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9 days - Independent visit to Bodø and Narvik before overnight train to Stockholm. Stay overnight in a remote lighthouse, touring in our premium 50 Degrees North mini-coach.
Explore the outer reaches of Arctic Norway, visiting regions 'off the beaten track' and seeing true wilderness. Travelling on a premium 50 Degrees North mini-coach, journey through the forests to stay at the lighthouse in Tranøy, visiting Sami and rock carving locations along the way.
Experience two epic train journeys, a comfortable, relaxed way to see the countryside. According to Lonely Planet, one of the world’s best train journeys from Trondheim to Bodø, the Nordland train is the longest train journey in Norway. 24-hour daylight means plenty of wildlife and sightseeing on your journey from Trondheim to Bodø, then Narvik to Stockholm on the Arctic Train.
It isn't a group tour as such but for a few days during this itinerary, everyone shares the same mini-coach, you make friends and enjoy the company of our Norwegian bus driver!
This tour is the final installment of our mini-coach tours, starting in Trondheim and ending on this tour in Stockholm. 'Beautiful Norway', 'Western Fjords of Norway', 'Scenic Norway' and 'Arctic Circle Traverse' slot together, an epic month of travel through the best of Norway.
- One epic overnight and one epic day train journey
- Travel on a premium 50 Degrees North mini-coach through Arctic Norway
- Stay for two nights at a remote lighthouse in Tranøy, meeting locals and enjoying fresh shrimp on the deck
- Visit Northern Europe's wild north with reindeers and elks wandering the roads
- Day 1
- Arrive Trondheim and explore this compact city
- Day 2
- Guided walk in Trondheim
- Day 3
- Train from Trondheim to Bodø
- Day 4
- Bodø and RIB boat trip to Saltstraumen
- Day 5
- Meet your mini-coach and start your journey through the wilderness to Tranøy
- Day 6
- Day at Tranøy with options including hiking, high tea and sculpture walks
- Day 7
- Continue your journey from Tranøy to Narvik
- Day 8
- Depart Narvik on the overnight train to Stockholm, via Bjornfjell mountain stop
- Day 9
- Arrive Stockholm and disembark train
- Start Place
- Trondheim, Norway tours
- End Place
- Stockholm, Sweden tours
- Destinations Visited
- Norway tours
- Sweden tours
- 9 Days
- Group Size
- 4 - 12
All transportation (by buses, trains, and boats) between destinations is included in the price. This includes travel between Bodø to Narvik by premium 50 Degrees North mini-coach, which will accommodate spontaneous photo stops, as well as food and rest stops.
- 7 nights’ hotel accommodation in shared double/twin rooms with private facilities
- 7 breakfasts and 2 dinners
- All transport between destinations by buses, trains and boats including overnight train journeys
- RIB Boat tour to Salstraumen
- Private Sightseeing tour in Trondheim
- Premium 50 Degrees North mini-coach (or similar) which travels between Bodø to Narvik. This mini-coach works like a hop-on, hop-off scheduled weekly bus and may have only yourselves onboard or up to 10-12 people in addition to the driver. Stop along the way for unexpected photo opportunities, sightseeing or quick rest stops.
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes and service fees
International flights, lunches and dinners that have not been detailed in the program, and items of personal nature. A small tip for the bus driver will be appreciated.
Please note there is no guide for this tour. Your coach driver will offer help and answer questions when possible.
Day 1 - Arrive Trondheim and explore this compact city
Arrive and transfer to your central hotel. Once you have settled in, set out to explore this small, compact city. Soak in the rich history of the 11th century by touring the famed Nidaros Cathedral and witness its remarkable Gothic facade. The world’s Northernmost Gothic cathedral, Nidarosdomen is the national sanctuary of Norway, built over the grave of St. Olav.
Enjoy a beverage on a floating barge on the river, walk the old streets around the universities and relax at the special wine bar at Hotel Brittannia. With a wide selection of local coffee shops, charming cafes, delectable eateries, and microbreweries, you won’t run out of options. There is a strong culture for mixing locally sourced ingredients with bright new ideas, such as Michelin Star restaurants Credo, Fagn and Speilsalen or farm to table fusions like Bula Bistro and Spontan Vinbar.
AccommodationClarion Hotel Trondheim or similar
Day 2 - Guided walk in Trondheim
After breakfast, meet your guide for a walk through both the old and new areas of Trondheim – Norway’s oldest city, founded in 970 by the Viking king Olav Tryggvason. Stroll the small alleys, where you can feel the atmosphere from the Middle Ages, and enjoy the story of this city in the middle of Norway.
You might have seen the old warehouses and the old town, Bakklandet, from photos. Now it is your turn to feel the atmosphere between the old wooden houses. See The Clemens Church, the first grave church for St. Olav and the Royal residence of Stiftsgården, and enjoy an inside visit to the impressive Nidaros Cathedral.
