London to the Arctic Circle
- 10 Days
- From £1,099
- London to Cologne by high-speed Eurostar and ICE
- Western Germany to Norway via Odense and Gothenburg
- Free days in the Norwegian cities of Oslo and Trondheim
- Across the arctic circle to Bodø on the Norwegian Sea
- Decide when you would like to travel
- Adapt the route to suit your plans
- Upgrade hotels and rail journeys
- Add extra nights, destinations and/or tours
- Standard Class rail travel with seat reservations
- 9 nights’ handpicked hotel accommodation with breakfast
- City maps and comprehensive directions to your hotels
- Clearly-presented wallets for your rail tickets, hotel vouchers and other documentation
- All credit card surcharges and complimentary delivery of your travel documents
Spend your first day travelling to the German city of Cologne by taking a late-morning Eurostar from St Pancras arriving into Brussels where you make an easy platform-change onto a German ICE train that whisks you east into Germany in time for dinner. Your accommodation will be the Hotel Mondial am Dom MGallery (or similar).
Cologne’s main station is right in the heart of the city, next to the famous twin-spired cathedral, so it’s easy to get around and explore. Why not enjoy dinner in the Old Town area or aboard a cruise along the Rhine?
Take an InterCity train this morning as you start to head due north for the first time. Change at the large and impressive Hamburg Hbf and continue through the region of Schleswig-Holstein into Denmark. On arrival at the city of Odense, check in at the First Grand Hotel (or similar) for an overnight stay.
Make your way back to Odense station this morning and board a Danish domestic service to the capital, Copenhagen. Here, you change onto a train that takes you over the mighty Oresund Bridge into Sweden. Travel up the west coast of Sweden before arriving at the bustling port-city of Gothenburg, where the Clarion Collection Odin (or similar) will be awaiting your arrival for an overnight stay.
TMR RECOMMENDS: Why not break your journey with a night in Copenhagen to see the Little Mermaid, Nyhavn and the famous Tivoli Gardens.
Take one of the twice-daily services out of Gothenburg into Norway this morning. Travel through the rolling hills and greenery of this lush part of western Sweden and south eastern Norway and by evening-time you reach the Norwegian capital Oslo, where you stay in the Thon Opera Hotel (or similar) for 2 nights.
Capital of Norway since the 14th century, Oslo is a thriving city made up of diverse architectural styles and distinct districts. Spend a full day here exploring the city’s museums, galleries and green spaces.
Highlights of any visit here include the elegant Royal Palace and the Viking Ship Museum, boasting amongst other exhibits, two Viking ships that are over 1,000 years old. During the summer, you can also relax on one of the lovely beaches in the Oslofjord or sit and people watch at a café, with some of the world’s best coffee.
Set off this morning on your first domestic Norwegian train service taking you north past Lillehammer, host of the 1994 Winter Olympics, and into the strategically important port-city of Trondheim. Here, you make your way to the Radisson Blu Royal Garden (or similar) for a 2-night stay.
The Viking capital of Norway, Trondheim offers a wealth of history and culture to discover. The Nidelva River flows through the city centre, with colourful storehouses flanking both sides. The Trondheim Museum of Arts offers the third largest collection of public art in the country, whilst the imposing medieval Sverresborg Fort is now part of an open-air folk museum featuring more than 60 buildings.
The intimate city centre of Trondheim has plenty of independent boutiques, restaurants and cafés. Micro-breweries offer a menu of food tailored to accompany their own beers.
Today’s journey is one of Scandinavia’s most scenic, as you wind your way through forests, alongside dramatic fjords and watch as the scenery develops into an altogether more Arctic environment. The journey crosses the Arctic Circle mid-afternoon, and you arrive into the city of Bodø in the evening, where you check in at the Scandic Bodø (or similar).
With its magnificent backdrop of mountains, Bodø is a unique destination where you can go kayaking or golfing under the midnight sun in the summer or experience the wondrous spectacle of the northern lights from the pier in the harbour during the winter. Why not take a boat tour through the stunning archipelago or visit pretty Moskenes in Lofoten and Norway’s best-preserved seaside trading post at Kjerringøy.
After a final morning exploring this picturesque Norwegian town, you make your way to the airport for your flight home (not included).
Bodø is a stop on the famous Hurtigruten (which translates from Norwegian as “rapid route”) ferry line that runs from Bergen in the south all the way to Kirkenes in the far north close to the Russian border. You can travel south as far as Bergen and return back by air or rail from there or north to Kirkenes, stopping at the famous Lofoten Islands, Tromso and Hammerfest, the world’s most northerly city. For the more adventurous, it is possible to connect from Kirkenes to Murmansk in Russia and then onwards by overnight train to St Petersburg!
There are two options to extend into Swedish Lapland. Both journeys involve travelling north from Bodø by coach to the town of Narvik, the terminus on the Stockholm overnight line. From here, you can reach the towns of Abisko and Kiruna, both of which offer an array of outdoor activities all year round. You can then travel back either by air or train, with connections back through Scandinavia and Germany. During the summer months, the beautiful Inlandsbanan twists and turns its way through the centre of Sweden taking in some beautiful countryside. We can arrange this journey for you with the necessary stopovers and enough time to head back to the UK over land, or fly back from Stockholm if you prefer.
Typical hotels on this itinerary
Hotel Mondial am Dom Cologne MGallery by Sofitel is located right in the centre of Cologne, close to the famous cathedral and the main station. All of the modern bedrooms feature air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi, minibar and satellite TV. The hotel also boasts a restaurant overlooking the cathedral, a sauna, a steam room and a fitness room.
The First Grand Hotel dates back to 1897 and still occupies its original 19th-century building in the centre of Odense, close to the central station and the Vestergade pedestrianised shopping street. All individually designed bedrooms are classically furnished with hardwood or parquet flooring, flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi access. There is also a French style restaurant serving traditional bistro fare and an intimate bar.
Located within easy walking distance of Gothenburg’s main station, the Clarion Collection Odin is also conveniently situated to explore the city centre. Bedrooms are decorated in a modern style with satellite TV and free Wi-Fi access. Other facilities include a rooftop bar with panoramic views, as well as a bowling alley and a gym in the same building which give discounted rates to hotel guests.
The Thon Opera Hotel is located adjacent to Oslo’s main train station, and offers easy access to the rest of the city. Along with comfortable, moden bedrooms, the hotel also offers a restaurant overlooking the Oslo Opera House and a bar with an outdoor terrace. Karl Johan high street is a two minute walk from the hotel, boasting stunning views of the Oslofjord.
The Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel is ideally located along the Nidelva River, a short walk from Torvet Square in the heart of the city. Modern, Nordic style bedrooms come with a flat-screen TV, a minibar, a trouser press and free Wi-Fi. The 73 Bar & Restaurant serves dishes made from fresh, local ingredients and there is also a welcoming bar and a fitness centre in the hotel.
The Scandic Bodø Hotel is located near to the main station, on the waterfront next to Bodø Harbour. All bedrooms feature modern classic décor, with a TV and a trouser press. Some upgraded rooms boast a seating area and sea views. The onsite restaurant serves a daily breakfast buffet with lunch and dinner available if booked in advance. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel, which also offers bicycle rental for exploring the local area.