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The islands of northern Norway are the perfect destination if you enjoy hiking, scenic drives, and jaw-dropping landscapes. On this northern Norway itinerary, road trip from Tromsø down through Senja and the Vesteralen Islands, ending with several magical days in the Lofoten Islands. This is the type of trip where every day just seems to get better than the one before it. Be prepared to fall in love with Norway, take way too many photos, and hike some of the best trails in Europe.

This is one of our favorite trips of all time. Every single day here amazed us. The landscapes, the adorable little fishing villages, the epic hiking trails…you are in for a treat. We thought it would be tough to beat our first trip through the Norwegian fjords, but this road trip is the clear winner.

Animated map with the main locations of the 10-day Lofoten Islands and Northern Norway itinerary, starting with Tromso.

On this northern Norway itinerary, you will start in Tromsø, then visit Senja and the Vesteralen Islands, and end with a few days in the Lofoten Islands. 

About this Northern Norway Itinerary

This itinerary is designed as a road trip, so you will need to rent a car. You will pick up the car in Tromsø and drop it in either Leknes, Svolvaer, or Bodø, depending on where you fly home from the Lofoten Islands. Expect to pay a drop fee for this (this fee varies quite a lot based on season and rental car company). You can avoid the drop fee by driving back to Tromsø, but this is an eight hour drive and will add another day onto this itinerary.

On this northern Norway itinerary, we also put a big emphasis on hiking. Seeing Norway from the road is a great experience, but there is nothing like seeing Norway from a hiking trail. 

This northern Norway itinerary works best from the end of May through September, when the ferry from Gryllefjord to Andenes is operating. It’s still possible to do this trip during the rest of the year, but you will have to do a lot more driving.

How to Use This Map: Click the tab in the top left hand corner of the map to view the layers (places to visit, hiking trails, and driving routes). You can click the check marks to hide or show layers. If you click the icons on the map, you can get more information about each point of interest.
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Northern Norway Itinerary Day 1

Arrive in Tromsø

Get settled into your hotel and take a nap if you desperately need one. Spend the afternoon walking the pretty streets of Tromsø. The harbor is a great place to spend the afternoon and have dinner.

Tromso harbor


Today is a low-key day so you can shrug off jetlag (if you arrived on an international flight) and get adjusted to the time change. If this is your first time in the Arctic Circle, it may also be the first time you see the midnight sun (from mid-May to mid-July) or the northern lights (from October to April).

Where We Stayed in Tromsø: We stayed at the Comfort Hotel Xpress Tromsø. Located in downtown Tromsø and within walking distance of the harbor, this hotel is a great option if you’re looking for a relatively inexpensive place to stay. Rooms are large, clean, and quiet and come with blackout curtains (a must during the summer months).

Another good option is the Clarion Hotel The Edge. This ultra-modern hotel is located right in the harbor. Rooms can accommodate up to four people and some offer stunning views out to the Arctic Cathedral. Have a drink and enjoy the view from the rooftop bar on the 11th floor.

Northern Norway Itinerary Day 2


Tromsø started off as a fishing village but has grown to be a small, modern city. Visit the modern Arctic Cathedral, go shopping, or spend your time at a handful of the museums in town.

One of the best things to do in Tromsø is to take in the view from the top of Fløya. From this mountain peak, you get an incredible aerial view of the city. To visit Fløya, you can hike up or ride the Fjellheisen cable car. We rode the cable car to the top and then hiked back down.


The top of Fløya is a popular place to be a midnight during the summer months, when you can see Tromsø illuminated by the midnight sun.

For an excellent guide on Tromsø, check out this post by Nerd Nomads. Their Tromsø guide covers everything you need to know to have the best experience here.

Northern Norway Itinerary Day 3

Ørnfløya and Sommarøy

Today is a low-key day. Feel free to have a leisurely breakfast in Tromsø. You can even spend the first part of the day in town, if there is more here that you want to do.

When you are ready, make the short drive to Sommarøy (1 hour, 56 km).

The best thing to do in Sommarøy is to hike to the top of Ørnfløya. This short but sweet hike is easy to do and great for all ages and ability levels.



PRO TRAVEL TIP: Ørnfløya makes a great picnic spot. While in Tromsø, put together a picnic lunch. Drive out to Sommarøy, hike to the top of Ørnfløya, and enjoy the view while you have lunch.

