi, televisions, hairdryers and safes. Other onsite amenities to look forward to include the international Skalden restaurant and a well-stocked - yet cozy - bar area.
Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel, Trondheim
Located in the heart of Trondheim, the Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel is set within walking distance of shops and restaurants, as well as Bakklandet, the city's old quarter. The hotel has a bar which serves a selection of meals and drinks. Each room features contemporary décor and is equipped with individual climate control, a telephone, a television, a minibar 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.
Fretheim Hotel, Flåm
The Fretheim Hotel in Flåm is surrounded by nature and presents an impressive view of the nearby fjord and surrounding mountains. A converted farm, this hotel has an array of offerings, including a restaurant, a bar and a coffee shop. The rooms are all equipped with television and a 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. Throughout the establishment, light, modern decor complements the historical surroundings of the hotel. Guests have access to a restaurant and a lobby bar within the hotel and enjoy 48-inch Smart televisions, Bose sound systems and minibars in each room.
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.
The Inlandsbanan connects Kristinehamn in the south of Sweden with Gällivare in the north, a journey of approximately 810 miles (1,300 kilometers). 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 mountain, 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 that takes passengers past deep fjords, through the rugged mountains and across the barren mountain plateaus north of the Arctic Circle.
Following a route that covers more than 450 miles between Trondheim and Bodø, the Nordland Railroad is Norway’s longest railway. We join this railway in Fauske and travel to the town of Verdal, which is just a portion of the total route. Along the way, some of the most spectacular scenery in Norway is presented: vast forests, fertile farmlands, coastal vistas and even imposing mountain ranges. Passengers enjoy sights of bridges, tunnels and unique Arctic scenes all from the comfort of their onboard seat.
The Raumabanen Railroad
Named as Europe's “Most Beautiful Railway Journey” by Lonely Planet, the Raumabanen Railroad follows a route between Åndalsnes and Dombås - a journey that takes approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes to complete. This train takes travelers 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.
A branch line of the Bergen Railroad, the scenic Flåm Railroad takes passengers on a wonderful 12.5-mile (20-kilometer) 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 (865 meters).
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.
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