Trip Type : Group Tour
Arctic Circle Express tour

Arctic Circle Express

Great Rail Journeys
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
15 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Stockholm
  • Inland Railway across the Arctic Circle
  • Lapland
  • Ofoten Railway to Narvik
  • Rauma Railway
  • Geiranger and Geirangerfjord cruise
  • Flåm and Bergen Railway
  • Boat cruise to Flåm and Bergen Railway
  • Bergen to Oslo Railway
  • Trondheim

Short Description

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. On this exciting 15-day tour you'll visit the fascinating cities Oslo and Stockholm and travel beyond the Arctic Circle to the 'Land of the Midnight Sun'

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
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End City N/A

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Arctic

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Trip Includes

  • Cruises on Geirangerfjord and Sognefjord
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Stockholm
  • Free time in Stockholm
  • Free time in Narvik, Oslo & Bergen
  • Free time in Trondheim

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Itinerary

DAYS 1-2 - THE DELIGHTS OF STOCKHOLM
Arriving in Stockholm
We fly from London to Stockholm, for two nights at the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, close to the historic Old Town. We enjoy a sightseeing tour of the modern city and the narrow streets of Gamla Stan (the Old Town). Day 2 is free to explore Stockholm, spread across fourteen islands. You may wish to visit the Drottningholm Palace, royal residence of the King and Queen of Sweden. The lavish building has some of the finest gardens of any Royal grounds. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Skogskyrkogården is also worth a visit. Perhaps you may like to visit the world-famous Museum of Modern Art, which houses works by some of the most iconic artists throughout history, including Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso. The open-air Skansen museum and the Vasa Museum, containing the remains of the culturally-significant 17th century Vasa warship, which sank off the coast of Stockholm, are both popular destinations.

DAY 3 - INLAND TO ÖSTERSUND
Ostersund
Departing Stockholm we head inland by InterCity train to Östersund, nestled on the shore of beautiful 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
The Inlandsbanan
We leave Östersund and head north, travelling through some of Sweden's most glorious scenery as we head to the untamed wilderness of Lapland, making several stops at beauty spots along the way. 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'. We get a real taste of Lapland with a light dinner of local Sami specialities before transferring to our hotel.

DAY 5 - THE OFOTEN RAILWAY TO NARVIK
Norway's fjords
Today we enjoy a journey on one of the world's most northerly railway lines, the Ofoten Railway. We travel through Sweden's breathtaking mountains into Norway, traversing steep mountainsides, with sheer drops to the fjords below. We arrive in Narvik, where we stay at the Scandic Hotel Narvik.

DAY 6 - AT LEISURE IN NARVIK
Narvik
Today is free to spend as you choose. You could discover Narvik's cultural history at the Ofoten Museum, enjoy a cable car ride (seasonal) to experience breathtaking views or visit the Red Cross War Memorial Museum.

DAY 7 - SOUTH TO TRONDHEIM
Trondheim
Today is spent admiring the rugged shores of Norway as we follow the coastline south to Trondheim. The first part of our journey is by coach to Fauske, including a scenic ferry crossing. In Fauske we board the train for a journey that delivers almost continuous panoramic views of beautiful, untouched wilderness, crossing the Arctic Circle along the way. We have a light dinner on board the train. Late this evening we arrive in Trondheim, Norway's religious capital. The centrally located Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel is our home for two nights.

DAY 8 - TRONDHEIM
Trondheim
Today is free for you to explore the historic city of Trondheim, one of the most atmospheric cities in the country. As well as discovering the city's broad avenues, old warehouses and pretty timber dwellings, you could visit the Ringve Museum which features a collection of musical instruments from all over the world. Trondheim's association continues with the Rockheim Museum, exhibiting the historic of popular music. The pilgrimage site and stunning green-roofed cathedral of Nidarosdomen is a must-see.

DAY 9 - THE RAUMA RAILWAY
Raumabanen Railway
Today we join the 71 mile long Rauma Railway for a spectacular journey through magnificent, contrasting landscapes. We navigate the same course as the emerald waters of the River Rauma for much of the journey, the tracks following the river as it winds around the hillsides below jagged mountain peaks. As we climb over rounded mountain plateaus we are treated to awesome views across the expansive, unspoiled national parks that stretch into the distance. We transfer by coach to Geiranger for a two-night stay at the Union Hotel Geiranger. The hotel stands at the head of the Geirangerfjord, one of Norway's most spectacular sites, more incredible at first hand than you could have imagined from any photograph.

