Arctic Circle & Fjords by Rail
The Arctic Circle may sound like a chilly destination, but when you go in the summer, there’s plenty to see and do by the light of the midnight sun. Begin in Kiruna and take two weeks via rail on this scenic train route, crossing to Norway above the Circle and going back south through the fjordland. Along the way, you’ll ride famous railways like Flåm, Ofoten, and Bergen, then disembark to engage in summer activities like rafting, kayaking, or canoeing. Seeing the fjords from a kayak rather than an oversized cruise ship is a brand new perspective – come realize it for yourself.
Midnight sun hike (Kiruna). Ofoten Railway. Lofoten Islands stay. Norland Railway. Fjord land excursions. Geirangerfjord visit. Flåm visit. Fløibanen funicular ticket (Bergen). Bergen Railway. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Enjoy the midnight sun and stunning fjords, kayak or hike your way through Norway’s jaw-dropping scenery, experience the charm of fishing villages on remote northern islands, ride famous railways through stunning mountains and fjords.
Group Leader Description
This G Adventures group trip is accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.
Group Size Notes
Max 16, avg 10
Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other’s company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.
Train, private van, boat, walking.
About our Transportation
As often as possible, we’ll be using the railway systems around Norway and Sweden. To reach more remote locations we will be using buses and ferries. You will be expected to travel by foot between stations and hotels.
Hotels (8 nts), cabins (2 nts), fishing cabins (2 nts).
This itinerary mostly stays at 2-3 star hotels up to Scandinavian standards. Where possible, we’ve opted to use local accommodation that will show the characteristics of the surrounding area, like fisherman cabins on the Lofoten Islands.
SE-981 35 Kiruna
Tel +46 (0)980-667 58
Please note that day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned on this day. Upon arrival to the city on day 1 (or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us), please make your way to the joining hotel (note that check-in time will be in the afternoon). Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note or bulletin board in the reception with a note from your CEO. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on day 1 (usually between 5pm and 7pm), where you will get a chance to meet your CEO and other travellers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details!
If you are arriving later and will miss the Welcome Meeting, your CEO will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need, and with morning instructions for the next day.
GETTING TO HOTEL CAMP RIPAN:
From the airport there is a shuttle bus, but NOT for every arrival or departure so it might not be very convenient at times.
Alternatively, The taxi company’s number is 00 46 980 120 20.
Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call our G Adventures Local Office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.
EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
G Adventures UK office (manned UK 8am – 8pm)
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If you are unable for any reason to contact our local office, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with our 24 hour Sales team, who will happily assist you.
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Calls from within New Zealand: 0800 333 307
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For absolute emergencies after office hours please contact +44 7817 262559
If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, and your call will be returned as soon as possible.
What to Take
You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. We highly recommend using a backpack or light sports bag, whichever you find easiest to carry, plus a small daypack. Luggage space on public transport is limited. You must be prepared to carry your own bags and be comfortable carrying them between transport and hotels (max. 15-20 mins walking), hopping on and off trains and public buses and up and down stairs.
•Baby wipes (useful when there is no running water)
•Watch or alarm clock
•First-aid kit (should contain blister prevention material,lip salve, analgesics, bandaids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
•Passport (with photocopies)
•Travel insurance (with photocopies)
•Airline tickets (with photocopies)
•EUR cash (which can be converted to SEK Swedish Krona as needed)
•Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
•G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information and dossier
•Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge or ask your CEO where the closest laundromat is. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.
It is customary in Europe to leave a small tip for service providers, such as waiters, if you are pleased with the service (€1-2 for snacks or 10% of a meal bill). Tipping is an expected – though not compulsory – component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels.
Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO or skipper did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline €20-25 per person, per week can be used.
