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Northern Norway Island Explorer

from £1865 excluding flights

  • 13 nights
  • May-Sep
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Explore the stunning mountain and fjord scenery

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Hike through breathtaking landscapes

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Explore Trollfjorden on an optional kayak or boat trip

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Discover turquoise sea and white sand beaches perhaps unexpectedly

Why this trip...

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Tailor made

This itinerary can be tailor made to suit you and is intended to give you a guideline of what is possible in a given timeframe

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Explore at leisure

With the route, transport and accommodation sorted, each day offers the freedom to explore

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Well-researched route

We've put our years of experience into creating this well-paced itinerary that includes the places we know you'll enjoy


Northern Norway has an array of mesmerizing islands that span its coastline with dramatic glacier-carved peaks, picturesque fishing villages and some unbelievable sandy beaches. Embark on a self-drive adventure that seamlessly blends the enchanting islands of Senja, Vesteralen, and Lofoten, promising an unforgettable journey.

Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of this laid-back holiday, where you have the freedom to tailor your experience to your preferences. Choose to add to your holiday with scenic boat rides, a visit to a whale museum, embark on thrilling whale or sea eagle watching safaris, indulge in serene kayaking adventures, or set out on invigorating hikes.

The island of Senja is 300km north of the Arctic Circle and pinned between the city of Tromso and the famous Lofoten Islands. Although the scenery is comparable to the fjords in the south and the majestic mountains of the Lofoten, Senja is surprisingly little explored.

Lofoten, where locals sustain their livelihoods through farming, fishing, and modest tourism, yet the essence of the place remains unspoiled and authentic. Witness the charm of traditional red-painted fishermen’s huts, called ‘rorbuer’, capturing snapshots of quaint fishing boats gently swaying in the harbours. Delve into the local culture as you explore handicraft shops and galleries, uncovering treasures crafted by skilled artisans. Venture off the beaten path to discover hidden inlets, secluded coves, and awe-inspiring landscapes that defy the conventional perception of Norway.

With an excellent road network, driving here is a pleasure and with well-marked hiking paths, the stunning nature is easy to explore.


On arrival in Tromso make your way by the regular airport coach to the city centre hotel (payable locally). Enjoy some time in the city with excellent restaurants and bars to choose from before staying overnight at a city center hotel.

This morning collect your rental vehicle and take a leisurely scenic drive to the Island of Senja. Over the next two days you will have time at leisure, take part in some of the great activities offered by the hotel or choose one of the many hiking opportunities. There are easy hikes along well-marked pathways or opt for a more challenging high peak trek with a qualified mountain guide.

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Drive along the south coast to Senja Fjord Hotel, stopping at Ånderdalen National Park, located in the southern end of Senja Island, and stretches up from the wide ocean to the adjoining steep hillsides, through rolling valleys towards Solbergfjorden. In the Park you will find woodlands, mountaineous and fjord landscape. Spend two nights in a nearby hotel in the south of Senja.

There are many hikes around Ånderdalen National Park. We recommend a 12km hike to the Åndervatnet Lake. This medium level hike takes you in to the heart of Senja’s only national park with untouched birch and pine forests. This hike is suitable for all the family as the elevation is just of 200 metres and the 12 km round trip takes around 4-5 hours.

Spend a couple of days exploring the islands of Vesteralen. Head north to the island of Andoya and the small town of Andenes. Perhaps visit the whale museum and join a whale watching tour with a chance to see sperm, minke, pilot and humpback whales, as well as harbour porpoises. Alternatively enjoy a puffin safari from the town of Bleik nearby. Return to Sortland via the dramatic west coast of Andoya. We also recommend Visit the historic village of Nyksund or don hiking boots for a coastal walk.

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Take a spectacular drive today through the heart of the Lofoten archipelago, winding down the E10 towards Reine where you will stay for two nights. The many tiny fishing villages that surround this beautiful area epitomise the spirit of the islands. Those with the energy can enjoy a hike to a stunning mountain point above the bay.
(approx. 4 hours / distance 235 km)

Time at leisure to explore the area and maybe visit A, at the absolute end of the E10 and a village of great character. Time permitting, take a boat trip from Moskenes to Vaeroy whose soaring bird cliffs face the ocean and support a wide range of species. Maybe visit the beautiful village of Nusfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage village in a breathtaking location en route to the viking farmstead at Borg. Unstad and Eggum are two isolated settlements on the north coast of Lofoten where steep cliffs flank white sandy beaches.

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Leave Reine and head North to the town of Svolvaer along the E10. Stay two nights at the delightful Svinoya, a charming fishing town.
(approx. 2 hours / distance 120 km)

A day at leisure to enjoy the fantastic scenery of jagged peaks (some of the oldest rocks in the world), fjords, rugged cliffs, idyllic white sand beaches and thousands of tiny islands. Don’t miss the chance to venture out onto Trollfjorden, by comfortable motor cruise, thrilling zodiac inflatable or peaceful kayak. Just 3km long and barely 100m wide at its entrance, the fjord is framed with smooth, vertical granite slabs rising to 1000m. Here sea eagles are often spotted. If you would rather stay on dry land, there is time to explore the town itself and soak up the harbour atmosphere.

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Time to leave the Lofoten Islands and head to Narvik on mainland Norway. Take the scenic drive north along the E10, perhaps stop along the way at a fishing village before continuing on to the city nestled between the fjords and mountains. (approx. 3.5 hours / distance 220 km).

This evening why not catch the cable car to the top of Mount Farvikfjellet and watch the midnight sun.


Drive back to Tromso for an overnight stay. Visit the wealth of excellent restaurants, cafes and bars, plenty of shopping opportunities and city attractions.

Drive to Tromso Airport and drop off vehicle before your flight back home.

Accommodation Options

We have selected properties for this holiday as featured below. However, with a wide choice of accommodation in the Tromso and the Lofoten Islands, we can mix and match different grades and styles to suit your personal preference.

  • eliassen rorbuer cabin
  • svinoya rorbuer vestfjord suite
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Prices and Departures

Price from £1865 excluding flights

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price and start from around £280 per person (with higher fares during peak times). When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.
Note: Airfares tend to be cheaper the earlier you book.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All breakfasts
  • Car rental throughout with unlimited mileage
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

This itinerary starts from around £1,865 per person, based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom in standard hotels, and rental of an intermediate vehicle.

Prices may vary depending on departure date and booking date, as well as any changes to the included components. The final cost of a tailored holiday will be based on the level of accommodation, size of vehicle, included activities, travel season, and how far in advance it is booked. We will confirm the exact price for your holiday in your individual quotation, based on your chosen travel dates and inclusions.

Choice of Vehicles

We would always recommend a 4WD for winter travel, but many clients also prefer the greater security and comfort that a larger vehicle provides year round – upgrade your vehicle from as little as £10 per person per day.

  • We can offer a wide range of rental vehicles for this holiday – our team will be happy to talk you through the options and provide a quote for the most suitable category based on your individual requirements.
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