Roadtripping Norway! Part 2 – Kvaløya

Roadtripping Norway! Part 2 – Kvaløya

Having learnt our lessons from the first road trip, we set out much earlier for our trip around Kvaløya!

Our planned Kvaløya and Sommarøy drive.

The point of this trip was to see as much of the stunning Kvaløya island as we could, and to experience the beauty of Sommarøy. We woke up early on New Years Eve 2017, and started by driving up to Rekvik, which is on the north coast of Kvaløya. We drove alongside the beautiful waters of Kaldfjorden, and then had to suddenly slow down! Right in front of us, on the road, were a heard of wild reindeer! We stopped and watched as the beautiful animals walked past, and then continued on to Rekvik. You need to pass through some mountains to get there, and the road gets very steep and icy. We only recommend it if you’re comfortable driving in snowy and icy conditions. We arrived at Rekvik just on first light. So far, doing well. We had a quick look at the tiny adorable coastal town, but then turned around and headed back up the pass. The view from the top of the pass down to Tromvik (on the other side) was so stunning that we couldn’t help but stop to take some photos!

Down in Rekvik, at the starting point of our trip!

A frozen lake near Tromvik, on the way to Sommarøy.

Looking down to Tromvik from the mountain pass.

A cairn built on the mountain pass.

The mountains towering above us as we drove.

The road to Tromvik, which passes a beautiful frozen lake.

The crisp white snow covering the frozen lake.

We continued on to Sommarøy, passing through the Kvaløya mountains and seeing some dog sledders, frozen lakes, and skiers sliding down the mountain faces. We even passed the same heard of reindeer again! Needless to say, we stopped for many more photos along the way. The route through the Kvaløya mountains opens up to a coastal road. It has stunning views over the water, and then leads on to the beautiful Sommarøy bridge.

A frozen fjord on the way to Sommarøy.

The road next to the frozen fjord.

Malika can’t believe how beautiful it all is!

Enjoying the company at the frozen fjord.

Loving life even though it was so cold!

The light was starting to get low by the time we got there, with only about an hour left. We got some quick takeaway from the Anne-Grete restaurant on Sommarøy island, and then continued on to the shoreline. At the end of Nordvegen road is a small hill that gives great views of Sommarøy, the ocean, and Håja island (the inspiration for Tromsø’s Arctic Cathedral).

Håja, the inspiration for the Arctic Cathedral.

The Arctic Cathedral.

The beautiful afternoon glow over Sommarøy.

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If you have a bit more time, the view from Hillesøya (the largest hill on Sommarøy) is meant to be amazing. We would love to climb to the top if we ever get back there!

After experiencing the beauty of Sommarøy, and seeing the soft light fade below the horizon, we drove back home. Again, most of the drive home was in the dark, but this was fine, as we had accomplished what we set out to do. The soft golden glow of Tromsø slowly emerged as we drove home. We had forgotten it was New Years Eve, with all the exploring we had done. Although it was only 3pm, we saw fireworks light up the sky from multiple places all over Kvaløya and Tromsø. It was beautiful to see. Even so, we couldn’t image how magical our New Years Eve was going to be!

To read about our magical New Years Eve in Tromsø, see our post: Northern Lights on New Years Eve

Having learnt our lessons from the first road trip, we set out much earlier for our trip around Kvaløya!

Map of the journey around Kvaløya and out to Sommarøy.

Our planned Kvaløya and Sommarøy drive.

The point of this trip was to see as much of the stunning Kvaløya island as we could, and to experience the beauty of Sommarøy. We woke up early on New Years Eve 2017, and started by driving up to Rekvik, which is on the north coast of Kvaløya. We drove alongside the beautiful waters of Kaldfjorden, and then had to suddenly slow down! Right in front of us, on the road, were a heard of wild reindeer! We stopped and watched as the beautiful animals walked past, and then continued on to Rekvik.

Photo of a very early morning in Rekvik, Norway.

Down in Rekvik, at the starting point of our trip!

You need to pass through some mountains to get there, and the road gets very steep and icy. We only recommend it if you’re comfortable driving in snowy and icy conditions. We arrived at Rekvik just on first light. So far, doing well. We had a quick look at the tiny adorable coastal town, but then turned around and headed back up the pass. The view from the top of the pass down to Tromvik (on the other side) was so stunning that we couldn’t help but stop to take some photos!

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Some images of the mountain pass and frozen lake.
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We continued on to Sommarøy, passing through the Kvaløya mountains and seeing some dog sledders, frozen lakes, and skiers sliding down the mountain faces. We even passed the same heard of reindeer again! Needless to say, we stopped for many more photos along the way. The route through the Kvaløya mountains opens up to a coastal road. It has stunning views over the water, and then leads on to the beautiful Sommarøy bridge.

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The frozen fjord on the way to Sommarøy.
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The light was starting to get low by the time we got there, with only about an hour left. We got some quick takeaway from the Anne-Grete restaurant on Sommarøy island, and then continued on to the shoreline. At the end of Nordvegen road is a small hill that gives great views of Sommarøy, the ocean, and Håja island (the inspiration for Tromsø’s Arctic Cathedral).

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Håja, the inspiration for the Arctic Cathedral.
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Photo of the beautiful view over the water at Sommarøy in Norway.

The beautiful afternoon glow over Sommarøy.

BYD Tip

If you have a bit more time, the view from Hillesøya (the largest hill on Sommarøy) is meant to be amazing. We would love to climb to the top if we ever get back there!

After experiencing the beauty of Sommarøy, and seeing the soft light fade below the horizon, we drove back home. Again, most of the drive home was in the dark, but this was fine, as we had accomplished what we set out to do. The soft golden glow of Tromsø slowly emerged as we drove home. We had forgotten it was New Years Eve, with all the exploring we had done. Although it was only 3pm, we saw fireworks light up the sky from multiple places all over Kvaløya and Tromsø. It was beautiful to see. Even so, we couldn’t image how magical our New Years Eve was going to be!

To read about our magical New Years Eve in Tromsø, see our post: Northern Lights on New Years Eve

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