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Explore the mysterious Arctic by rail

6 days From £1,599 per person

2022 Tour code: 22NHW

About the tour

Explore the mysterious Arctic and discover the magic of Norway and Sweden as husky dogs lead you through the snow, you chase the incomparable Northern Lights, and ride the most northerly railway in the world.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London & Tromsø

Your journey begins at London Heathrow, as you meet your Tour Manager ahead of your flight to Oslo. In the Norwegian capital, connect with your onward flight to Tromsø. Situated in the Arctic Circle, Tromsø stands on its own forest-covered island and is known as the 'polar capital of Norway'.

At this time of the year, the attractive city is characterised by its polar nights, where the sun only briefly breaks over the horizon. After transferring to your hotel for two nights, you're free to begin your explorations.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - Tromsø & Sami experience

Discover more of Tromsø on this morning's guided tour and visit the Arctic Cathedral, Polaria Museum and the charming Polar Museum. Housed in the city's former Customs House on the quayside, it tells the story of numerous polar expeditions that took place from Tromsø, as well as giving an insight into the hardy wildlife that populates this region.

This evening, enjoy an authentic and fascinating Sami experience in a nearby village, learning about the lives and culture of Scandinavia's indigenous people. During your visit meet reindeer before a wilderness dinner in a 'lavvu' tent. While you eat, you're regaled with local folk tales.

Then, you spread out around the campfire to try and view the captivating Northern Lights - the world's most spectacular natural phenomenon. Officially called Aurora Borealis, seeing this magical dance across the night sky is a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Narvik

Drive to Narvik, a journey filled with Norway's dramatic scenery as you travel down steep valleys to the striking fjords below. On arrival, enjoy a free afternoon in Narvik. Perhaps make your way to the Red Cross War Memorial Museum, which documents the occupation of the city in WWII and the bitter air and sea battles that took place. The Ofoten Museum is also worth a visit, featuring exhibits documenting the life of the Narvik population over the previous centuries.

This evening, you embark on a drive by coach with a local guide to try and track down the Northern Lights again.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - The Ofoten Railway

Enjoy a wonderful journey on the Ofoten Railway, also known as the Arctic Circle Express. This line, which at the time of construction was the most northern railway in the world, travels through the wild, beautiful landscapes of Lapland, passing breathtaking mountains, crossing barren plateaus, and traversing steep mountainsides as it approaches Sweden.

On arrival in Kiruna, check into your hotel for a two-night stay and enjoy an afternoon to explore. The Kiruna Church, built in 1912, is particularly impressive and is one of Sweden's largest wooden buildings.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 5 - Husky safari & Ice Hotel

Travel to a nearby husky camp for an informative tour of the kennels and a thrilling husky-hauled sled journey through the snow-covered countryside.

This afternoon, make a visit to Kiruna's famous Ice Hotel, the first and largest hotel made of ice and snow in the world. There have been 29 versions of this building since its first iteration in 1990 as it needs to be re-constructed at the beginning of each cold season. Enjoy a guided tour of the spectacular frozen structure followed by a drink in the ice bar. Here, everything, including the glasses, is made from ice.

Tonight, attempt to spot the Northern Lights once again. The countryside around Kiruna is one of the world's best places to get a sighting, so hopefully a clear night will permit a good show.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Kiruna & London

Bid Kiruna farewell as you transfer to the airport, flying via Stockholm to London Heathrow, where your holiday comes to an end.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Scandic Ferrum, Kiruna

Scandic Ferrum, Kiruna

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Thon Hotel Narvik, Narvik

Thon Hotel Narvik, Narvik

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Clarion Edge

Clarion Edge, Tromsø

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The Ofoten Railway

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4.4 stars4.4 / 5 · 5 reviews

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Philip Crump

5 stars

Submitted 27 Feb 2020

Well organised, so that as a single elderly person I had no worries. The Husky Dog sled ride and the Ice Hotel were particular highlights well worth the holiday, plus of course attempts to see the`northern Lights. The hotels were all good too.

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Mrs g Haydon

2 stars

Submitted 18 Apr 2019

Disappointed not seeing northern lights. Husky run was late at night, insufficient instruction to dealing with sled with complete beginner, dangerous. Too much free time during the day. Most activities at night.

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Mrs E Derricutt

5 stars

Submitted 06 Mar 2018

I enjoyed the holiday saw things I wouldn't see and do.

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Mrs M Boreham

5 stars

Submitted 06 Mar 2018

An exelent experience. A unique way of seeing this part of the arctic circle.

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Mrs J Crouch

5 stars

Submitted 29 Mar 2017

It was an amazing holiday! Well planned excursions, nice hotels and friendly group of people.

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