There are many land and shoreline activities on offer north of the Arctic Circle such as sea kayaking, swimming, camping, cycling, hiking, fishing and even golf. The fjords are also a spectacular route to follow the midnight sun north with a variety of sailing options from Hurtigruten.
You can go sea kayaking using double or single kayaks in the Tromsø Region, starting at Kvaløya (Whale Island) or the thousands of islands, inlets, bays and narrow fjords that make up the Helgeland Coast. If you visit the Lofoten Islands, kayaking is also available from Kabelvåg. Sea kayaking is usually accompanied by an experienced guide which makes it an ideal activity for beginners and novices. Dry suits are included in the hire fee.
Wild swimming in the turquoise fjords, lakes and seas of Northern Norway is an opportunity to sink into the landscape´s natural beauty. In the summer months the Gulf Stream and air currents from the sea warms the land, although a wet suit is still advised for swimming. The westward islands of Vestvågøy, Flakstadøy and Moskenesøy offer good sea swimming opportunities.
Norway´s liberal public access and camping laws mean that you can choose between “wilderness camping” (finding your own spot in the wild) or stay at a campsite complete with modern facilities. Many campsites can be found in the area near the Lofoten Islands. A number of campsites in this area offer mountain, sea and beach views depending on your preference.
Cycling during the midnight sun period is a great way to experience Northern Norway. All levels of ability can find their match. A good starting point is the Helgeland coastal route that ends in Bodø. Other popular cycling routes include Mo i Rana, the Svartisen Glacier, Tonnes, Ørnes and Borg. Bikes can be rented in Rana, Lyngen, Tromsdalen and Vesterålen, or you can bring your own cycle which can be transported on board the Express Route boats and ferries.
Midnight sun hiking trips can be planned along routes around Tromsø. Målselv, the Lyngen Alps, Lauksletta, Malangen and Hamn offer good guided or self-organised routes for beginner and intermediate abilities. Elsewhere Dronningruta in Vesterålen and the Reisadalen Valley, which stretches over the Finnmarksvidda Mountain Plateau from Kautokeino in Finnmark to Saraelv in Troms, both feature among DNT’s (the Norwegian Trekking Association) most popular hikes.
Fishing in Northern Norway offers many options along most of the Norwegian coast heading north. Boats can be easily hired for “self drive”, direct from fishermen, or via tourist offices and accommodation suppliers. Guided tours including your very own skipper and all the equipment you are likely to need can also be arranged.
Playing golf under the midnight sun is a popular, if somewhat surreal activity. Tromsø Golfpark is the northernmost 18-hole golf course in the world, while Banak Golf Links in Lakselv is the northernmost nine-hole golf course. The sea borders the challenging nine-hole course at Lofoten Golf Links whilst Hov and Gimsøysand (half-way between Svolvær and Leknes) offer nine holes and close up views of the Lofoten mountains and the ocean. Narvik Golfklubb (18 holes) at Skjomendalen is another good bet for a round of golf in the region.