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About Norway Self Drive 3 - Tromsø and the Lofoten Islands
Explore Tromso, 'Gateway to the Arctic', before enjoying some of the most stunning scenery in the country on the Lofoten Islands.
Activity code: 1117-HKK/DK
Duration: 8 days
Tromso has a wealth of museums focusing on regional art and Sami culture - why not take the cable car up the mountain for the most magnificent views over the city.
The Lofoten Islands offer some of the most breath-taking scenery in the country. Here the towering, pointed mountain peaks rise majestically from the sea to a height of almost 1000 metres; many of the island interiors are swathed in emerald green, and the shorelines are fringed with white sandy beaches. We recommend a visit to some of the charming villages, for instance Stamsund and Reine. Finish your trip in Narvik, a strategically important place during the Second World War.
Flights to the Lofoten Islands or to locations on the nearby mainland can be arranged as part of a fully bonded ATOL holiday itinerary - please ask for a quote.
All our holidays are tailor-made; the fly-drive itineraries, short breaks and holiday suggestions on our website are well trusted examples but we are happy to arrange any reasonable schedule.
Arrive into Tromsø Airport, pick up your rental car and drive to the centre of the town. You then have the remainder of day one plus the whole of day two free to explore Tromso "The Capital of the Arctic" because of its significance in Norwegian commercial history - a lively and beautiful city, packed with culture, history and surrounded by mountains, fjords and islands. There are plenty of museums focusing on regional art, Sami culture and history, as well as polar science. We recommend a short trip by cable car to Storsteinen Mountain, where you can enjoy the view of Tromsø and surroundings. Also worth a visit is the magnificent Arctic Cathedral, a masterpiece of modern architecture.
Accommodation at a centrally located 3* hotel in Tromsø - 2nts BB.
** if your flight arrives late in the day we can add an extra night in Tromsø.
After breakfast at the hotel take the route along the shores of the Bals Fjord and road E6 to the Vesterålen Islands. It's also possible to take a smaller road along the shores of the Asta Fjord. Arrive at Harstad, capital of the Vesterålen Islands and a good base for exploring the archipelago. As well as being surrounded by nature the city offers a wide range of cultural events like the North Norwegian Festival of Culture in June.
Accommodation at a centrally located 3* hotel in Harstad.
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel before your exploration of the Vesterålen and Lofoten Islands. On the Vesterålen Islands you can simply enjoy nature or participate in one of the several local festivals. Drive to Sortland and continue by ferry from Melbu to Fiskebøl to arrive on the Lofoten Islands. The Lofoten Islands offer some of the most breathtaking scenery in the country. Here the towering, pointed mountain peaks rise majestically from the sea to a height of almost 1000 metres; many of the island interiors are swathed in emerald green, and the shorelines are fringed with white sandy beaches. We recommend a visit to some of the charming villages, for instance Stamsund, Hamnoy and Reine.
Accommodation at a centrally located hotel in Svolvaer - 2nts BB.
Breakfast at the hotel and the possibility to explore more of the Lofoten Islands, before leaving for the mainland. From June to August take a ferry from Svolvær to Skutvik, crossing the West Fjord (Vestfjorden). In May and September/October, take a ferry from Lødingen to Bognes. All months: Continue by car to Bognes for another ferry crossing on the Lys Fjord to Skarberget. The Lys Fjord is the home of a big colony of killer whales while sea eagles rule Skarberget, a mountain which plunges
directly into the sea, so with a little bit of luck this short cruise will show you a unique part of Norwegian nature. Drive to Narvik, which is situated on a peninsula between the Beis Fjord and the Rombak Fjord, at the bottom of the 1200 metre high Fagernes Mountain. We recommend the cable car up the mountain or a visit to the Ofoten Museum. Furthermore the region has a varied collection of 2nd World War memorials and museums.
Accommodation at a centrally located 3* hotel in Narvik - 2nts BB.
Breakfast at the hotel. Drop off rental car at Tromsø Airport before your flight home.
** if your flight departs early in the day we can add an extra night in Tromsø.