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How to travel between Tromsø and Lofoten this Summer 2024

In this ultimate guide, we will explore how you can travel this Summer 2024 between Tromsø, the Gateway to the Arctic, and the beautiful Lofoten islands, by choosing the Arctic Route: the perfect choice for your summer travel, how to navigate through this transportation option, must-see attractions and activities along the way, and accommodation options. Get ready to unlock the beauty of the Arctic Route!

What is the Arctic Route in Norway?

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The Arctic Route is a brand born in Tromsø, Northern Norway in 2016, providing several summer and winter bus routes. It connects several destinations in the Arctic: In the winter time, from Tromsø to Skjervøy, Narvik, Storslett, Lyngen (all located in Northern Norway) and Rovaniemi (in Nothern Finland) and in the summertime, between Svolvær and Tromsø, Svolvær and Narvik and, within Lofoten, between Svolvær and Å I Lofoten.

If you’re seeking a unique travel experience, look no further than the Arctic Route. Its scenic journeys will take you through breathtaking landscapes, and activity providers along the way, provide you with a glimpse of the untouched beauty of the Arctic, and give you the opportunity to hop-on/ off at the several stops along the route.

Why choose the Arctic Route for your summer travel?

The Arctic Route offers a one-of-a-kind travel experience that is sure to leave you in awe. The summer hop-on/hop-off bus route between Tromsø and Lofoten takes you through some of the best arctic landscapes, allowing you to witness the untouched beauty of nature.

This summer route between the 14th of June and the 31st of August offers you a visual feast for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts alike. With several photo stops along the way and ferry crossings (included in your ticket), it will leave you in awe of its stunning landscapes and sightseeing.

Additionally, traveling during the summer months allows you to experience the midnight sun, where the sun never sets below the horizon, providing you with extended daylight to explore and immerse yourself in the stunning surroundings.

Traveling between Tromsø and Lofoten – the hop-on/ hop-off transportation summer route

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When it comes to traveling between Tromsø and Lofoten, Arctic Route has got you covered! It not only offers you a scenic bus journey but also amenities such as WI-FI and toilet onboard, comfortable seats, and local English-speaking professional drivers.

This bus route between Tromsø and Lofoten offers breathtaking views of the Arctic landscapes, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of the region, stopping at various points of interest along the way such as Senja, Vesterålen, Andenes, all the way to Svolvær and Kabelvåg.

It’s an experience in itself. The bus journey between Tromsø and Lofoten takes approximately 13 hours, but the time will fly by as you marvel at the Arctic landscapes passing by your window.

Make sure to have your camera ready, as there will be plenty of photo opportunities along the way.  Sit back, relax, and let the beauty of the Arctic Route unfold before your eyes.

How to travel between Tromsø and Lofoten - a step-by-step guide

Traveling between Tromsø and Lofoten with the Arctic Route is easier than you might think. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you navigate your journey:

  • Book your tickets in advance to secure your seat (we also have available for you our travel passes of 4, 7 and 10 days that you can use on all our summer routes);
  • Familiarize yourself with the route and its stops to take the best advantage of it (where you will stop, for how long, what is possible to be done in each stop, etc.);
  • Pack your essentials for the journey, including warm clothing, a camera, and snacks (you can check here our tips for the best clothes to pack);
  • Enjoy the scenic journey as you make your way to Lofoten or to Tromsø (or any of the other destinations/ stops in between), taking in the stunning landscapes and making stops at points of interest along the way;
  • Arrive in Lofoten (and get ready to explore this picturesque archipelago) or Tromsø (and enjoy the midnight sun, the culture, and the Arctic vibe of the city).

Exploring Tromsø - the gateway to the Arctic


Tromsø, known as the gateway to the Arctic, is the starting point of your Arctic Route adventure. This vibrant city offers a unique blend of urban charm and natural beauty.

Begin your exploration by taking a cable car ride to the top of Mount Storsteinen for panoramic views of the city and surrounding mountains. You can also join a full-day fjord tour from Tromsø to Senja, including 1 scenic ferry trip and several photo stops.

Boat tours in Tromsø are also perfect to show you Tromsø island from a boat perspective.

