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winter holiday idea - help please!

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winter holiday idea - help please!

Hi guys,

I'm trying to sort out a winter/Aurora holiday to Northern Norway for myself and a friend, either for late September this year, or March next year. We're looking at 10-14 days in total and would like to see (and do) as much as possible. Could someone who knows the area or has done a similar trip in winter before give me some feedback on this potential route please?

* Fly to Tromso

* Hurtigruten to Honningsvag (will take 1 1/2 days in March, as going via Kirkenes)

* Honningsvag to Nordkapp and back

* drive back to Tromso via Adamsfjord, Utsjoki (FI), Karasjok, Kautokeino, Alta

Basically this would be the entire tour: http://goo.gl/maps/zMLgC

Or as an alternative, we could get the Hurtigruten to Kirkenes, since it's stopping there anyway, and then do this:

* Fly to Tromso

* Hurtigruten to Kirkenes

* Kirkenes via Utsjoki (FI) to Karasjok

* Karasjok to Nordkapp with a detour to Adamsfjord

* drive back to Tromso from Nordkapp via Alta and Kautokeino

This is route option 2: http://goo.gl/maps/B90Dm

Is either route doable in March, when there's potentially snow up there? Are any of the roads likely to be closed?

How likely is it that we'd have snow anywhere along the route in September to be able to go dog sledging?

Is the route nice / picturesque in general? We're both amateur photographers and go for the landscape and hopefully Northern Lights above everything else.

Are there plenty of places to stay? We don't need fancy hotels, we'd be happy staying in cottages, cabins, farms, etc.

Can you recommend anywhere for dog sledging or reindeer sledging along the route?

It would be fab if anyone on here can help. We've been to Iceland twice and somehow this was so much easier to route and book than Northern Norway seems to be!? Feeling a bit lost at the moment.


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1. Re: winter holiday idea - help please!

Just a short one; If you like to do a drive in Finnmark, do it in September!!!

It's a amazing area colored in the autumn colors, and be sure that you also drive Lakselv - Børselv - Adamsfjord - Friarfjord - Ifjordfjellet Vester Tana - Tana bru, and do also a drive to Vardø and Hamningsberg. It's a most!!

And don't forget Trollholmsund before you arrive Lakselv.

There's a lot more for Finnmark, but I need a map to mark all the spesific details...

If you do it in March, fly to Bodø and take Hurtigruten to the Lofoten island and Vesterålen. Drive around there, before you continue to Tromsø with Hurtigruten and do all activities there; http://www.visittromso.no

Flight; http://Norwegian.com, http://sas.no, http://www.wideroe.no



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2. Re: winter holiday idea - help please!

September seems a bit early for dog sledging (Sept is autumn). Note that March is still real winter in the north (although the sun is back). Be prepared to drive on snow and ice.


Most of Finnmark county has modest elevation, but the northern position gives a low tree line (some areas without forest). There are wide fjords and big rivers in Finnmark. This county is wider than the Netherlands, but only som 70.000 inhabitants.





Towards Tromsø the landscape becomes more dramatic (alpine).




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