13 days in Northern Norway & Scottish Highlands Itinerary

13 days in Northern Norway & Scottish Highlands Itinerary

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Fly
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Tromso, Norway
— 3 nights
Fly to Aberdeen, Train to Inverness
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Inverness, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kyle of Lochalsh, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive
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Fort William, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive to Glasgow International Airport, Fly to Destin-Ft Walton Beach Airport

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Tromso, Norway

— 3 nights

Paris of the North

The cultural and economic hub of northern Norway, Tromso boasts a historical city center containing one of the highest concentrations of wooden houses in Europe.
Tromso is known for nightlife, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at The Polar Museum, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Polaria, and look for gifts at Tromso Arctic Gifts & Souvenirs.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tromso trip itinerary app.

Valparaiso, USA to Tromso is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 7 hours. Traveling from Valparaiso in October, things will get much colder in Tromso: highs are around 42°F and lows about 34°F. On the 11th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Tromso

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

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Inverness, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Explore Inverness' surroundings by going to The Old Packhorse Bridge (in Carrbridge), Cairngorm Mountain (in Aviemore) and RZSS Highland Wildlife Park (in Kingussie). There's still lots to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Ness, steep yourself in history at Fort George, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Inverness Cathedral.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Inverness day trip website.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Tromso to Inverness takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tromso to Inverness. Traveling from Tromso in October, expect Inverness to be somewhat warmer, temps between 56°F and 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kyle of Lochalsh.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 15:

Kyle of Lochalsh, United Kingdom

— 1 night
On the 16th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Eilean Donan Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Attadale Gardens, then take a memorable tour with Plockton Seal Trips, and finally don't miss a visit to Kishorn Selfie Box.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyle of Lochalsh trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Kyle of Lochalsh

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Fort William, United Kingdom

— 3 nights
Fort William is the second largest settlement in the Highlands of Scotland with around 10,000 inhabitants – and the largest town: only the city of Inverness is larger.Fort William is a major tourist centre, with Glen Coe just to the south, Aonach Mòr to the east and Glenfinnan to the west, on the Road to the Isles. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Nevis, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, and finally brush up on your military savvy at The Commando Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the views at Glen Coe, make a trip to Glenfinnan Viaduct, then contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Shiel, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Camusdarach Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort William attractions planner.

Drive from Kyle of Lochalsh to Fort William in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Northern Norway travel guide

4.1
Nightlife · Specialty Museums · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Land of the Northern Lights
Located at the northernmost tip of continental Europe, Northern Norway is a place where civilizations meet, the sun shines at midnight, and auroras paint the skies. Learn about the local culture, a mosaic of Sami, Norwegian, Finnish, and Russian influences, and see the historical attractions that stretch from prehistory to the Cold War era. Despite their modest size, the region’s cities are vibrant places with many unique architectural features and an exciting nightlife. Outside the cities, you'll find a vast area of pristine nature with mountains, fjords, lakes, and rivers. Here you can take part in a number of outdoor activities, from golfing and rock climbing in the summer, to dog sledding and skiing in the winter. Complete your Arctic vacation by tasting the local specialties, including fresh dairy products and seafood, whale and reindeer meat, and seagull eggs followed by home-brewed beer.

Scottish Highlands travel guide

4.4
Castles · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
The Scottish Highlands are the reason why Scotland looks like nowhere else in the world. The rugged landscapes of the Highlands are at once formidable and beautiful. Perhaps the best way to experience the awe-inspiring natural wonders of the region is by including a leisurely road trip in your itinerary. A journey through the Highlands is a journey through the history of our planet, as the ancient rocks were formed over a period of hundreds of millions of years. The region contains some of Europe’s most extensive wilderness areas, many of which have been designated as national parks and are essential places to visit for any nature lover. Dotted with small fishing villages, the region is also a foodie's paradise, offering arguably some of the finest fresh seafood and venison delicacies in the world.