Tailormade tour Norway’s Fjords to Arctic Circle by Nordland Railway holiday Norway

6 nights/7 days

Trondheim • Bodø in the Arctic Circle

This luxury two-centre Norway touring holiday offers the cultural attractions of ancient capital of Norway, Trondheim, on its own fjord, and the adventurous exploits available with a stay in the Arctic Circle in Bodø, connected by a day-time journey on the scenic Nordland Railway, Norway’s longest.
Holiday price guide

Available year-round subject to the opening period of the hotels. From £1,590 per person.

Luxury two-centre Norway touring holiday combining Trondheim and Bodø in the Arctic Circle with a scenic train journey on the Nordland Railway

Highlights

Trondheim • Nordland Railway • Bodø in the Arctic Circle

Day by day

 This holiday starts with a flight from London to Trondheim via a connection in Oslo. Check into your hotel in Trondheim for the next three nights.

 

Trondheim lies on the southern shore of the Trondheimfjord and has played a significant role in Norwegian history. As the country’s first capital city, it was the site where Norwegian Kings were crowned for over 700 years, specifically in the Nidaros Cathedral. We highly recommend taking a visit to this beautiful building, which is the world’s northernmost mediaeval cathedral and started construction in 1070. South of this is the striking Archbishop’s Palace Museum, which offers an insight into the 1000-year history of the cathedral and its diocese. You will also find here the Royal Regalia, including the 200-year old Crown of Norway. For a glimpse of the more rustic side of Norwegian life, a visit to the Trøndelag Folk Museum is essential: dominated by the ruins of Sverresborg castle, this outdoor museum consists eighty historic buildings giving information about folk culture as well as rural monuments and the Haltdalen stave church, which dates from 1070. Another picturesque area of the city is Bakklandet, a small neighbourhood of painted wooden warehouses home to galleries, cafes and restaurants.

After three nights indulging in Trondheim’s cultural attractions it is time to embark on a magical journey across the Arctic Circle to Bodø. The 729 km Nordland Railway line is Norway’s longest and presents huge variety in culture, climate and landscape. The journey starts by skirting around the Trondheim Fjord, reaching the small town of Steinkjer two hours later at the head of the longest arm of the fjord. From here you head into the hills. Be sure to notice the colourful station buildings at the small Norwegian towns as you pass by. Leaving the steel works town of Mo I Rana the train skirts the Saltfjellet-Svartisen National Park, passing close by the Swedish border. Shortly after this you cross the Arctic Circle, before heading back towards the coast to reach the shores of Skjerstad Fjord. You continue along this spectacular natural beauty until you reach the station of Bodø, the final stop of the Norwegian railway system and your base for the next three nights.

The city of Bodø is an excellent base from which to explore some of Norway’s best scenery and natural attractions. One of its most well-known features is the Saltstraumen maelstrom, a small strait home to the world’s strongest tidal current. Here you can witness whirlpools bigger than 10 metres with the water moving as fast as 40 km/h. Slightly further out of the city is the Kjerringøy, a small, rural community featuring beautiful alpine landscapes ranging from mountains to white sandy beaches. The Kjerringøy trading post is a museum offering a unique insight into the lives of the powerful local merchants and information about the fish trade of the 19th century. For those looking for more adventurous activities, Bodø offers kayaking, RIB tours and even snorkelling in the surrounding fjords, and fishing is a popular local activity. There are also numerous hiking routes including Keiservarden, which leads up to Keiservarden hill overlooking Bodø, and Mount Ronvikfjellet, one of the top viewing spots for the Midnight Sun in the country. Within Bodø itself the beautiful harbour offers views from its pier dating back to 1904 and the Norwegian Aviation Museum offers an insight into the civil and military aviation history of Norway.

After three nights in Bodø you return to the UK by plane via Oslo.