Hiking (Kiruna)- From 895kr
Midnight Sun Hike (Kiruna)- From 400kr
Sami Cultural Experience (Kiruna)- From 1880kr
Hiking (Lofoten)- From 500nok
Wildlife Spotting Cruise (Lofoten)
Bakklandet Neighbourhood Visit (Trondheim)- Free non guided visit
Market Square Visit (Trondheim)- Free non guided visit
Nidaros Cathedral Visit (Trondheim)- Free non guided visit
Old Town Bridge Visit (Trondheim)- Free non guided visit
Hiking (Geiranger)- Free self guided
Kayaking (Geirangerfjorden)- From 695nok
Scenic Boat Cruise (Geirangerfjorden)- From 2015nok
Fjord Taste Tour (Flåm)- From 790nok
Flåmsbana Railway (Flåm)- From 400nok
Kayaking (Flåm)- From 650nok
Akershus Fortress Visit with Guided tour (Oslo)- 50nok
Holocaust Center Visit (Oslo)- 50nok
Munch Museum Visit (Oslo)- 95nok
Vigeland Park Visit (Oslo)- 60nok
Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.
You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that quite often we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. When selecting your trip please carefully read the brochure and itinerary and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please refer to the Physical and Culture Shock ratings for trip specific information. G Adventures reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our CEO they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.
Safety and Security
A Couple of Rules
Planeterra-The G Adventures Foundation
Travel Forum - The Watering Hole
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Allow USD480-625 for meals not included.
PRODUCT_LINE: EWSR, ID: 23696
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Day 1 Kiruna
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Kiruna (1B)
Spend the day enjoying Kiruna. Opt to do some hiking or book one of the many local tours in the area. In the evening, opt to follow your CEO on a midnight sun hike.
Day 3 Kiruna/Lofoten (1B)
It’s a long but scenic travel day and with the never-setting sun, there’s plenty of time to soak in the breathtaking scenery.
Soak in the beautiful views of the Ofoten Railway en route to Norway.
Train (3.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (5.50-6.00 hours)
Day 4 Lofoten (1B)
Opt for a hike up to “The Goat” for gorgeous views of the harbour. Take a local bus to Hennigsvaer, a charming old fishing village, perfect for a lunch stop.
Day 5 Lofoten/Trondheim (1B)
Prepare for the long travel day with a good book, a deck of cards, and a fully charged camera battery. Explore the train, stare out the window, and get to know your fellow travellers a little better.
Ferry (3.50 hour(s))
Enjoy a full day packed with breathtaking scenery on the Nordland Railway.
Train (10.00 hour(s))
Day 6 Trondheim (1B)
Spend a free day exploring Trondheim. Opt to visit the neighbourhood of Bakklandet, the old town bridge, Market Square, or Nidaros Cathedral. Opt to linger in one of the cafés along the wharves or wander the old city streets.
Day 7 Trondheim/Geiranger (1B)
Take the Dovre and Rauma railways through the mountains, valleys and rivers of this region. Travel by bus to the gorgeous Geiranger area.
Enjoy the Dovre Railway to Dombas then switch to the Rauma Railway to Åndalsnes.
Train (7.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 120km)
Day 8 Geiranger (1B)
Enjoy free time at the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord and opt for a scenic boat cruise. Other options here include a fjord safari, hiking, visiting farms in the area, or kayaking in this stunning region.
Day 9 Geiranger/Flåm (1B)
It’s a full day of travelling through this gorgeous scenery with stops along the way.
Enjoy a private vehicle for this journey and make scenic stops along the way.
Private Vehicle (8.00-10.00 hours)
Day 10 Flåm/Bergen (1B)
Spend the morning exploring Flåm with options to ride the famous Flåmsbana Railway, go kayaking, take a boat ride, or enjoy a local cheese tasting. Continue to Bergen by ferry, one of the most well-known cities in Norway’s fjordland.
Hop the express ferry for a scenic ride through the fjordland.
Ferry (5.00 hour(s))
Day 11 Bergen (1B)
Enjoy an orientation walk of this small town. Get the lay of the land visiting Old Byrggen and the fishmarket. Spend the rest of the day any way you like. In the evening, ride the Fløibanen Funicular to the top of Mt Floyden for spectacular views of the area. Opt to enjoy dinner at the peak.
Fløibanen Funicular Railway
Day 12 Bergen/Oslo (1B)
Ride the famous Bergen Railway, one of the highest in the world, to reach Oslo in the late afternoon. Opt to visit the Munch Museum, the Akerhus Fortress, the Holocaust Museum, or the Vigeland Sculpture Park.
Ride the famous Bergen Railway for the last leg of this scenic journey.
Train (6.50 hour(s))
Day 13 Oslo (1B)
Depart at any time.