From Tromsø to the Lofoten Islands - 7-Day Itinerary

Are you planning a 7-day trip from Tromsø to the Lofoten islands? Do you need a travel itinerary? If yes is your answer, then you landed on the right website :) In the blog post below we outlined our 7-day trip around this scenic region and gave you some ideas what places are worth a visit.

From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands

From Tromsø to the Lofoten Islands

It is quite a ride when choosing the overland option - according to Google Maps, the distance from Tromsø to the Lofoten islands is about 550 km and lasts ca. 8 hours. Our drive was more or less the same as Google suggests with one exception though - we skipped some overland driving by taking a ferry from Kvaløya to Senja instead. More info will follow.

Day 1 - Flying into Tromsø Airport

First we took a plane from Zurich to Oslo, then from Oslo to Tromsø - the North of Norway. We arrived very late in the evening, thus we had to spend the night at the airport. For those, who plan to do that too - yes, it is allowed to sleep at the airport- There are also a few benches you can settle down. 

From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Sleeping at Tromso Airport
From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Sleeping at Tromso Airport

Day 2 - Tromsø - Kvaløya - Senja

Tromsø

First stop on our way to the Lofoten was the city Tromsø. We parked our car in the city center and then walked the old part of the city, took some photos of the spectacular bridge and got a glimpse of the famous Arctic cathedral. As there was bad weather, we decided leave the city quite soon and continue our trip to the next located island called Kvaloya. 

From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Tromso
From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Tromso

Kvaløya

We didn't have much time to wander around Kvaloya - it seemed though to be an attractive island full of unspoilt nature. From Kvaloya we took a scenic ferry to the neighbour island Senja (from Brensholmen to Botnhamn), which for sure saved us a couple of hours of driving. 

From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Kvaloya
From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Kvaloya

Senja

With its steep mountains, magnificent fjords and rich flora, the island Senja makes it an unforgettable stop! Look, this was the view we had while having our breakfast! Wondering what to do and see in Senja? Here is an overview. 

Day 3 - Senja via Bardufoss, Bogen to Tengelfjord

There was a lot of driving on day 3. Before we left Senja, we made a beautiful stop at the lake called Sorlivatnet. It was a warm sunny day - perfect to spend some time along this lake. 

From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Sorlivatnet Lake, Senja
From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Sorlivatnet Lake, Senja

...another cool stop... but we somehow forgot where it was :)

From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands
From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands

Near Tengelfjord

Oh lord. This stop <3. Probably a place which we're gonna remember our whole life. It was perfect spot for our dinner and for the sleep-over. Here are the coordinates if you're interested to visit this place too.

From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Sleepover Near Tengelfjord
From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Sleepover Near Tengelfjord

Day 4 - Svolvaer - Kabelvåg - Henningsvaer

Svolvaer

Yay, that's the day, you'll reach the Lofoten islands. Svolvaer is one of the first cool stops on these islands. This fishing village with its wooden red and yellow houses is really cute and definitely worth your time! For us, day 4 was a rainy day and Svolvaer was the perfect stop to take a break in one of its cozy cafes.

From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Solvaer
From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Solvaer

Rorvikstranda

This was one of our favourite places in the Lofoten Islands - the beach "Rorvikstranda". The water was amazingly turquoise, the big boulders fit perfectly into the scene and the beach was full of white sand. Wow!

From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Rorvikstranda
From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Rorvikstranda

Henningsvaer

We loved Henningsvaer! That's such a great village! It has many cute cafes, restaurants and shops and the surrounding landscape is jaw-dropping! Even the route to this village along the coast is more than stunning.

From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Henningsvaer
From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Henningsvaer

Day 5 - Haukland - Uttakleiv - Flakstad - Ramberg

Haukland Beach

Another fairytale beach in the Lofoten! The Haukland beach is a perfect setting for the camera. It's one of the most beautiful ones in this area. Go there, no doubts!

From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Haukland Beach
From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Haukland Beach

Uttakleiv Beach

Just a few minutes from the Haukland beach, there is another scenic beach which goes by the name Uttakleiv. Nature pure. 

From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Uttakleiv Beach
From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Uttakleiv Beach

Flakstad Beach

Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side when visiting the wild Flakstad beach. It seemed some wavesurfers weren't bothered by it at all. Definitely a great place to rest a bit.

From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Flakstad Beach
From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Flakstad Beach

Ramberg Beach

Ramberg beach is one of those beaches you simply must see when exploring the Lofoten islands. Of course, it all depends on the weather you have. We didn't have the best conditions but we stopped to take at least a photo of this white beach surrounded by beautiful mountains.

From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Ramberg Beach
From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Ramberg Beach

Fredvang Beach

Beaches on the Lofoten islands are really outstanding. The Fredvang beach is one of them. Make sure to spend some time here. 

From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Fredvang Beach
From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Fredvang Beach

Day 6 - Nusfjord - Nesland

Nusfjord

You shouldn't miss out Nusfjord when road-trippin around the Lofoten! It is marked as an UNESCO-heritage due to the fact that it is a very old fishing village. Once here, make sure to do a day-hike to Nesland and back. We wrote about it here. 

From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Nusfjord
From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Nusfjord

Nesland

Nesland is the final destination of the famous Lofoten hike from Nusfjord to Nesland. If you don't like hiking, no problem! There is a road leading to this cute village which has only of a few houses. Expect sheep to be your companion when walking around this area!

From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Nesland
From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Nesland

Sund

Sund is a very small village, maybe not found on everyone's itinerary. The most fascinating is the beautiful viewpoint over the village and the surrounding mountains. 

From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Sund
From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Sund

Day 7 - Reine - Sorvagen - Å i Lofoten - Moskenes

Reine

Reine, as probably the most popular Lofoten village out there, is the hub for outdoor and adventure activities as well as for all accommodation and eating facilities. It's a magnificent village with a stunning scenery.

From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Reine
From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Reine

Sorvagen

The center of the hiking paradise in the Lofoten is the townlet called Sorvagen. There are many hiking trails to choose from - one of them is leading to the mountain called Tindstinden - a great alternative to the famous Reinebergen-hike. A wonderful hike but quite difficult. Another blog post on that will follow.

From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Sorvagen
From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Sorvagen
From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Tindstinden
From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Tindstinden

Å i Lofoten

Å i Lofoten, the village, represents the end of the Lofoten islands' chain. When there, walk the path leading to a stunning viewpoint over the majestic cliffs. 

From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Å i Lofoten
From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Å i Lofoten

Moskenes

Here ends the journey. We took a late night car-ferry from Moskenes to Bodo in order to catch an early morning flight from Bodo back home. Very recommendable if you want to save time on your trip (2 adults, 1 car - 136 EUR in total).

Day 8 - Bodo - Oslo - Zurich

This was the day we left Nordland and flew via Oslo back to Zurich, Switzerland. 

From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Flying from Bodo to Oslo
From Tromso to the Lofoten Islands - Flying from Bodo to Oslo

The Lofoten islands are simply FANTASTIC. All nature freaks -> don't leave this beautiful piece of earth out in your travelling career! 


Have you been to the Lofoten? If yes, how did your itinerary look like? Leave a comment below!

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