Holiday price guide From £1,590 per person
£40 supplement per person for premium class on Nordland Railway

Holiday Code SCFR03

Luxury two-centre Norway touring holiday combining Trondheim and Bodø in the Arctic Circle with a scenic train journey on the Nordland Railway

Holiday price guide From £1,590 per person
£40 supplement per person for premium class on Nordland Railway

Holiday Code SCFR03

Our prices include ● Return flights with British Airways from London to Oslo
● Scheduled flights with Scandinavian Airlines from Oslo to Trondheim, and Bodø to Oslo
● Second class travel on the train (Plus class can be booked at a supplement)
● 3 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Superior double room at Hotel Britannia, Trondheim
● 3 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Superior double room at Thon Hotel Nordlys, Bodø
● Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Our prices do not include ● Early check-in or late check-out at any hotels (although we can arrange this on request at additional cost)
● Any other services not mentioned above, such as transfers and meals except breakfast at hotels
● Personal holiday insurance. This is essential and cover should be in place from when you book the holiday.
● Possible local tourist tax, usually the equivalent of £1 to £3 per person per night, and payable locally to the hotel
● Transfers in any cities

Additional information This holiday can be arranged throughout the year, subject to the opening dates of the hotels. Timings can vary depending on the month and day of the week.

Holiday price guide From £1,590 per person
£40 supplement per person for premium class on Nordland Railway

Holiday Code SCFR03

Luxury two-centre Norway touring holiday combining Trondheim and Bodø in the Arctic Circle with a scenic train journey on the Nordland Railway

Highlights of Norway

The numerous fjords: Eidfjord – branch of the Hardangerfjord, Geirangerfjord – precipitous, one of Norway’s signature images, Hardangerfjord – rolling hills and pretty villages, Jossingfjord – vertiginous fjord in the flatlands of the south, Lysefjord – plunging cliffs, cruises and look out points, Naeroyfjord – narrow and very pretty, Sognefjord – Norway’s longest and one of the most beautiful, Trollfjord – very steep fjord on Lofoten, Vestfjord – sheltered bays and pretty villages separating Lofoten from the mainland. The Hurtigruten ferry that covers over 2500 km from Bergen to Kirkenes with over 30 stops. The Midnight Sun and the Northern Lights. Stave churches, beautifully preserved in wood, dating from Viking times, for example at Borgund, Lom, Ringebu and Urnes. Viking ships and artefacts, burial mounds and trinkets in museums throughout the country. The red, wooden houses perched stilts over the sea on the Lofoten Islands. The modern architecture of Oslo. Picking wild blueberries, sampling aquavit made from potatoes and caraway, and tasting reindeer steak with cranberries. The charm of Oslofjorden with its pretty, arty village and towns, harbours with sailing boats, islands offshore and beaches. Hike over the Jotunheimen and relish the natural landscape of this stunning National Park.

Cultural highlights of Norway

The architecture of stave churches dating from the Viking era and Viking treasure in museums around the country. The literature of Henrik Ibsen and Knut Hamsun. Folk tales and mythology. The music of Edvard Grieg and the art of Edvard Munch. Contemporary jazz and folk music.

Gastronomy of Norway

Norway’s gastronomy is a clear reflection of its land and sea. From the land come reindeer, venison, lamb, cured meats and potatoes of all types: boiled, roasted and fried. From the freshwater lakes and streams come salmon served grilled and smoked, and freshwater fish. Sea fish is a vast array of cod, haddock, shrimps, mackerel, fish soup, fish balls, salt cod. From the orchards particularly around the Hardangerfjord come apples, cherries and plums as well as berries of all sorts including blueberries, cranberries, bilberries and, a great delicacy, cloudberries. Cheeses include Jarlsberg and brown cheese. Coffee is almost certainly the national drink, followed by beer, of which there are all sorts of craft beers brewed locally, and Aquavit is the national spirit made from potatoes and caraway.

Facts in brief

Capital Oslo
Airport Oslo Gardermoen
Size 323,878 sq km
Population 4.4 million
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