Northern Norway is known for wildlife safaris, midnight sun and northern lights. This part of the country is home to the Sami, Norway’s aborigines.
The land above the Arctic Circle is known for midnight sun and northern lights, Sami people in Finnmark and polar bears at the Svalbard Islands.
During summer, the sun never sets. Capture this magnificent experience on a midnight sun cruise or safari before the darkness of winter arrives.
"Seeyouinnorway" - more than 50 films with exciting world class adventures and experiences in Northern Norway.
Eastenders star David Spinx leaves his pub in London and travels to Norway to experience things he never could have dreamt of. Watch the 12 films.
Norway’s long coast provides variations that are best experienced at the pace of Hurtigruten/The Norwegian Coastal Voyage.
The Kystriksveien route offers 650 kilometres of unique coastal landscape. The Vega island is on UNESCO's World Heritage List.
Nordland is known for wildlife safaris and stunning scenery. National Geographic Traveller has rated Lofoten among the best islands in the world.
Situated right below the Arctic Circle, Helgeland is known for its unique coastline and spectacular mountain formations.
Lofoten is known for excellent fishing and nature attractions, small villages off the beaten track and whale safaris.
Bodø is situated on a peninsula on a beautiful stretch of coastline in Northern Norway, only a 90-minute flight from Oslo.
In the pleasant town of Harstad, you will discover a rich array of culture and nature-based experiences
The islands of Vesterålen tempt you with midnight sun, northern lights, whale safaris, fishing and hiking.
At the intersection between Salten, Ofoten and Lofoten, you will discover a miniature version of Nordland county.
The capital of the Arctic is a lively, humorous and beautiful city packed with culture and history, and surrounded by mountains, fjords and islands.
Archipelagos, fjords and mountains create the basis for the vast county of Troms with added colour from the midnight sun and northern lights.
Narvik tempts you with wild, dramatic and beautiful Arctic experiences such as the northern lights in winter and wildlife safaris during summer.
Follow actress Joanna Lumley as she travels to Northern Norway to fulfil a childhood dream and see the northern lights.
Create your own virtual northern lights dance with a friend to win a dream trip for two to Northern Norway and a chance to see the lights for real.
For the best chances to see the northern lights, or aurora borealis, head to Northern Norway between late autumn and early spring.
There is much for visitors to do under the northern lights in Northern Norway. Here are a few suggestions for activities and excursions.
The aurora borealis has been fascinating travelers to Norway and locals alike for generations, but what is the science behind the northern lights?
Here are 10 tips to help you take good photographs of the northern lights on your next trip to Norway.
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Kayaking, fishing, cycling or golfing make the most of your extra daylight hours outdoors in Northern Norway, creating memorable adventures.
During the Norwegian summer season, the sun never sets north of the Arctic Circle and for a couple of months the sun is visible 24 hours a day.
76 days of midnight sun between May and July greets travellers to Northern Norway
Learn below how to photograph this strange phenomena to share with friends and keep your memories fresh.
Book a cycle tour, go sea kayaking, fishing, golfing or take a cruise to maximize your days of midnight sun in Northern Norway.
Explore summer holiday ceremonies and celebrations, seasonal festivals and special events in Northern Norway.
Norway’s most popular astronomer, Knut Jørgen Røed Ødegaard shares his best midnight sun travel tips and some rather peculiar, interesting facts.
The Arctic Circle marks the starting point for the midnight sun and totally dark winters lit up by the magical northern lights.
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The Sami are Norway’s indigenous people. Travel to Northern Norway to experience their culture. Learn to throw a lasso, or try reindeer sledding.
Nature rules the north of Norway, and over thousands of years, people have found ways to adapt to the Arctic climate.
Witness stunning scenery with Hurtigruten along the Norwegian coast. Travel the entire voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes, or hop on and off as you wish.
The Torghatten Mountain and the bird island of Lovunden are among the attractions on this trip.
Experience the cultural heritage of Northern Norway and its many natural wonders, from the majestic Svartisen Glacier to the Vega Islands.
The easiest way to explore Kystriksveien is by car.
Stay in a historic hotel or in a remote fishermen's cabin along Kystriksveien. But whatever type of accommodation you choose, book well in advance.
