It takes about six hours to drive to Alta from Tromsø, more if you stop and eat, miss the car-barge or take pics. On a straight highway it would only take about two hours to drive, but because Norway is built by fjords and mountains, the road winds in and out, up and down, adding the extra four hours.
The tour is very beautiful, passing through sleepy towns and untamed landscape, but driving over the mountains in November is very icy and cold, especially when you have two kids. Flying is the better option as it only takes 40mins in a little propeller plane – just short enough before the kids go crazy.
The view is certainly humbling. In the summer the mountains cradle aqua lakes and the winter brings out wonderful blues. In the picture above, I was lucky enough to capture the last direct sunlight on the mountains for the year.