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8 days - Drive the spectacular National Tourist Route of Norway

The road from Tromsø via Sommarøy and Senja to Å in Lofoten can easily be rated as one of the most picturesque summer drives in all of Norway. The stretch is connecting numerous larger and smaller islands of the outer North Norwegian coast, and does not pass over any of mainland Norway. You could call it island-hopping by car. The drive includes two ferry crossings and several bridges and underwater tunnels.

The drive is slow, not only due to the narrow roads and the low speed limit, but mainly because of the many photo stops you are likely to make. Every bend in the road portrays another majestic fjord, fishing village, a white sandy beach or a spectacular mountain peak.

Highlights include

  • Small fishing village of Sommarøy on the outer coast of Northern Norway with pristine beaches
  • Remotely located Island of Senja with dramatic scenery
  • Deep sea fishing excursion
  • Stay in a fisherman's cabins (Rorbu) on the Lofoten Archipelago

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Day 1
Arrive in Tromsø and drive to Sommarøy
Day 2
Take a morning ferry to the island of Senja with dramatic sea cliffs and clear green water.
Day 3
Deep sea fishing, exploring the local peaks or enjoying a long seafood lunch.
Day 4
Ferry to Andøya, and drive to Lofoten
Day 5
Day in Svolvær with options to join a sea eagle safari and visit the narrow waters of the Trollfjord.
Day 6
Continue further out in the Lofoten Archipelago to picture perfect Reine.
Day 7
Visit Å or Røst
Day 8
Depart Lofoten
Start Place
Tromsø, Norway
End Place
Leknes, Norway
Country Visited
8 Days
Start Date
Travel Style
Independent holiday with moderately active activities and no luggage handling included

Please note that all our itineraries, inclusions, dates and prices displayed on this website may change at any time. If you book an itinerary today and have this confirmed it will be the itinerary that is delivered to you. However, the online itinerary on our website may change in the meantime.

As a Certified B Corporation, 50 Degrees North has designed this tour using handpicked local hoteliers and suppliers who share our ethos of delivering services and activities of high social and environmental standards.

The CO2-e per person per day of all tours is carefully measured following each season. We fully offset all emissions of our tours on your behalf, and we constantly look at ways to reduce emissions where possible.



Car hire 8 days incl. unlimited mileage, GPS and CDW.

  • All accommodation in self-contained cabins or fisherman’s cottages
  • Car manual hire 8 days incl. unlimited mileage, GPS and CDW
  • 2 breakfasts at Hamn i Senja (No breakfast at other locations as all have Kitchenettes)
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes and service fees
Not Included
  • Flights
  • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
  • Toll roads and ferries
  • Items of personal nature
  • If you wish to hire an automatic car, these are 'on request' and can be difficult to obtain. Please seek further advice with us .

Please note: We have not included evening dinners (half-board) in our Norwegian countryside self-drive itineraries but in some spots, the hotel you are staying at may be the only option and/or highly recommended. Norwegian countryside hotels often have well known restaurants or intimate family run dining rooms that the hosts take great pride in. Considering the price of meals in Norway we have left this flexible in case you choose to self-cater. Please ask us for our recommendations as determined by your final itinerary. You do need to book ahead for these evening meals.


Day 1 - Arrive in Tromsø and drive to Sommarøy

Arrive in the Arctic Capital of Tromsø where you will pick up your rental car. Drive from Tromsø approx. 60km across Kvaløya to Sommarøy on the outer coast of Northern Norway.

At Sommarøy check into a self-catering apartment, or upgrade to a large and comfortable cabin perched over the water. The views will keep you gazing out towards the sea, and the extended light evenings will invite you to tranquil walks along the foreshore and pristine white coral beaches.

An evening walk up the mountain on Hillesøy towards the sea is well worth it, and if you travel in late summer you may be lucky to find both wild blueberries and cloudberries.

Note; you may choose to add a few nights in Tromsø itself to savour the sights and attractions of the city. Ask us for options.

Arctic Hotel Sommarøy

Day 2 - Take a morning ferry to the island of Senja with dramatic sea cliffs and clear green water.

Take a morning ferry to the island of Senja - one of those places in Norway that sees very few visitors. This is mostly due to its dramatic and remote location on the Norwegian coast. On arrival on Senja we highly recommend a detour to Husøy, where the houses are wired down on a little island to avoid being blown away.

Driving further northwest Senia will offer views towards the Devil’s teeth mountain range, and the Oxhorn Mountains. The names themselves indicate the ruggedness of the scenery awaiting you. The road you are travelling is part of a project called the National Tourist Routes of Norway. The Norwegian road authority (Statens Vegvesen) has commissioned 50 architects to design various landmarks, rest stops and view points along chosen road stretches all over Norway. On this particular stretch across Senja you will see Tungeneset and Bergsbotn.

Your accommodation on Senja is in self-contained apartments overlooking the water and sheltered from the open seas of the Norwegian Sea.

1 Breakfast
Hamn i Senja

Day 3 - Deep sea fishing, exploring the local peaks or enjoying a long seafood lunch.

We have scheduled an extra day in Hamn, so you can enjoy this remote location out towards the sea. Join a deep sea fishing excursion trying your luck for Atlantic cod, climb one of the surrounding peaks or just enjoy the day relaxing in Hamn.