If you are looking for more to do after the hike, you can spend the afternoon kayaking or fishing.

Have dinner at the Sommarøy Arctic Hotel, the only restaurant in the area. The food is expensive but these prices are typical for many of the restaurants in northern Norway.

Where We Stayed: The Sommarøy Arctic Hotel is the one and only hotel in Sommarøy. Take your pick from a traditional hotel room or a cabin on the water.


Sommaroy by drone

Northern Norway Itinerary Day 4

Senja & the Hike to Segla

The Ferry to Senja

This morning you will travel by ferry from the Sommarøy area to the island of Senja. The ferry leaves from Brensholmen, a tiny town just around the corner from Sommarøy and Ørnfløya, and travels to Botnhamn on Senja.

To maximize your time on Senja, you need to take the first ferry of the day, which is 8:45 am during the summer months (12:15 am on Sunday). 

Brensholmen Ferry

Brensholmen Ferry Port

To make sure you get a spot, it’s a good idea to get in line early. We got in line at 7:30 am and we were the first crazy ones in line. On the day that we did this (a Tuesday morning in July) every car in line made it onto the ferry. Even so, it’s not a bad idea to get here about a half an hour early (8:15). If you miss the ferry, the next one is at 10:45 am.

The ferry takes 45 minutes. You will buy your tickets once you are onboard the ferry (get updated ferry prices here).

Check the updated ferry schedule here.

Hiking Segla

If you enjoy hiking, I highly recommend the hike up to Segla. This was our main reason for visiting Senja and it was absolutely worth it.

The hike up Segla is short but surprisingly tough. In fact, it’s probably the toughest hike in this itinerary. This hike is only 5 km (3 miles) round trip, but with 610 meters (2000 feet of climbing), it can be exhausting. But, oh, what a view you have from the top of Segla.

Segla Hike

Top of Segla

On top of Segla



Segla by drone

Another great hike to consider on Senja is Breidtinden. This is an even more demanding hike, with more climbing and a slightly longer distance, but it offers gorgeous views of Segla and Mefjord.

More Things to do on Senja

If hiking is not in your game plan, Senja is still worth the visit. It’s a gorgeous drive on the Norwegian Scenic Route from Botnhamn to Gryllefjord and along the way there are a few places to visit.

Tungeneset is a coastal viewpoint. Walk out on the wooden walkway to the beach for a stunning view of the jagged Okshornan mountain range (it rained during this part of our visit so our photos aren’t the best).

Tungeneset in the rain


The Bergsbotn viewing platform is a wooden and metal platform that offers nice views of Bergsfjord. Unfortunately, we visited these spots in rather rainy, dreary weather (not uncommon in Norway!).


Bergsbotn Viewing Platform

What We Did: We hiked Segla midday and then crashed at our hotel for the remainder of the day. The following morning we visited Tungeneset, the Bergsbotn viewing platform, and did a drive by of Senjatrollet (which burned down since we did this road trip) on the way to the ferry at Gryllefjord.

Where to Stay on Senja

Mefjord Brygge. This property is located on the opposite side of Mefjord from Segla. This is where we stayed. We had our own house with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living rooms, and a full kitchen. Mefjord Brygge also runs a restaurant that serves fresh fish and seafood and really good desserts. From the property we could look out over Mefjord and see Segla.

Hamn i Senja. This is probably the best place to stay on Senja. It’s awesome but it’s also expensive (which is why we chose Mefjord Brygge). However, Hamn i Senja gets great reviews on Trip Advisor and Booking.com.

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Hamn i Senja

PRO TRAVEL TIP: If you make a reservation at Hamn i Senja, I recommend visiting Tungeneset, Bergsbotn, and maybe even Senjatrollet on day 4 of this itinerary, even if you’re exhausted after hiking Segla. It will save you a lot of time and driving on day 5.

Northern Norway Itinerary Day 5

Vesteralen Islands

This morning is all about catching that first ferry from Gryllefjord to Andenes. If you miss the ferry, you will also miss the opportunity to hike out to Måtind, one of our favorite hikes on this itinerary.

Ferry from Gryllefjord to Andenes

The ferry only operates from mid-May through the beginning of September. Even then, it only runs two to three times per day. The first sailing from Gryllefjord is at 11:00 am. Plan on getting here early to make it onto the ferry. The car line can be long and those at the back of the line may not make it onboard.

