Northern Lights & Arctic Circle by Rail

Cruise, Rail Journeys

9-day Northern Lights & Arctic Circle by Rail

If it’s a picturesque train journey through wintery mountains and past tiny Scandinavian towns you’re looking for, then check out our very own version of the Polar Express.

On this scenic 9-day trip, you’ll start in Oslo and head up north to get a taste of the highlights of Lapland. Once you disembark, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to visit museums, taking part in winter activities like snowshoeing and dog-sledding, and getting acquainted with small-town life in snow-covered northern Sweden.

Be sure to watch the sky for a chance to spot the Northern Lights in their full glory!

9 Nights
From USD 3,599Per Person

Northern Lights & Arctic Circle by Rail

Arrive at any time.

Depart for a scenic ride on the Dovre Railway to Trondheim.

Meals included: Breakfast

Spend a free day exploring Trondheim. Opt to visit the neighbourhood of Bakklandet, the old town bridge, cafés along the wharves, Market Square, Nidaros Cathedral or the old city streets. In the evening, board an overnight train on the Norland Railway to Bodø.

Meals included: Breakfast

Arrive to Bodø and enjoy free time exploring this small transfer city. Hop on an afternoon ferry to the Lofoten Islands. Stay in charming fishing cabins on the coast. Later, take an included tour to track down the Northern Lights.

Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy free time on the islands with an optional wildlife-spotting cruise or scenic hikes.

Meals included: Breakfast

Travel by bus to Tromsø, arriving in time for dinner. Opt for an evening concert at the Arctic Cathedral (seasonal).

Meals included: Breakfast

With a free day in town, opt to try dog-sledding, snowshoeing or reindeer-sledding. In the evening, enjoy an included visit to Mt Storsteinen by cable car with an optional dinner at the top.

Travel by bus and the famous Ofoten Railway to Kiruna, Sweden. Enjoy a stay in cabins outside the city. Cross your fingers for one more chance to see the Northern Lights from the hotel's viewing area.

Meals included: Breakfast

Depart at any time. With a little more time in Kiruna there are plenty of options to enjoy. We recommend booking a post-night accommodation to have the chance to try dog-sledding, reindeer sleighs, visit the ice hotel, snowshoeing or a Sami cultural experience.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style ~ Rail
Get closer to the big cities, isolated communities, and stunning landscapes of the world's greatest destinations via train-based adventures on iconic rail routes like the Glacier Express, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, and the Trans-Siberian.

Service Level ~ Standard
Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Physical Rating ~ Light
Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type ~ Small Group
Small group experience; Max 16, average 12

Age requirement ~ 12+
All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Trip Cost

Price per person in USD

  • $3,599 per person


  • Oslo orientation walk
  • Vigeland Park visit
  • Dovre Railway
  • Norland Railway
  • Lofoten Islands stay
  • Northern Lights tour
  • Mt Storsteinen visit with cable car
  • Ofoten Railway
  • Hotels (4 nights), winter cabin (1 night), fishing cabins (2 nights), overnight train (1 night)
  • 6 breakfasts; allow USD $350-455 for meals not included.
  • Train (seats), train (beds), private van, ferry, public bus, walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, average 12

Trip Dates

  • Sat, 18 Nov - Sun, 26 Nov $3599
  • Tue, 26 Dec, 2017 - Wed, 03 Jan, 2018 $3599
  • Sat, 13 Jan - Sun, 21 Jan, 2018 $3399
  • Sat, 10 Feb - Sun, 18 Feb $3599
  • Sat, 17 Nov - Sun, 25 Nov $3399
  • Wed, 26 Dec, 2018 - Thu, 03 Jan, 2019 $3399
  • Sat, 05 Jan - Sun, 13 Jan, 2019 $3399
  • Sat, 02 Feb - Sun, 10 Feb $3599
  • Sat, 02 Mar - Sun, 10 Mar, 2019 $3399

Trip Map

Trip map for Northern Lights & Arctic Circle by Rail

Trip map for Northern Lights & Arctic Circle by Rail