Majestic mountains and heavenly fjords in Norway combine with the tranquil landscapes of Sweden on an epic journey that includes every great Scandinavian rail experience. On this exciting 18-day tour you'll visit the fascinating Oslo and Stockholm and travel beyond the Arctic Circle to the 'Land of the Midnight Sun'.
|Per person, twin share (Land Only)*||$9,885|
|Per person, twin share (Land & Air)**||$11,390|
|Single room supplement||$1,950|
*Land Only tour starts in Stockhom and finished in Oslo.
**Land Only price includes return economy class flight with Emirates from Australia to Scandinavia.
Arlanda Express is the fastest and the most eco-friendly way to travel between Arlanda airport and Stockholm.Operated by A-Train AB, the trip takes 20 minutes and runs four to six times per hour using seven X3 electric multiple units.
Named after the famous British express service, InterCity trains are long-distance services operating in a variety of different countries, such as Germany, Switzerland and Austria. InterCity trains are distinct from Inter City Express (ICE) and EuroCityservices in that they operate on domestic routes within country borders.
The Inlandsbanan connects Kristinehamn in the south of Sweden with Gällivare in the north, a journey of approximately 810 miles (1,300km). The Inlandsbanan train crosses the Arctic Circle and we travel through the Laponian area, a region dominated by mountains and lakes in the Lapland province which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
At the time of construction, the Ofoten Railway was both the coldest and northern-most railway project in the world. The 26-mile (42km) line was painstakingly carved out the mountains - an incredible engineering project that was largely undertaken by hand. The result is a breathtaking route which takes passengers past deep fjords, through the wild, rugged mountains and the barren mountain plateaus north of the Arctic Circle.
The Nordland Railway runs between the historic Viking capital of Norway, Trondheim, and the beautiful city of Bodø in northern Norway. The railway is 729km in length, making it Norway's largest mainline railway. It is also one of only a few railway lines in the world which cross the Arctic Circle. The railway, which is also called 'the train of the midnight sun', takes passengers through the beautifully varied scenery of northern Norway and includes views of lakes, rivers and fjords, as well as the spectacular Svartisen Glacier.
The Old Voss Line (Norwegian: Gamle Vossebanen) is a heritage railway between Garnes and Midttun near Bergen. Originally constructed as a narrow gauge line, it formed part of the Bergen to Voss railway opened in 1883. Following the decision to complete the railway to Oslo in standard gauge, the line was upgraded in 1904. Electrified in 1954, it continued to serve as part of the Bergen to Oslo main line until the 7.5-km Ulriken Tunnel, which opened in 1964, resulted in the closure of the line.
A five minute ride to the top of Fløyen mountain on the Fløibanen Funicular affords magnificent views of Bergen, Norway's second city. 320m above sea level, Fløyen is the peak of a spectacular short rail climb.
the scenic Flåm Railway takes passengers on a wonderful 12.5 mile (20km) journey up one of the steepest railway lines in the world. On its journey from Flåm, located at the innermost corner of the Aurlandsfjord, the train negotiates horseshoe curves, twists, turns and 20 tunnels - 18 of which were drilled by hand. The scenery is truly spectacular, with rivers and waterfalls, snow-capped mountains and remote farms passing by the window as you travel towards Myrdal at 2,838 feet (865m).
The Raumabanen Railway
Our spectacular journey on the Raumabanen Railway offeris magnificent views of the awe-inspiring crags, peaks and plateaus of the Alpine massif along the way. Further along the line we pass Trollveggen (Troll Wall), the tallest vertical rock face in Europe and then continue through the wild, awe-inspiring landscape towards the town of Åndalsnes on the shores of the beautiful Romsdal Fjord. Åndalsnes is the terminus of the Raumabanen Railway, and from here we continue our journey by coach.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest railway journeys in the world, this high-altitude trip through southern Norway links the old Hanseatic city of Bergen and the Norwegian capital, Oslo. The harsh climate experienced in this part of the world has produced a landscape that is breathtaking and wild, and the Bergen Railway enables us to soak up the spectacular views whilst relaxing in warm, comfortable carriages.
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Depart Sydney with Emirates.
After breakfast, we depart our hotel by coach for Sortland to board Hurtigruten cruises. Around noon, sail south to Svolvaer. Arrive Svolvaer in the evening, disembark and walk to our hotel just next to the pier.
(Meals: B, D)
Enjoy a lazy morning and a hearty breakfast before our guided tour of the town with a visit to the Cathedral along with a walk in the Old Town. Return to hotel for lunch, the rest of the day is at your leisure.
(Meals: B, L)
Today we travel south to Bergen via Loen and Forde. Along the way we make stops to stretch our legs, enjoy the views and for lunch. It is a most enjoyable day including two ferry crossings on fjords, from Solavagen to Festoya and from Lavik to Oppedal.
(Meals: B, D)
After breakfast, we walk across town to the railway station to board a train for Voss. Then we take a coach trip down the sweeping escarpment of Geiranger Fjord to connect with the Fjord cruise ferry to Flam where we board the famous Flam mountain railway. At the mountain station of Myrdal, the Flam Railway meets up with the Oslo-Bergen Line for a connecting train back to Bergen.
Transfer to airport for our Emirates flight home via Dubai.
Arrive Sydney in the evening.