Journey north of the Arctic Circle

Midnight Sun

BEHOLD MYTHICAL LOFOTEN
BERGEN  | FLÅM  |  OSLO  |  TRONDHEIM  | LOFOTEN

12-night individual first-class adventure
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Travel on the legendary Flåm Railway and Bergen Railway
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Deluxe stateroom on Hurtigruten coastal cruise ferry
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Included rental car in Lofoten to explore the epic scenery
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Carefully selected four-star hotels with breakfast
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VIP arrival service with private guides and drivers
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Privately guided city walks with local insiders
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Flights from London to Bergen and Bodø to London
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Only £ 3200*
*per person when two travelling together

Midnight-sun-map

On this epic journey, you travel on two of Europe’s most stunning railways, experience a spectacular ferry-ride through Norway’s longest fjord, and finally embark on the legendary Hurtigruten coastal cruise service. Your destination: The Lofoten islands, the mythical islands above the Arctic Circle that rise like a wall of mountains out of the Atlantic Ocean. This is an adventure, but served in typical Silver Tray fashion with private guides and chauffeurs, and privately guided city walks with local insiders.

Beyond the Arctic Circle

From majestic fjords to the magic of Lofoten

For centuries, the Lofoten islands were the stuff of legend, only reachable in your dreams. These mythical islands are above the Arctic Circle, in the land of the midnight sun. Together they form a wall of mountains reaching from the Norwegian mainland far out in the Atlantic Ocean, creating one breathtaking vista after another. The islands are further north than Iceland, and at the same latitude as Disco Bay in Greenland. Where eagles, otters, and moose feel perfectly at home. And where isolated fishing villages with iconic red cottages cling to the rocks and nestle against the mountainsides that rise steeply behind them.

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Travel on two of
Europe’s
most
spectacular railways

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Lofoten is where Jules Verne let Captain Nemo end his voyage on Nautilus. And it is also your far-flung final destination when you arrive at Bergen Airport from London for the start of this epic adventure. This journey will take you by a fast ferry from Bergen deep into Norway’s longest fjord, where you spend a couple of nights at Flåm. Then, you travel on two of Europe’s most spectacular railways – the steep and dramatic Flåm Railway and the wild and untamed scenery of the Bergen Railway – to Oslo.

After two nights in the charming capital, you travel north by train to Trondheim. This is one of the oldest cities in the country, founded as a trading post by the Vikings in 997, and now marked by its colourful wooden buildings from the 17th century. Enjoy the surprisingly lively café scene and nightlife during your two nights here, because you are about to say goodbye to modern civilization.

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When you wake up in the morning,
you have passed the Arctic Circle and
entered the land of the midnight sun

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Well, we exaggerate, but it would have been true not too long ago. Your luxurious Hurtigruten coastal cruise ferry will sail you to the far north, to a region that was not even reachable by car from Oslo until the 1940s. Your one-night journey to Lofoten is in a deluxe cabin. When you wake up in the morning, you have passed the Arctic Circle and entered the land of the midnight sun. Even more excitingly, you start looking out for Lofoten’s huge and magical wall of mountains that rise out of the Atlantic Ocean, growing ever more imposing as your ship steadily approaches her destination.

To explore Lofoten ideally requires a car, so a rental car is included in your vacation. It will be waiting for you in Svolvær, your base on Lofoten. Your only job will be to pay for petrol, and to remember to keep your eyes on the road, not the incredible scenery.

On your final day, more vistas await as an airport bus navigates the many bridges and islands to the mainland for your included flight back to London.

The journey

Your day-by-day itinerary

On the inside, this 12-night journey is all comfort: First-class rail travel, VIP arrival service, four-star hotels, and privately guided city walks with local insiders. On the outside, however, the scenery is some of the wildest in Europe.

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Day 1
London to Bergen

Charming and picturesque Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway but seems much smaller. Maybe that’s because Bergen is dwarfed by the grand scenery all around her. In just a few minutes, a funicular can whisk you from the city centre to the top of one of the local mountains, where you can rent a mountain bike and explore the trails. From the highest of the local peaks – reachable by cable car – you can see not only the city, but also the Atlantic Ocean, the fjord, and the surrounding mountains.

Let us hasten to add that Bergen itself also has much to admire. Narrow cobblestoned alleys and the old wooden buildings on the waterfront promenade all invite for a stroll. Afterwards, visit the city’s famed fish market, in operation since the 13th century, and still a great place to sample the fine local cuisine in one of the many seafood restaurants that are crowded around it.

