Northern Loop: 5 Weeks

Duration
35 Nights
Transport

This route is an 36 day trip covering taking you from London to Scandinavia, the Baltics and back. You’ll spend 34 nights in your accommodation with one spent on an overnight ferry. Otherwise, you’ll travel by train or bus during the day. Prefer to fly out and back rather than taking the Eurostar? No problem, just request a price and reply to the email to let us know – we’ll adjust the price for you. 

Route
  • London
  • Brussels
  • Hamburg
  • Copenhagen
  • Oslo
  • Stockholm
  • Helsinki
  • Tallinn
  • Riga
  • Vilnius
  • Warsaw
  • Berlin
  • Amsterdam
  • London
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Trip Style

Are you entranced by Scandi style, Nordic cuisine and Baltic culture? Take our Northern Loop to discover the best of Europe’s furthest flung nations. This is the perfect route if you’re after something a little different. It’s gorgeous scenery also makes it a perfect winter trip (wrap up warm though!)

Trip Description

Want a taste of the Nordic way of life? Head off on our Northern loop

Start your Northern Europe holiday by hopping on the train in your local town or city and heading straight for London for your Eurostar to the Belgian capitalCheck out Europe’s most impressive square, taste silky Belgian chocolate and let’s not forget about that beer…

Take a comfortable train to the heart of Hamburg in the morning. You’ll have a hard choice to make as you decide whether to explore the arty dock quarter, or settle down on the main square for a historical local beer. Get back on the train because Copenhagen awaits; a stylish and modern city with a liberal and relaxed attitude. Join the students relaxing in the parks with a chilled beer, hire bikes and make the most of the city’s excellent cycle paths or visit the fascinating world that is Freetown Christiania.

Continue North via Oslo – check out the nearby Ski Slopes and modern architecture, before you head on to the glorious city of Stockholm. Its gilded golden buildings and gorgeous canals are the perfect place to soak up some culture at a relaxed pace. Hop on your overnight ferry to Helsinki and enjoy the sunset as you head across the Baltic sea. Dissembark bright and early to enjoy the Finnish capital’s stylish boutiques and cafes.

Cross the sea and kick off the Baltic part of your trip. Tallinn’s old town has plenty of Russian influence, as well as Slavic style – think a mixture of Prague and St Petersburg. It’s also full of trendy cafes and bars, with a blossoming foodie scene to check out. Next up the beautiful cities of Riga and Vilnius – although they might often be known as Stag destinations, there’s plenty of culture to be found in these Baltic gems.

Travel south towards Eastern Europe and stop off in Warsaw, the Polish Capital. Often overlooked, this is the place to go for traditional Polish food and crafts at cheap prices. It’s also a treasure trove of fascinating WW2 history with the city being almost totally destroyed and rebuilt.

Re-entering Western Europe, you’ll continue your homewards journey via Berlin. Seek out the city’s famous street art at the East Side Gallery, head to a biergarten to sample the local brew, walk across the buzzing Potsdammer Platz or visit the iconic Brandenburg Gate.

Next nip down to fascinating Amsterdam to end your trip on a high-point. Stroll along the canals or hire a pedalo, visit the many museums and enjoy the liberal atmosphere of the city. In the evenings head down to the Red Light District and explore the world famous canalside bars and clubs.

Finally, you’ll hop back on a train back to London via Brussels, and onwards back to wherever you started in mainland UK.

What's included?

  • All overland transport tickets from the first to the last city, as shown in the key.
  • Any Interrail or Eurail passes if required, based on the best value for you.
  • Compulsory seat reservations on high-speed rail, night trains or ferries.
  • Accommodation in top-rated, centrally located hostels or hotels, tested by us.
  • Walking directions between the stations and your booked accommodation.
  • Optional walking tours, pub crawls and other activities at our partner hostels.
  • A personalised travel booklet with maps, language guides, top tips, and more.
  • Access to your itinerary, tickets and documents on the Euroventure App.
  • Access to our 24hr emergency phone number while you’re away.

The Route

Itinerary

This is a mid-paced trip offering a great combination of Northern European, Scandinavian and Baltic cities. Journeys are mid-length to long, usually at least 3-4 hours each and involving some full days of travel, but we’ll always ensure that you arrive in good time to make the most of each city. Your travel to and from the UK is included, so you can relax safe in the knowledge that everything’s sorted in advance.

London

Start your trip from London, or your nearest UK station. Why not stay a few nights in London if you’ve got time?

