What you should know before hiring a car in Tromso
|Tromso city centre|
|Tromsø Airport, Langnes (TOS): 3 mi from city centre|
Car hires in Tromso: practical information
Where to rent a car in Tromso
Heading to Norway’s northern’s territory? Tromso is the ideal place to arrive onboard flights to Tromso from London. Once you arrive, it’s just a few hundred kilometres to the Arctic Circle! Pick up a rent car from Tromso Airport if you plan to make trips outside of the city.
At the airport, choose from Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar or Sixt. All of these car hire companies also have locations in the city centre. Be sure to compare rates, as the summer tourist season pushes prices up drastically. For a deal, it’s best to visit Tromso in spring or autumn.
Driving in Tromso: parking and other tips
Tromso has plenty of paid parking available in the city centre. There’s also the large Trygg underground car park that is right under the hill. Enter via Vestregata. It would be a good idea to find a hotel in Tromso with a car park available to guests but if not, overnight parking is available in most city car parks.
Driving in Tromso is no trouble at all. In the summer, it’s even easier. In winter, driving in northern Norway can be tricky but more car hire agencies will equip cars with winter tyres, which will help a lot. Roads are in good condition but some can close during winter storms.
Road trips from Tromso: what to do, what to see
Sommarøy is a beautiful fishing village located to the south-west of Tromso with incredible beaches and views looking out to the island of Senja, among others that belong to Tromso. There are buses going here in the summer months, but it’s better by car so you’re not bound by bus timetables.
Take your Tromso car hire for a trip to Lyngen, 2 hours to the east of Tromso, if you love a dramatic landscape. The mountains rise some 1,800 metres out of the sea. Stop by Seindalsbreen, the most accessible glacier in the Lyngen mountains and is just a couple hours walking distance from the road. Be careful not to walk on the glacier without a guide.
Mentioned above, Senja is an island just off the coast from Tromso. The island is famous for its rocky coastline that drops quite dramatically into the ocean. The small fishing villages are also great to visit in the summertime. Catch the ferry from Brensholmen.