(Wednesday 13th - Monday 18th February 2019)
This is always one of our most sought after tours as it's a fantastic way to experience a truly unique motor sport event. With our Escorted Tour we will take you to the very best of the spectacular high-speed action with visits to the Super Special Stage, Shakedown, Service Area, Ceremonial Start and several of the Rally Stages where the cars will reach speeds approaching 200km/h on the snow and ice!
We will once again be basing our Escorted Tour at the popular Scandic hotel in Arvika. This has been well received by our Guests over the past 6 years, and works well as a central 'hub' for the rally.
After arriving from the airport on Wednesday evening there will be a Pre-Rally Briefing at the hotel conference room with images and video highlights of the viewing areas scheduled for the weekend. During the tour you will be kept up to date by our own Rally Travel SMS text messaging service, and our experienced team of Tour Guides on hand throughout.
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Our coach transfer will depart from Oslo Gardemoen (OSL) airport at 17:00 on Wednesday 13th February 2019. The journey to the Scandic Hotel in Arvika, through the stunning winter scenery, should take around 3 hours. We will be staying at the comfortable Scandic Arvika for the duration of the tour. The hotel is located in the middle of Arvika and features a popular restaurant, bar, a small indoor swimming pool and basic spa facilities. A Pre-Rally Briefing including Safety aspects will take place later that evening at the hotel.
Morning departure to the Shakedown stage to see the cars undertaking their 3 or more 'test' runs, and a great chance to see the cars in action at full speed! Following the Shakedown Stage we will visit the Service Area in Torsby.
In the afternoon there will be a transfer to the Ceremonial Start & the popular Super-Special Stage in Karlstad where almost all of the track including the bridge/jump can be seen from the spectator vantage points. The stage is held in the dark but floodlighting around the arena helps create a fantastic atmosphere for this first competitive stage.
The first full competitive day of the rally usually sees us heading North-West from our hotel into Norway for 2 or 3 rally stages. Some are likely to be new again in 2019, others will be part-new or run in the opposite direction to previous years! In 2018 we also took time out for a 'cake & coffee' break at Finnskogen and visited the WRC Service area at Torsby in the early evening!
At the end of the day we will return to the warmth of our hotel in Arvika to catch up on all the days action & swap stories over a cold beer, a hot meal or maybe a hotter still sauna!
Saturday is most years all about the legendary 'Colins Crest' stage (Vargasen), and we will plan as always to visit this most iconic of WRC viewing areas (see photo). The spectacular jump is one of the most famous challenges in the WRC & is named after the legendary Colin McRae.
We expect to see 2-3 stages on this middle day of the rally in 2019 and perhaps an evening visit to the WRC Service Area for our optional VIP experience with the M-Sport WRC Team!
We've been taking tour groups to Rally Sweden for many years now so we were delighted to see that the epic Likenas Stage had returned to the rally itinerary for 2017. The stage is an old Swedish Rally classic and we got up early to be there for both of it's runs, including Sebastien Ogier's untimely excursion into a snowbank on the morning running in 2017! After the 2nd run through the stage our tour 'hotfooted' down to Torsby in time to see the Powerstage (making it all 3 stages visited on this final day!) and the emotional podium celebrations at the adjacent Service Area.
There's no better way to finish off a rally tour then enjoying some good food (and drink perhaps!) in the company of like-minded Rally Fans on the Sunday evening. We try not to depart too early on a Monday morning bearing that in mind...
Monday morning sees our return transfer to Oslo Gardermoen (OSL) airport with a planned arrival there for 13:00.
As we have Rally Fans joining our Tours from all over the World, we do not include flights in any of our packages. Guests can choose and book flights themselves which best suit their requirements, so long as they work around our Escorted Tour's designated airport and transfer times/dates. For Self-Drive Tours there is added flexibility as there are no airport transfer restrictions.
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