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.