Opulent Journeys

Scandinavia by Rail for Train Enthusiasts

31 August - 17 September 2018

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TBA

18 DAY

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1300 219 885 (AU)

0800 456 219 (NZ)

Overview

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.

 

Dates & Price

Tour Prices TBA                                    

                               

Tour price will be released in early August 2017               
   

 

Tour Highlights

Arlanda Express

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.

The Inlandsbanan

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.

Ofoten Railway

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.

Nordland Railway

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.

Gamle Vossebanen

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.

Flåm Railway

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.

Bergen Railway

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.

 

What's Included
Inclusions:
  • 17 nights twin-share accommodation with breakfast daily
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary 17 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L) and 11 dinners (D) 
  • Internal transport including train (2nd class seat), tram and ferry as stated in the itinerary 
  • Private coach transfers as stated in the itinerary 
  • Privately chartered tram tour in Stockholm, steamship Bergen-Garnes, and Gamle Vossebanen train Garnes-Midtun 
  • Private air-conditioned coach for sightseeing side trips
  • Local English speaking guide/assistant
  • Entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary
Not included:
  • International flights 
  • Travel insurance
  • Beverages with meals unless specified
  • Porter service at airports, stations and hotels
  • Expenses of a personal nature & tipping
  • Anything not mentioned above

 

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Itienrary
Upon arrival, group transfer from the airport on the high-speed Arlanda Express train to the main railway station of Stockholm. On arrival, a short walk to our hotel for check in. The rest of the day is at your leisure. 
Enjoy dinner at our hotel tonight.
(Meals: D)
After breakfast, we begin our guided tour of Stockholm and Drottningholm by private coach and on foot. 
We will take a panoramic tour of the city including a walk in the Gamla Stan, passing the Cathedral.  After lunch, we visit the City Hall followed by a short walk to board a historic live steam ship cruise around the islands to the Royal Palace of Drottningholm where we visit the palace and the gardens of the island. 
We return to Stockholm by boat and have a short walk back to the hotel.
(Meals: B, L)
Enjoy the morning at your leisure. 
At noon, we board on a chartered vintage restaurant tram for a lunchtime excursion around the city on the tramlines. In the afternoon, we visit the Vasa Museum for a guided tour before transfer back to hotel.
(Meals: B, L)
After breakfast, we walk to Stockholm central station for InterCity train to Gavle (luggage travels separately). Detrain for a special tour of Sweden’s National Railway Museum before taking a stroll in Gavle, and find lunch on your own.
Later we board on the train again for Ostersund (Vastre Station). 
Arrive in Ostersund, we take a short walk to our hotel.
(Meals: B, D)
This morning we depart our hotel by coach to Jamtli, the Jämtland Open Air Museum for a privately curator led tour. Every summer, the open air museum turns into Jamtli Historieland (living history theme park). The historical buildings come alive with history and role plays, where you will be drawn into eventful and playful stories from 1785 until 1975. 
In the evening, dinner is served in a local restaurant within walking distance to our hotel.  We are staying at the very heart of the city – the main square; so enjoy city life in the long light nights.
(Meals: B, D)
Early breakfast at hotel before a short walk to Ostersund station to take the Inlandsbanan train towards Lapland. 
The train makes several stops at villages and hamlets along the way to take refreshments and visit local museums and shops. The Inlandsbanan train will be crossing the Arctic Circle into the ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’ and the city of Gallivare. Upon arrival, a short walk to our hotel before dinner.
(Meals: B, D)
After breakfast, we walk to the station to board our train for Narvik. Upon arrival, we walk to our hotel to deposit our luggage before a visit to the Nord Museum in Narvik / Ofoten, located in the old NSB railway administration building. In the evening we enjoy a beverage at the Tøtta Sky Bar followed by our dinner at hotel.
(Meals: B, D)
After breakfast, we depart our hotel by coach for Svolvaer to board Hurtigruten cruises. Around noon, we sail south to Svolvaer. Arrive at Svolvaer in the evening, disembark and walk to our hotel just next to the pier.
(Meals: B, D)
After breakfast, our private coach takes us on a sightseeing tour of the amazing Lofoten Islands including a visit to the Lofotr Viking Museum. After an exciting visit, an early lunch is served in the Viking Chieftain’s house. At noon, we head to Moskenes for car ferry departure to Bodo. 
Arrive in Bodo, we will be transferred from ferry pier to our hotel.
(Meals: B, L, D)
This morning, we enjoy a walk in Bodo. Our hotel is located in central Bodo, close to the Glasshuset shopping street and the nearby harbour.  We will also be just around the corner from the city’s excellent restaurants and cafes. Additionally, Bodo's main attractions such as the Luftfartsmuseet (Aviation Museum) and Galleri Bodøgaard are within easy reach. 
Check-out before noon followed by a short walk to the Bodo station to board the Norland Express train at midday for the 720km scenic journey to Trondheim. 
Upon arrival, transfer to our hotel.
(Meals: B)
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)
Early morning we walk to the station to board the Norland Railway for Dombas, where we change trains and descend the Rauma Railway to Andalsnes. 
After arrival in Andalsnes, we will be transferred to Alesund. After check in and dinner at hotel, our guide will take us on a walking tour in the light evening. Enjoy the Art Nouveau city of Alesund.
(Meals: B, D)
Today we travel south to Bergen via Loen and Forde. Along the way we make stops to stretch our legs, take in the views and to enjoy 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 to the pier to board the historic steamship, DS Stord 1, sailing up the harbour and along the estuary. Our privately chartered ship sails from Bergen to Garnes. 
Upon arrival in Garnes, we walk to Gamle Vossebanen where a vintage steam train runs along the original Bergen railway to Midtun, chartered just for us. On arrival to Midtun, we will be transferred back to Bergen by coach. 
The rest of the day is at leisure - a walk along the pier with the wooden Hanseatic house is highly recommended, and a visit the Fish Market is a must. You might even want to enjoy a tour by funicular up to Mount Floyen - the funicular station is just in the centre of the city, a few hundred meters from the fish market.
(Meals: B)
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.
(Meals: B)
After breakfast, we will be transferred to Bergen station for a full Scenic rail journey from Bergen to Oslo. 
Upon arrival in Oslo, transfer to hotel for check-in. Remainder of the day is at your leisure.
(Meals: B, D)
This morning, we will enjoy a city tour of Oslo by private coach including the viewing of the Opera House and the Akershus Castle and Fortress, the Museum of Resistance as well as a walk in the Vigeland Sculpture Park. 
Afternoon is at your leisure before our farewell dinner tonight.
(Meals: B, D)
Tour concludes after breakfast at the hotel with a group transfer to the Gardermoen airport.
(Meals: B)

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