Nordlys over Lyngenfjorden
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Do you dream of experiencing the Northern Lights, a whale watching safari, ski touring or dog sledding? The Lyngenfjord region in Northern Norway is situated just 90 minutes from the Capital of the Arctic, Tromsø, and you can easily travel here using public transport.

Use regional bus 150 Tromsø - Alta, 160 Tromsø - Storslett, or a combination of both routes as a means of transport to discover the Lyngenfjord region. It's easy, reliable, affordable and comfortable and it’s a good way to meet the local population. In the wintertime, taking the bus is a good alternative to renting a car. You don’t need to think about slippery roads and can simply sit back and enjoy the view.

Take a side trip to the pleasant fishing village Skjervøy for a close-up encounter with orcas and humpback whales.

We show you what you can experience on these routes and where you should stay.
 

Buss 150 Tromsø - Alta 

Suggested itinerary for your adventure through the Lyngenfjord region:

The bus departs Prostneset in Tromsø at 14:10 or 16:00 and drives to Breivikeidet, where you board the ferry for a short trip across the Ullsfjord to Svensby, which is the first stop. 

🛏️ Click here for accommodation options in Svensby.

⛷️ Svensby Tursenter is situated only a few hundred metres from the ferry quay in Svensby. From here, you can og on nice hiking and snowshoeing trips in the area or og on exciting excursions like dog sledding and a snowmobile safari in the Lyngen Alps.

The next day at 15:25 or 17:10, you can catch the bus to Lyngseidet. The bus trip takes approx. 20 minutes.

🛏️ Click here for accommodation options in Lyngseidet.  

⛷️ In Lyngseidet, we recommend a visit to Aurora Spirit Distillery, which is the world's northernmost whisky distillery and is situated 10.4 km from Lyngseidet. Rent outdoor equipment at ElektroSport and go on nice hikes or ski touring in the area. 

Solhov offers guided fatbike trips in and round the Lyngen Alps, as well as guided kayaking trips in the Lyngenfjord year-round.

Koppangen Brygger offers guided excursions such as dog sledding, ski touring and snowmobile safaris.

Take the ferry from Lyngseidet to Olderdalen ⛴️. The ferry departs about every two hours and is free for travellers without a car. Click here to see the ferry timetable.

🛏️ Click here for accommodation options in Olderdalen.  

⛷️ In Olderdalen, you can go on nice hikes and ski touring trips. There are prepared cross-country ski trails here in the wintertime. There is a grocery store here as well as a kiosk (Dittis) at the ferry landing serving fast food and baguettes (closed until March 2022).

From Olderdalen to Nordmannvik, it's only 10 km and the bus ride takes approx. 15 minutes. Click here to see the departure times.

🛏️ Click here for accommodation options in Nordmannvik.

⛷️ In Nordmannvik, there are no shops or restaurants, so we recommend shopping in Olderdalen before departure. The owner of Lyngen Fjordbuer in Nordmannvik is a nature guide and knows the surrounding area well. He can give you tips about the best hiking and skiing trips in the area. In the wintertime, you can go on nice ski treks into the Nordmannvikdalen valley. 

From Nordmannvik to Djupvik/Spåkenes, the bus ride is less than 10 minutes.

🛏️ Click here for accommodation options in Spåkenes.

At Lyngen North in Spåkenes, you can sleep in a glass igloo or cabin and dine at their a la carte restaurant, Restaurant Solvind, which serves traditional local dishes with a twist - a mix of the world's food cultures. Click here to view the menu.

At Spåkenes, you can visit an old Second World War coastal fort and experience the rich bird life. Around 60 different bird species have been observed here. 

⛷️ If you want the best view of the Lyngen Alps, we recommend going on a snowshoe trek to Dalberget or ski touring to Storhaugen. Click here to view the route description.

From Djupvik/Spåkenes, it’s a 10-minute drive to the ferry quay at Rotsund where you can catch the ferry across to Havnnes and Uløybukt. The ferry is free for travellers without a car. Click here to see the ferry timetable.

🛏️ Click here for accommodation options on Uløya.

At Havnnes you can visit Havnnes Handelssted, which is a well-preserved, listed 19th century trading post. The trading post is still operating, so Havnnes is not a museum. Click here to read more about Havnnes. If you want to learn more about the history of Havnnes and the stockfish production that takes place here, you can book a guided tour (advance bookings required).

