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.