Price
$10,475 per person
Duration
18 Days
Destination
More than 1

Scandinavia by Rail, Road and Sea

• STOCKHOLM • LAPLAND • LOFOTEN ISLANDS • BODØ • TRONDHEIM • ǺLESUND • BERGEN • OSLO
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There’s nothing like mid-summer in Scandinavia, when the sun shines all night and the locals come out to play. It’s an ideal time to visit and take a journey on a variety of trains, boats and coaches through some of the most astounding landscapes on Earth.

Welcome to a 3,000 km odyssey on some of the world’s most dramatically engineered roads and railways together with a host of mesmerising seaways. Starting in the historic capital of Stockholm, ride the unique Inlandsbanan train through the heart of Sweden to Lapland. Take The Ofoten Line further, to beyond the Arctic Circle, before descending down the northern coast of Norway, cruising the Lofoten Islands by liner.

Join the dramatic Nordland Railway for a trip to the medieval city of Trondheim and travel the Rauma and Flam Railways on a breathtaking trip through some of the world’s most spectacular scenery, en route to the storybook cities of Ǻlesund and Bergen. Finally, traverse the alpine tundra on Norway’s highest railway and enjoy a fitting finale in its compact and charismatic capital, Oslo. Scandinavia is quite simply “a once in a lifetime destination”.

Some Details

Departure Location
Stockholm, Sweden
Return Location
Oslo, Norway
Tour Leader(s)
Scott McGregor
Extras
Price: $10475 Single Supplement: $1985 - 2200
Price includes
  • 17 nights’ accommodation in comfortable, centrally located 3-5-star hotels
  • All excursions and entrance fees to attractions, as listed in the itinerary
  • Breakfast daily, 5 lovely lunches, 9 delicious dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with your hosts and local guides
  • Drinks included with welcome and farewell dinners
  • Luxury chartered coach, with luggage transport throughout the tour
Price does not include
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • All other personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, laundry services, camera fees where applicable
  • Excursions/entrances listed as optional in the itinerary
  • International flights
  • Meals and services not mentioned in itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Tour Plan
Tour Plan

Day 1 • Monday July/August:

ARRIVE STOCKHOLM

Welcome to Stockholm, Sweden’s capital of about two million people. This beautiful city is built on a group of islands linked by bridges and surrounded on all sides by water. First up, you’ll take the high-speed Alanda Express train from the airport to your hotel in the city centre.In the evening, join Scott and your fellow travellers for a celebratory welcome dinner.

Overnight: Radisson Blu Waterfront, (or similar), Stockholm (D)

Day 2 • Tuesday July/August:

STOCKHOLM

This morning enjoy a guided tour of Stockholm by bus and on foot with a private guide. The extraordinary architectural styles of the impressive City Hall, home of the Nobel Prize receptions, and the medieval and baroque-era old town areas are highlights. Later, we board an historic steam ship for a leisurely cruise around the islands to the Royal Palace of Drottningholm and visit the art collections and the gorgeous gardens of this charming imperial island.

Overnight: Radisson Blu Waterfront, (or similar), Stockholm (B, L)

Day 3 • Wednesday July/August:

STOCKHOLM

Enjoy a free morning to relax, and then gather at noon to board a vintage restaurant tram for a lunchtime excursion around the city on the tramlines. The tram tour terminates adjacent to the world-renowned Vasa Museum, where you’re free to spend the afternoon enjoying the extraordinary display, before our coach transfer back to the hotel. The evening is of leisure.

Overnight: Radisson Blu Waterfront, (or similar), Stockholm (B, L)

Day 4 • Thursday July/August:

STOCKHOLM – OSTERSUND

This morning we begin our journey into the Swedish countryside, taking our coach a short ride north to the old royal city of Uppsala taking a detour on the way to ride a quaint little steam train in the forest. The grand cathedral at Uppsala is the burial place of Sweden’s early Kings and Queens and the nearby Fort provides a great vantage point for the surrounding countryside. We continue by coach to the busy port city of Sudsvall, completely rebuilt in stone after fire destroyed the city in the 1890’s. Here our cross-country train takes us on a scenic journey to Östersund, nestled on the shores of beautiful Lake Storsjön, Sweden’s fifth largest lake. Dinner tonight is hosted in the hotel’s popular restaurant.

Overnight: Hotel Clarion Grand, (or similar), Östersund (B, D)

Day 5 • Friday July/August:

ÖSTERSUND – ARVIDSJAUR

 This morning, we meet the unique Inlandsbanan train, a retro diesel rail car, at Östersund’s picturesque station. The journey takes us north, travelling through some of Sweden’s most remote and wild landscapes, as we head towards Lapland. The train makes several stops at quaint villages and hamlets along the way to take refreshments and visit local museums and shops.The train arrives in Arvidsjaur mid-afternoon. After checking in to our hotel, enjoy some free time to relax. An early supper is offered in the hotel’s lakeside restaurant and an evening at leisure.