DAY 10 - GEIRANGERFJORD BOAT CRUISE
Geiranger
Today we enjoy the beautiful scenery of the spectacular Geirangerfjord by boat. As we cruise along the serene, deep water, the steep sides of the fjord seem to tower over the boat. In sunshine, this UNESCO World Heritage site is alive with colour 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 over exposed rocky outcrops and crashing down into the water below.

DAY 11 - THROUGH THE FJORDS TO FLÅM
Flåm
We leave Geiranger by coach this morning, continuing our scenic voyage through Norway's incredible fjord country. 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 of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

DAY 12 - THE FLÅM RAILWAY TO BERGEN
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, twisting and turning regularly as the railway line does its best to accommodate the extreme terrain. We reach the end at Myrdal and return to Flåm, to 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 spend two nights at the Clarion Hotel Admiral.

DAY 13 - AT LEISURE IN BERGEN
Bergen
Today you are free to explore Bergen at leisure. The town is nestled beneath seven hills and is surrounded by fjords. Bryggen, the old city, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the Fløibanen funicular railway affords great views of the city and its harbours from the top of Mount Fløien.

DAY 14 - THE BERGEN RAILWAY TO OSLO
The Bergen Railway
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. We stay at the Thon Hotel Opera.

DAY 15 - OSLO TO LONDON
Flying home
This morning is free to spend at leisure in Oslo, before we transfer to the airport for our flight to London.

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Just returned from Cologne Christmas Markets, had a great time despite the very wet evenings! The Trip by Wyndham Hotel was ideal. Very close to the station & Cathedral yet very quiet for such a central location. My only comment would be that the day trip on the Monday to Wuppertal could be reduced to just a half day, giving more time in beautiful Cologne.
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Just returned from the Golden Triangle in India. We had a fantastic tour manager Roger Marsden who was very organized with a great sense of humor. We were very impressed with the overall organization of the trip and the sights that we saw. We would recommend this trip.
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Just back from the golden triangle India tour. very well organised and the tour manager Ed was terrific. We stayed in wonderful hotels in Delhi, Shimla, Agra and Jaipur and saw some stunning sights. We used the recommended company to obtain visas - this was extremely expensive and I would not use them again - it is difficult, but not impossible, to get evisas yourself or there are companies that will do it for you at a fraction of the cost GRJ charge. We also upgraded our flights through GRJ - never again - the cost was £1400 instead of £1000 direct through BA. One small gripe on the tour itself - we were taken to three different wholesale outlets which was too many - the time would have been much better used with trips to other sights with only one, or at most two, wholesale outlets
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We went on the golden triangle trip to India in October 15 ! It was an amazing holiday and very well organised 10/10 to our tour manager Alan for an excellent trip! Hotels were very nice and all our excursions well planned and very interesting thanks to our Indian guide Dilip! Thus is our second trip with Great Rail and we would highly recommend them, a bit more expensive than some other companies but well worth it when you don't have to worry about getting to your next destination ! We have also done coast to coast USA and would highly recommend this tour as well ! Would like to see some younger people on these trips and you don't have to be a rail enthusiast to go !
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Just back from tracks of deep south tour a must for any music fan had a fantastic time with a jam packed itinerary and a big thanks to the hard working Ken our tour guide

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Just returned from Discovering Japan tour. Fantastic time, Tour Manager was Lydia Boyd, excellent organiser and lovely personality. Tour was well planned and hotels/porterage very good. Had previously done Golden Triangle and preferred the eating arrangements on that trip with evening meals in hotels included - we got a little weary of trawling round restaurants this time. Would have liked an extra evening towards the end of the holiday as it becomes a bit rushed. Will certainly use GRJ again.
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Norwegian scheduled flights from London to Stockholm and Oslo to London
  • Rail and coach travel as described
  • Scenic rail journey across the Inlandsbanan across the Arctic Circle
  • Journey on the Ofoten Railway to Narvik
  • Journey on the Nordland Railway, also known as the 'Polar Express'
  • Journey on the Rauma Railway
  • Excursion on the Flåm Railway
  • Journey on the Bergen Railway

