Separated from the rest of Continental Europe by the Baltic Sea, Scandinavia has an identity all its own. From the rolling farmland of Denmark, through the forests and lakes of Sweden to the beautiful fjords of Norway, this area of Europe attracts millions of visitors each year. The cities are pretty spectacular too, with Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo and Gothenburg all popular destinations. For a real rail adventure, why not head north to Swedish Lapland, venturing across the Arctic Circle?
Enjoy two of Europe's great rail journeys with a Norwegian extravaganza, taking in the Flåm Railway and the Bergen to Oslo rail line. Your Norway in a Nutshell itinerary also includes a fjord cruise and scenic road journey. If that wasn't enough, you have a free day in Bergen and 2 nights in Oslo to explore.
Take in Scandinavia's three famous capitals on this 10-day adventure travelling through beautiful scenery along the way. Discover lovely Nyhavn and the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, head around Stockholm's beautiful archipelago and visit the fascinating museums of Oslo.
After your river cruise along the Rhine, take to the rails of northern Europe. Firstly cross to Hamburg and up to Copenhagen, before heading over the bridge into Sweden staying in Gothenburg and Stockholm, and finally over to Norway's capital, Oslo.
Our Recommended Hotels in Scandinavia
Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo by Rail
This family-run hotel is positioned in the heart of Copenhagen, a short stroll from the railway station, the Tivoli Gardens and Nyhavn harbour. The colourful interiors and bedrooms are designed by Designers Guild and there is a also a bar and terrace. Bicycle hire is available from reception.
Nordic Light Hotel
The Nordic Light is a modern design hotel, located within easy walking distance of Stockholm Central Station and the main shopping street of the city. Bedrooms are equipped with a laptop-sized safe and satellite TV. The luxury beds are by Swedish brand, Hästens. The hotel also offers a restaurant, bar and fitness centre.
Across the fjord from the medieval wharf area of Bryggen, this elegant hotel occupies converted warehouse buildings dating back to 1904. Guest rooms feature flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi access. The hotel’s restaurant offers a menu of international cuisine and views across to the colourful Hanseatic houses of old Bergen.
Thon Opera Hotel
The Thon Opera Hotel is located adjacent to Oslo’s main train station, and offers easy access to the rest of the city. Along with comfortable, moden bedrooms, the hotel also offers a restaurant overlooking the Oslo Opera House and a bar with an outdoor terrace. Karl Johan high street is a two minute walk from the hotel, boasting stunning views of the Oslofjord.
Abisko Mountain Lodge
Just 2 minutes’ walk from Abisko Ostra station, the Abisko Mountain Lodge is a great base to explore this beautiful area of Northern Sweden. Comfortable accommodation is combined with a warm, cosy atmosphere, good food and two saunas, where you can relax and recover from a day of exciting mountain activities.
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