Norway Arctic Circle Winter Itinerary

I have seen pictures of Norway especially Lofoten in all season and they are all beautiful and each season has its own charm. But for someone like me who live all her life in tropical country with only 2 season, seeing snowy landscape is a mesmerizing beautiful experience. I do not want to travel in the deep winter for the obvious reason: too cold, dark and high possibility of bad weather can get in the way. So March is always our favorite month for winter travel in the Scandic region because of the 2 reason: 1. We can still see snowy landscape, the temperature in general is milder averaging from -5 to 5C (depend how close you are to the Arctic) and the day is longer (the sun sets at 6.30pm) and 2. Children get their term break in March. It is a short term break with only one week off so hence we never go more than 10 days.

We were expecting a lot of snow when we came to Lofoten and Tromso but we were told it hasn’t been snowing for the last few weeks so all the snow has turned into hard ice. The good thing was the roads in Lofoten were all clear and we didn’t actually need a 4X4 car. We make a habit to always rent a 4X4 when driving in winter in the Scandic countries for extra safety. However our guide in Tromso said that the weather we were experiencing were unusual for March and very mild. It was like weather in May where the season is going to turn into spring. But he said it was temporary and he was right. On our last day in Tromso, it started snowing heavily again and few days after it was back to -4C in Tromso.

Hence this itinerary is tried and tested in mid of March with the logistics information.

Day 1: Fly Jakarta (Home-country)-Doha (transit)-Oslo with Qatar airlines, landed Oslo 1.20pm
Stay the night in Oslo. We chose to stay at airport hotel so we have flexibility whether to just sleep in the room or take a train and see Oslo city (20-30 minutes by train).

Day 2: Fly Oslo – Bodo (transit) – Leknes with SAS airlines. 10.40-15.30
This seem to be a long flight because transit time in Bodo is 2hr55min. Oslo-Bodo flight time is only 1.5 hour and Bodo to Leknes is only 25 minutes. Bodo can be reached by train from Oslo. and from Bodo you either fly or take ferry to Lofoten island. We chose to fly to save time. We picked our car rental at Leknes airport and drive to our accommodation (Eliasen Rorbuer) in Hamnoy (1 hour from Leknes airport)

Day 3: Road trip to A, Reine and Sakrisoy

Day 4: Road Trip to Ramberg beach, Nusfjord, Haukland beach, Uttakleiv beach and Vikten beach

Day 5: Check out Eliasen Rorbuer. Drive to Lofotr Viking museum near Leknes and to Henningsvaer. Stay the night in Scandic Leknes Lofoten, 1.7km from airport.

Day 6: Fly Leknes – Bodo – Tromso with SAS airlines 07.20-09.00. Unlike our first flight, transit time in Bodo is only 15 minutes. So we literally landed in Bodo and walk to the next plane which already waited for us. We took Taxi to Enter Viking Hotel to store our luggage and stroll around Tromso city until we can check in to our apartment at 3pm

Day 7: Husky Sled with Tromso Vilmarkssenter 08.45-14.00. We booked directly with them

Day 8: Fjord and landscape tour with Creative Vacations 09.30-15.00. We booked directly with them

Day 9: Fly Tromso – Bergen 07.40-09.45 We took Taxi to Tromso airport (5km ~10-15 minutes drive). And in Bergen we took Light Rail (Bybanen) to take us to Bergen city ~45 minutes. Staying in Scandic Torget Hotel.

Day 10: Do Norway in a nutshell DIY and return to Bergen.

Day 11: Fly Bergen – Oslo (Transit) – Doha (Transit) – Home country. Took bybanen again to Bergen airport

There is no requirement to do Covid test or quarantine when coming to Norway. But check your home country requirement also. Ours is still stringent. We are required to take PCR Test maximum 48 hours before departing, another PCR test on arrival and stay in Quarantine Hotel for 1 night. At the time of writing, we no longer have to do quarantine at Hotel.

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