The Lofoten Islands

Norway's beautiful northern island group
5 days
May - Sep
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The Lofoten Islands are an archipelago streching 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.

Day 1:  ARRIVAL TROMSØ
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 at Thon Hotel Tromso or similar. 

Day 2:   TROMSØ – THE VESTERÅLEN ISLANDS - HARSTAD (305 KM)
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 at the Thon Hotel Harstad or similar. 

Day 3:    HARSTAD – THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS- SVOLVÆR (205 KM)
Drive to Sortland and continue by ferry from Melbu to Fiskebøl before you arrive in the Lofoten Islands. The Lofoten Islands offer some of the most breath-taking scenery in the country - 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 Svolvær at Thon Hotel Lofoten or similar.

Day 4:   SVOLVÆR – SKUTVIK - NARVIK (140 KM)
Explore more of the Lofoten Islands, before heading back towards the mainland. Take the ferry from Svolvær to Skutvik, crossing the West Fjord (Vestfjorden), and continue by car to Bognes for the ferry across Lysfjorden to Skarberget. Lysfjorden is the home of a big colony of killer whales while sea eagles rule Skarberget, a mountain diving directly into the sea, so with a little bit of luck this short cruise will show you a unique part of Norwegian nature. 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. Take the cable car up the mountain,  visit the Lofoten Museum or one of the region's varied collection of 2nd World War memorials and museums. Overnight in Narvik at Quality Hotel Grand Royal or similar.

Day 5:   NARVIK – TROMSØ (255 KM)
Today end your self drive exploration, returning to Tromsø Airport to return your rental car.

Extra nights can be added in Tromso or at any overnight destination along the way.  

Includes: 4 nights’ accommodation including daily breakfast in 3 * centrally located hotels;  ferries for car and passengers according to the programme from Melbu – Fiskebøl, Svolvær – Skutvik, Bognes – Skarberget, manual car rental class 'C' Ford Focus 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.

Excludes: ferries other than as above, petrol, GPS, upgrade to automatic car, additional car rental time. 

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1584.00
Single AUD$ 2863.00

Includes: 4 nights’ accommodation including daily breakfast in 3 * centrally located hotels;  ferries for car and passengers according to the programme from Melbu – Fiskebøl, Svolvær – Skutvik, Bognes – Skarberget, manual car rental class 'C' Ford Focus 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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