Tromso and the Lofoten Islands

Tromso, Vesteralen & Lofoten Is, Harstad, Svolvaer & Narvik
5 days
May - October
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The Lofoten Islands are an archipelago stretching across the Western coast of Norway, far above the Arctic Circle. This rare wilderness outpost offers an untrammelled landscape of majestic mountains, deep fjords, squawking seabird colonies and long, surf-swept beaches. This compact, self-drive tour takes you from Tromso to the island group and back. Add extra nights to any overnight destinations.

If you have more time, take a look at our Lofoten Islands and North Cape self drive tour which takes you on from Narvik to the  famous North Cape.

Day 1 Tromso Arrival 
On arrrival at Tromsø Airport, pick-up your rental car and drive into town. Tromsø is the principal city of northern Norway and known as the Gateway to the Arctic. There are some great museums focusing on regional art, Sami culture and history, and polar  exploration and science. We recommend a short trip by cable car up Storsteinen Mountain, where you can enjoy the view of Tromsø and the surroundings. Also worth a visit is the magnificent Arctic Cathedral, a masterpiece of modern architecture. Overnight in Tromso.

Day 2 Tromso - The Vesteralen Islands - Harstad  (305km)
Drive along the shores of the Bals fjord and take the road to the Vesterålen Islands. Or you can  take an alternative road on the shores of the Asta Fjord. Arrive in Harstad, the capital of the Vesterålen Islands, and a great base for exploring the archipelago. As well as the surrounding natural beauty, the city offers a wide range of cultural events including  the North Norwegian Festival of Culture in June. Overnight in Harstad.

Day 3 Harstad - Lofoten Islands - Svolvaer (205km)
Drive to Sortland and continue by ferry from Melbu to Fiskebøl, to arrive in the Lofoten Islands. These islands offer some of the most breath-taking scenery in Norway - towering, pointed mountain peaks rise majestically from the sea to a height of almost 1 000 metres; many of the island interiors are swathed in emerald green, and the shorelines are fringed with white sandy beaches. Visit  some of the charming villages such as Stamsund and Reine. Overnight in the islands.

Day 4 Svolvaer - Skutvik - Narvik (140km)
Explore more of the Lofoten Islands, before heading back towards the mainland. From June to August, take the ferry from Svolvær to Skutvik, crossing the West Fjord (Vestfjorden) then continue by road to Bognes (in May, September and October take the ferry from Lodingen to Bognes). From Bognes take the ferry across the Lysfjorden to Skarberget. Lysfjorden is the home of a large colony of killer whales, while sea eagles rule on Skarberget, a mountain diving directly into the sea, so with a little bit of luck you may see some unique Norwegian wildlife on this crossing. Drive on to Narvik, which lies on a peninsula between the Beisfjord and the Rombaksfjord, at the foot of the 1200 metre high Fagernes Mountain. Here you can take the cable car up the mountain, visit the Ofoten Museum or one of the region's varied collection of 2nd World War memorials and museums. Overnight in Narvik.

Day 5 Narvik - Tromso (255km)
Today end your exploration, returning to Tromsø Airport to drop off your rental car.

Departures: daily May - October

Includes: 4 nights’ accommodation including daily breakfast in 3 star centrally located hotels; ferries for car and passengers Melbu – Fiskebøl, Svolvær – Skutvik OR Lodingen - Bognes, Bognes – Skarberget; automatic car rental class 'J' Toyota Auris or similar for 5  x 24 hour days (120 hours) with pick up and return to Tromso Airport including unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection and taxes.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1800.00
Single AUD$ 2993.00

Includes: 4 nights’ accommodation including daily breakfast in 3 star centrally located hotels; ferries for car and passengers Melbu – Fiskebøl, Svolvær – Skutvik OR Lodingen - Bognes, Bognes – Skarberget; automatic car rental class 'J' Toyota Auris or similar for 5  x 24 hour days (120 hours) with pick up and return to Tromso Airport including unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection and taxes.

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