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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.

Lofoten Islands Road Trip

Driving through 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.

This Northern Norway Itinerary is Perfect For:
  • Scenic Drives
  • Hiking
  • Photographers
  • Families

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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.

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.

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 (190 NOK for a burger and 300 NOK for main entrees) 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

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 (10:15 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 (NOK 82 per adult, NOK 41 per child, NOK 273 for a car and driver). We paid NOK 447 for one car with a driver, one additional adult, and two children.

Check the updated ferry schedule and prices 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


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!).


Senjatrollet, also called the Senja Troll, is advertised as being the world’s largest troll. You can simply see it from the road (what we did) or pay admission and visit the souvenir shop, walk the grounds, and watch the show. Learn more on the official website.

Senjatrollet northern Norway itinerary

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 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.

Hamn i Senja northern Norway itinerary

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.

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.

Gryllefjord Ferry Line northern Norway itinerary

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 (NOK 642 for a car and driver, NOK 240 per adult, NOK 120 per child, prices from 2018). 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 the beginning of 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.

Norway Hiking Itinerary

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.

Also in Andenes, if you are a family or a group of up to six people, Villa Jorgensengarden is a nice option. This is a three-bedroom villa that also offers a sea view and gets great reviews.

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 Photography northern Norway itinerary

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).

Norway Picnic Spot northern Norway itinerary

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).

Svolvaer Floya northern Norway itinerary
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

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.

Henningsvaer northern Norway itinerary

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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.

Lofoten Islands in July northern Norway itinerary

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.

Uttakleiv Beach northern Norway itinerary


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 this post.

Lofoten Islands

We ate dinner at Krambua, just a short walk from the Reinefjorden Sjohus.

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

Hike Lofoten Islands northern Norway itinerary

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.

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. 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).

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

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.

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

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Comments 65

  1. Love your blog page. We are planning a similar trip to Lofoten island with our 2 boys next July. I have just booked the tickets, keeping fingers crossed for the situations. We are flying to & from from Tromso. For our return , our last stop will be in hanmoy. We need to travel back to Tromso on our last day at Lofoten to be able to fly back home next day. It’s a 8 hour journey by car and with 2 small kids it doesn’t look feasible. What will you suggest as the best place for a stopover to break the journey into two days and reach the airport by 11am for 2’o clock flight.

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      We have not driven E10/E6/E8 between the Lofoten Islands and Tromso, since we went through the Vesteralen Islands and Senja. You can this but it could be challenging because of the ferry schedule, so I think that you are better off sticking to the highways. Narvik is a small detour off the driving route between the Lofoten Islands and Tromso, but it is a larger town with lots of hotel options and restaurants. This could be a very nice place to stop for the night and you would have a 3.5 hour drive to get to Tromso. If you don’t want the extra detour, then in this general area, along Highway E6, you could look for hotel/AirBnB options. Cheers, Julie

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      I think it would work great in the opposite direction, particularly if that works out better for you for flights or transportation. In reverse, fly into the Lofoten Islands and rent your car at the airport. You would later drop the rental car in Tromso. Spend four days in the Lofoten Islands, then road trip in the opposite order through Vesteralen and Senja until you reach Tromso. Just check ferry times so you have no surprises. Cheers, Julie

  2. Hi,
    Your travelblog is exactly what we were looking for. We can’t wait to take the same journey that you have taken. We want to travel from Tromsø to Å along the same route you described, then drive back to deliver the car in Svolvær and fly back to Amsterdam. It took you 10 days to do this trip and we think it would be nice to do it in 14 days. What would you recommend us to do with 4 extra days? We do love hiking a lot! We look forward to your advice.
    Alice & Tim

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      Hello Alice and Tim. Here are some suggestions for you. You could add one more day in Tromso, to thoroughly explore the city. You could add another day to explore the Vesteralen Islands, particularly from Sortland to Sto. Since you like hiking, I have heard good things about the Queen’s Route here. And we would have loved more time in the Lofoten Islands. This gives you some “buffer” time if you have a rainy day (we did) and there are so many hikes to do here. There are hikes where you can take a ferry to a trailhead and then hike into the mountains or explore more remote beaches. The website 68 North has a lot of great suggestions. But 14 days in northern Norway…it’s going to be amazing! Cheers, Julie

  3. Hi Tim and Julie,

    Planning a trip in 2021. I will be solo. REI offers a trip approx . $5000. In comparison are those good rates or better to book it all myself? I haven’t done a group trip yet because I like the freedom to be spontaneous. However, this destination seems to be a lot of connections. Thanks for all the tips.

