Arctic Circle and Fjords by Rail

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Tour Length: 13 Days
Countries Visited: Norway, Sweden
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Tour Operator: G Adventures
Tour Code: GA-EWSR
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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.

 
 
What's Included
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.

Meals Included
12 breakfasts

Meals
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.

Transport
Train, private van, boat, walking.

Accommodation
Hotels (8 nts), cabins (2 nts), fishing cabins (2 nts).

About Accommodation
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.

Optional Activities
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

 
 
Day 1 Kiruna
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: 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. Transport: 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. Transport: 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. Transport: 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. Transport: 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. Transport: 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. Included Activities: Orientation Walk 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. Transport: Ride the famous Bergen Railway for the last leg of this scenic journey. Train (6.50 hour(s))

Day 13 Oslo (1B)
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Documents
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Necessary Travel Documents such as Passports and Visas is the responsibility of the traveler. Passports must be valid six months from your return travel date.

 
Highlights
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.

Itinerary Disclaimer
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

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

Spending Money
Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

 

Solo Travellers
We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

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.

Checklist
•Sunblock •Sunglasses •Toiletries (biodegradable) •Hand sanitizer •Baby wipes (useful when there is no running water) •Watch or alarm clock •Money belt •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) Optional Items: •Camera •Reading/writing material •Earplugs Documents: •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

Tipping
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). 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. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides. You may do this individually, or your CEO will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping local guides would range from €3-5 per day, depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline €30-40 per person, per week can be used.

Health
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.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your leader, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency evacuation and repatriation. A minimum coverage of USD200,000 is required. G Adventures can provide you with the appropriate coverage. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

 
 

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