Northern Lights & Arctic Circle by Rail

Rail, Oslo to Tromsø

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If it’s a picturesque train journey through wintery mountains and past tiny Scandinavian towns you’re looking for, then check out our very own version of the Polar Express. On this scenic nine-day trip, you’ll start in Oslo and head up north to get a taste of the highlights of Lapland. Once you disembark, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to visit museums, take part in winter activities like snowshoeing and dogsledding, and get acquainted with small-town life.

What’s included

  • Oslo orientation walk
  • Dovre Railway
  • Norland Railway
  • Lofoten Islands stay
  • Northern Lights tour
  • Polar Museum Visit (Tromsø)
  • Ofoten Railway


  • 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.


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 (1B) On the inside, Oslo's state of the art architecture and plethora of galleries make a great playscape for those looking to get cultured, while it's close proximity to the countryside and surrounding nature parks are a perfect option for those looking to get active. Take a day to explore this world-class Scandinavian city - we promise that you won't run out of things to do.
Day 3 Oslo/Trondheim (1B) Depart for a scenic ride on the Dovre Railway to Trondheim. Transport: Train (6.00-7.00 hours)
Day 4 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. Transport: Wake up north of the Arctic Circle in the coastal port town of Bodø. Overnight train (beds) (10.00 hour(s))
Day 5 Bodø/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 Transport: Ferry (3.15 hour(s))
Day 6 Lofoten (1B) Enjoy free time on the islands with an optional wildlife-spotting cruise or scenic hikes.
Day 7 Lofoten/Tromsø (1B) If keen, there are more opportunities for Northern Lights viewing here. Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s))
Day 8 Tromsø (1B) Visit the Polar Museum in the late morning. Take the rest of the day to discover this quaint town and scenic surroundings. Opt to try dog-sledding, snowshoeing or reindeer-sledding. Included Activities: Polar Museum Visit
Day 9 Tromsø (1B) Depart at any time.