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Arctic Circle Express: Sweden and Norway

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 15 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 10 people
Destination(s): Sweden   Norway  
Specialty Categories: Railway Trips   Photography and Videography  
Season: June - August
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 2495 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2980 Pound Sterling (GBP)

Travel on some of the most well-maintained railway systems in Europe while witnessing truly outstanding scenery. Our tour begins in Stockholm, then travels one of the most northerly lines in the world, crossing the Arctic Circle. Then we enjoy an in-depth exploration of southern Norway’s fjords and scenic railways, ending in the cultural capital of Oslo. Tour includes Flam, Bergen and Rauma Railways! This is a budget-oriented tour that requires stamina and the ability to carry your own luggage. Some of the hotels are tourist-class hotels; some train reservations are in second class.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Fly to Stockholm. Included flight from London to Stockholm, where we spend two nights at the Radisson SAS Royal Viking Hotel, close to the city center and historic Old Town.

Day 2: Stockholm. Morning sightseeing tour of the modern city and the narrow streets of Gamla Stan (the Old Town). Afternoon free to explore Sweden’s lively and beautiful capital, perhaps by taking a boat cruise along its waterways. We particularly recommend visiting the Vasa, a royal flagship recovered from the seabed after sinking in the harbor on her maiden voyage in 1628, now displayed in a superb museum.

Day 3: Inland to Östersund. Departing Stockholm we head inland by InterCity train to Östersund, nestled on the shore of Lake Storsjön, Sweden’s fifth largest lake. Here we stay for one night at the Best Western Gamla Teatern.

Day 4: The Inlandsbanan, Arctic Circle and Lapland. Take the Inlandsbanan tourist train through Sweden’s landscape of lakes and forests to the untamed wilderness of Lapland. The train makes leisurely stops along the way for passengers to buy food and take photographs, and the knowledgeable hosts are on hand with local information. After crossing the Arctic Circle into the “Land of the Midnight Sun” we enjoy a light dinner with local Sami specialities before transferring to the Hotel Jokkmokk, set in the heart of Laponia’s World Heritage region.

Day 5: The Ofoten Railway to Narvik. Transferring through Laponia to Gällivare, we continue on the Ofoten Railway—one of the most northerly lines in the world—past sheer drops down to fjords and dramatic mountains. We arrive at the port of Narvik for a two-night stay at the Quality Grand Royal Hotel, close to the town’s historic monuments.

Day 6: Narvik. Your day in Narvik is free to spend as you choose. You may take the opportunity to visit the Ofoten Museum, to discover the cultural history of Narvik, enjoy a cable car ride (seasonal) to experience breathtaking views or visit the poignant Red Cross War Memorial Museum.

Day 7: South to Trondheim. Today we begin with a coach journey along the coast and a beautiful ferry crossing. At Fauske we continue by train, leaving the Arctic Circle before arriving late evening in Trondheim, Norway’s religious capital. The centrally located Britannia Hotel is our home for the next two nights.

Day 8: Trondheim. Today you have time to explore Trondheim at your own pace. Perhaps visit the fascinating Music Museum at Ringve, specializing in instruments from around the world, where you can also stroll around the Ringve Botanical Gardens. Visit the National Museum of Decorative Arts, the old penitentiary from 1725, now a distinctive, quaint maritime museum; or the Nidaros Cathedral, considered to be the most significant cathedral in Norway.

Day 9: The Rauma Railway. We leave Trondheim by train for Dombås, where we join the 71-mile Rauma Railway for a journey through jagged mountain peaks and gorges, following the course of the River Rauma to Åndalsnes. From here we transfer by coach to Geiranger for a two-night stay at the Union Hotel, situated at the head of the fjord.

Day 10: Geirangerfjord. The Geirangerfjord is one of Norway’s most spectacular, and today we enjoy the beautiful scenery during a morning boat cruise. See famed waterfalls, “Seven Sisters” and the “Friar,” set against the sheer mountains, while snow-covered peaks and deep blue waters demonstrate why the site deserves its UNESCO World Heritage status.

Day 11: To Flåm. We leave Geiranger by coach and continue through fjord country to Flåm at the head of the Aurlandsfjord. Here we stay at the Flåmsbrygga Hotel, situated on the quayside overlooking the fjord.

Day 12: The Flåm Railway. 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, which twists and turns to accommodate the extreme terrain. We reach the end 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, where we stay for two nights at the Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz, located close to Bergen’s historic Bryggen waterfront.

Day 13: Bergen. Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Bergen at your own pace. The town is nestled beneath seven strategic hills and surrounded by fjords. The city's wharf, called Bryggen, is lined with classic wooden buildings and has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site; and the Fløibanen funicular railway affords great views of the city and its harbors from the top of Mount Fløien.

Day 14: 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 through pastures to the elegant city of Oslo. On arrival we walk the short distance to check in to the Thon Hotel Opera, close to the city center.

Day 15: Oslo to London. Included flight from Oslo to London.

Dates:
- June 3, 20, 22, 27
- July 1, 8, 13, 15, 20 22, 29
- August 1, 3, 5, 8, 15, 19, 22.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices:
- Double occupancy: £2,495
- Single occupancy: £2,980.

Price Includes:
- Scheduled flights London to Stockholm and Oslo to London in Economy Class
- Rail and coach travel as described
- 14 nights' hotel accommodation with breakfast each day
- 10 dinners
- All excursions as described in the itinerary
- Transfers in Scandinavia
- Services of your Tour Manager throughout
- Flight taxes and charges.

Notes:
- Medical/evacuation insurance is required for this journey
- If you want to fly straight to Scandinavia, deduct £200 per person
- Please advise upon booking.

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