⛷️ There are many easily accessible and spectacular ski summits on Uløya. Uløya is a well-known ski touring destination. The best-known route is the Uløya Traverse along the 20 km mountain ridge from Uløybukt to Havnnes. This ski touring adventure includes three peaks - Blåtinden (1,142 m.a.s.l.), Uløytinden (1,114 m.a.s.l.) and Kjelvågtinden (1,104 m.a.s.l.).

If you wish to go on other excursions on Uløya, Arctic Panorama Lodge in Uløybukt offers activities such as electric snowmobile safaris, whale watching safaris and snowshoe hikes.

The next stop is Sørkjosen, only 30 minutes by bus from Djupvik.

🛏️ Click here for accommodation options in Sørkjosen.

In Sørkjosen, we recommend visiting Kronebutikken and Bærkokeriet in nearby Storslett, where you can buy local food from the Lyngenfjord region.

🐕 The Reisa Valley is an Eldorado for winter activities and experiencing the Northern Lights. You can go dog sledding in the majestic landscape. Click here to book your dog sledding trip.  

At Storslett, which is a short drive from Sørkjosen, there are several shops, cafes and other services. We especially recommend a visit to Bios Cafe, which serves quality food made from local produce, and Kaffekiin, which is a coffee bar and coffee roaster serving first-class and exciting coffee drinks.

This itinerary can be combined with a stop in Skjervøy. If you wish to do this, swap buses at Langslett before the Sørkjos tunnel. 

🐋 Skjervøy is especially well known for whale watching safaris in the winter season from November-February. If you are lucky, you will see orcas, humpback whales and minke whales. 

Bus 160 Tromsø - Storslett

Suggested itinerary for your adventure through the Lyngenfjord region:

The bus departs Prostneset in Tromsø at 15:00 and drives to Nordkjosbotn before arriving at Hatteng, which is the first stop. 

🛏️  Click here for accommodation options in Hatteng.

⛷️  North Experience Basecamp offers excursions such as snowmobile safaris, Northern Lights excursions and dog sledding trips.

🛏️ Click here for accommodation options in Skibotn.

⛷️  You will find a grocery shop and places to eat in Skibotn. The village is an ideal place for outdoor adventures, and you can og on dog sledding trips or snowmobile safaris from here with Activenorth.

⛷️ You will find a grocery shop and places to eat in Skibotn. The village is an ideal place for outdoor adventures, and you can og on dog sledding trips or snowmobile safaris from here with Activenorth.

 We recommend visiting the Nord Troms Museum site   - Skibotn Markedsplass.

The following day, you can catch the bus to Manndalen, which is known for its Sami culture and history.

🛏️ Click here for accommodation options in Manndalen.

In Manndalen, we recommend a visit to the Centre of Northern Peoples and Husfliden where you can buy local handicrafts.

⛷️ If you love ski touring, perhaps this package is perfect for you: Ski touring weekend in Lyngen and Kåfjord.

From Manndalen to Birtavarre is a short bus ride of approx. 20 minutes.

⛷️ Birtavarre is the gateway to Halti – Finland’s highest mountain. Attractions in Birtavarre include the ruins of the old mining community at Ankerlia and the popular Gorsa bridge in the Kåfjorddalen valley, as well as many nice hiking/skiing routes.

There is no accommodation in Birtavarre.

We recommend a visit to Holmenes Coastal Sami Farm for an insight into how Coastal Sami families lived before the war. 

The bus ride from Birtavarre to Olderdalen takes approx. 20 minutes and there are several departures daily.

🛏️ Click here for accommodation options in Olderdalen.  

⛷️ In Olderdalen, you can go on nice hikes and ski touring trips. There are prepared cross-country ski trails here in the wintertime. There is a grocery store here as well as a kiosk (Dittis) at the ferry landing serving fast food and baguettes (closed until March 2022).

From Olderdalen to Nordmannvik, it's only 10 km and the bus ride takes approx. 15 minutes. Click here to see the departure times.

🛏️ Click here for accommodation options in Nordmannvik.

⛷️ In Nordmannvik, there are no shops or restaurants, so we recommend shopping in Olderdalen before departure. The owner of Lyngen Fjordbuer in Nordmannvik is a nature guide and knows the surrounding area well. He can give you tips about the best hiking and skiing trips in the area. In the wintertime, you can go on nice ski treks into the Nordmannvikdalen valley. 

From Nordmannvik to Djupvik/Spåkenes, the bus ride is less than 10 minutes.

🛏️ Click here for accommodation options in Spåkenes.

At Lyngen North in Spåkenes, you can sleep in a glass igloo or cabin and dine at their a la carte restaurant, Restaurant Solvind, which serves traditional local dishes with a twist - a mix of the world's food cultures. Click here to view the menu.

