Lapland train travel tips
Finland has a well-connected network that stretches north to classic Lapland tourism areas such as Rovaniemi, the official home of Santa experiences, and Kolari.
Depending on where you have booked your Arctic activities, the train also stops at Kemi located on the coast of the Gulf of Bothnia – a jump off point for some Arctic Icebreaker experiences.
Passengers can book a day or a night train from the south with coach or sleeping cabins available. As the train runs through the Arctic circle, it is well worth looking out for the Northern Lights as you journey north through the Arctic wilderness.
Operated by the Finland rail company VR, your journey can continue to a range of additional destinations in Finland from Salla in the East to Levi in the north by the TrainBus from Rovaniemi, which can be booked in conjunction with your train ticket.
For a full list of destinations serviced by the TrainBus, more information and to book tickets visit http://www.vr.fi/
There is a train line that runs from Stockholm all the way to Swedish (and even into Norwegian) Lapland. There are a range of classes to travel, however for comfort one of the train’s cabins are recommended as it is a spectacular 19-hour journey end to end.
The journey, known as the Arctic Circle train, is also an option for those looking to journey around the region as you can easily buy tickets from point to point travelling up (or down) Swedish Lapland between Lulea (the capital of Swedish Lapland) through towns and villages including Boden, where it is possible to transfer to the world famous TreeHotel; Kiruna for the Icehotel; Abisko for the Northern Lights activities, Bjorkliden for wilderness activities, dogsledding, snowmobiling and Northern Lights, and Narvik in Norway with the Fjord, culture and yet more classic Lapland activities on offer.
If travelling by train, basic refreshments are available on board and remember to always have a print out of your ticket and valid ID at all times.
To find out more and book tickets, visit http://www.scandinavianrail.com
With more than 3,000 kilometres of railway in Norway, the northern most line known as The Nordland Railway, runs North as far north as Bodø above the Arctic Circle. Running through the country’s changing landscapes and scenic countryside passengers are treated to panoramic views of mountains, lakes and Fjords along the way.
Run by Norwegian State Railways (NSB) it is a well-developed railway network that connects down to Norway’s south coast. The Nordland Railway makes up 729-kilometres of the network which, according to Lonely Planet, was named one of the world’s best night train journeys.
Starting in Trondheim, the train takes around 9.5 hours to journey north to Bodø which is known as the home to Norway’s second largest glacier (Svartisen) and the world’s most powerful natural whirlpool (the Saltstraumen maelstrom). Bodø is also the ideal stopover for the ferry trip to the Lofoten Islands.
For more information or to book train tickets, visit https://www.nsb.no/