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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 16-day tour you’ll visit the fascinating cities Oslo and Stockholm and travel beyond the Arctic Circle to the ‘Land of the Midnight Sun.’
15 nights’ hotel accommodation
Delicious meals included
27 meals including 15 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 11 dinners
Fantastic rail experiences
Journeys on the Ofoten Railway, Nordland Railway, Rauma Railway, Flåm Railway and Bergen Railway
Exciting excursions and free time to explore
Guided sightseeing tours of Stockholm and Bergen
Cross the Arctic Circle by coach
Visit the Batsuoj Sami Centre & a Stave church
Cruises on Geirangerfjord and Sognefjord
Tour of Stiklestad battlefield
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CLARION HOTEL GRAND OSTERSUND, OSTERSUND
Our hotel in Östersund is the centrally located, 4-Star Clarion Hotel Grand Östersund. Set just a short walk away from the Badhusparken, which overlooks the Storsjön lake.
HOTEL SILVERHATTEN, SILVERHATTEN
Located amongst verdant scenery in one of the most beautiful areas of Sweden, the 4-Star Hotel Silverhatten is the perfect place from which to conduct our explorations whilst we are here.
QUALITY HOTEL GRAND, STEINKJER
The 3-Star Quality Hotel Grand in Steinkjer enjoys a superb location close to the heart of the town. Featuring modern amenities, minimalist design and excellent, friendly and efficient service from its well-organised staff, the Quality Hotel Grand is a great place to begin your explorations of this charming Norwegian town.
SCANDIC CONTINENTAL HOTEL, STOCKHOLM
In Stockholm, we stay at the 4-Star Scandic Continental Hotel located near the city centre.
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.
Days 1-2: London to Stockholm
We fly from London to Stockholm, for two nights at the Scandic Continental. On Day 2, we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Stockholm, before you are free to explore at leisure.
Day 3: Inland to Östersund
Departing Stockholm we head inland by InterCity train to Östersund, nestled on the shore of beautiful Lake Storsjön. Here we spend tonight at the Clarion Grand Hotel.
Day 4: The Inlandsbanan and Lapland
We leave Östersund and head north to Sorsele travelling through some of Sweden’s most glorious scenery as we head towards the untamed wilderness of Swedish Lapland.
Day 5: Crossing the Arctic Circle
Today we continue our adventure through the north as we travel via coach to Jokkmokk, celebrating our crossing of the Arctic circle on the way. On arrival, we check into the Hotel Jokkmokk for a one night stay.
Day 6-7: The Ofoten Railway to Narvik
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.
Day 8-9: South to Trondheim
Today is spent admiring the rugged shores of Norway as we follow the coastline south to Trondheim on our coach. On the way, we stop at Stiklestad, the site of King Olav’s death in 1030. Here we enjoy a guided tour.
Day 10: The Rauma Railway
Today we join the 71 mile long Rauma Railway for a spectacular journey through magnificent, contrasting landscape. 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.
Day 11: Geirangerfjord boat cruise
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.
Day 12: Through the Fjords to 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 perspective, every mountain pass delivering us into a new, beautiful valley.
Day 13: The Flåm Railway to Bergen
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.
Day 14: Bergen
Today we are treated to a guided tour of Bergen. The town is nestled beneath seven hills and is surrounded by fjords. We see a number of sights including Bryggen, the old city, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Day 15: 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 to the elegant city of Oslo, where we overnight.
Day 16: Oslo to London
We bid farewell to Norway today as we transfer to the airport for our flight to London.
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