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Arctic Circle Express

April 1, 2016

 

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’.


The tour is organised by our friends at Great Rail Journeys, who have more than 40 years' experience in rail exploration.


So they know that details matter. All hotels, for example, are centrally located or close to the railway station, and they have been chosen for their individual style, warm welcome and excellent service.


Guests will experience some of the world's great rail journeys, including a high-altitude trip on the Bergen Railway. Beginning in Western Norway, the train begins its ascent into the rugged mountains, travelling alongside deep fjords and passing through numerous tunnels hewn out of the solid rock.


A branch line of the Bergen Railway, the scenic Flåm Railway takes passengers on a wonderful 12.5 mile (20km) journey up one of the steepest railway lines in the world. On its journey from the innermost corner of the Aurlandsfjord, the train negotiates horseshoe curves, twists, turns and 20 tunnels - 18 of which were drilled by hand.


A journey on The Ofoten Railway follows. At the time of construction, it was both the coldest and northern-most railway project in the world, painstakingly carved out the mountains - an incredible engineering project that was largely undertaken by hand. The result is a breathtaking route taking passengers past deep fjords, through the wild, rugged mountains and the barren mountain plateaus north of the Arctic Circle.

 

What’s Included

 

  • Fully escorted by a UK Tour Manager from start to finish

  • Scheduled return flights from London to Stockholm and from Oslo to London

  • Standard Class rail travel throughout

  • 14 nights' hotel accommodation including 14 nights in 3 and 4-Star hotels across Sweden and Norway

  • 23 meals including 14 breakfasts and 9 dinners

  • Scenic rail journey across the Arctic Circle (On early departures we will make this journey by coach)

  • Journeys on the Ofoten Railway, Rauma Railway, Flåm Railway and Bergen Railway

  • Cruises on Geirangerfjord and Sognefjord

  • Guided sightseeing tour of Stockholm

  • City tour of Bergen

     

Itinerary


Days 1-2: The Delights of Stockholm
Day 3: Inland to Östersund
Day 4: The Inlandsbanan, Arctic Circle and Lapland
Day 5: The Ofoten Railway to Narvik
Day 6: At Leisure in Narvik
Day 7: South to Trondheim
Day 8: Trondheim
Day 9: The Rauma Railway
Day 10: Geirangerfjord Boat Cruise
Day 11: Through the Fjords to Flåm
Day 12: The Flåm Railway to Bergen
Day 13: At Leisure in Bergen
Day 14: The Bergen Railway to Oslo
Day 15: Oslo to London

 

Prices

 

15 days from £2,995pp, for departures between 26 May and 28 Jun 2017

 

 

 

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