Begin your tour in the city known as the 'Gateway to the Arctic', Tromso. The starting point for many polar expeditions, the city is the world's northernmost university town and has a vivid cultural and pub life. This short 5-day / 4-night self-drive itinerary visits the capital of the arctic, Tromso, before heading south through stunning mountain ranges and across fjords to the beautiful Lofoton islands. The islands offer some of the breathtaking scenery found anywhere in Norway before returning back to Tromso for your flight back to London.
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Fly from London Heathrow to Tromso via Oslo with SAS Scandinavian Airlines. On arrival in Tromso, pick up your hire car and drive into the city centre. Later today, explore Tromso on foot or via public transport. Recommended sites include the Arctic Cathedral, various museums and a short trip on the cable car up Storsteinen Mountain. Stay overnight at the Thon Hotel Tromso (or similar). (N)
Today after breakfast, leave Tromso and drive south to Harstad, the capital of the Vesterlalen islands and a good base for exploring the archipelago. Stay overnight at the Thon Hotel Harstad (or similar). (B)
This morning, leave Harstad and continue south towards the Lofoton islands. Drive to Sortland and continue by ferry from Melbu to Fiskebol and the beginning of the Lofotons. With towering, pointed mountain peaks rising to heights of almost 1,000 metres, the Lofotons are known for their breathtaking scenery. Stay overnight at the Thon Hotel Lofoten (or similar). (B)
The drive today heads east, crossing both the Vestfjorden and Lysfjordens with the latter home to a big colony of killer whales. On arrival in Narvik, we recommend a visit to the Ofoten museum and taking the cable car to the top of the 1,200-metre Fagernes Mountain. Stay overnight at the Quality Hotel Grand Royal (or similar). (B)
This morning, return to Tromso and return your rental car to the relevant drop off point at the airport before your flight with SAS Scandinavian Airlines back to London. (B)
As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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NLT2018: 4 Nights
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