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Arctic island hopping

Replace island hopping in Greece with island hopping in Norther Norway this summer!

Hop from island to island using the express boat as transportation, and experience the Lyngenfjord region from the sea. Visit cozy villagesoff the tourist trail, go on great hikes and live the simple life. From the middle of may to the end of july the midightsun is here, and it never sets. Great naturebased experiences awaits you!

We recommend bringing a bike to reach all the sights and the accommodation on the islands. You can rent a bike in Tromsø, or you can bring your own.

Tromsø - Skjervøy

Express boat schedule and Troms Billett

(Valid from 01.03.2021)

The timetable can be changed on short notice

Timetable express boat and Troms Billett

Your arctic island hopping route

📍 Tromsø

Departure towards Skjervøy: Monday and wednesdag 7:20 PM, tuesday and thursday 4 PM, friday 7:05 PM, sunday 2:30 PM.

Arrival from Skjervøy: Tuesday and thursday 09:55 AM and 8:05 PM, fridag 11:15 PM, sunday 7:50 PM. 

Paris of the north, the arctic capital. Tromsø is a natural starting point for your island hopping holiday, and you can easily reach Tromsø by direct flights from many norwegian cities, the coastal steamer (Hurtigruten, express boat, bus or by car.

🏃‍♀️ In Tromsø you must walk up the sherpa stairs to Fjellheisen where you are rewarded with a spectacular view of Tromsø and the surrounding areas. In the cafe/restaurant Fjellstua at the top they serve lunch,dinner and drinks. Walk down, or take the cable car. Tickets and more information about Fjellheisen

For more information about Tromsø, Reinøya and Vannøya and suggestions on what to do, places to eat and sights check Visit Tromsø`s website here

🚴‍♀️ You can rent a bike at Tromsø outdoor.

📍 Nord-Lenangen

Arrival from Tromsø: Tuesday and thursday 5:55 PM, friday 8:25 PM.

Arrival from Skjervøy: Tuesday and thursday 08:45 AM, (friday, only by signal for disembarking passengers), sunday 6 PM.

Nord-Lenangen is situated all the way north on the Lyngen peninsula and is surrounded by the Lyngen Alps.

🛏️ Accommodation in Nord-Lenangen.

🏃‍♀️ Visit Blåisvatnet (The Blue Lake) which is our most popular hike in the Lyngenfjord region. From the express boat dock to the Blåisvatnet parking lot it is approximately a 1 hour bikeride. The hiking trip to Blåisvatnet is easy and suit most people. Hiking description to Blåisvatnet.

Lyngstuva is situated at the far end of the Lyngen peninsula, and is a perfect spot to watch the midnight sun. Tour description to Lyngstuva.

🍽️ There is a Joker grocery store on the express boat dock, Sandnes restaurant - local- and international dishes, Johansen gatekjøkken - fast food.

Photo: Tine Marie Hagelin, 2x Frida Xiang/Magy Media and Lyngen Experience

📍 Arnøya

Departure towards Skjervøy: Monday and wednesday arrival on signal-contact the express boat before departure from Tromsø, tuesday and thursday 8:25 PM.

Departure towards Tromsø: Tuesday and thursday 08:10 AM, sunday 5:30PM.

Arnøya is Norways 15th largest island, and is located in Skjervøy municipality. Arnøyhamn is where the express boat docks, and is situated south on Arnøya.

🛏️ Accommodation on Arnøya

🏃‍♀️ 1 hour by bike from Arnøyhamn you will find Lauksletta and Tareneset. At the end of the road in Tareneset the Arnøya cultural trail starts.The trail tells the story about the culture and nature on Arnøya. 

From Arnøya you get a fantastic view of the Lyngen Alps, the ocean and the surrounding islands. You can go on great hikes, we especially recommend the hike to Haugnesvarden (Norwegian site).

🍽️ Bygdebutikken on the express boat dock, Lauksletta overnatting - Local food (only for overnight guests).