Beautiful historic centre
Great scenery all around the city
Day 2
Bergen

Charming and picturesque Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway but seems much smaller. Maybe that’s because Bergen is dwarfed by the grand scenery all around her. In just a few minutes, a funicular can whisk you from the city centre to the top of one of the local mountains, where you can rent a mountain bike and explore the trails. From the highest of the local peaks – reachable by cable car – you can see not only the city, but also the Atlantic Ocean, the fjord, and the surrounding mountains.

Let us hasten to add that Bergen itself also has much to admire. Narrow cobblestoned alleys and the old wooden buildings on the waterfront promenade all invite for a stroll. Afterwards, visit the city’s famed fish market, in operation since the 13th century, and still a great place to sample the fine local cuisine in one of the many seafood restaurants that are crowded around it.

Beautiful historic centre
Great scenery all around the city
Day 3
Bergen - Flåm

This morning you will not be headed for the railway station, but for a quay a few steps from your hotel. Here, a local express catamaran ferry awaits you. For the first few hours, the ferry will negotiate picturesque straits that are just protected from the Atlantic Ocean by a rocky archipelago.

Then, things start getting increasingly majestic as your ferry turns into the Sognefjord, the longest fjord in Norway. Soon, mighty rockfaces start towering above you, with waterfalls rushing down their sides. This is the point of the trip where you will have no use for your indoor seat but will spend the rest of the journey on deck, gazing at the ever-more imposing scenery. Be on the lookout for a glimpse of the Jostedalsbræen, the biggest glacier in continental Europe.

The ferry calls at several charming villages before it turns into the very narrow and dramatic Aurlandsfjord. At the very end of the fjord lies Flåm, with your hotel just steps away from the quay.

Catamaran ferry through the Sognefjord
Day 4
Flåm

Flåm is a paradise for those who seek unique and spectacular experiences in nature. Wonderful as hiking around Flåm is, the high point of your visit will be a fjord cruise on one of the most beautiful fjords in Norway. Included in your itinerary, this cruise through the narrow and dramatic Nærøy fjord offers non-stop stunning views of waterfalls, snow-capped peaks and charming villages.

 

 

Great scenery at head of narrow fjord
Day 5
Flåm - Oslo

Norway has three railways that are routinely rated as some of the most spectacular in the world, and Flåm Railway is the jewel in the crown.

Departing from Flåm at the edge of the fjord, your train will ascend 800 dramatic altitude meters over the next just 20 km. Along the way, your nose will remain constantly pressed against the window as the train passes waterfalls, deep gorges, ferocious rivers, and small farm desperately clinging to the steep hillsides.

The train terminates at the small Myrdal train station where you will change trains. And not just to any train, but to the world-famous Bergen Railway, also a member of Norway’s three finest routes.

This is one of Europe’s highest mainlines, and it passes through the wild scenery of the Hardangervidda National Park at 1200 meters altitude. The railway was a huge national project when construction started in 1875 and turned out to be very challenging. Parts of the route were determined by the Norwegian Polar explorer Fridtjof Nansen, after he had crossed the mountains on skis in 1884.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First, the Flåm Railway with gorges and waterfalls
Change to the Bergen Railway with panoramas of wild scenery
Bistro on Bergen Railway train
VIPO arrival service with private guide
Privately guided city walk with local insider
Day 6
Oslo

Oslo may be a small capital, but its setting is second to none. Located at the edge of the long and narrow Oslo Fjord, and nestled against steep hills, the city is an all-year outdoor destination. In summer, locals relax on the waterfront promenade or take a swim at one of the city centre’s artificial beaches. In winter, they take the tram up the hills and go skiing.

A few years ago, the centre of Oslo was unequivocally the elegant Karl Johans Gaten boulevard leading all the way to the royal palace, but recently city planners have spent a good chunk of their oil money on rejuvenating the waterfront. This includes a spectacular opera house shaped like an iceberg and with trails leading to its roof. Next to it, the new Munch Museum is where you can confront his slightly disturbing Scream.

Beautiful new harbour with stunning architecture
Great scenery
Day 7
Oslo-Trondheim

Board the Intercity train for a scenic journey north, with beautiful vistas on the way. You are seated in Pluss class, the Norwegian version of first-class. The train carries a bistro car that serves a fine selection of local delicacies.

Upon arrival at Trondheim, you will be met by your private guide who will escort you to your four-star hotel. Then, she will invite you on a privately guided two-hour city walk and introduce you to a few of the capital’s hidden treasures.

 

 

Direct InterCity
Bistro
Arrival service with private guide
City walk with local insider
Day 8
Trondheim

Trondheim is Norway’s former capital and one of the oldest cities in the country, founded as a trading post by the Vikings in 997. The charming city centre with its colourful wooden buildings from the 17th century is compact and easily covered by foot.

