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Explore the Mysterious Arctic

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20212020
6 days From £1,699 per person

2021 Tour code: 21NHW

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 to the Arctic 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 far in the Arctic Circle, Tromsø stands on its own forest-covered island and is known as the 'polar capital of Norway' due to its relative proximity to the North Pole. At this time of the year, the attractive city is characterised by its polar nights, where the sun only briefly breaks over the horizon, casting a low light across the charming, brightly-coloured buildings.

On arrival, transfer to the Clarion Edge Hotel, where you spend the next 2 nights. You are then free to begin your explorations of Tromsø. The city has a rich history and plays an exciting role as the starting point for many polar expeditions It also played a key role during the Second World War, acting for a brief period as Norway's capital.

Includes
  • Dinner
Tromsø
Day 2 - Tromsø & a Sami experience

Discover more of Tromsø on this morning's guided sightseeing tour. Highlights include the Arctic Cathedral, a distinctive white building that looks out across the city and fjords. You also visit the Polaria Museum and the charming Polar Museum. Housed in the city's former Customs House on the quayside, this interesting museum 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, and discover the lives and culture of Norway's indigenous people. During the visit you meet reindeer before a wilderness dinner in a 'lavvu' tent. During the meal, you are regaled with local folk tales. Then, 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 natural phenomenon performs its dance across the night sky is a truly once-in-alifetime experience, and you hopefully catch a glimpse of them this evening.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Sami Experience
Day 3 - Narvik

Depart from Tromsø and drive to Narvik, on a journey full of Norway's dramatic scenery, ranging down steep valleys to the striking fjords below. Later you arrive in Narvik where you spend the night. Enjoy a free afternoon in this delightful city; one of the most fascinating attractions is the Red Cross War Memorial Museum, which documents the occupation of Narvik and the bitter air and sea battles that took place here during the Second World War. Narvik was considered to be an important strategic outpost that not only boasted a port, but also supplies of coveted iron ore. The Ofoten Museum is also worth a visit; the museum is rich with exhibits documenting the life of the Narvik population over the previous centuries.

This evening embark on a drive by coach with a local guide, through the region around Narvik from which we attempt to track down the magical Northern Lights. Afterwards you return by coach to your hotel.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Narvik
Day 4 - The Ofoten Railway

Enjoy a wonderful journey on the Ofoten Railway, sometimes 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 crosses into Sweden.

On arrival in Kiruna, check into the Scandic Hotel Ferrum for a two-night stay, and enjoy an afternoon to explore this interesting location. The Kiruna Church, built in 1912, is particularly impressive and is one of Sweden's largest wooden buildings.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Kiruna Cathedral
Day 5 - Husky safari & Ice Hotel

This morning, travel out to a nearby husky camp for a memorable experience. After seeing these powerful creatures put through their paces, learn about their environment and how they adapt through training. Later - dressed in a cold weather suit - experience these tireless creatures at work, as you enjoy a thrilling husky-hauled sled journey through the snowcovered 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. At the latest count there have been 29 versions of this building since the first iteration in 1990. The Kiruna Ice Hotel needs to be re-constructed at the beginning of each cold season, and on arrival you enjoy a guided tour of the spectacular frozen structure. After your tour enjoy a drink in the ice bar, where everything, including the glasses, is made from ice. There is also a chance to wander through the icy halls and marvel at the impressive feats of architectural design.

Tonight you attempt to spot the Northern Lights once again. Your location is one of the world's best places to see the lights, so hopefully a clear night will permit a good sighting of this breathtaking natural wonder

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Husky-hauled sled ride
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
Stockholm

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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Train

The Ofoten Railway

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92% of travellers would recommend this tour

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Anonymous

Submitted 17/03/2020

Overall it was really good , but disappointed not to see northern lights

Paul - Customer Relationsfrom Rail Discoveries
Thank you for your review, I am sorry you did not see the lights whilst on tour.Pleased that overall you enjoyed your holiday though! Kind Regards Victoria
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Anonymous

Submitted 17/03/2020

Lovely tour guide beautiful scenery and great hotels

Paul - Customer Relationsfrom Rail Discoveries
Thanks for the 5 star review, its great to hear you had such a wonderful time!Kind Regards Victoria
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Philip Crump

Submitted 27/02/2020

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.

Paul - Customer Relationsfrom Rail Discoveries
Thank you for your 5 star review!The holiday sounds great, I am pleased you had a lovely time! I will be sure to pass on your feedback, Kind Regards Victoria
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Anonymous

Submitted 18/04/2019

Not Rail Discoveries fault, but all Norwegian lights were delayed by several hours and most of the food had run out before the trolleys (both front and rear) had reached the middle of the aircraft.The tour itself apart from the flights fully deserves 5 stars and our tour manager was excellent.

Mrs E Derricutt

Submitted 06/03/2018

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

Mrs M Boreham

Submitted 06/03/2018

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

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