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Tromso - Svolvaer Ferry or Drive?

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Tromso - Svolvaer Ferry or Drive?

We are thinking of either taking the ferry from Tromso to Svolvaer

or driving from Tromso to Svolvaer.

We intend to rent a vehicle and stay a few days in Tromso. Then go to Svolvaer, stay a few days there. Next we will take the ferry from Svolvaer to Bergen.

If we drive, will we not get to see the nicest views of the Lofoten Islands?

If we ferry from Tromso to Svolvaer, we intend to drive to see the sights near Svolvaer.

The ferry leaves Tromso in the middle of the night. We are thinking that getting on the ferry at that time might be inconvenient and exhausting. Not that we won't do that to see excellent views, if they are not available any other way.

We know it is a 6 hr+ drive from Tromso to Svolvaer. We enjoy long drives, if there are interesting things to see along the way.

We love to view lovely scenery, take lots of photos and take scenic walks (we are not real hikers).

So, if we are making this decision to see the prettiest sights (and cost is not a deciding factor- they both cost a lot - hey, it's Norway, we know it's expensive), which is better ferry or drive?

Also, if we drive is the road next to the coast or the inland road more scenic?

Thanks, in advance for any advice or info.

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1. Re: Tromso - Svolvaer Ferry or Drive?

The coastal road over the islands is super scenic and includes the scenic road on Senja and on Andøya. But you need to take your time and enjoy. There are three car ferries on this route.

http://www.nasjonaleturistveger.no/en/senja

http://www.nasjonaleturistveger.no/en/andoya

When is your visit exactly - please include when asking questions. In summer there is 24 hour daylight, so departing in the middle of the night does not make much difference.

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2. Re: Tromso - Svolvaer Ferry or Drive?

In summer I would spend more time enjoying the Lofoten island instead of spending time in Tromsø.

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3. Re: Tromso - Svolvaer Ferry or Drive?

This is the Whale route, the most beautiful way between Tromsø and Lofoten - https://goo.gl/maps/MVMJP

As Pippi suggest, one night in Tromsø is enough, take instead a couple a nights on Senja on the way, http://www.hamnisenja.no is a nice place to stay.

And in Andenes you can do tour with http://www.whalesafari.com

When you arrive Sortland, please don`t cross the bridge, but continue straight and take the new road, Lofast, to Svolvær..;)

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