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      Hi Sharon. Whether or not that price is a good deal depends on how long you are traveling, how many flights are included, other transportation, the level of hotel accommodations, if meals are included, and what activities you will do. In Norway, food is expensive (about $30 per plate). Rental cars can be expensive, especially if you have different pick up and drop off locations. Hotel prices are about the same for the USA and Europe. Internal flights are about the same as in Europe and the USA. We tend to mostly hike, which is free. $5000 sounds like a lot (more than what you would spend if you traveled independently), but then again, I don’t really know what you are getting for that price. You could do a quick hotel search and a little research on rental car prices, to get a rough idea of how good of a deal you are getting with REI. But you will pay more, as a group tour. Cheers, Julie

  4. Absolutely the very best and amazing travel website I have found – I was researching for our motorhome trip this year and looking for information on the drive from Tromso to the Lofoten Isles and found your Northern Norway and the Lofoten islands trip. We explored the Lofotens in 2016 in a hire car and were blown away so are returning this year in our motorhome. We plan to travel from Hook of Holland, explore the coast of Holland then up to Rostock to take the ferry to Sweden, drive through Sweden to Tromso, follow your route and then back up to Narvik. From Narvik we will travel to Lom and then climb the highest peak in Norway, Galdhopiggen (which I see is on your bucket list). We then continues down to the Hardangerfjord on the way to Stavanger and finally Kristiansand for the Ferry back to Denmark.
    I will be referring to your website again for all the other places you visited and hiked.
    We are keen photographers and have composed a photo travel book of each of our motorhome trips around England, Scotland, Ireland, Spain and France since we retired 12 years ago. We think all your photographs are all stunning.

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      Hello John and Carol. Thank you very much for the wonderful comment. It sounds like you have an amazing trip planned! I’m glad we could help you with your trip planning and I wish you many happy travels! Cheers, Julie

  5. Can we do this itinerary in exact reverse? What would be the difference? Only because we need to be in Kirkenes afterwards. Thanks!

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      Yes, you can do this in reverse order. The main thing to check are the ferry times from Andenes to Gryllefjord and Senja to Brensholmen. You might have to alter what you do depending on these times. Just note that the Andenes ferry schedule does not get released until May (usually) but you can look at the 2019 schedule because it might not change much. Cheers, Julie

  6. Thanks for this itinerary, very helpful indeed. We are planning a trip with our 2 kids aged 10 yr and 7.5 yr. Can you suggest some hiking trails we can possibly do with them? Apart from this, what are your other recommendations on activities we can do as a family with kids. Thanks for your all your suggestions!

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      Hello Richa. Your youngest is one year younger than Kara was when we took her on some big hikes in southern Norway (Trolltunga, Kjeragbolten, etc). If your kids are active and adventurous, they should be able to handle many of the hikes in the Lofoten Islands. Many of the hikes feature a steep, tiring climb but it is worth it for the views. And most hikes aren’t that long, so they are doable for many people. Svolvaer Floya is a good starting hike. The climb isn’t too bad and the view is amazing. Another good one is Ryten…it’s not too steep and the views change a lot so hopefully that will keep your kids from being bored. You could go for a walk on Uttakleiv and Haukland Beaches. If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look at our Lofoten Islands post which may give you some more ideas of what to do here. I also recommend taking a look at the 68 North website. This has a lot more info about the hiking trails in the Lofoten Islands. Cheers, Julie

  7. Hye, i’m planning to go to North Norway with my 6yo and 3yo kids, Senja or Lofoten? Which place can i go for hiking with my kids?