If you stayed in Mefjord, you can visit Tungeneset and the Bergbotn viewing platform as you drive to Gryllefjord. It takes about one hour to drive from Mefjord to Gryllefjord and visiting those viewpoints does not add a lot of time.

We got in line at 9 am for the 11 am ferry. And no, this time, we were not the first ones here, although we were near the front of the line. There is a small grocery here, so if you want to put together a picnic lunch, this is a good place to do it.

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The ferry line at 9 am.

This ferry is much larger than the one you took yesterday. However, there are also a lot more cars in line for this. On the day we did this, a bunch of cars at the back of the line did not make it onboard the ferry. It’s not ideal to wait in line for an hour, but it beats missing the ferry. Guess what, the next one is not until 5 pm!!

I recommend getting here at least one hour before the scheduled departure, although even a little bit earlier is preferable.

Again, you will purchase your ferry tickets onboard. It takes one hour and forty-five minutes to travel by ferry from Gryllefjord to Andenes.

On the Ferry northern Norway itinerary

Get the ferry schedule here. 

PRO TRAVEL TIP: The ferry from Gryllefjord to Andenes only operates from mid-May to late September. All other times of the year, it is possible to drive from Senja to the Vesteralen Islands, but you need to be prepared to spend a lot of time in your car. By car, it takes six hours (400 km) to drive from Gryllefjord to Andenes. It may not be worth driving up into the Vesteralen Islands and you may just want to head right for the Lofoten Islands.

Hiking on the Vesteralen Islands

Remember when I said that every day just keeps getting better?

Hiking out to Måtind on the Stave-Bleik Coastal Trail is relatively easy and offers jaw-dropping views of the coastline. To get here, it is just a 20 minute drive from Andenes. This hike is 8 km (5 miles) long and takes 3 to 4 hours.

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View from Måtind


Vesteralen Islands

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By the time you finish the hike it will be dinnertime. Grab a bite to eat in Bleik or Andenes, or another nearby town, and then settle into your hotel.

Where To Stay

We stayed at the Nord Fish Apartments, picking this place for its budget prices and decent reviews. It’s out in the middle of nowhere, in a cluster of communist-style buildings. We had two enormous rooms that were spotlessly clean. But the old building echoes a lot and it felt more like a dormitory than a hotel. I would describe this hotel as clean and functional. If you are looking for “boutique” or “charming,” this is not your place.

If you are just two people, check out Apartment Utsikten in Andenes. This highly rated property offers a gorgeous sea view and is within walking distance of the center of Andenes.

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Northern Norway Itinerary Day 6

Lofoten Islands

So this is it…this is what you have been waiting for. For the next four days, you get to explore the awesome Lofoten Islands.

Lofoten Islands Road Trip

Driving through the Lofoten Islands

There are a lot of different ways to plan your time here, but I’ll let know exactly how we did it.

In the morning, drive south to Svolvaer. From Andenes, this drive is 210 km and takes three hours. During the drive, we stopped at a grocery store and bought food for a picnic lunch.

Just before arriving in Svolvaer, we stumbled across this very lovely picnic spot on E10 (labeled as Austnesfjorden rasteplass on Google Maps).

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Once in Svolvaer, you have several options. If you want to pass on hiking, you can take a boat trip out among the islands, go fishing, or visit the Lofoten War Museum.

Or, you can do what we did, and have your most epic experience in the Lofoten Islands. In Svolvaer, there is a tall pinnacle of rock called The Goat, or Svolvaergeita. This is a very popular rock climbing spot and from the top you have one of the best views of Svolvaer. Even beginner rock climbers can do this.




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Another option is to hike to the top of Fløya for another gorgeous view of Svolvaer. It is possible to combine the climb up Svolvaergeita with the hike up Fløya (this is what we did).

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View of Svolvaer 

Where to Stay

We chose to stay in Kabelvåg (just south of Svolvaer) since we knew today would be a very long day. However, this added another hotel to our itinerary. It worked out fine for us, but if you want to avoid staying in a ton of hotels, you can choose one hotel for all four nights in the Lofoten Islands.

