Northern Norway is a holiday destination with opportunities for a wide range of nature based activities. Comprising the three counties of Finnmark, Troms, Nordland plus Svalbard, the magnificent nature and the towns and villages create a picturesque setting for your chosen activity.
Above the Arctic Circle you can experience the midnight sun - in Spitsbergen as early as mid-April, while at the North Cape on the mainland you can first see the midnight sun from mid-May. Many people find it hard to imagine broad daylight in the middle of the night. It simply has to be experienced.
Take a trip out to sea and experience close contact with some of the biggest creatures on the planet. The waters off the coast of Vesterålen are important feeding grounds for large numbers of sperm whales. Big boats with experienced skippers and guides make your trip a true adventure. Seeing this enormous animal at a range of only a few metres makes a lasting impression. Safari tours are available daily in summer.
Bird watching and safari
White-tailed eagles, migrating seabirds, arctic ducks, nesting waders and exciting birds of pray. If you are looking for a bird watching experience, then Northern Norway and Spitsbergen is the place for you. Midnight sun and long, bright nights create ideal nesting conditions. Try a boat trip out to the island nesting colonies and get close to the birds on the rocks and steep cliffs. See puffins flying low above the waves with their beaks full of small fry, or gannets that have eaten so much that they have trouble taking off.
See the world’s most beautiful coast – from out at sea. Get close to Spitsbergen’s mighty glaciers or try the North Norwegian coast, a must for anyone who loves kayaking. You will find it all here: fjords and a rugged shoreline with thousands of islands. During the trip you can see nesting seabird colonies, white sandy beaches, abandoned settlements and vibrant costal communities. Enjoy the serenity and close contact with teeming bird life, or hear Svalbard’s glaciers as they creak and calve.
Hiking in Northern Norway and Spitsbergen offers a wealth of opportunity. The landscape varies from steep mountains in an alpine costal landscape, along rivers, through deep forests and across wide mountain plains in splendid isolation. And best of all, the unforgettable experience is not far away. The countryside is suitable for everyone. There are an increasing number of marked trails in the region and excellent maps are available for purchase at local bookshops, campsites and tourist information centres.
The coast of Northern Norway is full of excellent fishing spots. Inlets, fjords, straits, currents and open sea offer a wealth of opportunity. Try your luck from the rocks with your rod and a line or join a boat trip and test your trolling line. Feel the elation as the fish bite. Enjoy the atmosphere as you cook your catch. Several rivers have excellent salmon or arctic char fishing opportunities.
Northern Norway is also home to Norway's indigenous people, the Sami, known for their reindeer herding skills, their music (joik) and their colourful costumes, among other things. Why not learn more about Sami culture during your trip to Northern Norway?
Getting to Northern Norway
The best way to get to Northern Norway from the UK is by plane.
You can fly directly with Norwegian from London Gatwick to Tromsø or make a stop-over in Oslo. All flights from Oslo to Northern Norway with SAS, Widerøe and Norwegian depart from Oslo Airport Gardermoen.