10 day itinerary with start/stop Tromsø going south to Lofoten
Day 1: Tromsø – Ryøya -10 nm – 1st evening
The island Ryøya is strategically located between Kvaløya and Malangshalvøya approximately 15 km southwest of the city of Tromsø flies. Tidal currents around may reach 8 knots. On Ryøya University of Tromsø, Department of Arctic Biology, deployed around 20 Musks for research for many years.
Day 2: Ryøya – Hamn(Senja) 40 nm
Hamn is an old trading post and a popular tourist destination on the island of Senja in Troms. The place, located in Berg Municipality, has a characteristic location facing the sea. A good restaurant is also located here.
Day 3: Hamn – Sortland ca 60 nm Sortland is trading centre for Vesterålen. Sortland has several key shopping centers of considerable size. It is known as the blue city as one of the local artists strived to paint the whole town blue, unfortunately the project was not compleeted but most of the town is still blue.
Day 4: Sortland – Trollfjord – Skrova 35 nm
The three-kilometer long Trollfjorden is only about 70 m wide in the mouth, but widens in botnen. Hardly any place in Vesterålen has been so thoroughly photographed, filmed and painted as this 2-km long ax carved in Raftsundet its western row of peaks. When you experience it, you understand why; it is bewitching, narrow and incredibly beautiful – a draw unparalleled in an area that experienced tourism almost before the term became known.The fishing village of Skrova located on the northwest side of the archipelago and has 190 inhabitants (2013). The fishing village is famous for its association with Lofotfisket and whaling. There are primary and secondary school, accommodation business and a grocery. A trip up Skrovafjellet is a must(!).
Day 5: Skrova – Nusfjord – Reine ca 40 nm Nusfjord is one of Norway’s oldest and best-preserved villages. Nusfjord has been a fishing village since the mid-1800s. Wooden buildings in Nusfjord was in UNESCO arkitekturvernår (1975) named as one of three pilot projects in Norway, for the preservation and visibility of unique wooden environments.Reine is a village and a fishing village in Moskenes Municipality, and has 309 inhabitants. Islands in Reine are linked together by bridges. Reine has been a trading centre since 1743.
Day 6: Reine – Henningsvær -/ Svolvær 35 nm
Henningsvær was mainly populated during the 1700s. This place must have been significant in the past; one of Norway’s oldest ski found in a marsh near Henningsvær and are about 2,000 years old. One of the world’s richest fishing grounds situated just south of the fishing village and make the place one of Lofoten’s most typical fishing village. In the summer months is also tourism is an important industry, and Henningsvær has several lodging and dining options.Svolvaer is a lovely and charming city and the administrative center of Vågan municipality in Nordland. The village Svolvaer has around 4600 inhabitants and is Lofoten’s biggest populated place. One of the most famous peaks in Svolvaer is Svolvaergeita, which is Svolvær hallmark and was first climbed in 1910. The oldest settlement in Svolvaer, Upper Weather, situated at the foot of Svolvaergeita in early Bronze Age. Many small shops and a few shopping centres.
Day 7: Svolvær – Svellingan – Lødingen ca 40 nm
Svellingan (or rather Svellingsflaket) is between Svolvaer and Lødingen – an amazing nice group of small islands which we pass on our way northwards.Lødingen located southeast of Hinnøya. The village has 1800 inhabitants. Every year many festiavls are arranged here such as the Seafood Festival. With concerts, guests from all over Norway and an interesting selection of seafood, this is the place to be. Here you will find that sailboats from around the country docks and the little town bustles with life and movement.
Day8: Lødingen – Finnsnes 70 nm Finnsnes received city status 1 January 2000. The city has grown rapidly in recent years and the lack of central sites has led to increased construction of houses and apartment buildings in the past five years, but is still a small and charming place in norwegian scale.
Day 9 – Finnsnes – Tromsø 37 nm
Tromsø is the largest city in Northern Norway, and the ninth largest county in Norway. Since around 1840, the city had the nickname “Paris of the North.” As the seat of the Arctic Council, the city with some justification called “the capital of the Arctic”. Here you will find everything a big city in international scala can offer.