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Ferry in Svensby, Norway - Photo: Viggo Jørn Dale
Ferry in Svensby, Norway Photo: Viggo Jørn Dale

Tour suggestions in Tromsø

The stunning scenery around Tromsø is easy to discover by car. There is something new around every corner. Pick up a map at the tourist information.


Tromsø - Sommarøy - Tromsø

This is a short excursion from Tromsø around the southern part of the island of Kvaløya. Drive southwards from Tromsø along the inner coast of Kvaløya. At Skavberget you can see 4,000-year-old rock carvings before heading to the popular excursion spot of Hella with old wooden houses from Tromsø along one of the coast's strongest tidal streams. Conditions are good for fishing from land here, so take your fishing rod. Bring your binoculars and try to spot musk oxen on the island of Rya. Next look for Straumen farm, a well preserved 19th century coastal farm. In the old school building at Bakkejord you will find Profil Glassdesign, which has a cafe and glass art. Sommarøy is a modern fishing village with white sandy beaches and fantastic views. Further along Otervika is a white sandy beach noted for beach volleyball. Return via Kattfjorden, which features wonderful fjord landscape and high mountains.

Side trip: Tulleng (8 miles return), old trading post.

Side trip: Ersfjordbotn (3 miles return), fantastic views of fjords and steep mountains. This is a popular spot for taking photos of the northern lights.

Distance: 75 miles
Estimated driving time: 2 - 4 hours


Tromsø - Svensby - Lyngseidet - Nordkjosbotn - Tromsø

The Lyngen Peninsula, with summits reaching up to 6,000 feet above sea level, blue glaciers, gushing rivers and canyons, features some of Norway's most dramatic landscapes.

The ferry from Breivikeidet to Svensby offers great views of the Lyngen Alps and brings you to the Lyngen peninsula. The summits and glaciers here are for the seasoned mountaineers only, but other outdoors enthusiasts can bask in the easier terrain around Svensby and Furuflaten. A sightseeing trip by car around Lyngen is also a joy for all.

At Svensby you will find the Gamslett fisherman/farmer's farm. Continue to beautiful Lyngseidet, which is home to the historic Lyngen Church from 1740 as well as old wooden buildings and the ugly yet fascinating plastic Santa Claus, Gollis. Solhov Folk High Shcool south of Lyngseidet is Northern Norway's largest wooden buidling. Carry on through the Polleidet tunnel to Furuflaten, an excellent starting point for hikes up the valleys to the glaciers in the Lyngen Alps. Return to Tromsø along the Balsfjord, where the road is high above the fjord.

Side trip: Jægervatn (12 miles return from Svensby), wonderful and easy walk along the shores of Lake Jægervatn with alpine views.


Side trip: Nord-Lenangen (55 miles return from Svensby), a drive with countless opportunities for hikes and activities.


Side trip: Seljelvnes - Lakslesbukt - Laksvatn (20 miles), beautiful panorama towards the highs peaks of the Lyngen Alps.

Distance: 125 miles
Estimated driving time: 4 - 6 hours

Last updated:  2015-08-27
Sunset at Kvaløya, Norway - Photo: Tom Roland
Sunset at Kvaløya, Norway
Sommarøy, Norway - Photo: Terje Rafaelsen
Sommarøy, Norway
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Ferry in Svensby, Norway  - Photo: Viggo Jørn Dale

Tour suggestions in Tromsø

The stunning scenery around Tromsø is easy to discover by car. There is something new around every corner. Pick up a map at the tourist information.

Tour suggestions in Tromsø

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The capital of the Arctic is a lively and beautiful city packed with culture and history, and surrounded by mountains, fjords and islands.

Tour suggestions in Troms

Visit fishing villages in the morning and go hiking in the mountains in the afternoon.

Attractions in Tromsø

Tromsø’s numerous sights offer history, daring architecture, wildlife, science, culture and impressive vistas.

Winter in Tromsø

In winter, expect moderate temperatures, loads of snow, skies lit up by the northern lights and a busy cultural scene in Tromsø.

About Tromsø

Key facts about Tromsø

Located 220 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Tromsø is the capital of the Arctic, surrounded by beautiful fjords and mountains.

Tourist information in Tromsø

Tromsø Tourist Information Office is located in the city center, within walking distance of buses, ferries, Hurtigruten and most city hotels.

Tourist Information in Troms

Troms Reiseliv runs a year-round tourist information office for Troms County.

Key facts about Troms

Archipelagos, fjords and mountains create the frame for the county of Troms with added colour from the midnight sun and northern lights.

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