1 Breakfast
Hamn i Senja

Day 4 - Ferry to Andøya, and drive to Lofoten

Start early with the drive from Hamn via the village of Torsken (the Cod) to Gryllefjord where you will cross the fjord by ferry to Andenes on Andøya. You may be lucky and see whales and seals on the ferry trip.

On arrival at Andenes you will make your way south for the approx. 200km drive to Svolvær in the central part of the Lofoten Archipelago. Once again, the drive is stunning as mountain peaks rise from the ocean and more than thousand meters straight skyward.

On arrival in Svolvær you check into your own Rorbu (fisherman’s cottage) on stilts over the clear blue water. The cottages are once again self-contained with a bed & bathroom, lounge and kitchenette.

Svinøya Rorbuer or similar

Day 5 - Day in Svolvær with options to join a sea eagle safari and visit the narrow waters of the Trollfjord.

Spend the day in Svolvær and enjoy a sea eagle safari by boat and visit the narrow waters of the Trollfjord. You may also join a kayaking excursion or follow one of the many hiking trails in the area.

Svinøya Rorbuer or similar

Day 6 - Continue further out in the Lofoten Archipelago to picture perfect Reine.

Continue further out in the Lofoten Archipelago to picture perfect Reine. On the way we strongly recommend a stop in the small fishing village of Nusfjord – perhaps for lunch. We can also highly recommend a stop in Flakstad. The Viking Museum is also well worth a visit for a great insight into the Viking culture.

Stay overnight in Reine, in your own self-contained Rorbu.

Reine Rorbuer

Day 7 - Visit Å or Røst

Make a morning visit to Å at the outer edge of the Lofoten Archipelago, or spend the day going even further out to the remote islands of Røst. If you are a birdwatcher you should definitely consider the trip out to Røst, where you have good chances of spotting sea eagles, puffins and numerous other sea birds.

We highly recommend a day trip to Værøy, which is Lofoten in a nutshell, with dramatic mountains, white sandy beaches, lush mountainsides and picturesque fishing stations.

Reine Rorbuer

Day 8 - Depart Lofoten

Make the drive to Leknes Airport, or back to Svolvær where you can drop off your car either at the airport or in Svolvær town.

Dates & Prices

All prices listed are per person, based on two people sharing a room. Prices are indicative due to the current uncertainty across Europe with increasing energy and volatile fuel costs.

Valid From
Valid To
From Price
1 Jun 2024
30 Sep 2024
1 Jun 2024
30 Sep 2024
USD 2,552
Limited availability
1 Jun 2025
30 Sep 2025
1 Jun 2025
30 Sep 2025
USD 2,756
On request

Important Information

Driving in Norway during the peak season (July - early August):

Europeans love driving in Norway and during the summer months, the more popular tourist roads becomes crowded with European vans. This can slow the roads down, as it can be difficult to pass these vans. Norwegian country roads are often quite narrow. Having said this, these roads are incredibly scenic and have lots of picnic & photo spots.

If you are going to be using ferries during your drive, depending on the size of the ferry, this might involve a wait to get on. The ferries are reliable and regular but you may need to arrive early to secure a spot in the line. On some of the ferries, we suggest considering catching a ferry outside of the peak times. Your accommodation hosts can help with suggestions for your following days travel with the most up to date local information.


Tromsø, also known as the Arctic Capital or the ‘Paris of the North’, is the gateway to the Arctic and Northern Norway. It has been awarded as a ‘Sustainable Destination’, which is the Nordic region’s only national labelling scheme for travel destinations. It is a “tool for sustainable development of businesses and destinations when it comes to the environment, the local community, the cultural heritage, and the economy” Nordic regions awarded this title are not perfect, but they are working collaboratively to achieve a long-term goal. These regions are evaluated every three years to ensure they continue to adhere to these standards.

When staying in Tromsø you will stay in a hotel renowned for its’ environmental efforts. The hotel is ISO 14001 certified (which is given to enterprises that have a high-quality environmental managing system for organizational performance), has launched plastic free initiatives in partnership with WWF, where possible is powered by renewable energy and are taking great strides to reduce water consumption and reduce the use of chemicals. Even though access to water is not an issue in Norway compared to other parts of the world, this hotel is conscious of the energy consumed for heating, and chemicals required for purification, so reduction makes up part of their overall environmental policy. In addition to this they provide sustainable, organic, fair-trade food, and only use sustainably produced palm oil. Your hosts also encourage guests to eat less meat and substitute this for plant-based alternatives.

Senja, your main location for this trip, is also going through the process of becoming an accredited ‘Sustainable Destination’. Visit Norway in recent years named your accommodation in Senja as one of the most attractive accommodations in Norway, and it’s not hard to see why. The beautiful location of the site, nestled in the wilderness high above the Arctic circle, offers a unique diversity and a deep experience in nature throughout the year. Your activities for your stay have been selected as low carbon options which allow our visitors to appreciate their time in nature, such as our Northern Lights snowshoeing walk through light-pollution free wilderness, or our guided wildlife boat safari to learn more about the wildlife of the region and support its conservation efforts.

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