Arctic Circle and Fjords by Rail

Rail, Kiruna to Oslo

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

The Arctic Circle may sound like a chilly destination, but when you go in the summer, there’s plenty to see and do by the light of the midnight sun. Begin in Kiruna and take two weeks via rail on this scenic train route, crossing to Norway above the Circle and going back south through the fjordland. Along the way, you’ll ride famous railways like Flåm, Ofoten, and Bergen, then disembark to engage in summer activities like rafting, kayaking, or canoeing. Seeing the fjords from a kayak rather than an oversized cruise ship is a brand new perspective – come realize it for yourself.

What’s included

  • Midnight sun hike (Kiruna)
  • Ofoten Railway
  • Lofoten Islands stay
  • Norland Railway
  • Fjord land excursions
  • Geirangerfjord visit
  • Flåm visit
  • Fløibanen funicular ticket (Bergen)
  • Bergen Railway
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Enjoy the midnight sun and stunning fjords
  • Kayak or hike your way through norway's jaw-dropping scenery
  • Experience the charm of fishing villages on remote northern islands
  • Ride famous railways through stunning mountains and fjords.

Itinerary

Day 1 Kiruna There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Kiruna (1B) Spend the day enjoying Kiruna. Opt to do some hiking or book one of the many local tours in the area. In the evening, opt to follow your CEO on a midnight sun hike.
Day 3 Kiruna/Lofoten (1B) It's a long but scenic travel day and with the never-setting sun, there's plenty of time to soak in the breathtaking scenery. Transport: Soak in the beautiful views of the Ofoten Railway en route to Norway. Train (3.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (5.50-6.00 hours)
Day 4 Lofoten (1B) Opt for a hike up to "The Goat" for gorgeous views of the harbour. Take a local bus to Hennigsvaer, a charming old fishing village, perfect for a lunch stop.
Day 5 Lofoten/Trondheim (1B) Prepare for the long travel day with a good book, a deck of cards, and a fully charged camera battery. Explore the train, stare out the window, and get to know your fellow travellers a little better. Transport: Ferry (3.50 hour(s)) Enjoy a full day packed with breathtaking scenery on the Nordland Railway. Train (10.00 hour(s))
Day 6 Trondheim (1B) Spend a free day exploring Trondheim. Opt to visit the neighbourhood of Bakklandet, the old town bridge, Market Square, or Nidaros Cathedral. Opt to linger in one of the cafés along the wharves or wander the old city streets.
Day 7 Trondheim/Geiranger (1B) Take the Dovre and Rauma railways through the mountains, valleys and rivers of this region. Travel by bus to the gorgeous Geiranger area. Transport: Enjoy the Dovre Railway to Dombas then switch to the Rauma Railway to Åndalsnes. Train (7.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 120km)
Day 8 Geiranger (1B) Enjoy free time at the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord and opt for a scenic boat cruise. Other options here include a fjord safari, hiking, visiting farms in the area, or kayaking in this stunning region.
Day 9 Geiranger/Flåm (1B) It's a full day of travelling through this gorgeous scenery with stops along the way. Transport: Enjoy a private vehicle for this journey and make scenic stops along the way. Private Vehicle (8.00-10.00 hours)
Day 10 Flåm/Bergen (1B) Spend the morning exploring Flåm with options to ride the famous Flåmsbana Railway, go kayaking, take a boat ride, or enjoy a local cheese tasting. Continue to Bergen by ferry, one of the most well-known cities in Norway's fjordland. Transport: Hop the express ferry for a scenic ride through the fjordland. Ferry (5.00 hour(s))
Day 11 Bergen (1B) Enjoy an orientation walk of this small town. Get the lay of the land visiting Old Byrggen and the fishmarket. Spend the rest of the day any way you like. In the evening, ride the Fløibanen Funicular to the top of Mt Floyden for spectacular views of the area. Opt to enjoy dinner at the peak. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Fløibanen Funicular Railway
Day 12 Bergen/Oslo (1B) Ride the famous Bergen Railway, one of the highest in the world, to reach Oslo in the late afternoon. Opt to visit the Munch Museum, the Akerhus Fortress, the Holocaust Museum, or the Vigeland Sculpture Park. Transport: Ride the famous Bergen Railway for the last leg of this scenic journey. Train (6.50 hour(s))
Day 13 Oslo (1B) Depart at any time.
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