Car Hire from Tromso Airport
Tromso Airport offers easy access to northern Norway. Almost 400 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, the area has long summer days and long winter nights. With the opportunity of seeing the northern lights, beautiful fjords and nature at its wildest, a holiday in the region is always unique and memorable. Hiring a car from Tromso Airport is a great way to reach some of the more remote areas of northern Norway.
Where to hire a car at Tromso Airport
Avis, Budget, Hertz, RentAWreck, Europcar and Sixt all have car hire offices at Tromso Airport. They are located on the first floor, close to the check-in desks.
Petrol Stations near Tromso Airport
If you have hired a car from Tromso Airport with a full to full fuel policy you will need to return the car with a full tank of fuel to avoid excess charges.
There is a Shell garage located within the airport grounds. It’s close to the airport terminal entrance and the rental car pick-up location.
Driving around Tromso Airport
Route 862 out of the airport goes further north and also south towards Tromso. From Tromso the E8 provides the main route south while the 91 heads east.
Roads around Tromso Airport and the north of Norway are well-maintained. This is partly down to an extensive toll system. Many tolls are automatic and take a reading of your registration plate. You can either pay the fee within a few days or register your credit card in advance so it is automatically debited.
In winter, roads can become snowy and all hire cars will come equipped with snow chains. Whatever the season, when you’re driving in rural areas be sure to fill up with petrol whenever you can as it can be a long way between service stations.
Getting to your destination
There are lots of dramatic landscapes, rugged towns and outdoor adventures to discover in northern Norway. Here are just a few of them, all accessible by car from Tromso Airport.
Tromso is one of Norway’s northernmost cities. Despite its small size, it is a university city with a lively nightlife scene and lots of history, art and restaurants. Tromso has more pubs per square kilometre than any other Norwegian city and it’s also home to the world’s northernmost brewery, which offers tours and tastings. In the mountains surrounding Tromso there are hiking trails to enjoy during the summer and snow sports during the winter.
Tromso city is just ten minutes from the airport, taking route 862 south. There are a number of pay and display street parking spaces around the city. There is also Fjellet, an underground carpark nearly as big as the city centre, where you take a ticket upon arrival and pay at a machine before leaving.
Vesteralen sits on the coast in a remote corner of the region. From the town, visitors can sign up for a wide range of outdoor activities including whale safaris, sea kayaking, fishing, boating, scuba diving and climbing. During the winter, there’s the chance to see the northern lights and head out on dog sledding or skiing trips.
Vesteralen is just over five hours’ drive from Tromso Airport, taking the 862 and then the E8 south. Parking in the small town and at activity centres is easy.
The town of Narvik, with its industrial history, is not particularly picturesque. However, the surrounding area is spectacular. Visitors can take a cable car up to Narvikfjellet mountain and enjoy breath-taking views of the fjords below. There are forest adventure trails, fjord tours and, nearby, Polar Park, which is home to wolves, brown bears, wolverines and arctic foxes.
Narvik is three and a half hours’ drive from Tromso Airport, again taking the 862 and E8 south. There is lots of pay and display parking in the town centre so it’s wise to have coins ready.