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Getting to Central Troms

Not all roads, trains, planes, buses and boats lead to Central Troms. Just the most beautiful of them.

By air

Bardufoss Airport (BDU) offers several daily connections to Oslo. However, the southern part, easily reached from Harstad/Narvik Airport (EVE) and sometimes Tromsø Airport (TOS), may be the most practical. They are served by SAS and Norwegian.  

By bus and train

Passengers travelling by land can take the Norwegian Railway to Fauske, then take the bus to Narvik, from where you can catch buses to most of Central Troms. You can catch a train to Narvik from Stockholm too. Central Troms boasts a network of bus routes, with highly variable frequency

Some useful routes

  • Bus Narvik–Setermoen: 1 hour 35 minutes, 1–2 daily connections
  • Bus Narvik–Finnsnes: 3 hours 15 minutes, 2 daily connections
  • Train Stockholm–Narvik: 19 hours, 2 night trains
  • Train/bus Oslo–Narvik: 22 hours, change from train to bus in Fauske

By sea

Fast, comfortable high-speed ferries link Tromsø and Harstad, calling at Finnsnes and smaller ports along the way. Local boats depart from Tromsø and Harstad to communities in Central Troms. Both are operated by Torghatten Nord. Hurtigruten calls at Finnsnes on its north and south trips. 

  • Ferry Tromsø–Finnsnes: 1 hour 15 minutes, 2–4 daily
  • Ferry Tromsø–Lysnes (Northern Senja): 1 hour, 9/week
  • Hurtigruten: Tromsø–Finnsnes 2 hours 45 minutes, 1 daily

By car

Central Troms is located midway between the most famous destinations in Northern Norway, and is easy to reach by car

A well-developed road network takes you to even the smallest settlements in Central Troms. Senja National Tourist Route is a magnificent road between the ocean and the mountains. 

  • Botnhamn–Gryllefjord (Senja National Tourist Route): 86 kilometres (53 miles)/1 hour 30 minutes
  • Narvik–Bardufoss: 118 kilometres (73 miles)/1 hour 45 minutes
  • Bardufoss–Tromsø: 132 kilometres (82 miles)/2 hours
  • Bardufoss–Gryllefjord: 111 kilometres (69 miles)/2 hours 
  • Bardufoss–Svolvær (Lofoten Islands): 289 kilometres (180 miles)/4 hours
  • Bardufoss–North Cape: 597 kilometres (371 miles)/8 hours
  • Bardufoss–Oslo: 1,513 kilometres (940 miles)/22 hours

Summer ferries

Of particular interest for summer visitors are the summer ferries to and from the island of Senja. These link Senja with other destinations to the north and south. 

  • Brensholmen (Tromsø) – Botnhamn (Senja)
  • Andenes (Andøy, Nordland) – Gryllefjord (Senja)
  • Stornes (Harstad) – Skrolsvik (Senja) 
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Last updated:  2013-07-25
Sandy beach in Ersfjorden at the Senja National Tourist Route in Northern Norway - Photo: Roger Ellingsen/Statens vegvesen
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Driving to Sifjord, Norway - Photo: Reiner Schaufler/nordnorge.com

Getting to Central Troms

Not all roads, trains, planes, buses and boats lead to Central Troms. Just the most beautiful of them.

Getting to Central Troms

Source: Visitnorway

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