London Guides
Highlights

  • See some world-famous landmarks
  • Watch a show at one of many West End Theatres
  • Experience the quirky nightlife of Shoreditch

Brussels (2 Nights)

Belgium’s biggest city accommodates an eclectic mix of old and new, from Europe’s most beautiful square lined with guild houses and continental cafes to its bureacratic alter ego as capital of the European Union itself. Come for the delicious beer, waffles and moules frites.

Brussels Guides
Highlights

  • Visit Mini Europe in the capital of the EU
  • See Europe’s most beautiful square the Grand Place
  • Explore nearby cities such as Ghent and Bruges

Hamburg (3 Nights)

Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany, but you can still expect a green environment mixed with a maritime spirit. Check out the cool music scene which hosted the Beatles in their early days, as well as the bustling Reeperbahn district, the historical St Michaelis Church, and the famous Fish market. Hamburg has an eclectic feel that’s hard not to love.

Hamburg Guides
Highlights

  • Visit the Tierpark Hagenbeck
  • Go to the Fish market – either very late or very early
  • Explore the 800-year-old harbour

Copenhagen (4 Nights)

Copenhagen is a place where equal rights and liberal attitudes take precedence, a land where the atmosphere incredibly safe and remarkably relaxed. Make sure you visit the hippie commune of Christiania where squatters’ rights still hold sway.

Copenhagen Guides
Highlights

  • Visit the little mermaid
  • Go to one of the world’s oldest theme parks
  • Sample the fruity beers at plenty of microbreweries

Oslo (3 Nights)

Oslo will take you by surprise. It is not a big city, but it has exceptional museums and you can walk all over and around it into the overlooking hills. Head to the ski jump for a thrilling view but if that’s not your thing go and see Edvard Munch’s The Scream at The National Gallery.

Oslo Guides
Highlights

  • See some excellent preserved viking ships
  • Understand Norway’s heritage at the Folk Museum
  • Have a go at the ski jump overlooking the city

Stockholm Sweden

Stockholm (4 Nights)

Stockholm has been described as the most beautiful city in Europe with its calm waterways, colourful buildings and cobbled streets. The Swedes are known for their sleek design, polite manners and propensity to have fun. Forget the meatballs, Stockholm has much more.

Stockholm Guides
Highlights

  • Wander up the cobbled streets of the old town
  • Admire the colourful skyline from a boat tour
  • Visit the ABBA museum

Helsinki (3 Nights)

Helsinki is understated elegance – sophisticated and arty. Here is where you’ll find Finland’s national gallery and museum, as well as an array of day trip options further afield. Take a boat out to Suomenlinna Sea Fortress or visit the world famous Rock Church, a space age cathedral carved right into the stone in Toolo, Helsinki.

Helsinki Guides
Highlights

  • Visit the Finnish folk museum with live actors
  • Stroll through the magnificent Sibelius Park
  • Take a boozy sightseeing tour on the red pub-tram

Tallinn church

Tallinn (2 Nights)

At once a modern, stylish city and a medieval maze of passageways and cobbled streets, Tallinn is a great combination of old and new. Recently the city has become a centre for contemporary art and design, with loads of independent boutiques and ateliers springing up – perfect for whiling away slow summer days.

Tallinn Guides
Highlights

  • Visit the museum of (both) occupations
  • See the sumptuous Aleksander Nevsky cathedral
  • Drink at numerous pubs with local Estonians

Riga Latvia

Riga (2 Nights)

Riga may be austere and gracious on the surface but dig deeper and you’ll discover awesome nightlife and a wealth of Baltic culture. Wind your way around the cobbled streets by day, come evening go underground to seek out some of the Baltic region’s best music venues.

Riga Guides
Highlights

 

  • earn about the varied and fascinating history of Latvia in a walking tour of the old town.
  • Dance the night away, Latvian style, at Folksklub Ala Pagrabs
  • Marvel at the Art Nouveau style buildings – like famous building at 2a, Alberta Iela

 

Vilnius

Vilnius (2 Nights)

Vilnius is home to one of Europe’s largest Baroque old towns. The spires and coloured facades have a distinctly continental feel – not surprising since you’re only a few hours away from the North of Poland. Enjoy exploring the hub of Lithuania’s culture and arts scene – and don’t forget the hearty local cuisine once the sun sets.

Vilnius Guides
Highlights
Warsaw

Warsaw (3 Nights)

Known as the ‘Phoenix City’ after having risen from the ashes of so many ruinous wars, Warsaw is home to an abundance of Polish art, vibrant nightlife and wholesome cuisine. A plate of delicious dumplings and soup will keep you nourished around the stunning rebuilt Old Town.

