Sit back and let the scenery wash over you as you travel on a luxury train journey through Scandinavia’s stunning scenery and explore at a more leisurely pace.
Take in the depths of Norway’s fjords and the heights of Arctic mountains on this great rail journey as you pass through evergreen forests and world-beating cities alike. Don’t miss out on the sights and gastronomy of Oslo before perhaps catching a train into the Norwegian Alps for skiing, snowshoeing and ice-fishing. From here, board the Flåm Railway, one of the steepest in the world; you’ll pass through picturesque villages and waterfalls all set to a backdrop of craggy peaks and plunging ravines.
The see the highlights of Norway on a train tour, take one of Europe’s highest stretches of railway between Bergen and Oslo, a 7-hour journey across mountain plateaus. Once here, continue your tracked endeavours with a trip on the town’s funicular up to Mount Floyen for remarkable views of the town and surrounding countryside. Alternatively, head north on the Nordland Railway, more often known as the ‘Polar Express’, which takes ten pristine hours to wind through Norway’s wild mountains, fjords and lochs to Bodo in the Arctic Circle.
In Canada, scenic train routes tie together atmospheric cities. On our Toronto, Ottawa and Niagara winter escape, visit the performing arts and café culture of Toronto and call into the thundering cascades of Niagara Falls before catching the train to Ottawa where, come winter, you can skate on the Rideau Canal – the world’s largest naturally forming ice rink.
Or on our Winter Escapades: Vancouver to Calgary train journey, explore the country’s culinary capital before catching an overnight train to Jasper in the heart of the Canadian Rockies; enjoy world-class cuisine as the dramatic wilderness rushes by. Once here, scenic drives can take you past frozen waterfalls and snow-capped mountains to Lake Louise and idyllic mountain towns.
Russia is home to some of the world’s most recognisable rail journeys, as trains are often the best way to traverse its great expanses. Travelling on our Arctic Explorer holiday, start with the multi-coloured minarets, opulent palaces and historic centre of St. Petersburg before boarding the luxurious Golden Eagle where a caviar dinner – complemented by Champagne – is served before bed as you steam into the Arctic Circle. Here, you’ll cross into Norway for a stay in Kirkenes before making your onward journey to Moscow. Along the way, you’ll coast through the wintry countryside to museum ships, sprawling lakes and Vladimir – a World Heritage Site featuring medieval cathedrals and spectacular views over the Oka Valley.