At Spåkenes, you can visit an old Second World War coastal fort and experience the rich bird life. Around 60 different bird species have been observed here. 

⛷️ If you want the best view of the Lyngen Alps, we recommend going on a snowshoe trek to Dalberget or ski touring to Storhaugen. Click here to view the route description.

From Djupvik/Spåkenes, it’s a 10-minute drive to the ferry quay at Rotsund where you can catch the ferry across to Havnnes and Uløybukt. The ferry is free for travellers without a car. Click here to see the ferry timetable.

🛏️ Click here for accommodation options on Uløya.

At Havnnes you can visit Havnnes Handelssted, which is a well-preserved, listed 19th century trading post. The trading post is still operating, so Havnnes is not a museum. Click here to read more about Havnnes. If you want to learn more about the history of Havnnes and the stockfish production that takes place here, you can book a guided tour (advance bookings required).

⛷️ There are many easily accessible and spectacular ski summits on Uløya. Uløya is a well-known ski touring destination. The best-known route is the Uløya Traverse along the 20 km mountain ridge from Uløybukt to Havnnes. This ski touring adventure includes three peaks - Blåtinden (1,142 m.a.s.l.), Uløytinden (1,114 m.a.s.l.) and Kjelvågtinden (1,104 m.a.s.l.).

If you wish to go on other excursions on Uløya, Arctic Panorama Lodge in Uløybukt offers activities such as electric snowmobile safaris, whale watching safaris and snowshoe hikes.

The next stop is Sørkjosen, only 30 minutes by bus from Djupvik.

🛏️ Click here for accommodation options in Sørkjosen.

In Sørkjosen, we recommend visiting Kronebutikken and Bærkokeriet in nearby Storslett, where you can buy local food from the Lyngenfjord region.

🐕 The Reisa Valley is an Eldorado for winter activities and experiencing the Northern Lights. You can go dog sledding in the majestic landscape. Click here to book your dog sledding trip.  

At Storslett, which is a short drive from Sørkjosen, there are several shops, cafes and other services. We especially recommend a visit to Bios Cafe, which serves quality food made from local produce, and Kaffekiin, which is a coffee bar and coffee roaster serving first-class and exciting coffee drinks.

This itinerary can be combined with a stop in Skjervøy. If you wish to do this, swap buses at Langslett before the Sørkjos tunnel. 

🐋 Skjervøy is especially well known for whale watching safaris in the winter season from November-February. If you are lucky, you will see orcas, humpback whales and minke whales. 

Troms Billett 🚌

The easiest and most affordable way to buy a bus ticket is via the "Troms Billett" app. The mobile travel planner provides information in real time, and you can easily see when the bus, ferry or express boat will arrive at your stop.

Click here to download "Troms Billett".
Visit the Tromskortet website.

 

Viktig informasjon til deg som ferdes i fjellet 🏔️

Important information for people skiing in the mountains 🏔️
The Lyngenfjord region is a sustainable destination. Consequently, we ask that you show consideration towards our nature, animal life and other people you meet in the mountains. 

⚠️ Check www.varsom.no for avalanche warnings, which are updated daily. 

If you want to know more about ski touring in the Lyngenfjord region or wish to book a guide, please visit our website www.visit-lyngenfjord.com, call us or send us an e-mail for more information.

The Arctic Route 🚌

The Arctic Route is an environmentally friendly way to travel to new experiences and create unforgettable memories. The different routes allow you to experience the Arctic, while relaxing and enjoying the magical landscape on the way to your next experience.

Along the routes, you can choose between many different accommodation options and activities such as dog sledding, snowmobile safaris, Sami experiences, skiing and Northern Lights activities.
 

Here is the timetable for The Arctic Route to the Lyngenfjord region:

Tromsø - Lyngen

On this route you can experience the best of Lyngen, snowmobile safari, ice climbing and visit the world’s northernmost whisky distillery – Aurora Spirit Distillery – to mention a few examples.

Book Arctic Route Tromsø - Lyngen - Tromsø here

Tromsø - Alta

On this route, you will travel through three municipalities in the Lyngenfjord region – Storfjord, Kåfjord and Nordreisa. The journey around the Lyngenfjord offers wonderful coastal landscapes with nice views and a wide range of accommodation and activity options. 

Book Arctic Route Tromsø - Alta - Tromsø here

Click here to read more about The Arctic Route.

Winter activities in the Lyngenfjord region