Don’t forget to try some local delicacies such as reindeer meat and fresh seafood at one of the many charming restaurants in the city.

Check here all tours in Tromsø during the summer time.

Exploring Lofoten - the picturesque archipelago

Lofoten village in summer with moutain the background

Welcome to Lofoten, a picturesque archipelago that will take your breath away. With its dramatic mountains, pristine beaches, and charming fishing villages, Lofoten is a paradise for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers.

Experience the magic of fjords by taking a silent cruise into Trollfjord (with a hybrid-electric boat) or visit the historical village of Nusfjord and also Henningsvær. You can also visit the best of Lofoten in one day by bus: Svolvær, Henningsvær, Nusfjord, Flakstad and Reine.

Don’t miss the opportunity to go kayaking in the crystal-clear waters, or simply relax on one of the many beautiful beaches that Lofoten has to offer.

Visit the Lofotr Viking Museum to learn about the region’s Viking history and participate in interactive exhibits. With so much to see and do, your Arctic Route itinerary will be filled with unforgettable experiences.

Accommodation options along the Arctic Route

Along the Arctic Route summer route between Tromsø and Lofoten, you will find a variety of accommodation options to suit every traveler’s needs.

In Tromsø, there are numerous hotels, guesthouses, and apartments that offer comfortable and convenient stays. From Tromsø to Lofoten, in Senja, we recommend you Mefjord Brygge, with comfortable rooms and stunning views of the fjord, Hamn I Senja, with its cozy cabins and proximity to the ocean or Senja by Heart, unique guesthouse that provides a truly authentic experience.

In Lofoten, you can choose from charming seaside cabins, cozy guesthouses, or hotels with breathtaking views. Many accommodations in Lofoten are situated in picturesque locations, allowing you to wake up to stunning views of the Arctic landscapes.

Check here several accommodation options in Lofoten: from fishermen’s cabins (rorbuers) to hotels.

Unlocking the beauty of the Arctic Route

Congratulations! You have unlocked the beauty of the Arctic Route. From the vibrant city of Tromsø to the picturesque archipelago of Lofoten, this journey offers a unique travel experience that will leave you with lasting memories.

The Arctic landscapes will captivate your senses and provide you with a deep appreciation for the untouched beauty of nature. Plan your itinerary carefully, making sure to include must-see attractions and activities along the way. Choose from a variety of accommodation options that suit your preferences and budget.

Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime as you embark on the Arctic Route this summer 2024.

What to do in Lofoten during Summer 2024

What to do in Lofoten during Summer 2024

Discovering what to do in Lofoten this summer 2024 is the key to unlocking an unforgettable Norwegian adventure. From the picturesque beauty of the Lofoten Islands to immersive experiences like kayaking, whale watching in Andenes, and exploring the Viking museum, Lofoten beckons with open arms.

What to do in Tromsø during May

What to do in Tromsø during May

Tromsø, known as the “Gateway to the Arctic,” awaits your exploration during the vibrant month of May, offering a unique blend of cultural and outdoor activities. From embarking on boat tours to experience the Arctic fjords, ascending the mountain via the cable car for breathtaking views, to immersing yourself in local history and culture at the Polaria and Polar museum, your visit to Tromsø is guaranteed to be memorable.

The history behind the Arctic Route

The history behind the Arctic Route

Embarking on the Arctic Route opens a gateway from the magnificent beauty of Tromsø, Norway, and beyond to the stunning landscapes of Northern Norway and Finland. This travel service/ hop-on/hop-off bus, born in 2016 from the collaboration of Bussring, Best Arctic, Innovation Norway, Eskelisen Lapin Linjat, and VY, aims to provide you with an eco-friendly journey across the Arctic, underpinned by a commitment to environmental stewardship, boasting features like Ecolighthouse certification and ISO 14001 standards. It connects Tromsø with destinations like Lyngen, Narvik, Skjervøy, Storslett, and further to Rovaniemi in Finland, during winter. During summer, the Arctic Route connects Tromsø with Lofoten, Narvik (and Evenes Airport) with Lofoten, and within Lofoten, with several bus stops. It’s a testament to the brand’s commitment to sustainability, easing travel stress, and fostering local tourism by making remote locations accessible.