Coloured houses in Longyearbyen, Svalbard
©Frank Andreassen

Getting from Tromsø to Finland, Sweden, Lofoten and Svalbard

Tromsø offers good options for onward travel, whether you are heading north, south or to our neighbour countries Sweden and Finland.

Travel north

Travel northwards from Tromsø by bus, plane or along the coast on a voyage with Hurtigruten or Havila Voyages, and experience North Cape and the rest of Northern Norway. There is daily departure, and this is a really nice way to travel north to Hammerfest, Honningsvåg and Kirkenes among other. 


You can travel from Tromsø to Alta by bus. There is one daily departure from Tromsø with a travel time of 6,5 hours. There is no direct bus from Tromsø to North Cape, but an alternative is to stay in Alta overnight, and then travel to North Cape the next day. The same apply with bus routes from Tromsø to Kautokeino, Karasjok and Kirkenes. You must travel via Alta, stay overnight there, and then continue the following day. More information on bus routes can be found here. There are usually 1-2 daily departures, except Saturday, from Alta to Kautokeino (2,5 hours), 1-2 departures, except Saturday, to Karasjok (5 hours), and one departure on Monday, Wednesday and Friday to Kirkenes (11 hours).

Another alternative from December 1st  to the end of March is to take The Arctic Route to Alta via Finland. This route goes via Kilpisjärvi, Hetta and Kautokeino. For more information, visit

North Cape

The northbound coastal voyages by Hurtigruten or Havila Voyages, depart Tromsø daily on a 17 hour sailing to Honningsvåg. From Honningsvåg, there are 1-3 daily buses to the North Cape. See bus routes here. It is possible to buy an excursion to the North Cape organized by Hurtigruten or Havila Voyages. Another option is to fly from Tromsø to Honningsvåg via Hammerfest. There are usually 1-3 daily buses running between Honningsvåg and the North Cape. For more information about flights, please visit Widerøe.


The only way to get from Tromsø to Svalbard is by plane. Please note that Svalbard is outside of the Schengen area, and identity control is performed for all guests travelling to Svalbard. There are daily flights from Tromsø to Longyearbyen throughout the year. In peak season March - August, the number of flights increases to several flights a day. Please see more information on flights at SAS. You can also fly with Norwegian via Oslo. Due to Svalbard being outside the Schengen area, identity control is performed for all guests travelling to and from Svalbard. All guests with a foreign citizenship have to bring their passports. Read more about the rules and regulations for passport and visa here. 

If you're looking to combine travelling in Tromsø with a trip to Svalbard you can read more about why and how you do it here. 

Travel south

If you wish to travel southwards from Tromsø, you can either go by bus, plane or onboard a coastal sailing with either Havila Voyages or Hurtigruten. Both have daily departures. This is a really nice way to travel to the Lofoten Islands, Trondheim and Bergen. 


There are direct bus connections from Tromsø to Narvik every day (travel time is 4,5 hours). From Narvik you can take the bus onwards to Bodø. Bus information from Tromsø to Narvik can be found here. You can also go to Narvik by the Arctic Route bus. Information on buses from Narvik to Bodø can be found here.

Another alternative from December 1st  to the end of March is to take The Arctic Route to Narvik. This route goes via the northermost animal park Polar Park. For more information, visit

Trondheim, Oslo and Bergen

There is one daily bus connection from Tromsø to Fauske. You can continue south from here by train to Trondheim, Oslo, Bergen and other destinations. From Fauske you can take the nighttrain to Trondheim (9 hours), onwards to Oslo (about 17 hours from Fauske), and to Bergen via Oslo (about 24 hours from Fauske. For more information on trains, please read here.


You can go from Tromsø to the Lofoten Islands by bus, express boat, plane or go onboard a beautiful coastal sailing with Havila Voyages or Hurtigruten. The bus runs on weekdays and weekends  from Tromsø via Bjerkvik to Svolvær. Another possibility is to take an early morning express boat from Tromsø to Harstad on week days (3 hours). There is normally a connecting bus to the Lofoten Islands. See bus timetables here. If you want to take Hurtigruten or Havila Voyages, they depart fromTromsø daily. The voyage between Tromsø and the Lofoten Islands includes some of the best scenery on the entire coastal voyage. There are also some daily flights from Tromsø to Svolvær via Bodø/Stokmarknes. For more information, please visit Widerøe.  

Travel to Sweden

You can travel from Tromsø to Sweden by bus, or with bus and train. There is also a direct flight from Tromsø - Stockholm with SAS a couple of times a week. The bus runs from Tromsø to Narvik, onwards to Björkliden, Abisko and Kiruna in Sweden. The buses are run by Länstrafiken Norrbotten (route 91) and you can find more information and timetables here. The other option is to take a bus from Tromsø to Narvik, and then go onwards with the train connected to Boden, Luleå, Haparanda and Stockholm. For more information on timetables, please read here

During the period from December 1st to end of March it is possible to travel by The Arctic Route from Tromsø to Sweden. For more information, visit  

Travel to Finland

From June to September and from December 1st to the end of March there are daily buses going from Tromsø to Finland (Kilpisjärvi 3,5 hours, Rovaniemi 10 hours, and Oulu 14 hours). At other times of the year, no bus service is available between Tromsø and Finland. More information on buses between Tromsø and Finland can be found here and on

An alternative is to take a bus to Narvik and travel by train to Haparanda. Take a bus from Haparanda to Rovaniemi, Kemi or Oulu. For more information about this, visit or read bus timetables here.