The Grand Arctic

Bergen Funicular from Mount Floyen - © John Robson
Bergen - © Stephen Painter
Fast Hydrofoil from Sognefjord arriving in Bergen - © John Robson
Flam Railway - © Bob Cable
NSB The Bergen Railway Rhune Fossum

Holiday Highlights

  • Fabulous scenic rail journeys
  • Unlimited travel using your InterRail Pass
  • Flåm Railway
  • Kroderbanen and Urskog Preserved Railways
  • Travel across the Arctic Circle
  • Journey along the Iron Ore Route which connects Norway and Sweden
  • Inlandsbanan from Gällivare to Östersund
  • Time to explore Bergen, Oslo, Trondheim & Stockholm
  • 15 Days from £3,359pp
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Tour Dates:
Tuesday 2 July to Tuesday 16 July 2019

Our Scandinavian holiday embraces Norway and Sweden. Travel beyond the Arctic Circle to the Land of the Midnight Sun via historic cities, wonderful rail journeys and outstanding scenery. This tour lives up to its remarkable expectations.


Day 1 – London to Bergen

Fly from London to Bergen on Norway’s mountainous west coast.

Day 2 – The Famous Flåm Railway

We join a cruise up the beautiful Sognefjord to Flåm, arriving in time for lunch. We then take the Flåm Railway which climbs to a height of 2,845ft on the 12 mile journey to Myrdal, the junction with the main line. From Myrdal we return to Bergen.

Day 3 – Explore Bergen

A day to relax and enjoy the sights of this lovely old city. The old town and waterfront area with its vibrant fish and fruit markets are a must and the funicular railway to Mount Fløyen affords excellent views over the town.

Day 4 – Across the Roof of Norway

A journey with stunning mountain scenery as the fjord coastline gives way to the mountainous interior with high barren peaks, lakes and waterfalls. This route is a railway engineering marvel.

Day 5 – At Leisure in Oslo

There is so much to see here but, at the very least, you should take a boat trip across the harbour to the Viking Ships and Kon-Tiki museums. For transport enthusiasts, there is a network of local lines, one of which, the Holmenkollen Line, terminates at the ski resort of Frognseteren with stunning views down on to the city and fjord beyond.

Day 6 – Full Steam Ahead

Depart by road to visit two preserved lines which operate with steam locos. The Kroderbanen is standard gauge and 26km in length whilst the Urskog line is narrow gauge and is just over 4km long, both are known for their friendly welcome. Those who prefer, can enjoy an extra free day in Oslo.

Day 7 – North to Trondheim

By train to Trondheim, arriving early afternoon. The scenery is moorland rather than mountainous and, with the daylight hours lasting well into the evening, there is time to explore this city with its magnificent cathedral and picturesque waterfront.

Day 8 – Across the Arctic Circle

We continue north by train alongside stunning fjords and via remote, mountain passes. We cross the Arctic Circle late afternoon and continue to Bodø, a coastal port surrounded by high mountains. It won’t go dark tonight and the late evening view across the harbour towards a setting sun in the north is very memorable.

Day 9 – Bodø to Narvik

We have to make this trip by coach as there is no rail access, but numerous road tunnels and a ferry crossing make this a journey with a difference. Relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery along the route.

Day 10 – Towards Lapland

We leave Narvik on the “Iron Ore Route” as the train climbs very steeply away from the town and the coast before crossing the border into Sweden. The scenery changes to desolate tundra and stunted silver birch before we reach Kiruna, site of one of the iron ore mines which give this line so much of its freight traffic. Journey’s end today is Gällivare.

Days 11 & 12 – Inlandsbanan

This is the start of a 2-day trip on the privately owned Inland Railway. Travelling by diesel railcars at a leisurely pace, there are many different attractions pointed out by the train staff, some of which we get the chance to stop at and visit. Very soon after leaving Gällivare we cross the Arctic Circle once more but this time the train stops for a few minutes, allowing you to alight and take photos. The landscape changes from mountains in the north, through marshland and forest to the fertile regions of the south. We break our journey for the night at Arvidsjaur.

Day 13 – Östersund to Stockholm

A leisurely day on the mainline service takes us to the Swedish capital which is built up around a series of small islands.

Day 14 – At Leisure in Stockholm

We have a full day to explore this lovely city and a good introduction would be the “Under the Bridges” boat trip which will give us a feel for the city and its history. It is also possible to take a variety of interesting out-of-town excursions such as a paddle steamer trip to Vaxholm, a charming old village with historic wooden buildings.

Day 15 – Homeward Bound

Bus transfer to the airport for our flight back to London.

Please note that the information regarding the steam excursions is correct at the time of going to press.

Tour Route

Tour route map

Selected Hotels

Bergen Bors, Bergen

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo

Scandic Nidelven, Trondheim

Hotel Grand Clarion, Bodø

Quality Hotel Grand Royal, Narvik

Quality Hotel Lapland, Gallivare

Hotel Laponia, Arvidsjaur

Scandic Ostersund City, Östersund

Radisson Stockholm Waterfront, Stockholm

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • Flights in Economy Class by scheduled airline
  • Standard class rail travel
  • Farewell dinner
  • 15 Day Global InterRail Pass (European Residents only)
  • Accommodation in good, quality hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Excursions as specified
  • Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour

Price per person

Escorted holiday: £3,359
Single room supplement: £769
Supplement for Non European residents £182
Deposit for this holiday: £200

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