I'm hoping to spend a week or 10 days in Norway in late March. I'd like to get up to Tromsø during that time, if possible.
Could anyone advise a good travel route from Oslo to Tromsø, any recommendations for places not to miss, and approximate travel times?
Thanks for your help!
Ev!!! You are visiting?! I'd like to invite you to stay at our place, but I'm actually not sure where we'll be living then... but keep in touch about it.
So, most Norwegians fly this route nowadays... I'm guessing you are looking to overland it, or are you thinking of overlanding certain bits, then flying others? It's about a 22 hour drive if you do do it by car, but at that time of year you could still very much hit roads that are closed or snowfall or other things that slow down the trip. And that's the fastest route, which actually is mostly through Sweden.
But if you were happy to use most of the time travelling you could probably work out an epic route that took in some of the main highlights in Norway:
- Geiranger (definitely this one)
You'd be making some serious miles on this route, but you'd be staying in Norway the entire time and seeing some AMAZING stuff for sure. My only concern would be with the quality of the roads that time of year and nature possibly throwing a spanner in the works from time to time
Yes, hoping to make it happen. What your opinion about the train? Maybe I should fly up and train back to Oslo? And if I went by train, would it be possible to hit some of the places on the route you outlined?
I need to do some googlizing Haven't researched it at all yet. My other question is just how cold it would be up in Tromso at that time of year. my thermal long-johns haven't seen the light of day in a while
The train is a great way to travel, but some of those places are going to be tough to get to by train I think. You will get some amazing views out of the train window though; no doubt about that!! You can get these mini fares from the Norwegian railway that can make it quite cheap, but get in early then.
End of March you can luck out, or hit a really bad spell. I'd count on the latter and hope for the former. But it's probably never going to be 'warm'. Here's a chart with averages for the past year. Looks like 1-2C is what to expect. But that's average for the day and some days it was up at a whopping 8 degrees
Thanks Sam for all the info, sorry for the late reply! Flights booked just now - woohoo
Might come a bit late - as I don't know if your domestic legs are also booked by now - but if you want to focus more on Northern Norway, then it is worth to check the Lofoten islands or - if you are limited on time - Senja island.
Both of them er renowned for theirs dramatic beauty.
You can either catch the Hurtigruten all the way, or catch a ferry from Tromsø to Harstadt (to Senja). Alternatively buses (with or without ferry) are the way to go.
From the Lofoten islands, you can take a ferry over to Bodø, from where you can take an overnight train to Trondheim (also worth checking) and another one towards Oslo (or directly to Oslo Airport )
As Sam wrote earlier , check "minipris" tickets in advance on the Norwegian Railway's website.
Have a nice stay in Norway
Thanks David, that's really helpful. I'm dying to go to the Lofoten Islands, but wasn't sure if it is doable in the timeframe I have. If I post my route as I've planned it so far, would you mind telling me what you think?