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Helsinki (by ferry) 10 Sept - Tallinn (1 night) (by ferry)

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Helsinki (by ferry) 10 Sept - Tallinn (1 night) (by ferry)

Hi! I am travelling with my mum in Sept and would like to get some advice. We would like to catch the Northern Lights and was wondering if 5 days in Tromso would be too much? I am thinking of staying in a B&B in Lyngen (probably for 2 nights- to save money on accommodation and NL tours).

We are not intending to drive as I am a new driver back in my home country.

I would love to tour the Lofoten Islands but it seems that if I am flying from Bergen to Tromso, to do so would mean a detour?

Helsinki (by ferry)

10 Sept - Tallinn (1 night) (by ferry)

11 - 14 Sept - Stockholm (3 nights) (by train)

14 - 16 Sept - Oslo (2 nights)

16 - 17 Sept - Train and boat to Aurland (1 night) (Aurland to Bergen via fjord cruise)

17 - 18 Sept - Sept Bergen (sleep in Bergen) (2 nights) (by plane)

18 - 23 Sept - Tromso (5 nights)

23 - 26 Sept Helsinki (3 nights)

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Tromso
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Troms, Norway
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Olderdalen, Norway
Lofoten Islands
Lofoten Islands
Nordland, Norway
Bergen
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Hordaland, Norway
Helsinki
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Uusimaa, Finland
Tallinn
Tallinn
Harju County, Estonia
Stockholm
Stockholm
Stockholm County, Sweden
Oslo
Oslo
Eastern Norway, Norway
Aurland Municipality
Aurland Municipality
Sogn og Fjordane, Norway
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1. Re: Helsinki (by ferry) 10 Sept - Tallinn (1 night) (by ferry)

Five nights in the north is just perfect for increase your chances for a great Aurora show..;)

If you like to join Lofoten, why not quit Tromsø and spend all time in the Lofoten islands..? Its recommended!

Fly from Bergen, via Trondheim and Bodø, and take a ferry or http://hurtigruten.com to http://lofoten.info

Out you can fly from Svolvær or Leknes via Bodø and Oslo to Helsinki...

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Nordland, Norway
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Hordaland, Norway
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Oslo
Oslo
Eastern Norway, Norway
Helsinki
Helsinki
Uusimaa, Finland
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2. Re: Helsinki (by ferry) 10 Sept - Tallinn (1 night) (by ferry)

Hi GuideGunnar, thank you for your info!

How about Bergen to Leknes (about 200 euros by Wideroe Air, 3:50hr flight)

Svolvær to Helsinki (about 250 euros by SAS Air, 4:20hr flight)

I have read a post where you said that there is a bus going from Leknes to Svolvær so transport is not an issue. However, is it easy to get around Svolvær and Leknes with just public transport?

I am actually thinking of going to Tromso instead because Bergen to Tromso costs about 140 euros. Tromso to Helsinki costs about 150 euros, 5hr flight. But of cos accomodation in Tromso will be more ex.

Which would you recommend?

Also, is it normal to be spending so much time on transport when traveling in Norway? I am traveling for about 16 days.

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3. Re: Helsinki (by ferry) 10 Sept - Tallinn (1 night) (by ferry)

Also, is it still necessary to engage a guide to chase NL in Svolvær? If so, then I will be making savings on this vs Tromso.

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4. Re: Helsinki (by ferry) 10 Sept - Tallinn (1 night) (by ferry)

Seems like Reinebringen is the most beautiful part of the island and I read somewhere where they said it is easy to access Reine and Å. If so, maybe I should base myself in Reine.

Bergen to Bodo and Bodo to Helsinki.

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5. Re: Helsinki (by ferry) 10 Sept - Tallinn (1 night) (by ferry)

http://wideroe.no has a new nice jet plane directly from Bergen to Tromsø, but the seats are not so good I heard...

http://flysas.com serve also this route.

For Lofoten, it’s cheaper if you choose to fly to Bodø and then a ferry over to the islands; Ferry to Moskenes and use the bus service in Lofoten, http://177nordland.no

From Lofoten, take http://hurtigruten.com to Tromsø and fly with SAS to Stockholm and then to Helsinki, no need for travel via Oslo on your return.

Great place to stay in Reine, http://reinerorbuer.no

No need for a guide if the sky is clear above you, but good to have a guide who knows the local conditions if the bad weather sets in...

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Nordland, Norway
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Uusimaa, Finland
Oslo
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6. Re: Helsinki (by ferry) 10 Sept - Tallinn (1 night) (by ferry)

Hi, I just checked and there is no hutigruten from Svolvaer to Tromso on 18 Sept.

Helsinki (by ferry)

10 - 11 Sept - Tallinn (1 night) (by ferry)

11 - 14 Sept - Stockholm (3 nights) (by plane)

14 - 16 Sept Bergen (sleep in Bergen) (2 nights) (by train) (Bergen to Aurland via fjord cruise)

16 - 17 Sept - Train and boat to Aurland (1 night) (by train)

17 - 19 Sept - Aurland to Oslo. Oslo (2 nights) (by plane)

19 - 22 Sept - Oslo to Bodo. Bodo to Reine. (3 nights) (by bus) } or replace to Tromso (4 nights)

22 - 24 Sept - Svolvaer (2 nights) (by plane)

24 - 26 Sept Helsinki (2 nights) } or replace to Helsinki (3 nights)

I am thinking if I am going the Lofoten Island route, I may want to reduce Stockholm to 2 days instead. But probably will be hectic. I will also need to spend 3 nights in Reine because the SAS plane only has the reasonable timing/price on 22 or 24 Sept.

I guess I might be going with Tromso instead, would love to go to Lofoten Island but it seems that it will be very hectic.

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Vagan, Norway
Tromso
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Troms, Norway
Helsinki
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Uusimaa, Finland
Tallinn
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Harju County, Estonia
Stockholm
Stockholm
Stockholm County, Sweden
Bergen
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Hordaland, Norway
Aurland Municipality
Aurland Municipality
Sogn og Fjordane, Norway
Oslo
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Eastern Norway, Norway
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Reine
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Moskenesoy, Norway
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7. Re: Helsinki (by ferry) 10 Sept - Tallinn (1 night) (by ferry)

I have taken some thought and thought of changing my itinerary to Lofoten Islands because I think 1 and 1/2 day in Helsinki is enough.

Is 3 nights in Reine too much? I am allocating more time for each because I will be using bus (and haven't done enough research yet) but I am planning to visit Reine from A and go hiking (alone because my mum can't walk well).

My revised itinerary:

Helsinki (by ferry)

10 - 11 Sept - Tallinn (1 night) (by ferry)

11 - 14 Sept - Stockholm (3 nights) (by plane)

14 - 16 Sept Bergen (sleep in Bergen) (2 nights) (by train) (Bergen to Aurland via fjord cruise). Train and boat to Aurland (1 night) (by train)

16 - 18 Sept - Oslo (2 nights) (by plane)

18 - 22 Sept - Reine (3 nights)

22 - 24 Sept - Svolvaer (2 nights) (by plane)

24 - 26 Sept Helsinki (2 nights)

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Lofoten Islands
Nordland, Norway
Helsinki
Helsinki
Uusimaa, Finland
Reine
Reine
Moskenesoy, Norway
Tallinn
Tallinn
Harju County, Estonia
Stockholm
Stockholm
Stockholm County, Sweden
Bergen
Bergen
Hordaland, Norway
Aurland Municipality
Aurland Municipality
Sogn og Fjordane, Norway
Oslo
Oslo
Eastern Norway, Norway
Svolvaer
Svolvaer
Vagan, Norway
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