Start the Inland Railway in Östersund taking you north through Swedish Lapland; the land of the midnight sun. Travel at a leisurely 30 miles per hour through unspoiled landscapes of virgin forests and crystal-clear mountain streams. Food, coffee and sightseeing stops are made along the way.
This tour can commence in: Stockholm
Arrival in Stockholm according to your own itinerary. This beautiful city is built on 14 islands connected by old bridges and overpasses and is one of Europe’s largest and best preserved medieval city centers. With its 750 years history and rich cultural life, Stockholm offers many well known places of interest such as the Royal Palace, Stockholm Cathedral, the Vasa Museum and Old Town (Gamla Stan) known for its charm and for pompous royal weddings. Today Stockholm is recognised as an important design centre where both contemporary and traditional design is an important part of the city’s exciting shopping scene. Accommodation in Stockholm.
Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure by train. Today you will arrive around lunch time at Östersund where you have the afternoon at your own leisure. Östersund is situated on the eastern shore of Lake Storsjön (Great Lake) and is the last large town before arriving at Gällivare, above the Arctic Circle. We recommend a visit to Jamtli - a remarkable open air museum, where you can find people in traditional dress, farming and milking as their ancestors did, and giving the visitors a sense of stepping back in time. Also recommended is a visit to the island Frösön, which you can access by bridge across the lake from Badhusparken. The name Frösön originates from an old Viking settlement and here you can find plenty of good walking and some historical stops such as the Frösö Church, an eleventh-century church. From the tower Frösötornet you have spectacular views of a large part of the province Jämtland. Accommodation in Östersund.
Breakfast at the hotel followed by an early morning departure by the Inland Railway. The Inland Railway will bring you to Swedish Lapland in the north. This is the largest province in Sweden, and it stretches from just south of Vilhelmina up to the Finnish and Norwegian borders. Onboard the train you will find knowledgeable hosts who will provide information about places of interest on the route. From your train window you will see stunning landscapes of lakes, deep forests and wild mountains. It’s common that in this sparsely populated region the train sometimes has to stop for elk and reindeer to be moved from the tracks. Around lunch time you will arrive to the small town of Vilhelmina. Here, in the centre of the town below the church you can visit the Sami village Kyrkstaden (Church Village) dating from 1792, with a Sami arts and crafts gallery, village store and museum. The museum tells the tale of Vilhelmina from ancient times to present day and shows tools that the settlers used in their homes. Two Sami style huts have been built on Kyrkberget, above the Church Village, giving you the chance to study Sami building traditions. Accommodation in Vilhelmina.
Breakfast at the hotel. The morning is at your own leisure before continuing with the Inland Railway at noon. On the way the train will make two stops to visit the historical station house in Storuman and the Inland Railway museum in Sorsele. Before reaching Arvidsjaur we recommend disembarking the train in Slagnäs from where you can visit the popular Båtsuoj Sami Centre out in the wilderness (pre-booking essential). Here you will meet reindeer and learn about how Sami people live today. If you choose to head straight for Arvidsjaur, you can join a guided tour at 6 pm at the Sami village Lappstaden; the largest preserved Sami village in the world with around 80 cots and barns from late eighteenth century. In the evening it is possible to join an optional fishing tour. Accommodation in Arvidsjaur.
Breakfast at the hotel. The region surrounding Arvidsjaur has more than 12 000 lakes and 30 000 reindeer. Today it is possible to join a guided walking tour along the Nasa trail, a walk in Sami footsteps. You will walk through large forests and along numerous small lakes in the magical wilderness. In the afternoon you will continue your journey with Inlandsbanan. Before reaching the village Jokkmokk the train crosses the Arctic Circle where it makes a stop. Here you will receive a certificate for crossing the border. Continuing the journey the train travels through the World Heritage Site Laponia; which includes four national parks and two nature reserves stretching over an impressive 9400 square kilometers of cultural wilderness where the Sami people have lived and worked since the Ice Age. The train arrives to Gällivare at 9.49 pm. Possibility to join an optional bus tour up to mount Dundret, 823 above sea level and famous for its midnight sun spotting. Accommodation in Gällivare.
Breakfast at the hotel. This day is at your own leisure. Join one of the sightseeing tours, go for a hike to the Devil’s cliff, or take a stroll through town. The night train from Gällivare back to Stockholm departs at 7.17 pm. Accommodation onboard (please see hotel description).
Your night train arrives in Stockholm at 12.20 pm where you have the day at your own leisure. A great way to explore the city is to join the hop-on/hop-off sightseeing bus, which offers a convenient way to get around between Stockholm's attractions. In the evening we recommend one of the evening dinner cruises sailing around the beautiful archipelago (please see add-ons). Accommodation in Stockholm.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Stockholm according to your own itinerary. As an alternative we recommend combining this tour with one of our independent rail tours, i.e. Scandinavian Capitals, Fjord Norway & Stockholm or Scandinavian Capitals & Fjords.