Inlandsbanan, Arctic Circle & Jokkmokk Winter Fair

Inlandsbanan, Arctic Circle & Jokkmokk Winter Fair

The Inlandsbanan is a fabulous tourist line through Sweden's wilderness to another world beyond the Arctic Circle. We have 20 seats booked on its one and only winter trip! Visit Jokkmokk Winter Fair, a 400 year old Sami festival in a village just north of the Arctic Circle, eat lunch at the Ice Hotel, stop at the Arctic Circle, meet reindeer, explore Sami culture and maybe even see the Northern Lights! Add in Oslo, the Dovrebanen to Trondheim and Stockholm for a unique winter adventure!

14 days from £3,495.00

 

DEPARTS

Wednesday 30 January 2019

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Flights in BA Euro Traveller Class from Heathrow to Oslo & Stockholm to Heathrow

  • Visit Oslo, Norway’s political, cultural and royal capital

  • Enjoy majestic scenery on the Dovrebanen between Oslo and Trondheim

  • Explore Trondheim, Norway’s religious capital, with its stunning cathedral

  • Cross from Norway into Sweden on the Meråker & Mittbanan Railways

  • Stay in Östersund, Sweden’s "Winter City"

  • Fantastic wintry journey on the Inlandsbanan beyond the Arctic Circle

  • Take lunch overlooking snow covered Lake Volgsjön

  • Spend four nights in your own spacious chalet (normally sleeping 6 people, but we have booked double occupancy)

  • Guided tour ad lunch at the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi

  • Become acquainted with Sami culture at the Swedish Mountain & Sami Museum

  • Enjoy a whole day at Jokkmokk Winter Market

  • Tour Stockholm, Scandinavia’s most attractive capital city

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 13 nights’ bed, breakfast, 10 dinners & 2 lunches

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

* We would ask you to appreciate that this adventure takes place in winter in regions around the Arctic Circle, including four nights in a ski resort. There will be some walking involved, often on snow and ice. We strongly recommend a good level of mobility.

 

** For your safety the Inlandsbanan Railway has a thermal boundary of minus 28 degrees. This means that, in the unlikely event that the temperature drops lower than this boundary, a coach may be used to replace the train.

DAY 1

We depart London Heathrow Airport on board our British Airways flight to Oslo. On arrival we take the train to Oslo Sentral Station and transfer to our hotel for two nights, the Thon Hotel Europa.

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DAY 2

A guided tour of Oslo introduces you to the main sights of Norway's capital city and seat of its Royal Family, before an afternoon at leisure to explore independently.

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DAYS 3 & 4

Departing Oslo, we head northwards on the Dovrebanen Railway, an epic wintry journey passing lakes and mountains, including Lake Mjøsa, Norway's largest, and the ski resorts of Lillehammer and Oppdal. Our journey also takes in the Gubrandsdalen National Park and the Dovrefjell mountain range, before arriving in Trondheim for two nights at the Thon Hotel Nidaros. Day 4 is at leisure to discover Trondheim, Norway's religious capital with the stunning Nidaros Cathedral.

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DAY 5

Heading eastwards from Trondheim on the Maråkerbanen, we follow the coastline of Trondheim Fjord, before heading inland to the village of Hell and towards the Swedish border. At Storlien we switch from Norwegian diesel to Swedish electric , continuing on the Mittbanan Railway to Östersund, known as the "Winter City", where we spend one night at the Clarion Hotel Grand.

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DAY 6

Our adventure on the Inlandsbanan tourist train begins, travelling through Jämtland and entering Lapland. In Vilhelmina we enjoy lunch overlooking snow-covered Lake Volgsjön. We take dinner during a stop in Arvidsjaur before arriving in the ski resort of Kåbdalis for four nights. We have booked ten cabins for double occupancy. Each cottage has a sauna, wc, shower and kitchen.

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DAY 7

Today we get a true winter experience with a whole day's visit to the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi. Each year a hotel is sculpted here out of ice. We take lunch in its renowned restaurant, housed in the adjacent permanent (and warm!) part of the hotel, before touring the Ice Hotel, the church and, of course, the Ice Bar.

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DAY 8

Reboarding the Inlandsbanan train, we make a short stop at the Arctic Circle, before adventuring beyond to Jokkmokk. Here we visit Jokkmokk Tenn (pewter/tin handcrafts) and the Swedish Mountain & Sami Museum for an insight into Sami culture. The day ends with the grand opening ceremony of the 414th Jokkmokk Winter Market, before we board our Inlandsbanan train back to Kåbdalis.

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DAY 9

We return to Jokkmokk for centuries old Sami Winter Fair in Jokkmokk, with music, exhibitions, shopping for handicrafts, reindeer and huskies pulling sleds on Lake Talvatis, with local Sami culture taking centre stage.

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DAY 10

Our Inlandsbanan journey returns southwards, halting for a final night at the Hotell Vilhelmina, where we enjoy dinner. Maybe make use of the hotel's spa facilities, with spectacular views of the Blaikfjället mountains and Lake Volgsjön.

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DAYS 11 & 12

The final three hour leg of our Inlandsbanan adventure reaches Östersund, from where we travel by train to Uppsala and three nights at the Elite Hotel. A free day on Day 12 enables you to explore Uppsala, an attractive and historic university city, but also Sweden's ecclesiastical centre, housing Scandinavia's largest cathedral.

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DAY 13

A short return train excursion takes us to Stockholm for a guided tour of arguably Scandinavia's most attractive capital city. After a guided tour, we allow free time to wander the quaint streets of the Old Town (Gamla Stan) before returning to Uppsala.

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DAY 14

We make the even shorter trip to Arlanda Airport for our flight back to London Heathrow.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

HOTELS

The hotels chosen for this tour are generally modern 4* hotels suitable for the needs of international travellers.

 

Kåbdalis Resort

Inlandsbanan has booked ski chalet style accommodation at Kåbdalis for four nights. Each chalet has a double or twin room, plus two very small rooms with bunk beds, a living space, kitchen, wc, shower and sauna. We have decided to accommodate two people per chalet, as we don’t feel bunk bed style accommodation is suitable. This will provide spacious accommodation in a beautiful remote setting. Due to the very high cost of this accommodation, we are sorry that single occupancy of such accommodation would be so expensive that it’s simply not practical to offer it.

 

* We would ask you to appreciate that this adventure takes place in winter in regions around the Arctic Circle, including four nights in a ski resort. There will be some walking involved, often on snow and ice. We strongly recommend a good level of mobility.

 

** For your safety the Inlandsbanan Railway has a thermal boundary of minus 28 degrees. This means that, in the unlikely event that the temperature drops lower than this boundary, a coach may be used to replace the train.

 

FARE

From London Heathrow:

BA Euro Traveller Flights & Standard Class rail travel throughout

£3,495



 

13 nights’ bed, breakfast, 10 dinners and 2 lunches

BA return flights (Euro Traveller) & Standard Class rail in Norway & Sweden

All excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
London Heathrow Airport London Heathrow Airport (LHR)

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