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 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.
Day 2 - Tromsø - Kvaløya - Senja
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.
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.
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.
...another cool stop... but we somehow forgot where it was :)
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.
Day 4 - Svolvaer - Kabelvåg - Henningsvaer
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.
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!
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.
Day 5 - Haukland - Uttakleiv - Flakstad - Ramberg
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!
Just a few minutes from the Haukland beach, there is another scenic beach which goes by the name Uttakleiv. Nature pure.
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.
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.
Beaches on the Lofoten islands are really outstanding. The Fredvang beach is one of them. Make sure to spend some time here.
Day 6 - Nusfjord - Nesland
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.
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!
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.
Day 7 - Reine - Sorvagen - Å i Lofoten - Moskenes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!