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An epic journey through the heart of Sweden and Norway travelling by plane, scenic train and the famous Hurtigruten coastal steamer. With an abundance of stunning sea and landscapes to soak up, historic towns and cities to explore and the Icehotel to marvel at, this is a very special trip indeed. And the northern lights could be a bonus!
Who for? Those with a spirit for adventure!
On this truly amazing holiday you'll appreciate the travelling and modes of transport as much as the places visited. Stylish Stockholm, a selection of Norwegian cities, stunningly beautiful scenery, the breathtaking Icehotel, time aboard a Hurtigruten coastal voyager and a scenic mountain railway make this a holiday to be remembered - sightings of the northern lights are simply the icing on the cake!
Two nights in Stockholm give you a taste of this cosmopolitan city - charming, stylish and full of places to eat, drink, visit and shop. Then fly 200km above the Arctic Circle and spend two nights at the breathtaking Icehotel. After a night in an ice room and a night in a warm room, and perhaps a husky sledge or snowmobile trip, it's time to board a train and head off across mile upon mile of Lapland wilderness. Enjoy the scenery as you cross the border and head into Norway.
Norway's fjords and coastline are impressive at any time of year but especially so in winter, when the rugged mountain peaks are dusted with snow and literally sparkle in the winter sun. Join a Hurtigruten ship (the name given to the route rather than an individual ship) and sail past Lofoten and Vesteralen and through the narrow straits that divide the many idyllic islands. Stop at ports here and there - including time ashore to explore the historic city of Bergen, where the voyage ends. If the nights are clear, there is a good chance of enjoying displays of the northern lights during the voyage.
And just in case you haven't had enough incredible scenery, the final leg of the trip is on one of the world's most scenic railways - 'Over the roof of Norway' to Oslo. Climb up and over impossibly high mountains, cross over a snow-blanketed plateau, then descend through forest and farmland before spending your final night in Norway's capital before you head home.
Day 1 London-Stockholm Fly from UK to Stockholm and make your way to the Hotel Diplomat for a 2-night stay.
Day 2 Stockholm Day at leisure to enjoy Stockholm.
Day 3 Stockholm-Kiruna-Icehotel Make your way back to Stockholm Airport and take a flight to Kiruna. Transfer to the Icehotel for a 2-night stay (one in an ice room and one in a warm room).
Day 4 Icehotel At leisure to enjoy optional excursions, ranging from husky sledding and reindeer safaris to snowmobiling and ice driving.
Day 5 Icehotel-Narvik Transfer to Kiruna station and travel by rail through Lapland to Narvik. Overnight at the Rica Hotel Narvik.
Day 6 Narvik-Harstad Continue by bus to Harstad and overnight at Thon Hotel Harstad.
Day 7 Harstad-Svolvær Board your Hurtigruten ship and set sail past the Vesteralen and Lofoten Islands to Stamsund. Spend three nights on board, sampling delicious food in a very relaxed and informal atmosphere.
Days 8-9 Svolvær-Bronnoysund Sail to Ornes and weave among islands, past the Seven Sisters Range to Bronnoysund.
Day 10 Bronnoysund-Bergen Early morning arrival in Trondheim with a chance to visit the Medieval Nidaros Cathedral. Continue to Bergen and a 2 night stay at Hotel Augustin.
Day 11 Bergen At leisure to explore Bergen - visit the Fishmarket and historic Bryggen or take the funicular railway up to Mt Floyen to enjoy the amazing scenery over the city.
Day 12 Bergen-Oslo Take the famous scenic train to Oslo - overnight at the Thon Hotel Bristol.
Day 13 Oslo-London Make your way to the airport and fly back to the London.
Daily from 01 Jan to 8 April 2014
Prices from £ per person
|2014 Departures||Jan - Apr|
|Twin room (based on 2 sharing)||£2,235|
Please note optional room upgrades at the Icehotel are available, subject to availability. Please ask our sales team for details. Airfares are based on the lowest available fare, should this not be available at the time of booking a supplement will apply.
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