OPTIONAL TOUR – This evening you have the option to join the local railway preservation society on board of a special vintage steam train tour that will take you down the line and back in time. The steamer pulls up at Lake Storavan where a barbeque is set up on the beach. Take a swim, grill some sausages and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a beach party as the late-night sun begins to set.

Overnight: Hotel Laponia, (or similar), Arvidsjaur (B, D)

Day 6 • Saturday July/August:

ARVIDSJAUR – GÄLLIVARE

Today, enjoy some free time until mid-afternoon when our train departs. Relax at the hotel or explore the town of Arvidsjaur and its many charms. Nestled by Lake Boliden, the town boasts a neatly laid out Sami village, a pristine old timber church and a number of museums. The Inlandsbanan will collect you at the station in mid-afternoon for the second stage of the journey through landscapes of crystal-clear lakes and towering forests, crossing the Arctic Circle into the ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’ and on to the town of Gällivare. This evening you have the option to take a late-night tour to Dundret Mountain to enjoy the great views of the surrounding landscape and have supper in the cafe while enjoying the glowing midnight twilight.

Overnight: Grand Hotel Lapland, (or similar), Gällivare (B)

Day 7 • Sunday July/August:

GÄLLIVARE – NARVIK

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll stroll across the street to catch the morning express train to Norway. The train glides past vast iron ore mines in northern Sweden and then drops down to the Norwegian port city of Narvik via the extraordinary Ofoten Railway, which is literally carved into the side of a spectacular fjord. After checking in, we visit the Ofoten Museum in Narvik, located in the old NSB railway administration building that dates back to 1902. The building displays exhibitions from the battle of Norway, as well as the history and culture of this wild region.Back at the hotel, enjoy a beverage at the sky bar overlooking the harbour and a buffet dinner in the hotel’s atrium restaurant.

Overnight: Scandic Hotel, (or similar), Narvik (B, D)

Day 8 • Monday July/August:

NARVIK – SVOLVAER

After breakfast, we’ll take a scenic coach journey to the charming town of Sortland to board a Hurtigruten cruise, Norway’s famous cruise ship specialists. During the six-hour journey, sailing down to Svolvaer in the comfort of the fully appointed liner, you’ll be gobsmacked by the stunning scenery, including the astounding Troll Fjord. You’ll see why this is considered the most beautiful of all of Hurtigruten’s cruises. After disembarking, we’ll walk straight to our hotel, handily situated right between the waterfront and the town square. Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Thon Lofoten, (or similar), Svolvaer (B, D)

Day 9 • Tuesday July/August:

SVOLVAER – BODØ

Craig, our local guide, is on hand once again to greet us after breakfast and host an eye-opening half-day tour down to the Viking Museum at Lofotr. The story of the Viking era is bought vividly to life in the atmospheric museum, and we’ll enjoy a light lunch with a twist in the Viking longhouse before continuing through the craggy mountains and past the wild and bountiful coast to Moskenes. A car ferry takes us across to the busy port city of Bodø.

Join Scott and the group for a feast at a local alehouse on the old wharf.

Overnight: Scandic Havet, (or similar), Bodø (B, L, D)

Day 10 • Wednesday July/August:

BODØ – TRONDHEIM

Enjoy a morning visiting the sites of Bodø, or take an optional tour to the Air Force Museum on the outskirts of town. Bodø is the northern terminus of the main railway network south, and we’ll board the Nordland Express train at midday for the 720-kilometre scenic journey to Trondheim. The train has a well-catered cafe car and your Komfort class seats offer added services. This journey delivers almost continuous panoramic views of beautiful, untouched wilderness as we cross back over the Arctic Circle along the way. The train pulls in at 10.00pm. A short coach transfer will deliver us to our hotel, where we’ll stay for the next two nights.

Overnight: Thon Hotel Nidaros, (or similar), Trondheim (B)

Day 11 • Thursday July/August:

TRONDHEIM

The morning is devoted to exploring atmospheric Trondheim, one of the oldest cities in Norway. We take a bus tour of the city dropping us off at the cathedral to enjoy a tour of the 800-year-old precinct. This is followed by a short walking tour of the old town, arriving for lunch in the ancient cobbled streets of the Bakklandet neighbourhood. The afternoon and evening are free, so you can explore the many museums, shops and scenic spots around the city.

