On this remarkable adventure we explore Norway and Swedish
Lapland, journeying north far into the Arctic Circle where we seek
out the magical Northern Lights, all whilst travelling on some of
Scandinavia's most scenic railways.
Enjoy a guided tour of Oslo, seeing its historic buildings as well as the waterfront that is surrounded by several theatres and museums
Travel on the Nordlandsbanen from Trondheim to Bodø, through the stunning landscapes of northern Norway
Explore the Lofoten Islands, a beautiful archipelago of dramatic landscapes and cliffs that reach up to the clouds
Indulge in a 'frozen' experience as we sip drinks served in ice glasses at the unique Ice Hotel in Kiruna
Discover the culture and cuisine of Sweden's indigenous Sami people, visiting them at a traditional Sami village
Inclusive luggage transfers except where highlighted in itinerary 1x bag up to 25kg per hotel room (size and weight may vary)
To arrange for a second suitcase up to 25kg (size and weight may vary) - prices start from £65 per bag. Just let us know at time of booking.
Excursions & Entertainment
UK Tour Manager from start to finish
Food & Drinks
10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 7 dinners
Flights and airport transfers
Flights from London Heathrow to Oslo and from Kiruna to London Heathrow, via Stockholm
What’s not included
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
Day 1 - London and Oslo
Our wonderful journey in search of the Northern Lights begins at
London Heathrow, where we board our flight* to Oslo. On arrival, we
transfer to our hotel, the Scandic Byporten, for 2 nights.
*Please note: your luggage will travel out from the UK on
your flight with you, rather than via our luggage service.
Day 2 - Exploring Oslo
Today, we embark on a guided tour of the Norwegian capital,
seeing the Royal Palace, the National Theatre, the Parliament
building, and the Opera House by the waterfront. We also see
Akershus fortress, a medieval castle, and take a stroll through
Vigeland Sculpture Park.
Days 3-4 - Oslo to Trondheim
Today we leave Oslo and head due north by train, following the
line of the Dovre Railway. Our wonderfully scenic daytime journey
takes us through the majestic landscape of the Dovrefjell - a
mountain range separating eastern Norway from the region
surrounding Trondheim. The mountains are part of the Dovrefjell-
Sunndalsfjella National Park. We transfer for 2 nights to the
Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel, located in the heart of the
On Day 4, we explore Trondheim on a guided
tour, visiting Bakklandet, the city's Old Quarter, the old town
bridge, and Nidaros Cathedral, the northernmost medieval cathedral
of the world.
Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Breakfast
Day 5 - Trondheim to Bodø
We leave Trondheim early this morning and travel north on the
Nordland Railway, making the 452-mile journey to Bodø. The route
takes us through the beautiful and varied landscape of northern
Norway before crossing the Arctic Circle at 66 degrees north.
The train reaches Fauske before turning due west for the final
short section of the journey to Bodø, which claims to be 'the city
with the world's most beautiful coastline'. As Bodø sits beneath
the auroral oval, if the weather is clear, tonight could be our
first viewing of the magical Northern Lights. We spend the night at
the Scandic Bodø or similar.
After dinner, we travel by coach to a special viewing point that
maximises our chances of seeing the spectral dance of the Northern
Day 6 - Bodø and the Lofoten Islands
Today, we transfer to Bognes for the ferry to Lodingen. After
disembarking, we enjoy a scenic drive up to Svolvaer, the tiny
capital of the stunning Lofoten Islands. Described as Europe's most
dramatic and spectacular islands, the Lofoten Islands are tethered
to mainland Norway by a series of bridges and resemble spikey,
wired teeth. We spend 2 nights at the Thon Hotel Svolvaer.
Day 7 - The Lofoten Islands and the Northern Lights
We enjoy a scenic drive across Lofoten today, seeing the fishing
village of Nusfjord and the traditional district of Vestvågøy.
After dinner, we embark on another excursion by coach for a chance
of seeing the Northern Lights.
Day 8 - Svolvaer to Narvik
We leave Svolvaer by coach this morning, returning to the
Norwegian mainland. Our journey once again offers a wonderful
opportunity to soak up the region's breathtaking beauty, with views
from the coach stretching down sheer drops to the majestic fjords
in the valley below.
We check in to the Thon Hotel in Narvik and enjoy an afternoon
at leisure. The ice-free seaport is located 250 miles north of the
Arctic Circle and has a number of fascinating attractions,
including the Red Cross War Memorial Museum, which documents the
wartime occupation of Narvik by the Germans in World War II. Also
worth a visit is the Ofoten Museum which features exhibitions
relating to local cultural history and the construction of the
Day 9 - Narvik to Kiruna on the Ofoten Railway
Today, we enjoy a journey on one of the world's most northerly
railway lines, the Ofoten Railway. Narvik was originally built as a
port to export the iron ore mined near Kiruna and the Ofoten
Railway was built as link between the mines and the port. We travel
on this line across the Swedish border, crossing barren plateaus
and traversing steep mountainsides as we make our way to Kiruna,
Swedish Lapland's largest city. The railway's route was
painstakingly carved out of the mountains - an incredible
engineering project that was largely undertaken by hand.
On arrival in Kiruna, we check into our cabins at the Camp Ripan
Hotel, where we spend 2 nights.
Days 10-11 - Kiruna and the Sami experience
This morning we enjoy time at Kiruna's famous Ice Hotel. We tour
the cold rooms, followed by lunch in the warm restaurant before
donning our warm weather gear to visit the ice bar. In the
afternoon we enjoy a 'Sami experience', discovering the lives and
culture of Sweden's indigenous people. We travel to a Sami village
where we meet the reindeer, enjoy a Sami feast in a 'lavvu' (Sami
tent), and listen to local folk tales. We then leave the lights of
the village behind, heading into a beautiful landscape of forests
and mountains to try and view the captivating Northern Lights once
On Day 11, we transfer to Kiruna airport,
beginning our journey* back to London Heathrow via Stockholm.
*Please note: your luggage will travel back to the UK on the
flight with you, rather than via our luggage service.
Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be
found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices
& Availability' button. We write to all booked customers
approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise
the exact departure and return time for their particular group.
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The holiday met our expectations. Very good tour manager.
Submitted 4 days ago
Well organised, value for money
Mrs A Chapman
Submitted 2 weeks ago
This was our first visit to Norway. It was wonderful! We were so lucky to have perfect weather, and the scenery was magical.
Ms A Walker
Submitted 3 weeks ago
It was a great holiday, well organised, great travel arrangements and a fabulous tour manager.
Ms S Craven
Submitted 3 weeks ago
Excellent tour manager ,well thought out itinerary , sufficient free time and good value for money
Mr D Webber
Submitted 3 weeks ago
Great holiday, more of an adventure than a holiday. Good hotels, including the cabins in Sweden. Spectacular scenery. Excellent Tour Manager and group which got on well. Good to have the coach with us for some of the time, especially as we had a real gentleman as a driver.