Northern Norway in the winter is one of my greatest travel experiences, and the thing to do there, if you are lucky is to see the Northern Lights(Aurora Borealis). Tromso is a quaint and interesting town/city north of the Arctic circle where you are likely to see the lights, if you are away from city’s artificial light; there is a clear sky and it is dark.
Another not-to-be-missed Norwegian experience is the coastal ferry – The Hurtigruten – which travels from Bergen in the south to Kirkines in the north, over the course of 12 days, through the famous Norwegian Fjords. Now, although I love the isolation, tranquility and sheer beauty of the surrounding scenery, 12 days would be a bit much. Luckily you can do port-to-port trips, where you just catch a ride for a small stretch of the journey. 24 or 48 hours is plenty, but you can also combine this travel experience with the search for the Northern Lights. The ferry is in the middle of the sea in complete darkness, and ideal for light spotting.
So this is an 8 hour itinerary for you to see a bit of Tromso’s out lying areas; look for the lights and take a ride on the Hurtigruten:
Take Nor-way Bussekspress from the Tromso Prostneset bus terminal(Busstasjon), at 16:00, at Breivikeidet you change to a ferry and across the Ullsfjorden Fjord to Svensby, then back on the bus to Lyngseidet, where again you will board a ferry, this time to cross the Lyngsfjord and the Kåfjord to Olderdalen. Back on the bus to the island of Uløya, through an underwater tunnel and then on to Skjervøy, arriving at 19:40, and there the Hurtigruten awaits to take you at 19:45 on your return journey to Tromso, where you will arrive at 23:45.
The scenery on the way is stunning, although seen in the dark, that only makes it more enchanting.
Don’t worry about all the ferry/bus changes, this is a well established route and you will not be alone. The bus and ferry combination is just to get you over the water, the journey is a continuous one, and one ticket covers the journey.
Where: Tromso Norway
When:Winter – September-March
Cost: Ticket for bus and ferry combination 550NOK
Web Site:See the above Nor-way Bussekspress site, and buy ticket at tourist info, bus stop