Overnight: Thon Hotel Nidaros, (or similar), Trondheim (B, L)

Day 12 • Friday July/August:

TRONDHEIM – DOMBǺS – ǺLESUND

We depart in the morning by train on the wonderful Nordland Railway. It snakes around lakes and rivers and climbs the ranges to traverse the wild treeless alpine plateau. We change trains and have a lunch break at the junction town of Dombǻs in preparation for the descent down the breathtaking Rauma Railway and on to Ǻndalsnes. For the last leg, we relax on a scenic coach journey past the lakes, waterways and mountains of this glorious coastal region and on to the wonderful art nouveau city of Ǻlesund. Settle into the hotel and take a late afternoon walking tour of this unique town, finishing off the day with a buffet dinner at a local favourite.

Overnight: Scandic Parken Hotel, (or similar) Ǻlesund (B, D)

Day 13 • Saturday July/August:

ǺLESUND – BERGEN

This morning we step aboard our luxury coach for the journey overland to Bergen.

It’s an epic excursion but as one traveller put it, “the trip cuts through many fjords along the way, with picture postcard scenery all day. In hindsight, I can safely say it was the most scenic bus trip of my life!”There are a couple of interesting car ferry crossings, and we stop often for breaks, refreshments and to enjoy the many awe-inspiring lookouts and views.

We arrive in Bergen in the evening and settle into our hotel right in the heart of the historic wharf district, where we’ll stay for the next three nights.Dinner this evening will be hosted at a popular local restaurant close to the hotel.

Overnight: Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Bryggen Wharf, (or similar), Bergen (B, D)

Day 14 • Sunday July/August:

BERGEN

After breakfast, we wander across the wharf to board one of Bergen’s most historic steamships, D/S Stord 1. Built by Laxvaag in 1913 for the Norwegian coastal run, the ship was originally 376 tons. She was retired in 1969 and completely rebuilt after a destructive fire in 1987. She now lives out her days in and around Bergen on charters, cruises and featuring in steamboat festivals. Sailing up the harbour and along the estuary, we disembark at the wharf at Garnes and stroll across to board the Gamle Vossbahan, a vintage steam train complete with a teak dining car that runs along the original isolated Bergen railway back toward the city. It’s a lovely round trip back in time and returning to your hotel by the mid-afternoon, leaving plenty of time to explore the atmospheric surrounds of the World Heritage listed “Wooden City”.

Overnight: Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Bryggen Wharf, (or similar), Bergen (B)

Day 16 • Tuesday July/August:

BERGEN – OSLO

For today’s rail journey, the last one of the tours, we make our way to the station to join the scenic railway from Bergen to Oslo. This 500 km route rises up to the highest point of any railway in Norway, where the tundra landscape of lakes and glaciated plateaus is dusted with snow. We then drop down into rich agricultural land, past prosperous towns and cities and snaking rivers all the way to the capital in mid-afternoon.Our coach will meet us in Oslo and take us to our historic hotel, where we’ll stay for the next two nights. Your evening is free to take advantage of the excellent location right in the heart of town.

Overnight: Grand Hotel, (or similar), Oslo (B)

Day 17 • Wednesday July/August:

OSLO

Oslo has a vibrant cultural life and we begin our city tour with a local guide at the stunning new Opera House. We then continue on to Akershus Castle and Fortress, home to a number of fascinating museums, including the Museum of the Resistance. Enjoy lunch on your own around the trendy Radhusgata and then return to the hotel, just a short walk away, when you’re ready.This evening join Scott and your fellow travellers for a sumptuous farewell dinner on the Stortingsgata.

Overnight: Grand Hotel, (or similar), Oslo (B, D)

Day 18 • Thursday July/August:

OSLO – DEPART (B)

Our tour concludes after breakfast at the hotel.

The airport bus or fast airport train both leave from close to the hotel or, if you just can’t resist another train journey, the main station is just down the road.

There’s nothing like mid-summer in Scandinavia, when the sun shines all night and the locals come out to play. It’s an ideal time to visit and take a journey on a variety of trains, boats and coaches through some of the most astounding landscapes on Earth.

Welcome to a 3,000 km odyssey on some of the world’s most dramatically engineered roads and railways together with a host of mesmerising seaways. Starting in the historic capital of Stockholm, ride the unique Inlandsbanan train through the heart of Sweden to Lapland. Take The Ofoten Line further, to beyond the Arctic Circle, before descending down the northern coast of Norway, cruising the Lofoten Islands by liner.

Join the dramatic Nordland Railway for a trip to the medieval city of Trondheim and travel the Rauma and Flam Railways on a breathtaking trip through some of the world’s most spectacular scenery, en route to the storybook cities of Ǻlesund and Bergen. Finally, traverse the alpine tundra on Norway’s highest railway and enjoy a fitting finale in its compact and charismatic capital, Oslo. Scandinavia is quite simply “a once in a lifetime destination”.

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