We stayed at Nyvågar Rorbuhotel in Kabelvåg, a 15 minute drive south of Svolvaer. A rorbuer is a classic fisherman’s cottage that has been converted into a hotel room, that usually comes equipped with a kitchen, living room, and private bedroom. We had a two bedroom cabin with the bedrooms on the second floor and the kitchen and living area on the lower floor.

LEARN MORE ABOUT WHERE TO STAY: Where to Stay in the Lofoten Islands

Northern Norway Itinerary Day 7

Lofoten Islands

On this day, we road-tripped down the Lofoten Islands to Hamnøy and Reine. We spent the next three nights in Hamnøy.

After breakfast at our hotel, we checked out and then drove south towards Henningsvaer.

Hiking Festvågtind

Just before reaching Henningsvaer, you have the option to do another hike. The hike up Festvågtind is very similar to Svolvaer Fløya, with a nice viewpoint over the Henningsvaer. We didn’t have the best weather and the hike was nice, but if we skipped one hike on this itinerary, this would be the one. However, on a clear day, I think it would be worth considering.



Continue on to Henningsvaer, a charming fishing village and a great place to get lunch.

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Road Tripping through the Lofoten Islands

Spend the afternoon road tripping through the Lofoten Islands. The scenery really is awe-inspiring here. It seems like there is another gorgeous view around every bend in the road. It was difficult to make any progress because we stopped so frequently for photos.

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The Lofoten Islands near Henningsvaer

Haukland Beach & Uttakleiv Beach

Just north of Leknes, turn right onto Leiteveien from highway E10. Follow the narrow road out to Haukland Beach. This is a nice spot but if you keep going, it gets better.

From Haukland Beach, take the road through the tunnel and you emerge out into one of the Lofoten Island’s prettiest beaches, Uttakleiv Beach. Park at the parking lot and then walk out on the beach, taking time to enjoy the view and capture the moment in photos.

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Our next stop is on the island of Flakstadøya. Nusfjord is one of the best preserved fishing villages in the Lofoten Islands. Now, it’s an open-air museum where you can tour a sawmill, an old-fashioned store, and a factory that makes cod-liver oil. You can also stay overnight in one of the old fisherman’s cabins (rorbu).

Reine and Hamnøy

From Nusfjord, we continued south to Hamnøy and checked into our hotel.

We stayed in Hamnøy at Reinefjorden Sjohus. This place is wonderful. We stayed in a two-bedroom apartment, which is really a two-level cabin with a kitchen and a living area. The view from the living room was AMAZING! We could look across the water to Sakrisøy and Reine and see Reinebringen in the background.

Reine and Hamnøy, with their collection of red and yellow fishing cabins on the water, is one of the most picturesque spots on the Lofoten Islands and a great place to stay. Get more recommendations of where to stay in Reine and Hamnøy in our Lofoten Islands hotel guide.

Lofoten Islands

Northern Norway Itinerary Day 8

Hiking the Lofoten Islands

Today you have a full day to go hiking. Hopefully the weather will cooperate.

On this day, we did two hikes. We hiked Reinebringen in the morning and Ryten in the afternoon. It left us exhausted but we had no choice. Rain was in the forecast for tomorrow, so we needed to do as much as possible today.

Reinebringen is a short, challenging hike and it’s not to be underestimated. This is the most popular hike in the Lofoten Islands and the trail is undergoing a lot of wear and tear. It’s not unusual for the trail to close for repairs. People hike to the top of Reinebringen for its spectacular view over Reine and Hamnøy, but there are many other hikes that offer views that are just as amazing.



Munken is a hike that is just around the corner from Reinebringen and it looks and sounds amazing. We planned to do this on our last day in the Lofoten Islands, but rain kept us indoors. If you are looking for a great alternative to Reinebringen, put Munken on your list.

Ryten is another great hike to consider. The hike to Ryten has all of the ingredients of a perfect Lofoten Islands hike: sweeping vistas across the mountains and fjords, a fun but slightly strenuous hike to a mountain peak, and a breathtaking view of a white, sandy beach. The icing on the cake is a “mini Trolltunga,” an outcropping of rock where you can get creative with your photos.

Best Lofoten Hikes

View from Ryten


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There are many more hikes to choose from. 68 North is an excellent resource for hiking in the Lofoten Islands. Just be aware that the listed hiking distances and times are for one-way, so you will need to double these numbers for a round-trip hike.

