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.
The Northern Lights - Spend time chasing the Aurora Borealis, dancing across the night sky.
Journey on the Ofoten Railway - Travel through the landscapes of Lapland and Sweden on the Arctic Circle Express.
Tour of Kiruna's Ice Hotel - Enjoy a drink in the world's largest hotel made entirely of snow and ice.
Experience Sami culture - Visit a Sami Village and partake in a wilderness dinner with Scandinavia's indigenous people.
Excursions to a husky camp - Delight in meeting these tenacious creatures in their natural habitat.
Fully escorted by a UK Tour Manager from start to finish
Food & Drinks
5 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners, including a traditional wilderness dinner in a Sami village
Flights and airport transfers
Flights from London Heathrow to Tromsø, via Oslo, and from Kiruna to London Heathrow via Stockholm
What’s not included
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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Overall it was really good , but disappointed not to see northern lights
Lovely tour guide beautiful scenery and great hotels
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.
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
I enjoyed the holiday saw things I wouldn't see and do.
Mrs M Boreham
An exelent experience. A unique way of seeing this part of the arctic circle.