Warsaw Guides
Highlights

  • See the imposing Soviet Palace of Culture
  • Visit the entirely reconstructed Royal Palace
  • Have a drink at the fashionable old town bars

Berlin (3 Nights)

Berlin is the alternative, cool kid of Europe and a pro at being edgy. It’s how people dress, their liberal attitudes, the graffiti, the skaters and BMXers, the art, the clubs and the food. Berlin is also crammed full of fascinating WWII history around every corner.

Berlin Guides
Highlights

  • See a section of the old Berlin Wall
  • Climb the dome of the renovated Reichstag
  • Discover the nightlife of Schoneberg and Kreuzberg

Amsterdam (3 Nights)

Despite being credited with certain recreational pastimes, there is actually a lot more to the city than the stereotypical picture, with its abundance of engaging museums, beautiful townhouses and canals. Find out what makes Amsterdam the beating heart of the Netherlands.

Amsterdam Guides
Highlights

  • Visit the Van Gogh Museum
  • Discover Europe’s biggest historic centre by pedal
  • Take a tour of the red light district

London

Return via Eurostar to the UK capital and then travel onwards to your nearest station!

London Guides

How to get there

No stress! All your transport to and from the UK is included so you don’t need to worry about anything else.

Optional Extras

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We traveled for 7 nights through Berlin, Prague, Vienna and budapest. We had a lovely time. Euroventure were very helpful, prompt, reliable and professional. We received a personalised booklet for our trip with helpful information for each city and trip. I found this very helpful and thoughtful. The hostels we stayed in were mostly very nice and located close to metro lines for traveling the cities. I would highly recommend them as a travel operator.

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Are transfers to Europe included?
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Our packages do not include flights to the start and from the end of the trip. We have plenty of trips however that do include Eurostar trains from London, and with most of these you are able to start from any mainland UK train station at no extra cost, as well as return there at the end of your trip. We just need to take into account the amount of time it takes you to travel from your UK home station to London to catch the Eurostar to Paris or Brussels, and your onward connections if necessary.
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Do I travel as a group or with somebody from Euroventure?
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With our independent Interrai packages, you’ll travel on your own or in your own group of friends. We don’t add other customers to your trip and you won’t have a guide with you. That’s not to say you won’t meet people – travelling in hostels you’re bound to meet loads of cool people, but by travelling with us you’re free to do that at your own pace. Euroventure trips are all about independence – you just follow the itinerary and do your own thing, knowing that we’re only a phone call away if you run into difficulty. If you'd prefer to travel with a group, we also run group tours in Europe and Asia. For these trips, you'll travel with a group of likeminded backpackers and at least one guide from Euroventure. With these tours, we'll travel in a group and stay together in hostels, however in each location you will have some free time to explore independently.
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How much does it cost?
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The ‘from’ prices are listed on the package pages and are based on 4 people travelling in low season. The price may be higher depending on the number of people travelling, their age, nationality and specific events in certain destinations. For large groups and for low season the price may be slightly lower than what is indicated on the package pages. We don’t believe in offering a “from” price that is unattainable, instead we call it the “average from” price based on what most people book. Request a quote for a definitive price.
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What are the hostels like?
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For a detailed article about what travelling in hostels is like go to our hostels guide It’s every traveler’s worst nightmare to arrive in a foreign city with nowhere to stay – that’s why we book and all your accommodation in every city in advance. Booking with us means no nasty surprises – you won’t have to worry about hostels being full or even just being a bit dodgy! All our handpicked hostels are centrally located and within easy reach of public transport.  We only use the best, most modern and sociable hostels along the way which we have personally visited to make sure they’re suitable. Most travelers stay in dorms with other backpackers, unless you’ve specified that you want private rooms, with all the facilities you would expect from a top hostel. Most will have free wifi and lockers. Breakfast is often free and you can also get involved in various activities put on by the hostels, such as pub crawls and city tours. Once you’ve booked your package, we will send you your travel pack, which includes all the information on the specific hostels and how to get to each one.
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What do I get when I book a package?
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You get all train travel and accommodation included in the price. That is, all train travel between the first city and last city on the trip and accommodation in the best hostels in each city, or in  hotels if you choose this option. For loop trips you also get return train and Eurostar travel from anywhere in the UK to the continent and back, but flights are not included in any of our packages because we do not have airline partnerships. You get breakfast in some hostels too, and can add this as an extra in hotels. You'll also get a detailed itinerary telling you exactly what trains to get and directions to the hostels. So all that's left for you to purchase is flights (if required), travel insurance and spending money.
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