⛴️ From Lauksletta dock you can take the ferry to Nikkeby. Ferry schedule.

📍 Nikkeby

Departure towards Skjervøy: Tuesday and friday .arrival on signal-contact the express boat before departure from Tromsø

Departure towards Tromsø: Tuesday and sunday arrival on signal-contact the express boat before departure from Skjervøy

Nikkeby is a small village on Laukøya. There are currently no accommodation or shops here, so you must bring a tent and shop on Arnøya before you cross the strait. 

🏃‍♀️ On Laukøya we reccommend a hiking trip to Hellnesodden. The  hike takes you far north on Laukøya and all the way to the ocean. 

🍽️ There are no restaurants or grocery stores on the island. Shop in Arnøyhamn on Bygdebutikken på Arnøya.

⛴️ From Nikkeby to Storstein which is situated on the island Kågen you can take the ferry, and from the ferry dock it is a 30-40 minute bikeride to Skjervøy.

📍 Skjervøy

Arrival: Monday and wednesday 9:10 PM, tuesday 6:15 PM, thursday 6:15 PM, friday 8:55 PM, sunday 4:40 PM

Departure towards Tromsø: Tuesday 7:35 AM and 6:20 PM, thursday 07:45 AM and 6:20 PM, friday 9:05 PM, sunday 5 PM.  

Skjervøy is an old fishing village with a cozy shopping street with shops and cafes. 

🛏️ Accommodation in Skjervøy

⛺ At the Stussnes mountain you are rewarded with a beautiful view of the fishing village Skjervøy. This is an easy hike, and you can spend the night in the new hammock park (Bring your own hammock). Hiking desription to the Stussnes mountain.

🏃‍♀️ Visit Seppalatunet and learn about Skjervøy and the interesting story about the dog handler Leonhard Seppala.You can buy local crafts of high quality, mabye you will find a nice gift for a friend, or for yourself. Read more about Seppalatunet.

Learn more about the aquaculture industry and experience how norwegian salmon is produced at Aurora Salmon Centre.

🍽️ På Hjørnet kafe - Lunch, dinner and homemade cakes, Kasjotten restaurant - Hamburgers, pizza, steak etc, Kaien 70 grader nord - pizza, hamburgers etc.

* The express boat schedule can change in short notice

Photo: Frida Xiang/Magy Media, Aurora Salmon Centre, Seppalatunet, Vegard Stien/Magy Media

Troms Billett

The easiest and most affordable way to buy a bus ticket is with the app Troms Billett. The mobile travelplanner gives you information in real time, and you can easily se when the bus, ferry og speedboat will arrive at your stop.

You can download Troms Billett here

Tromskortet website.

Troms fylkestrafikk offers a summerticket valid for as many trips with bus, speedboat and ferry as you`d like during 7 days. 

The summerticket costs NOK 990 per adult, and NOK 495 for children (6-17  år) and seniors (67+).

* Own prices for bicycle


Hurtigruten calls Skjervøy every day, and you can travel further north towards Kirkenes, or south towards Tromsø and Bergen.

If you would like to return to Tromsø with Hurtigruten, the journey takes around 4,5 hours. On board you can have a nice dinner and relax in the panorama saloon with a great view. 

Read more about Hurtigruten here.

Find Hurtigrutens schedule here

Regional bus 155

Travel back to Tromsø, or towards Alta the most environmentally friendly way with the regional bus nr. 155 from Skjervøy. 

The bus is comfortable, affordable and easy, just lean back and relax. 

You can find the timetable and real time information here.

The easiest way to buy a ticket is to use the app Troms Billett. You can download the app here.

Express boat Skjervøy - Kvænangen

Would you like to visit more islands? You can go further north with expressboat to Vorterøy, Seglvik, Reinfjord, Valanhamn, Spildra and Burfjord. 

Several of these islands don`t have grocery stores or accommodation. 

Find the timetable here.