Visit Stockholm and travel to Lapland with its spectacular nature and midnight sun. Stay the night at Båtsuoj Sami Centre and learn about Sami culture. The Inland Railway starts in Östersund and travels north through virgin forests to Gällivare above the Arctic Circle. Food, coffee and sightseeing stops are made along the way.
This tour can commence in: Stockholm
Arrival in Stockholm according to your own itinerary. The capital of Sweden spreads across 14 islands where Lake Mälaren flows out into the Baltic Sea and the spectacular archipelago – a landscape of more than 24,000 islands. The city centre itself is surrounded by vast open water and green parks, forests and walking areas, filled with historical sights and attractions. With its 750 year history and rich cultural life, Stockholm offers many well known places of interest such as the Royal Palace, Stockholm Cathedral, the City hall and Gamla Stan (Old Town) - one of the best preserved medieval city centers in the world. We recommend one of the many sightseeing tours on offer (please see add-ons). 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 on the Inland Railway. The journey 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 can 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. At noon you will stop for lunch at the small town of Vilhelmina before continuing to Slagnäs. In Slagnäs you will disembark the train and meet your hosts from Båtsuoj Sami Centre for a short further transfer. Båtsuoj is the Sami word for reindeer and around the campfire you will learn about shamanism, a faith based around nature, the Sami people’s customs and the practical importance about reindeer throughout the various seasons. Dinner tonight is included, and is served inside the traditional Sami tepee-style tent where you will try local delicacies such as reindeer jerky and fish. This night you will spend on comfortable reindeer-hides inside the tent with the smoke from the open fire curling up through the exit (shared accommodation, please see hotel description for further details). Please note that there is no electricity or running water at Båtsuoj.
Breakfast at Båtsuoj Sami centre. Today you have the morning at leisure at Båtsuoj and we recommend borrowing one of the rowing boats and row out onto the enchanting lake situated just next to the Sami centre. There is also a sauna next to the lake that guests can use afterwards. Transfer in the afternoon to Slagnäs is included where you will continue your train journey with the Inland Railway. 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 9.46 pm. Join the optional bus tour up to mount Dundret, 823 meters above sea level and famous for its midnight sun spotting. Accommodation in Gällivare.
Breakfast at the hotel. This day is at your own leisure. Experience the spectacular surroundings by joining a hiking tour to the Devil’s cliff, an exciting kayak tour on the lakes or a guided walking tour through the community of Gällivare. The night train from Gällivare back to Stockholm departs at 16:59 hrs. Accommodation onboard (please see hotel description).
Your night train arrives in Stockholm at 09:20 hrs. 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.