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Accomodations

CLARION HOTEL ADMIRAL, BERGEN
The Clarion Hotel Admiral in Bergen is situated on the harbour's edge offering serene views of the harbour and of nearby Bryggen - listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, dating back to the 14th century when it was part of the Hanseatic League's vast trading empire. The hotel's rooms are modernly decorated and offer an excellent level of comfort, and each features complimentary Wi-Fi internet access. This hotel's breakfast is a combination of healthy and fulfilling food that included a collection of organic products. The hotel also offers guests an ambient living room and a restaurant and bar.

FRETHEIM HOTEL, FLÅM
The Fretheim Hotel in Flåm is a long-standing favourite with our customers. Surrounded by nature, the hotel has an impressive view of the nearby fjord and surrounding mountains. The hotel has a restaurant, bar and coffee shop. Rooms are equipped with television and a hairdryer.
In 2013 Great Rail Journeys customers awarded the Fretheim Hotel a Gold Award in the category of Overall Best Hotel in Scandinavia. As well as this, in 2011 the hotel won GRJ's Gold Award for Food.

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.
The Union Hotel was awarded Great Rail Journeys' Gold Award for its outstanding customer service in 2009, the Gold Award for Food in 2010 and the Gold Award for its outstanding customer service in 2011.

HOTEL JOKKMOKK, JOKKMOKK
The Hotel Jokkmokk is situated on the shores of Lake Talvatis, close to the centre of Jokkmokk. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, gym and saunas - one in the main hotel building and one next to the lake. The rooms are comfortably furnished and feature a telephone, television and a hairdryer. Many of the rooms enjoy wonderful views over the lake.
The Hotel Jokkmokk won the Bronze Award in the 'Best Scandinavian Hotel' category in 2010 and in 2011 it won our Bronze Award for its excellent customer service.

SCANDIC NARVIK HOTEL, NARVIK
Opened in 2012, the Scandic Narvik Hotel is one of Norway's tallest and most distinctive buildings, and offers fine views of the surrounding mountains. Its facilities include a restaurant, a sky bar and terrace on the top floor, and a well-stocked gym. The rooms feature amenities such as a television, minibar, telephone and hairdryer.

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 Thon Hotel Opera is popular amongst our customers and in 2009, 2010 and 2011 it won our 'Best Scandinavian Hotel' award. In 2012 the hotel won a Gold Award for Food, and in 2013 received a Bronze award for Best Overall hotel in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and the Baltic.

BEST WESTERN HOTEL GAMLA TEATERN, ÖSTERSUND
The 4-Star Best Western Hotel Gamla Teatern is conveniently situated in the centre of Östersund. The hotel has an a la carte restaurant serving Swedish cuisine, a bar and a steam room. The rooms feature a telephone, television, alarm clock, tea and coffee making facilities and a hairdryer.
The Best Westnern Hotel Gamla Teatern won Great Rail Journeys' Silver Award for its excellent customer service in 2010 and the Silver Award for its food in 2011.

RADISSON BLU WATERFRONT HOTEL, STOCKHOLM
In Stockholm we have chosen the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, which enjoys a location in the heart of the city, just minutes from the Central Station. The hotel benefits from its own restaurant and bar, as well as a fitness centre. The beautifully appointed rooms are equipped with a flat screen television, complimentary Wi-Fi, a safe, minibar and tea & coffee making facilities.
Great Rail Journeys customers awarded The Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel a Gold Award for its food in 2013 and a Silver Award for its outstanding customer service in 2011.

RADISSON BLU ROYAL GARDEN HOTEL, TRONDHEIM
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.
In 2011 the Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel was awarded Great Rail Journeys' Silver Award in the category of 'Best Hotel in Scandinavia & the Baltic States'.

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  • Cancellation, medical and travel insurance: from £48.50
  • Supplement for single occupancy throughout with a twin/double room in Oslo & Trondheim: £645

Meals Included:

  • 23 meals including 14 breakfasts and 9 dinners

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