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48 All our holidays are bound by our Terms & Conditions, which can be found on our websiteThe Great Nordic OdysseyThis is an epic journey through the heart of Sweden and Norway travelling by plane, scenic train, bus and the famous Hurtigruten coastal steamer. With an abundance of stunning sea and landscapes to soak up, historic towns and cities to explore and an Icehotel to marvel at, this is a very special trip indeed. And the northern lights could be a bonus! Fact File???? Independent voyage???? 12-nights (2 Stockholm, 2 Icehotel, 1 Narvik, 1 Harstad, 3 Hurtigruten, 2 Bergen, 1 Oslo)???? Breakfast basis half board on ship???? Who for? Those with a spirit for adventure!???? Price per person from £2,198 (based on two sharing, including flights)???? Departures January to MarchHighlights 2 nights at the Icehotel. 3 nights onboard a Hurtigruten coastal voyage. Train journey through Lapland. Train ride 'over the roof' of Norway. Two Scandinavian capitals. Spectacular Norwegian fjords.Trip DetailsOn this truly amazing holiday you'll appreciate the travelling and modes of transport as much as the places visited. Stylish Stockholm, a selection of historic Norwegian cities, stunningly beautiful scenery, the breathtaking Icehotel, time aboard a Hurtigruten coastal voyager and a scenic mountain railway make this a holiday to be remembered - sightings of the northern lights are simply the icing on the cake! Two nights in Stockholm give you a taste of this cosmopolitan city - charming, stylish and full of places to eat, drink, visit or shop. Then fly 200km above the Arctic Circle and spend NORWAY & SWEDEN© Nordic Photos/AWL-images.comBergen © Hurtigruten

discover-the-world.co.uk/arctic-experience Talk to the experts 01737 214 257 4949two nights at the astonishing Icehotel, details of which you can find on page 22. After a night in a Snow Room and a night in warm accommodation, and perhaps a husky sledge or snowmobile trip, it's time to board a train and head off across mile upon mile of Lapland wilderness. Enjoy the scenery as you cross the border and head into Norway - stay in Narvik and then travel to the port of Harstad by bus.Norway's fjords and coastline are impressive at any time of year but especially so in winter, when the rugged mountain peaks are dusted with snow and literally sparkle in the winter sun. Join a Hurtigruten ship (the name given to the route rather than an individual ship) and sail past Lofoten and Vesterålen and through the narrow straits that divide the many idyllic islands. You'll enjoy three nights on board, sampling delicious food in a very relaxed and informal atmosphere, pulling into port here and there - including time ashore to explore the historic city of Bergen, where the voyage ends but the holiday certainly doesn't! And just in case you haven't had enough incredible scenery, the final leg of the trip is on one of the world's most scenic railways - 'over the roof of Norway' to Oslo. Climb up and over impossibly high mountains, cross over a snow-blanketed plateau, then descend through forest and farmland before spending your final night in Norway's capital before you head home. Outward travel is via Stockholm, the return via Oslo. If you wish to extend your stay in these capital cities or at the Icehotel contact us for further details. Day 1 Fly UK to Stockholm and transfer to Hotel Diplomat for a 2-night stay.Day 2 Day at leisure to enjoy Stockholm.Day 3 Fly to Kiruna, transfer to the Icehotel for a 2-night stay (one in a Snow Room).Day 4 At leisure to enjoy optional excursions.Day 5 Travel by rail through Lapland to Narvik. Overnight at Quality Hotel Grand Royal.Day 6 Continue by bus to Harstad and overnight at Thon Hotel Harstad.Day 7 Board your Hurtigruten ship and set sail past the Vesterålen and Lofoten Islands to Stamsund.Days 8-9 Sail to Ørnes and weave among islands, past the Seven Sisters Range to Brønnøysund.Day 10 Early morning arrival in Trondheim with a chance to visit the Medieval Nidaros Cathedral. Continue to Bergen - 2-nights at Hotel Augustin.Day 11 At leisure to explore Bergen.Day 12 Take the famous scenic train to Oslo - overnight at the Thon Hotel Bristol.Day 13 Transfer to airport and fly back to the UK.Please note: Transfers are not included in Stockholm, Narvik, Harstad, Bergen and Oslo - buses, trains and taxis are available, payable locally.Hurtigruten ships vary from older, beautifully authentic vessels to larger and more modern ships. Although cabins have private facilities, berths may be either twin or bunk. You will be advised the name of the ship at the time of booking, however this will be subject to change. Details of all the hotels mentioned here may be found on our website. Hurtigruten has adopted a dynamic pricing policy - see page 41 for details.Outline ItineraryScan with your smartphone for more holiday information on our website (see page 4).© Boris Buschardt© Gillian LloydOslo © Siri Groenskar