Launched for the first time this summer, guests traveling with Off the Map Travel will have the chance to experience the spectacular sights of the Arctic from the comfort of a train traveling along a route dubbed by many as ‘the most spectacular train journey in the world’.
From Lulea, and an evening at the Lights at the Lodge Midnight Sun experience, guests will board the Arctic Train bound for Bjorkliden, and a cabin perched on the mountainside overlooking Lake Tornetrask, a huge expanse of water the size of Singapore. On route the train passes fjords with near vertical mountain sides plunging into the sea below, scenery guaranteed to take your breath away.
Jonny Cooper, founder of Arctic travel specialist Off the Map Travel said; “As you pass the drama of the fjords, the train continues to climb into the mountains revealing spectacular mountains and valleys covered in grasses and wild flowers – a million miles away from the frozen tundra of the winter months, but equally spectacular.”
In Bjorkliden, guests disembark and settle into the comfort and home-from-home atmosphere of the hotel before heading out on foot into the Arctic wilderness under the Midnight Sun.
Back on the train and the terrain continues to flatten with a noticeable difference in both undulation plant life. next stop Kiruna, and the home of the world famous Icehotel. In previous years, this would have long since melted back into the river, however due to an innovative new project, Icehotel 365, guests can now stay year-round in a suite made entirely of ice. Before tucking into your minus 5-degree ice room, take some time in the long summer sun to tackle some paddle boarding or white water raftering on the very river from which the ice rooms were carved.
Back on the train and further south your rail adventure takes guests over the Arctic Circle, the point at which the sun is guaranteed to dip below the horizon. The landscape continues to change with vast evergreen forests, wide dramatic rivers and lush green grasslands.
The Treehotel, another world first, is awaiting guests for the penultimate stop. With seven architecturally designed treehouses nestled 4 to 6 meters up in the canopy of the forest, Whether the UFO, Mirror Cube, Birds Nest or the new ‘Seventh Room’ opened for its first summer season in 2017, each experience ensure guests feel like a child as they settle in for a night’s sleep.
The last leg of the journey by train is not one to disappoint, with a private 1st class cabin aboard the train all the way back to Stockholm. Leaving in the early evening, the overnight train will arrive into Central Stockholm ready for breakfast giving guests the whole day to explore Sweden’s magical capital city to round off the perfect rail journey from deep within the Arctic, to Sweden’s capital.
Jonny Cooper, founder of Arctic travel specialist Off the Map Travel adds; “The Arctic in the summer is breathtaking and there is no better way to see it than on a rail adventure from the far north of Norway, to Sweden’s capital in the South. Add to this the chance to disembark and take to the hills on foot, paddle the waterways, and stay in spectacular and unique places – the new Midnight Sun by Rail itinerary is a perfect way to experience summer in the Arctic.”
As with any itinerary from Off the Map Travel, the Midnight Sun by Rail itinerary can be tailor-made to fit the wishes and requirements of any guest. As an example, a ten day, nine night, Midnight Sun by Rail experience with Off the Map Travel costs from £2099 per person, excluding flights. This includes all transfers and accommodation on a B&B basis; a night at the Thief Hotel on the waterfront in Oslo; a visit to Polar Park, the world’s most northerly wildlife park; two nights in Narvik with the chance to catch the Midnight Sun from the Sky Bar; all train tickets from Narvik to Stockholm including a first class cabin for the overnight final leg of the journey; three nights in Bjorkliden including hiking under the Midnight Sun; a night in an Art Suite made entirely of ice at ICEHOTEL 365; stand up paddle boarding or white water rafting; and two nights staying in the tree rooms at the Treehotel.