Traveling on some of Scandinavia's most scenic railroads, our tour takes us to the spectacularly beautiful Lofoten Islands and offers several opportunities to see the Aurora Borealis.
About the Tour
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.
- Scenic rail journey on the Nordland Railway, also known as the 'Polar Express', to Bodø
- Journey on the Ofoten Railway to Kiruna
- Ferry and scenic drive to Lofoten Islands
- Rail and coach travel as described
- 10 nights' hotel accommodation
- 18 meals including 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 7 dinners
- Trondheim city tour
- Guided tour of the Ice Hotel
- Sami Experience
- Husky Adventure
- Porterage included from Narvik to Kiruna
- Intercountry flights are included
- Services of a professional tour escort and knowledgeable local guides for touring
Day 1 - To Trondheim
Our wonderful journey in search of the Northern Lights begins as you arrive in Trondheim, where you spend your first evening at leisure. Overnight Trondheim.
Day 2 - Trondheim at Leisure
Today enjoy some time at leisure. Founded in the 10th century, Trondheim is one of the oldest and largest cities in Norway. This was the former seat of the Norwegian kings and a Scandinavian spiritual center throughout the Middle Ages. In 1681, a huge fire damaged much of the city, though this was swiftly rebuilt in a grand style, much of which survives. Today, this city is widely regarded as a cradle of culture within Norway. Overnight Trondheim. (B, D)
Day 3 - Exploring Trondheim
Admire Trondheims’s popular sites on a guided city tour. you will discover the most attractive sights in the center of Trondheim, like the old quarter Bakklandet with its cozy, colorful wooden houses, it´s famous Old Town Bridge and the Nidaros Cathedral – the coronation and burial church of Norwegian Kings. Walking over the Main Square we pass by the Royal Residence and stroll through the cities heart revealing the charm of Trondheims history and culture. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight Trondheim. (B)
Day 4 - Trondheim to Bodø on the Nordland Railway
We leave Trondheim early this morning and travel north on the Nordland Railway on 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 your first viewing of the magical Northern Lights. After dinner, we travel by coach to a viewing point, to maximize our chances of seeing the spectral dance of the magnificent Northern Lights. Overnight Bodo. (B, D)
Day 5 - Bodø & the Lofoten Islands
After a leisurely morning, we board our coach for a scenic journey to Bognes where a ferry takes us to Lodingen. Upon arrival in Lofoten Islands, we continue on to Svolvaer, the tiny capital of the stunningly beautiful 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 countless 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 Lofoten. Overnight Svolvaer. (B)
Day 6 - The Lofoten Islands & the Northern Lights
This morning, enjoy a scenic drive on Lofoten islands to Nusfjord and Vestvagoy. Upon return, your afternoon 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 evening 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 landscape. We return by coach to Svolvaer. Overnight Svolvaer. (B, D)
Day 7 - 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 Thon 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. Overnight Narvik. (B, D)
Day 8 - Narvik to Kiruna on the Ofoten Railway
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 Ripan Hotel. Overnight Kiruna. (B, D)
Days 9 - Kiruna & the Sami Experience
This 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 village behind, traveling to the Kiruna Ice Hotel for a guided tour and leisure time to explore. From here we head back to our hotel for dinner before taking a journey into a beautiful landscape of forests and mountains to try and view the captivating Northern Lights once again. Overnight Kiruna. (B, L, D)
Day 10 - Lulea Husky Tour
After breakfast this morning we travel by coach to Lulea where we embark on a Husky Tour in Swedish Lapland. Here we will meet the dogs and enjoy a seated ride on one of the sleds allowing the chance to lean back and take some pictures of the wonderful nature surrounding us. After a warm drink and snack we head back to the hotel for some free time and one final dinner before we say farewell. (B, D)
Days 11 - Return Home
After your return flight from Lulea to Stockholm you are free to travel home independently. Flights are recommended from Stockholm. (B)
Thon Hotel Lofoten, Svolvaer (or similar)
The Thon Hotel Lofoten is perfectly located in Svolvaer Harbor, within easy walking distance of the town's attractions. The hotel has a restaurant and a bar and guests enjoy free access to a local gym 200 meters from the hotel. The rooms come with a telephone, flatscreen television, free Wi-Fi internet access, a minibar, and a hairdryer.
Camp Ripan, Kiruna
Just outside of Kiruna we stay at the 4-Star Camp Ripan, a hotel that offers that little something extra. Designed and built to reflect the nature and conservation of this area of Sweden, each room is an individual, cozy cabin, which features a television, a minifridge, and complimentary Wi-Fi. One of the main features of this hotel is its impressive Aurora Spa, with indoor and outdoor pools that are open all year round, and a sauna. There is also a restaurant, serving delicious food with local ingredients.
Thon Hotel, Narvik (or similar)
Narvik is idyllically nested deep inside the Ofot Fjord on a peninsula surrounded by magnificent mountains. This is the narrowest point in the country, so you can cross Norway in a day’s walk. Thon Hotel Narvik is scenically situated at the foot of Narvikfjellet and offers a stunning fjord view. This relaxed hotel with views of Ofotfjord is 1 km from the Narvik War Museum, 2 km from the Narvikfjellet gondola and a 15-minute walk from Narvik railway station.
Straightforward rooms feature flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and tea and coffeemaking facilities, in addition to free Wi-Fi. The restaurant features a terrace with mountain and fjord views.
Scandic Bodo, Bodo (or similar)
In Bodo we stay at the 4-Star Scandic Bodo Hotel, located a short distance from Bodo railroad station. Equipped with all the expected modern amenities with tasteful, fashionable interiors and well-appointed furnishings, this is an excellent place from which to explore Bodo. Amenities include an international restaurant and a bar serving drinks from across the world. Rooms all have a television, a minibar, and a hairdryer.
Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel, Trondheim (or similar)
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.
Hotel Clarion Sense, Lulea (or similar)
In Lulea we enjoy accommodation at the 4-Star Clarion Sense Hotel which overlooks the city's scenic north harbor, and is a short walk from the stately Lulea Cathedral. Situated at the top of the hotel is the spa, which offers an indoor pool with spectacular views over Lulea, and a range of beauty and massage treatments (payable locally). There is also a gym, a restaurant, a lobby bar, and a sky bar, making this hotel the perfect place to relax after a day of exploration. The rooms offer a television, a minibar, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
The Nordland Railroad runs from the historic Viking capital of Norway, Trondheim, to the beautiful city of Bodø in northern Norway. The railroad is 729km in length, making it Norway's largest mainline railroad. It is also one of only a few railroad lines in the world which cross the Arctic Circle. The railroad, which is also called 'the train of the midnight sun', takes passengers through the beautifully varied scenery of northern Norway and includes views of lakes, rivers, and fjords, as well as the spectacular Svartisen Glacier. The Nordland Railroad crosses the Arctic Circle (66 degrees north) just before reaching Lonsdal, the highest station on the line at 512km above sea level. This part of Norway is famous as an ideal place to view the Northern Lights. During the summer, in fine weather, the sun remains visible 24 hours a day. After reaching Fauske, the most northerly point on the line, the railroad turns due west to Bodø, regarded by many as the city with the world's most beautiful coastline.
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.
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