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      Hello Emy. We only hiked one trail on Senja, which was Segla, and this was a very steep, challenging hike that I would not recommend for young kids. There are more trails on Senja, but I don’t know much about them. However, Senja is a beautiful island and a nice place to travel where you won’t see a lot of tourists. There are more hiking options in the Lofoten Islands that I know of. However, many of these can be challenging because they feature steep climbs up the mountains. Of all the hikes we did in the Lofoten Islands, Ryten was the easiest (but it will still be too much for a 3 year old). You could do this hike and go out to Kvalvika Beach rather than hiking up Ryten. Even if you didn’t do a lot of hiking, you could still take your kids to the Lofoten Islands, enjoy the views, and let them play on the beaches. Cheers, Julie

  8. Thank you guys for awesome work on this blog!
    It’s been a great inspiration for me when planning my next trip. In 2020 we intend to go around Baltic Sea in 6 weeks in our old camper van and it looks like big part of this time will be in Norway 🙂
    When traveling in Lofoten, have you seen people camping in the wild? I know it’s allowed in Norway, but trying to figure out whether it’s actually done. Thanks in advance!

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      Yes, we have seen people camping in the wild, although we haven’t done it ourselves, yet. From what we have seen, people pull over into turn-outs along the roads, park their campervan, and camp for the night. It looks wonderful. People also wild camp along hiking trails. Trolltunga and Kjeragbolten are popular, just from what people write in to us. They hike part of the trail, camp, and the next morning, can be one of the first people to stand on Kjeragbolten or Trolltunga. I hope you have a great time exploring Norway! Cheers, Julie

      1. What a great story to tell…love every bit of it. I had few questions regarding drive from oslo to lofoten?

        1. Is it a good decision to drive during summer from Oslo airport to Lofoten? As I just found hiring car is expensive from Evenes airport. Plus additional Round airfare to Osl- eve for 2 persons with big luggage 😛
        2. I do not mind to drive and few stop over. We are traveling as couple and definitely hubby has to bare all the cost lol. We have 12 days for norway trip.
        3. So is this viable to drive from oslo, few stopover , visit lofoten for 5 days and other places on the way? Are we actually saving money? As we also have lot of fuel cost to cover that long distance.

        I am really grateful for all of your help


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          Hello Aryan. It’s a long drive from Oslo to the Lofoten Island but it is definitely doable. If you drove directly from Oslo to Bodo it is 16 hours without stops, then you would take the car ferry to the Lofoten Islands. You will have a big fuel cost plus a large drop fee for picking up a rental car in one place and returning it in a different location.

          You will have to price out two different scenarios. (1) The rental car fee for the drive from Oslo to Bodo and (2) a trip where you connect southern Norway and northern Norway by plane. If you haven’t seen it, take a look at this itinerary where you can visit southern and northern Norway in 10 days. You will take an internal flight to connect these two areas. Off the top of my head, I do not know which one will be cheaper, because the rental car fee can vary a lot year to year, and season by season. You will have to run the numbers for both but I wouldn’t be surprised if the price is about the same (the drop fee can be hundreds of USD). Hope this helps! Cheers, Julie

  9. Just wanted to say wow — what a great write-up. I’m just back from a gorgeous trip to Lofoten in July 2019. We were three generations together, so we didn’t hike as much as I’d have liked. Those beaches are gorgeous enough at the water’s edge, but they are truly spectacular from above.

    We will definitely be back!

    PS — Kudos to you both for being parents who push their kids to experience the world in this incredible way!

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  10. I’m loving your blog on Norway! I got all excited about doing the Lofoten islands trip, then realised I will only have 4 full days, with a day either side to fly in/out of the northern airport. Sept 15th-18th… do you think I could make a shuffle of it? It will be just myself, fit enough and flexible to make full days of it all. I’d love your thoughts and advice.

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      Thank you for your wonderfully kind words regarding our blog 🙂 It is exciting to hear that you will be exploring the Lofoten Islands! In the following article https://www.earthtrekkers.com/10-days-in-norway-itinerary-fjords-and-lofoten-islands/ at the end of the Section labeled Days 7, 8, 9 of the 1st Itinerary we offer a suggestion on how to spend 3 days in Lofoten Islands. You could then spend the 4th day exploring into the Vesteralen Islands. But any further north you’ll start running into issues with ferry schedules/operations during your time of travel resulting in the need to drive greater distances. Also keep in mind that the daytime length during your time of travel is 12.5 to 13 hours. Hope you have a great time in the Lofoten Islands! Thanks Tim

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