Bike rides in Tromsø - cycling holidays in Northern Norway
The nature in the Troms is varied with many opportunities for different cycling adventures. You can discover everything from quiet country roads (both sealed and gravel) where you ride in forest and open areas between majestic mountains to narrow coastal roads around fjords and out on islands, which inspire idyllic island-hopping bike trips.
You can extend many trips or make them shorter by taking bus, speedboat or ferry part of the way.
We can arrange for you the transfer of touring bikes to all Hurtigruten ports between Kirkenes and Bergen.
If you have a few days extra to ride around in Troms we would definitely recommend you to consider spending some time on Senja.
For one day extra, we recommend to ride Tromsø - Lysnes (Senja) - Botnhamn (Senja) - Brensholmen (Kvaløya) - Tromsø.
You can take the morning speedboat to Lysnes on Senja, then cycle on Senja before you go to Sommarøy and cycle back to Tromsø.
A round trip by ferry to Lysnes on the island of Senja takes approximately 2 hours, and is possible on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. The fare is NOK 260. You can, of course, also just take the boat one way.
Ferry between Senja and Kvaløya departs several times each day during the summer.
A speedboat between Tromsø and Finnsnes has departures scheduled several times every day.
If you want a longer trip, take the ferry from there to Senja. On Senja there are many possibilities. On the northwest coast side we recommend Mefjord Brygge the first night, after a trip out to Husøy and Skarvesteinen cafe. There are rumors that this cafe has limited opening hours, so it may be wise to check before departure. Hamn i Senja is a great place to overstay the night. The accommodation here is of high standard. All these accommodations are cyclist friendly.
If you want to see more of Senja, there are many nice places on the south part of Senja but with much simpler standards of accommodation. There are camping sites between Brygghaugen and Silsand (Senja Camping), and in Tranøybotn, Flakstadvåg and Skrolsvik. From Flakstadvåg and Skrolsvik you can take the speedboat to Harstad.
On the eastside of Senja (facing the mainland), you have several options for accommodation. We can recommend you to rent the house on Grasmyr (Senja Family Park), about 7 km north of Silsand. It has maximum 8 or 9 beds and self-catering. If you return by bikes to Botnhamn and Kvaløya, there is a camping site in Strønnesbotn, Fjordbotn Camping. Between these two you can plan staying at Skoghus Hostel.
Tips for exploring Senja, Vesterålen and Lofoten Islands
Self guided trips 5 days and 9 days
Tromsø Outdoor cooperates with Discover Norway and deliver well equipped touring bikes for their trips in Northern Norway. In their offer you can find two guided and self-guided cycle trips starting in Tromsø.
9 days Arctic Coast Cycling: This trip begins in Tromsø, goes through Kvaløya and Andøya, continues to Sortland, and ends in Svolvær with the possibility to continue further on the Lofoten islands.
5 days on magical Senja: Also starting in Tromsø, cycle through Kvaløya and over to Senja before heading back to Tromsø.
Tours include accommodation, several meals, luggage transport and all logistic support for you.
There are also many possibilities to plan holidays by yourself. From Hamn i Senja it's not so far to Gryllefjord, where the ferry goes to Andenes and Andøy. While you are there, it is worth visiting Andøy. You could try whale safari from Andenes. More info regarding Andøya.
Grønnbua 2 offers a great option for accommodation. If you cycle down to the southern end of Andøya, the west-coast is the most spectacular, with long white beaches and bird islands in the ocean. From Risøyhamn you can take the Hurtigruten (costal steamer) up to Tromsø. You can have your last sleepover at Marmelkroken, before you need to get up early. Hurtigruten is at Risøyhamn from 04:15 to 04:30 in the morning. Another option is to cycle to Harstad and take the speedboat back to Tromsø. It is possible to send the bikes to Tromsø on the boat from Harstad, and take flight from Evenes. However, it is just as easy to just take the boat up to Tromsø and fly from here.
We have no opportunity to take bicycles in return from Andenes.
For more details about all the tours we recommend visiting our Tromsø Outdoor BikeMap profile.