Northern Lights & Arctic Circle by Rail
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If its a picturesque train journey through wintery mountains and past tiny Scandinavian towns youre looking for, then check out our very own version of the Polar Express. On this scenic 9-day trip, youll start in Oslo and head up north to get a taste of the highlights of Lapland. Once you disembark, therell be plenty of opportunities to visit museums, take part in winter activities like snowshoeing and dog-sledding, and get acquainted with small-town life in snow-covered northern Sweden. Be sure to watch the sky for a chance to spot the Northern Lights in their full glory!

Duration: 9 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 145657
Starts: Oslo, Norway Finishes: Kiruna, Sweden
You will visit
  • Oslo
  • Kiruna



Day 1: Oslo

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. If you arrive early enough the Edvard Munch museum is well worth a visit.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


Day 2: Oslo/Trondheim (1B)

Depart for a scenic ride on the Dovre Railway to Trondheim.

Train (6.00-7.00 hours)


Day 3: Trondheim/Bodø (1B)

Spend a free day exploring Trondheim. Opt to visit the neighbourhood of Bakklandet, the old town bridge, cafés along the wharves, Market Square, Nidaros Cathedral or the old city streets. In the evening, board an overnight train on the Norland Railway to Bodø.

Wake up north of the Arctic Circle in the coastal port town of Bodø.
Overnight train (beds) (10.00 hour(s))


Day 4: Bodø/Lofoten (1B)

Arrive to Bodø and enjoy free time exploring this small transfer city. Hop on an afternoon ferry to the Lofoten Islands. Stay in charming fishing cabins on the coast.

Ferry (3.50 hour(s))


Day 5: Lofoten (1B)

There will be multiple opportunities to spot the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) on this trip. If you don't see them here, don't despair.

Included Activities:
Northern Lights Tour


Day 6: Lofoten/Tromsø (1B)

If keen, there are more opportunities for Northern Lights viewing here.

Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s))


Day 7: Tromsø (1B)

With a free day in town, opt to try dog-sledding, snowshoeing or reindeer-sledding. In the afternoon, visit the Polar Museum and then enjoy a beer at the oldest pub in Tromsø.

Included Activities:
Polar Museum Visit


Day 8: Tromsø/Kiruna (1B)

Travel to Narvik by bus before switching to a train for one last gorgeous ride into Sweden.

In Kiruna, enjoy a stay in cabins outside the city complete with an on-site sauna to warm up from the icy Scandinavian winter weather.

Cross your fingers for one more chance to see the Northern Lights from the hotel's viewing area.

Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s))
Soak in the beautiful views along the railway.
Train (3.00 hour(s))


Day 9: Kiruna (1B)

With a little more time in Kiruna there are plenty of options to enjoy. We recommend booking post-night accommodation to have the chance to try dog sledding or reindeer sleighs, visit the ice hotel, go snowshoeing or participate in a Sami cultural experience.

    • Oslo orientation walk
    • Dovre Railway
    • Norland Railway
    • Lofoten Islands stay
    • Northern Lights tour
    • Polar Museum Visit (Tromsø)
    • Ofoten Railway
    • Standard hotel (4 nts), fishing cabins (2 nts), winter cabins (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt)
    Meals Included
    • 8 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 0 dinners
    • Train (seats), train (beds), private van, ferry, public bus, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Ride the rails of Scandinavia across the Arctic Circle
  • Explore the Lofoten Islands with an eye out for the Northern Lights
  • Check out life in the small towns of the far north.