Swing by Trondheim Kunstmuseum (Art Museum) to admire the extensive collection of Norwegian, international and contemporary art exhibitions.
Your afternoon is free - there are river boat or kayaking tours you can add. Swing by Trondheim Kunstmuseum (Art Museum) to admire the extensive collection of Norwegian, international and contemporary art exhibitions. We recommend visiting the Britannia Hotel's wine bar for a pre-dinner drink.
Day 3 - Train from Trondheim to Bodø
After an early breakfast, board the Nordland Railway. At 729 kilometres, the Nordland Railway is Norway’s longest and takes all day, arriving in the early evening. The journey presents a huge variety in landscape, culture, and climate. It will take you through fertile farmland and great forests in Trøndelag, across the majestic Saltfjellet range, and down to the coast between Rognan and Bodø.
Arrive and transfer to your hotel.
Day 4 - Bodø and RIB boat trip to Saltstraumen
Seeing Saltstraumen up close from a RIB when the current is at its strongest is an experience you should have with you when you are in Bodø. Four times a day, 400 million cubic meters of seawater are forced through a 150 m wide strait. The salt current can reach a speed of up to 20 knots and form large current vortices that can be 10 meters wide.
During your day tour today, you will stop several times learning about the local nature, sea eagles, Saltstraumen and Bodø. Fingers crossed, you will see sea eagles, which are Northern Europe's largest bird of prey.
The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore the port town of Bodø, an up and coming cultural hub of Norway.
Day 5 - Meet your mini-coach and start your journey through the wilderness to Tranøy
Disembark the train, meet your mini-coach driver and set off north. Visit the rock carvings at Helleristninger and stop for waffles at Kobbelv Vertshus, a road stop offering lovely views of the Leirfjord and Baggfossen waterfall. Between the Salten, Ofoten and Lofoten regions is the Realm of Hamsun, made famous by the novels of Knut Hamsun and you will find tributes to Hamsun through the drive.
Arrive at Tranøy mid-afternoon and get ready to watch the late midnight sunset over the lighthouse and Lofoten Archipelago. Dinner tonight is included.
Day 6 - Day at Tranøy with options including hiking, high tea and sculpture walks
The village of Tranøy is situated approx. 2.5km away from the lighthouse, and within walking distance. Tranøy has a local pub in an old boat, galleries and some other points of interest. There is a small local shop to buy daily items. You can do a sculpture walk around the town and enjoy a glass of champagne and high tea at the gallery.
There are numerous of great walking tracks on Hamarøy, including the walk around Hamarøyskaftet. For active travellers, we recommend a hike up to the peak, Hamnesfjellet, 880 metres up from sea level with an incredible view over to the Lofoten Islands on a clear day. Other optional activities are Rib boat safari, Spa and horse riding.
Day 7 - Continue your journey from Tranøy to Narvik
Leaving around 8am this morning, continue your journey with your driver to Narvik. First stop will be the Árran Sami Education centre where you can meet local Sami guides and learn more about the local cultures.
Stopping for lunch along the way, you will have the opportunity to take photos of the Stetinden National Park. You will arrive into the small town of Narvik just after lunch this afternoon. Say goodbye to your driver and then settle into your hotel. Be sure to visit the local fish hall for dinner (we love the fish cakes). You have the option to explore the Narvik cable car, visit Sami, do a huskywagon ride and more this afternoon.
AccommodationQuality Hotel Grand Royal or similar
Day 8 - Depart Narvik on the overnight train to Stockholm, via Bjornfjell mountain stop
After breakfast, head out for a short walk before boarding the train to Bjornefjell. You have time for a walk at the mountain stop before joining the overnight Arctic Train, leaving at 15.53. The train is very comfortable and offers high quality dinner and drinks. Settle in to watch the never ending forests, looking out for reindeer and elks in the 24-hour midnight sun. You will travel through the Northern Swedish towns of Abisko and Kiruna.
TransportationOvernight on the Arctic Train
Day 9 - Arrive Stockholm and disembark train
After breakfast, you will arrive into central Stockholm around 10am this morning.
All prices listed are per person. Departure Wednesday with 25 May 2022 as the first and 14 September 2022 as the last.
2 Jun 2022
2 Jun 2022
30 Jun 2022
30 Jun 2022
14 Jul 2022
14 Jul 2022
28 Jul 2022
28 Jul 2022
25 Aug 2022
25 Aug 2022
8 Sep 2022
8 Sep 2022
22 Sep 2022
22 Sep 2022
Our 'Arctic Circle Traverse' tours work as a hop-on, hop-off scheduled weekly bus for a certain section so depending on the date, you can be travelling with potential 4 - 8 people. This is a great option for a solo traveller.