PRO TRAVEL TIP: If you are visiting the Lofoten Islands between May and July, during the time of the midnight sun, you have the unique opportunity to go hiking at midnight.

Northern Norway Itinerary Day 9

Lofoten Islands

On this final day in the Lofoten Islands, you can go surfing, visit the tiny town of Å, or do another hike.

For some of you, today may be the day that you start your journey home. The Lofoten Islands are a remote destination, so you will have to factor in extra travel time to get off the islands.

To leave the Lofoten Islands, you can fly from Leknes or Svolvaer to either Bodø or Oslo. You can also take the ferry from Moskenes to Bodø and catch a flight from here. The ferry crossing takes 3 hours and it can be quite rough at times (it’s possible to prebook your ferry ticket in advance). Finally, you can drive northeast to Narvik or Tromsø and catch a flight from here.

For those of you flying on to another destination other than Europe, you may not be able to travel from the Lofoten Islands to an international destination all in the same day. On day 9, you may need to travel to Oslo and on day 10, fly home (or continue your travels) from here.

About Our Experience

From the Lofoten Islands, we traveled to Gdansk, Poland. Rainy weather cancelled our flight from Leknes. We were bussed to Svolvaer, rerouted on a short hop to Bodø, and took a second flight to Oslo. From Oslo, we continued our journey to Poland.

Flight delays are not an unusual occurrence on the Lofoten Islands, and we got lucky that we still made it to Gdansk on our planned day (although a lot later at night and with four flights in one day…yes, it took four flights to get us from Svolvaer to Gdansk).

Northern Norway Itinerary Day 10

Start or continue your journey home.

Best Time for this Northern Norway Itinerary

You can do this road trip all year, however, this itinerary works best from mid-May through early September, when the ferries are running on their full operating schedules and the hiking trails are free from snow.

We did this road trip in early July.

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Ramberg Beach | Northern Norway Itinerary

How to Modify This Northern Norway Itinerary

With Less Time

If you need to shorten this northern Norway itinerary by one day, the best place to do this is by taking some time from Tromsø. It’s possible to see the highlights of Tromsø if you have less than 24 hours. On day 1 and the morning of day 2, see the main sites in Tromsø. After lunch on day 2, drive out to Sommarøy, hike Ørnfløya, and sleep in Sommarøy. Continue with the itinerary as it is written. By doing this, you now have a nine day itinerary.

With More Time

If you have more time, consider taking another day to road trip through the Vesteralen Islands. One more day in the Lofoten Islands would be wonderful as well.

For more information about planning your road trip through the Lofoten Islands, read our article Lofoten Islands Itinerary: Complete Guide for First Time Visitors.

4K Drone Video of Northern Norway

For more travel inspiration, here is a short compilation of drone clips taken from Northern Norway and the Lofoten Islands. Everything seen in this video is listed above in our itinerary. Enjoy!

Are you planning a trip to northern Norway? Comment below if you have any questions about this northern Norway itinerary.

More Information for Your Trip to Norway

BEST OF NORWAY: For a list of top experiences in Norway, don’t miss our Norway Bucket List. If you are a hiker, we also have a hiking guide with 14 epic day hikes to do in Norway.

BEST OF THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS: For an overview of the best things to do, read our Lofoten Islands Top Ten List. Great hikes in the Lofoten Islands include Ryten, Reinebringen, Festvagtind, and Svolvaer Floya. For a big adventure, climb Svolvaergeita for one of the most unique experiences in the Lofoten Islands.

WHERE TO STAY IN THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS: For recommendations on the best places to stay in the Lofoten Islands, read our Lofoten Islands Hotel Guide.

NORWAY TRAVEL INSPIRATION: Norway is one of the most beautiful countries we have visited. Don’t miss our article Northern Norway in Photos to see some gorgeous shots of Norway.

BEST OF NORWAY ITINERARY: In this guide, we share two different ways to plan a 10 day trip that includes both the Lofoten Islands and southern Norway.

Planning a trip to Norway? Read all of our articles in our Norway Travel Guide.


