Arctic Circle & Fjords by Rail

Rail, Oslo to Tromsø

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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 Oslo and take two weeks via rail on this scenic train route, crossing above the Arctic Circle and travelling through the fjordland. Along the way, you’ll ride famous railways like Flåm, Lofoten, and Bergen, and 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

  • 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 Oslo (1B) There are no activities planned on this day. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Oslo/Flåm (1B) Opt to ride the famous Flåmsbana Railway. Additional Notes: Please note that the hotel for this night is located in Aurland, about 9km outside of Flåm. Transport: Ride the famous railway for the first leg of this scenic journey. Train (7.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Flåm (1B) Take the day to explore Flåm. Opt to try goat milk cheese on a Fjord taste tour, kayak through the tranquil fjord, or just wander around the village. Additional Notes: Please note that the hotel for this night is located in Aurland, about 9km outside of Flåm.
Day 4 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: Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat. Ferry (5.00 hour(s))
Day 5 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 6 Bergen/Ålesund (1B) Take an early flight and arrive into Ålesund. Enjoy free time exploring this fairytale fishing town, known for its Art Nouveau architecture. Wander the town's winding streets, climb up to the Aksla Viewpoint for a stunning view of the Sunnmøre Alps, or take a walk along the coast. Transport: Jump on a short flight to Ålesund. Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Ålesund/Trondheim (1B) Travel by bus to Åndalsnes. Transfer to a train and take the Dovre and Rauma railways through the mountains, valleys and rivers of this region. Arrive in the gorgeous Trondheim area. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 110km) Enjoy the Dovre Railway to Dombas then switch to the Rauma Railway to Trondheim. Train (7.00 hour(s))
Day 8 Trondheim/Bodø (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. Board an overnight train in the evening and continue your journey to Bodø. Transport: Overnight train (beds) (10.00 hour(s))
Day 9 Bodø/Lofoten (1B) Opt to check out the Norwegian National Aviation Museum, rent a bike and coast around the city, or take a walk along the pier. Transport: Ferry (3.15 hour(s))
Day 10 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 11 Lofoten/Tromsø (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 along the way to Tromsø. Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s))
Day 12 Tromsø (1B) With a free day in town, opt to visit the Arctic Cathedral or the Arctic Alpine Botanical gardens. In the afternoon, visit the Polar Museum and then enjoy a beer at the oldest pub in Tromsø. Included Activities: Polar Museum Visit
Day 13 Tromsø Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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