Northern Lights & Arctic Circle by Rail

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.

  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ENWR/145657
  • Starts: Oslo, Norway
  • Finishes: Tromsø, Norway
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Oslo
  • Trondheim
  • Bodø
  • Lofoten
  • Tromsø



Day 1: Oslo

Arrive at any time.
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. If you arrive early enough the Edvard Munch museum is well worth a visit.


Day 2: Oslo

With a free day in town opt to visit a museum, check out Akershus Fortress, or head out to the countryside to become one with nature.
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

Depart for a scenic ride on the Dovre Railway to Trondheim.


Day 4: Trondheim/Bodø

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.


Day 5: Bodø/Lofoten

Arrive to Bodø and enjoy free time exploring this small transfer city. Hop on an afternoon ferry to the Lofoten Islands. Stay in charming fishing cabins on the coast. Later, take an included tour to track down the Northern Lights.
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.


Day 6: Lofoten

Enjoy free time on the islands with an optional wildlife-spotting cruise or scenic hikes.


Day 7: Lofoten/Tromsø

Travel by bus to Tromsø, and arrive just in time for dinner. Free time in the evening to get lost in this lively city. Opt for an evening concert at the Arctic Cathedral (seasonal).
If keen, there are more opportunities for Northern Lights viewing here.


Day 8: Tromsø

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.


Day 9: Tromsø

Depart at any time.

    • Oslo orientation walk
    • Dovre Railway
    • Norland Railway
    • Lofoten Islands stay
    • Northern Lights tour
    • Polar Museum Visit (Tromsø)
    • Ofoten Railway
    • Standard hotel (4 nts), fishing cabins (2 nts), winter cabins (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt)
    • 8 breakfasts
    • Train (seats), train (beds), private van, ferry, public bus, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • 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.