Visit the world’s most northern cathedral (and the biggest building in Scandinavia from medieval times). Also, admire the picturesque view of the city’s iconic trading houses along the Nidelva river. Then head for the historic port area Bryggene, where the old warehouses rest on stilts jutting out of the water and are now home to fashionable shops.

The local Trondheimers are famed for being enthusiastic guests at the many cafés around town, from where they then head for the lively nightlife. You’ll be staying right in the middle of it all: In the centre of the old town, steps from the river and the port.

Charming city with medieval roots
Day 9
Trondheim-Lofoten

In Trondheim, you board the Hurtigruten cruise ferry for a one-night leg of the world’s most famous coastal route. Founded over 125 years ago, this used to be the fastest route between southern and northern Norway (thus the name – ‘the express route’). Indeed, until the 1940s the northernmost part of the country was not even reachable by car from Oslo. Even today, Hurtigruten is much more than a pleasure cruise, but also a vital link to isolated communities on Norway’s Atlantic coastline, transporting both locals and cargo between the towns.

Your one-night journey to Lofoten is one of the highlights of the entire route. When you wake up in the morning, you have passed the Polar Circle and entered the land of the midnight sun. Even more excitingly, you start looking out for Lofoten’s huge and magical wall of mountains that rise out of the Atlantic Ocean, growing ever more imposing as your ship steadily approaches her destination.

Deluxe cabin on Hurtigruten coastal cruise ferry
Day 10 - 12
Lofoten

Above the Polar Circle, in the land of the midnight sun, further north than Iceland, and at the same latitude as Disco Bay in Greenland, a wall of steep and twisted mountains reaches from the Norwegian mainland far out in the Atlantic Ocean. Here, small, and isolated fishing villages with their iconic red cottages cling to the rocks and nestle against the steep mountainsides that rise just behind them. Eagles, otters, and moose know their way around this landscape with its maelstroms, glaciers and white sandy beaches.

For centuries, the Lofoten islands were the stuff of legend, only reachable in your imagination. Jules Verne let his Captain Nemo end his voyage under the sea at Lofoten. Today, adventurous travellers from all over the world flock to Lofoten to hike the mountains, kayak the sea, or just gaze at the other-worldly beauty of the place.

To explore Lofoten ideally requires a car, so a rental car is included in your vacation. It will be waiting for you in Svolvær, your base on Lofoten. Your only job will be to pay for petrol, and to remember to keep your eyes on the road, not the incredible scenery.

Spellbinding scenery
Free rental car included
Day 13
Fly back to London

Four-star boutique hotels

Stay in charming, comfortable and centrally located four-star boutique hotels carefully curated by Silver Tray. Breakfast is included, as are transfers between the train station and the hotel.

Your trains

Silver Tray has curated Europe's best trains and finest routes for you. See a few of the trains you will experience on this journey.

Bergen Railway

The Bergen Railway is internationally recognised as one of the most spectacular rail journeys in the world. It is one of Europe’s highest mainlines, and it passes through the wild scenery of the Hardangervidda National Park at 1200 meters altitude. The railway was a huge national project when construction started in 1875 and turned out to be very challenging. Parts of the route were determined by the Norwegian Polar explorer Fridtjof Nansen, after he had crossed the mountains on skis in 1884.

Flåm Railway

The most interesting statistic about the Flåm Railway is not its diminutive length of just 20 km, but the dramatic 800 altitude meters it plunges down from the high plateau to the shore of the Aurland Fjord. Norway has three railways that are routinely rated as some of the most spectacular in the world, and Flåm Railway is the jewel in the crown. Along the way from Myrdal to Flåm, your nose will remain constantly pressed against the window as the train passes waterfalls, deep gorges, ferocious rivers, and small farm desperately clinging to the steep hillsides.

Your Silver Tray service includes

First-class rail travel

+ Travel in first-class on all trains
+ Deluxe stateroom on Hurtigruten
+ Rental car included in Lofoten
+ Flights from London to Bergen and Bodø to London

Four-star boutique hotels

+ Four-star boutique hotels
+ Highly rated and carefully selected
+ Perfectly located in city centres
+ Breakfast included

Private city walks

+ Two-hour city walks by local insiders in Bergen, Oslo, and Trondheim
+ Fully customizable experiences
+ Insider advice about local restaurants and hidden gems

VIP arrival service

+ VIP arrival service in all cities except tiny Flåm
+ Private guide waiting at your train car upon arrival
+ Private transfer to hotel
+ Private transfer from the hotel to train station upon departure

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