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Explore Norway, Lapland and the Northern Lights

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20222023
11 days From $2,895 per person

2022 Tour code: GR-NLWA-22

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 travelling on some of Scandinavia's most scenic railways.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Oslo

Fly to Oslo and transfer on your own to your hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight Oslo.

Day 2 - Oslo to Trondheim

Fly to Trondheim, where your wonderful journey in search of the Northern Lights begins. A city separated from eastern Norway by the mighty Dovrefjell Mountain Range, Trondheim boasts incredible views over Sunndalsfjella National Park. Overnight Trondheim.

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.

Includes
  • Breakfast
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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
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.

Includes
  • Breakfast
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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 11 - Tour Conclusion

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home via Stockholm.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Please Note

Itinerary and accommodations may vary based on departure date, please speak with a rail specialist for details.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Scandic Bodo

Scandic Bodo, Bodo

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Camp Ripan

Camp Ripan, Kiruna

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Clarion Sense Hotel

Clarion Sense Hotel, Lulea

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Thon Hotel, Narvik

Thon Hotel, Narvik

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Scandic Byporten, Oslo

Scandic Byporten, Oslo

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Thon Hotel Lofoten, Svolvaer

Thon Hotel Lofoten, Svolvaer

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Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel, Trondheim

Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel, Trondheim

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Trains

Nordland Railway
Ofoten Railway

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