Combine a visit to Stockholm with a journey through Swedish Lapland by the Inland Railway. Travel through virgin forests and picturesque villages across the Arctic Circle to Gällivare in the north. Cross the border to Norway and embark on a cruise with Hurtigruten from Harstad to Bergen.
This tour can commence in: Stockholm
Arrival in Stockholm according to your own itinerary. The capital of Sweden is built on 14 islands and is connected by 57 bridges. Well-preserved medieval buildings stand alongside modern architecture, and just outside the city the archipelago of 24 000 islands is waiting to be explored. Accommodation in Stockholm.
Breakfast at the hotel followed by an early morning departure by train to Östersund (approximately 6 hours). Östersund is situated on the eastern shore of Lake Storsjön. In the afternoon we recommend a visit to Jamtli - a remarkable open air museum where you can find people in traditional costume, farming and milking as their ancestors did and giving the visitors a sense of stepping back in time. Accommodation in Östersund.
Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure on the Inland Railway to Arvidsjaur. This unique railway will bring you through inland Sweden, with remote lakes, dense forests and mountains. Onboard the train you will find knowledgeable hosts who will provide information about places of interest on the route. Today you will enter the province Lapland. This is the largest province in Sweden, and it stretches from just south of Vilhelmina up to the Finnish and Norwegian borders. From your train window you will see stunning landscapes of lakes, deep forests and wild mountains. On the way the train will make two stops to visit the historical station house in Storuman and the Inland Railway museum in Sorsele. In 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. 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 the Inland Railway. Before reaching the village Jokkmokk the train crosses the Arctic Circle where it makes a stop. 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 9.50 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 morning you will continue by train on a scenic route from Gällivare in Sweden to Narvik in Norway. On the way you will pass Abisko national park with the mountain Kebnekaise as backdrop and some spectacular fjords. Upon arrival in Narvik you will have some hours at leisure before continuing by local buses from Narvik to Harstad. Harstad is a small coastal town located on the island Hinnøya and is the entry-point to Lofoten. Accommodation in Harstad.
Breakfast at the hotel before embarking on a cruise with Hurtigruten along the spectacular Norwegian coastline towards Bergen. Hurtigruten is often referred to as the world’s most beautiful sea voyage, and it is a journey through history and maritime culture. Today you will cruise along Vesterålen Islands to Lofoten Islands passing narrow sounds, steep mountains, and sandy beaches and fishing villages. The highlight of today's cruise is the spectacular Raftsundet sound, which connects the Vesterålen Islands with the Lofoten Islands. Arrival in Svolvær before dinnertime. Svolvær, the undisputed capital of the Lofoten Islands, is easily identified by the towering Svolværgeita Mountain. The last stop for the day is Stamsund, a fishing station built into the rock, almost in defiance of nature. It is now one of the largest fishing stations in Lofoten. Dinner and accommodation onboard.
Breakfast onboard. Cruise along the Helgeland coastline with no more than 1000 islands and numerous fishing hamlets. This stretch passes the Arctic Circle. Numerous legends and stories are associated with this coastline. One such story is about the Seven Sisters and Torghatten Mountain and how they came to be such unusual shapes. A myth about the beautiful sisters tells of how they ran away from their father, King Sulis, and danced naked in the waters of the fjord. Unfortunately, the sisters forgot that when the sun rose they would all be turned into stone. Now they stand there, all in a row, as captivating and lovely as ever before. Dinner and accommodation onboard.
Early morning arrival in Trondheim. Time at leisure until departure at 10 o’clock. Enjoy some of the city’s culture, architecture and history. Departure through the Trondheimfjord and along Trondheimsleia channel, before continuing southwards to Kristiansund and Molde. Kristiansund is the home of dried fish production while Molde is known for its breathtaking location with panoramic views of the 222 partly snow-clad mountain peaks (Romsdal Alps). Possibility to join an optional shore excursion by bus along the Atlantic Ocean Road. Dinner and accommodation onboard.
Breakfast onboard Hurtigruten. The last part of the cruise includes magnificent fjord- and archipelago scenery, before the ship arrives in Bergen in the afternoon. Bergen is Norway’s second largest city and the world’s only city surrounded by 7 mountains and 7 fjords. Attractions in Bergen include the Hanseatic Bryggen Harbour, the Fløibanen Funicular, which takes you up to a height of 320 metres above sea level where you are presented with a great view over the city, Grieg’s home Troldhaugen, the Fish and Flower Market or the Bergen Aquarium. Accommodation in Bergen
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Bergen according to your own itinerary. As an alternative we recommend combining this tour with Fjord Norway & Stockholm, Scandinavian Capitals & Fjords or Norway in a Nutshell.