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“Ways of taking in the grand, silent landscape” 5 of 5 stars
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Tromso Fjords
Tromso, Norway
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“Ways of taking in the grand, silent landscape”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We spent a few days in Tromsø in the beginning of March, of course for the Northern Lights, which we did see twice in all their magnificence that eludes and mocks all attempts of description.
But we wanted to explore the countryside as well, and we did not want to rent a car - at the time of our stay, the weather was unnaturally mild, the roads melted and then froze over again every night. Getting around by public transport means time-consuming, clumsy connections. (The legendary roundtrip "Bus to Skjervøy - Hurtigruten ferry back" only works on Fridays.)
That's why one morning we opted for seeing the landscape from the water. Several short daytime trips are offered, starting in center city from the Floating jetty at Stortorget. We chose the "Arctic Sea Cruise" trip from 10:00 to 13:00, and the ride was an unforgettable experience, worth every penny even though not cheap. Equipped with water- and windproof Fisherman's suits (included in the price), we did not go inside one single time, so fascinated were we by the awe-inspiring snowy mountains slowly gliding past in complete silence. We stopped near the end of a small fjord, at the edge of the Ice, and on the way back the boat crunched through a thin skin of ice just forming - almost eerie. Even a whale accompanied us for a few minutes.
Combine this with a cablecar trip to Fjellheisen to see the mountains from an elevated point,
and there's an easy way, especially if you don't have much time, to get a glimpse of what this gigantic, silent landscape is like.

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“Exceedingly beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Since a long time, we wanted to experience the Aurora Borealis and decided to fly to Tromso ( Europe's capital of the Northern Lights) last week of March 2014.
To ensure getting ideal conditions enabling to see the Aurora, we stayed a few days in the Lyngen-area, about 70 km east of Tromso. During these 4 days, we had different weather conditions, ranging from very nice weather to snow storm.
We had a rental car (spiked/studded tyres are essential during the winter in this area) and used the opportunity during day time to travel around, enjoying the exceedingly beautiful nature around Tromso / Lyngen area:
Ersfjorden, Sommaroy, Breivikeidet, Jaegervatnet, Lyngseidet. Really fantastic scenery, in the winter time with the snow covered mountains maybe even more beautiful than in the summer.
The secondary and tertiary roads are however sometimes quite bumpy and in general you need to watch your speed as speeding ticket can be very high.
Did we get the Aurora experience? Yes indeed, we were blessed with ONE beautiful weather, and after waiting until midnight, the show began! And what a show, magical and literally out of this world. Really an unforgettable and even emotional experience.
To be honest, even without the Aurora this would be a very nice trip, but the Aurora made it very, very special indeed.

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“The Kvaloya Round (Kvaløya Rund )”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We wanted to use public transport to get to Ersfjord, Sommaroy and the area , but realized later that it was almost impossible to do so. So last minute, we hired a car ( only thanks to special help from Ashfjord of Tour in Lyngen Alps).Please prebook a car as its near impossible to get one in Tromso. The guy at the rental told us that we would do the round in 2 hours , so we thought safe side 4 hours but we took almost 6 hours or more.The route is fairly simple and easy but there are SO MANY photo ops and beautiful scenery that you have to stop to take them in!Ersfjord had a nice shop and cafe. In Sommaroy, we ate lunch at the Rica , which was great .They also a kids playarea. Its breath-taking and a must-do otherwise your trip to Tromso is incomplete!!

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“first time on a boat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Travelled the round trip Tromso , Kirkenes back to Tromso in march , sadly no northern lights but still a memorable ,scenic and enjoyable three and a half days ,
Well organised , lovely breakfasts and the 2 ladies in the café by the souvenir shop were just adorable .Breathtaking scenery and just a great voyage , although bloody expensive !
Once in a lifetime splurge .

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“Ersfjord has the best carrot cake ever!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

We took a bus from Oslo - 42, changing to 425 at Eidkjosen. The entire trip cost us approx 120NOK for 3 people. On the bus we were having a casual conversation about Fjords when this girl sitting near to us asked us if this was our first time at Ersfjord. Turns out she lives there and so she recommended this cafe (white building, cafe name is Bryggejentene) and said they had a really good carrot cake.

The scenery at Ersfjord is really beautiful but since the buses run at 2 hour intervals it may be quite tiring to walk around in the open + cold for 2 hours so the cafe was a good option. We went there to try the carrot cake while waiting for the bus and it was literally the best carrot cake I have had in my life. We packed 3 more slices back to our hotel in Tromso.

You will not regret visiting Ersfjord. And to the helpful girl, thank you!!!

Another tip, do visit Tourist Information in Tromso if you are planning your itinerary. They are extremely helpful and will tell you which bus to take, when to take it, where to buy your tickets and they will even go out of their way to help you save money by telling you how you can get discounts on said tickets if possible.

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