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Comments 105

  1. Avatar for Grace

    Hi, Julie! We’re off on another trip to Norway and again, just like many of our trips, we’re using one of your itineraries as a guide. We have an extra day between Senja and the Vesteralen Islands and I’d like to know where you think would be best to spend that extra day? We’re planning on hiking up Hesten for that Segla view and if we spend another day there, maybe Barden. We definitely want to hike Matind when we get to Vesteralen. Is there any other hike around there that you would recommend? Thanks!


    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Hello Grace. Nice to hear from you again! I’ve heard good things about the Barden hike but I wonder if it would be repetitive, after doing Hesten/Segla. I also know that there are more great hikes to do in the Vesteralen Islands. You could put your additional day here and hike the Vesteralen Islands. Our trip was now 6 years ago so I can’t recall the hikes that came up on our list (we only had time for one here) but you could look at the 68 North website which has a fantastic hiking guide to that entire area. But the Matind hike is magnificent! Even an additional day in the Lofoten Islands would be nice (you might see a lot of hikes that interest you on the 68 North website). I hope this helps and let me know if you have any other questions. Cheers, Julie

  2. Avatar for Cindy lee
    Cindy lee

    We are planning a 9 days road trip to Lofoten Islands in September, and this is so helpful. Thank you for sharing, we plan to incorporate some of your destination in our trip. It appears that Comfort Express Hotel Tromos does not have onsite parking, where do you park? How is the parking situation at the hotel in Tromso and Lofoten Islands?

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      When we stayed at that hotel, we parked at Fjellet P-Hus, which is an underground parking garage about a 5-minute walk from the hotel. If you bring it up on Google Maps you can look at the photos. I’ll never forget it because of its unusual, slightly creepy appearance (but not unsafe in any way). It worked well for us but if you search for “parking” more lots will appear on Google Maps. In the Lofoten Islands, our hotels had parking. There are also parking lots for each of the small towns. It can sometimes be a bit hard finding a parking space midday when the towns are at their busiest, so you may have to circle the lot a few times, but I don’t recall parking being overly challenging in the Lofoten Islands. I hope you have a wonderful road trip! Cheers, Julie

  3. Avatar for Oksana Westerbeke
    Oksana Westerbeke

    Thank you so much! We are planning August 2024 trip and this is extremely helpful. I am just marking everything you are talking about on the map. My question is, if you could do it all over again, would you increase the stay time in Hamnoy hotel you stayed and maybe skip some earlier islands you visited after arriving to Tromso? We just visited Greenland and I loved it. Looking at Hamnoy photos, it reminds me so much of Greenland. ❤️. I can’t wait to go there. One note, however, Krambua restaurant is permanently closed. 😞

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Hello Oksana. That’s a great question. No, I would not take time from the earlier islands. They were a slightly different experience than the Lofoten Islands (less people, felt more remote, with some very nice hiking trails). However, if I had to choose between one or the other, I’d choose the Lofoten Islands over Senja and Vesteralen, because the Lofoten Islands really are spectacular and there is a lot to do here. Thanks for letting me know about Krambua Restaurant. I hope you have a wonderful time on your trip. Cheers, Julie

    2. Avatar for Cindy lee
      Cindy lee

      Hi Osana,
      We always wanted to visit Greenland, could you share some info of your Greenland trip? i.e. when to go, where to stay, what to see etc.


  4. Avatar for Matt Welch
    Matt Welch

    Thank you so much for this itinerary! My family and I just completed an 11-day trip, spending the last few days in Reine at Eliassen Rorbuer before taking the ferry from Moskenes to Bodø. Worth pointing out for your readers that this last ferry presells 50% of their capacity ahead of time so if you are on top of things (we were not), you can book that ahead of time and not have to get in line so early.

    We’re not as into hiking as you all are, however we did do several of the hikes. We did Ørnfløya as a family (including my wife & 7-year old son), then my 17-year old son & I did Segla and my 19-year old daughter joined us for Svolvaergeita… though she got to the rock face and decided NOT to climb it. My son & I climbed to the top and it was the highlight of our trip. We went with the same guide company and our guide Sebastian was fantastic.

    The only disappointment we had on the whole trip was we had planned to go deep sea fishing and ocean kayaking while in Reine and it was too windy each day that we were there… the trips kept getting cancelled. Everything else went incredibly smoothly… thanks to having your guide to follow!

