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Chasing the Northern Lights - Scandinavia by Rail with Iceland. March 2023
Travel 1st Class on the Great Trains of Scandinavia. Quality 4 star hotels. Fully escorted by Australian historian.
By popular demand we repeat this 20 Day European tour with 7 day Add–on tour of Iceland ›
Discover Scandinavia’s 3 Modern Capitals: Copenhagen, Stockholm & Oslo
Enjoy Scandinavia’s Great Rail Journeys: High Speed Swedish x2, Flam Railway, Bergen Railway & Norland Railway
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March 2023

Book with Confidence Guarantee:

Our European inbound operators have guaranteed that, should there be travel restrictions imposed by our government, the deposits paid will be rolled over to the same tour the following year, with guaranteed seats.


Day 1, Wednesday, Mar 1st  

Arrive today in Copenhagen and rest from your flight. Meet your fellow travellers tonight at the Welcome Dinner. [D]

Copenhagen [B]

Day 2, Thursday, Mar 2nd  

Discover “beautiful, beautiful” Copenhagen from both land and water on this morning’s city sightseeing tour. In the afternoon visit the world famous Tivoli Gardens. Why not stay on to dine at one of its many themed restaurants.

Copenhagen [B]

Day 3, Friday, Mar 3rd  

A free day to visit more of Copenhagen's museums and palaces.

Stockholm [B] [D]

Day 4, Saturday, Mar 4th  

Our luggage is taken on ahead as we join our Swedish high speed X2 tilt train, commencing our love affair with the great trains of Europe, departing Denmark across “The Bridge” – made famous in the eponymous Nordic noir thriller TV series. We break the journey for a visit to the historic University and cathedral town of Lund, then continue to Stockholm.

Stockholm [B]

Day 5, Sunday, Mar 5th  ^ Top ^

On this morning's sightseeing tour we discover Sweden's capital where “modernity meets tranquillity”, the home of IKEA, Volvo and ABBA. Founded in the Stone Age, Stockholm is spread across 14 islands. A highlight will be the City Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquet ceremonies take place, and the Vasa Ship Museum.

Stockholm [B]

Day 6, Monday, Mar 6th  

A free day to enjoy some of Stockholm’s many fine museums. Your Tour Director will accompany those interested to the highly acclaimed Skansen open air folk museum.

Oslo [B] [D]

Day 7, Tuesday, Mar 7th  

On an Intercity train today, we cross the border to Norway and her capital Oslo, where our luggage awaits our arrival.

Oslo [B]

Day 8, Wednesday, Mar 8th  

Our morning city sight seeing includes the Akershus Fortress, and the Opera House. In the afternoon why not visit the National Gallery and see Edward Munch's famous painting “The Scream”.

Oslo [B]

Day 9, Thursday, Mar 9th  

A free day forsight seeing – Vigelandspaken Sculpture Park, the Viking Museum, the Kon Tiki Museum and the Holmenkollen Ski Jump (for magnificent views of the city).

Flam [B] [D]

Day 10, Friday, Mar 10th  ^ Top ^

Today's train journey across Europe's highest mountain plateau, and down the steep descent into the village of Flam is repeatedly voted “the world's best train ride”. Tiny Flam, nestled on the water's edge is our home for 2 nights. Our luggage awaits.

Flam [B]

Day 11, Saturday, Mar 11th  

This morning’s exploration around Flam includes an ascent to the Stegastein Lookout for breathtaking views down to the water 2,000 feet below. After lunch take one of the many local walking trails for sweeping fjord views.

Bergen [B] [D]

Day 12, Sunday, Mar 12th  

Our luggage is taken on ahead as we cruise down the fjord today, enjoying more spectacular scenery to join the Bergen railway into Norway's second city. There will be time this afternoon to get to to know this city, before dinner in Bergen's oldest restaurant in the historic waterfront area.

Bergen [B]

Day 13, Monday, Mar 13th  

We commence our sightseeing tour of Bergen with a funicular ride to the top of Floyen, one of the seven mountains surrounding Bergen. The views across the city and harbour are stunning. Back at the bottom we walk among the old wooden houses along Bryggen – the historic wharf area now included on UNESCO's world heritage list.

Bergen [B]

Day 14, Tuesday, Mar 14th  

Bergen was the home of Norway's greatest composer Edward Grieg, and this morning's sightseeing focuses on his life and work. A free afternoon.

Bergen - Coastal Ferry [B] [D]

Day 15, Wednesday, Mar 15th  ^ Top ^

A free morning to enjoy the waterfront or climb some more of Bergen's 7 mountains, before our afternoon transfer to board our coastal ferry for the 2 day journey along the coast and through the fjords of Norway’s West Coast.

Coastal Ferry [B] [L] [D]

Day 16, Thursday, Mar 16th  

Enjoy the views of the fjords from your cabin or from the deck of our ferry. This is not just a tourist ferry, but the regular supply ship serving the coastal communities all the way up Norway’s West Coast.

Trondheim [B] [D]

Day 17, Friday, Mar 17th  

Arrive today in Trondheim and settle into our overnight hotel. Our sightseeing of this historic city – a former capital of Norway – includes the cathedral, the waterfront, and the Old Town.

Bodo [B]

Day 18, Saturday, Mar 18th  

Our final and most Northerly train journey today – the Nordland, beyond the Arctic Circle – with sweeping coastal views to Bodo. In the Tour Director's humble opinion, this is one of the great rail journeys of the world. Given the local terrain, we travel today with our luggage.

Bodo [B] [D]

Day 19, Sunday, Mar 19th  

Our final day in Norway: explore this coastal town with a tragic World War ll history, do your last minute souvenir hunting and take one last sundowner on the waterfront before our Farewell Dinner.

Farewell [B]

Day 20, Monday, Mar 20th  ^ Top ^

Fly today to Oslo or Copenhagen, where our tour ends on arrival. Or you may choose to join us for a fascinating 7 day Add–on tour of Iceland ›

Escorted Tour costs:  

$AUD 14,950 per person Twin Share.
Land Content only (i.e. join in Copenhagen and leave in Oslo or Copenhagen).

Single Room supplement $AUD 3,500.

“AnyDay departure” tour cost - 25% discount applies:  

$AUD 9,712 per person Twin Share.
Land Content only (i.e. join in Copenhagen and leave in Oslo or Copenhagen).

Single Room supplement $AUD 3,500.

Book with Confidence Guarantee:

Our European inbound operators have guaranteed that, should there be travel restrictions imposed by our government, the deposits paid will be rolled over to the same tour the following year, with guaranteed seats.

Enquire about our competitive air fares.

What’s included? Top   

  • First Class rail travel in reserved seats,
  • 4 star city centre boutique hotels,
  • 9 dinners,
  • Full luggage handling (Escorted tours only),
  • Full time Historian / Tour Leader who is the Tour Company Principal (Escorted tours only).

The TOUR COST does NOT include:

  • Hotel incidentals (eg. Mini-bars, telephone calls, laundry), airport and departure taxes, local transport in any city,
  • Optional excursions listed or meals other than breakfast and the one restaurant dinner in each city - the first night in each new city, except Bodo where it takes the form of a farewell dinner. On other nights, the Tour Leaders are available to accompany group members to local, authentic restaurants.

Iceland Optional Add-On Tour (7 days, 6 nights)  Top   

Post-tour Add-On to the Scandinavia by rail tour:

Enjoy Iceland’s magical scenery - waterfalls, lagoons, geysers, volcanoes, glaciers - on this early autumn visit, with a slight likelihood of a Northern Lights viewing.

Flights from Norway on Day 20 of the Scandinavia by Rail Tour, and on to London at the end of the Iceland Add-On are included.

Reykjavik [B]

Day 1, Monday, Mar 20th  

Arrival in Reykjavik

Golden Circle [B]

Day 2, Tuesday, Mar 21st  

Day tour to Golden Circle

South Coast [B]

Day 3, Wednesday, Mar 22nd  

Day tour to South Coast

Reykjanes [B]

Day 4, Thursday, Mar 23rd  

Day tour to Reykjanes and Blue Lagoon

Snæfellsnes [B]

Day 5, Friday, Mar 24th  ^ Top ^

Day tour to Snæfellsnes

Reykjavik [B]

Day 6, Saturday, Mar 25th  

Free Day in Reykjavik

Departure [B]

Day 7, Sunday, Mar 26th  

Departure from Reykjavik

Add-on Tour costs:  

$AUD $5,500 per person Twin Share.
Single supplement $1,000.
Land Content only (i.e. join in Copenhagen and leave in Reykjavik).

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