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Hello Matt. Thanks for writing in! I’m glad you had a great trip to Norway and thanks for the tip about the Bodo ferry…that’s good to know. Happy travels to wherever you plan to go next! Cheers, Julie

  5. Avatar for Laura H
    Laura H

    We are traveling to Norway at the end of the month and plan on following much of this itinerary. We used your itineraries in Iceland last year and they were so helpful. Hoping to get on that ferry to Andenes in the evening without too much trouble
    Thank you!!

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  6. Avatar for Andrew

    Thanks for this superb itinerary! We just completed a 12 day road trip following your recommendations quite closely, finishing with 5 nights in Lofoten (Valberg area). The ferry from Gryllefjord to Andenes was much busier than expected, but luckily we stayed the night before (at the Kaikanten cabins) so could park our car in line after the last ferry. Even then, we were already in line 3 of 6!

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    Sameer Bharmar

    Great article and helpful information. Thank you for putting this together. We like this itinerary.
    My wife, my 1.5 year old son and myself are planning to travel to Northern Norway from Tromso to Lofoten from Aug 19 – Sep 2 (14 nights). We are interested in doing kind of similar itinerary but with less difficult hikes. We are in late thirties and enjoy scenic drives, some hiking (easy to moderate), ferry rides. Is 2 weeks good to explore these areas? Also what would be a good base (may be 2) in Lofoten islands. With our toddler son we don’t want to change base every 2 nights (may be initial 2 nights is okay) but 4 nights at one place sounds reasonable. Also do you guys think with a 1.5 year old souther or northern Norway will be more fun? Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. TIA

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      Hello Sameer. Thanks for writing in. 14 nights in northern Norway sounds wonderful! With a toddler, I think northern Norway is a better option than southern Norway. In southern Norway, there is a lot more moving around, since this is typically done as a road trip. You’ll have a little bit of that, too, in northern Norway, but once in the Lofoten Islands, you can stay in one spot for awhile. I recommend following this itinerary, even though it is a lot of moving at the beginning, because Senja and the Vesteralen Islands are very pretty. Put your extra time into the Lofoten Islands. For recommendations on where to stay, Reine or Hamnoy is a must. This is one of the most scenic areas of the Lofoten Islands. Another good home base in the Lofoten Islands is Lofoten Basecamp (a hotel) or Leknes (a town) since they are centrally located. For more recommendations, take a look at our Where to Stay in Lofoten Guide. 68 North is a great hiking resource for the Lofoten Islands so you could find some easier hikes here and some remote beaches to reach by ferry. Cheers, Julie

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    I am going to northern Norway in two weeks and following this itinerary except I’m adding a few days. I just wanted to say THANK YOU for putting all of this together! Without this website and this itinerary, I would still be going on a trip to Norway but perhaps not the best trip I could take. Trying to determine where to go, when to go, how to get there, where to stay, etc. would have been a daunting task so your meticulous yet accessible approach is greatly appreciated.

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    Love the cute map graphic! I feel like we’ve “followed” your family (and your advice) around the world for years – excited to see you’ve been to Lofoten too!

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    Richard Sandvik

    Can you suggest the best way to shorten this itinerary to six days, with three in the Kifitebs? We are older, ambulatory but not up for aggressive hiking.


    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      If you prefer to do it as a one way road trip from Tromso to the Lofoten Islands, you could combine Tromso and Sommaroy into one day, spend one day on Senja, then quickly road trip through Vesteralen, spending the rest of your time in the Lofoten Islands. Or, just spend the entire time in the Lofoten Islands. With 6 days, you would have 4 full days in Lofoten with a day on either end to get to and from the area. Cheers, Julie

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        Richard Sandvik

        Thanks for that VERY prompt response. Any thoughts re activities for older ambulatory folks enroute? Very impressed with your web site and approach.

        Dick Sandvik

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          In Senja, we list several viewpoints that are nice to visit along the drive. These require just a short walk and maybe a few stairs but nothing too strenuous. We tend to do a lot of hiking, which gets us to some beautiful viewpoints (like the Stave Bleik Coastal Trail) but this is on the more strenuous side, for sure. You could do a little more research to scenic drives to viewpoints of the beaches in Vesteralen, because they are lovely. And in this part of Norway, there is so much you can see right from your car…it’s one of the most beautiful road trip destinations in the world. Another thing you could look into is taking a boat tour or ferry trip to a beach, to be able to see the landscapes from the water. Cheers, Julie

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