The tourist information center in Steinkjer will help you book accommodation and plan a tailor-made itinerary for your trip along Kystriksveien.
You will find artists, craftsmen and farmers selling things as varied as Sami-inspired handicrafts and local food along the Kystriksveien road.
The best place for fishing along Kystriksveien is Saltstraumen. Hiking and biking are other popular activities.
Spend at least five days when driving from Steinkjer to Bodø.
You will find many places offering good food along Kystriksveien, from fine dining restaurants to corner shops selling local produce.
Come face to face with the red king crab in the Barents Sea outside the coast of Finnmark. Afterwards you are offered a taste of the succulent meat.
The county of Finnmark covers an area of 48,637 square kilometers and has approximately 72,000 inhabitants.
Driving from Tana to Lakselv takes you past famous salmon rivers and the Børselvfjellet mountains.
The tourist information offices in Finnmark will help you book accommodation and plan your trip.
Let reindeer drag you across the white plains of Finnmark in Northern Norway.
Travel to Nordland by train, car, plane, ship or ferry.
You have a wide spectrum of accommodation to choose from in Nordland – from authentic fishermen's cabins to exclusive hotels.
Nordland gives you many possibilities for round trips or a longer stay in one place.
Cross the Arctic Circle, visit Saltstraumen, the world’s strongest maelstrom, and head out to the internationally acclaimed Lofoten Islands.
See the northern lights, join a killer whale safari, experience the Lofoten Fishery or go skiing in Narvik.
Choose a whale safari in Vesterålen or a sea eagle safari in Lofoten when you are in Nordland.
Meet nature, tranquillity and an endless array of activities in Nordland, the second largest county in Norway.
in Nordland will help you book accommodation and activities.
Experience the paddling paradise of the Helgeland Coast, which is regarded as one of Norway’s best areas for sea kayaking.
Helgeland is a large and majestic region covering 18,000 square kilometres in the southern part of the county of Nordland.
Getting to Helgeland is easy whether you choose to drive, fly, catch a train or travel by Hurtigruten!
Helgeland's culinary traditions span fish and seafood, bread, cakes, dairy products and meat. Here are a few places where you can try the local fare.
Buy art and handicrafts directly from local artists. The Helgeland region also has several modern shopping centres.
Pack your walking boots and explore Helgeland on foot. Hiking options abound, whether you follow marked trails or make a foray into the wilderness.
Go island hopping on a bike, paddle in a sea kayak, explore a cave or go hiking in the spectacular mountains dotted along Helgeland.
Stay in a traditional Norwegian fisherman's cabin, in an authentic small hotel on the coast or in a historic hotel in Mosjøen or Mo i Rana.
You will find four tourist information centres to help you plan your trip to the Helgeland Region.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, a mountain with a hole through it and a cruise with Hurtigruten are just some of the attractions in Helgeland.
Every winter, hundreds of people travel to Lofoten to see who gets the most and the largest arctic cod. You can be a part of it.
Saltstraumen, the world's strongest maelstrom, and the historical trading post of Kjerringøy are two of the many attractions in the Bodø region.
Few Norwegian towns and cities are so close to the wilderness as Bodø. Here winter activities under the northern lights are right on your doorstep.
Bring some good shoes when you visit Harstad. Experience the town's attractions and nearby nature on foot.
Explore Lofoten by foot, go rafting in the Trollfjord and visit Lofotr Viking Museum. Taste stockfish and be amazed by the midnight sun.
Discover the beauty of the Lofoten Islands, anchored above the Arctic Circle, by driving from Fiskebøl to Å - one of Norway's most scenic routes.
There are daily flights into the airports in Lofoten. Travelling around Lofoten is most easily done by car, bike and ferries.
Lofoten is known for the old fishermen's cabins ("rorbuer") that have been restored and turned into modern accommodation for travellers.
Experience the Lofoten Islands by car or bicycle.
Experience the bird rocks outside the island of Røst and the cosy fishing village in Nusfjord.
If you want to experience the genuine atmosphere of the many fishing villages, you should visit Lofoten outside of the hectic summer season.
"Of all the things I get to experience, I think this is the big one," says Norway host David Spinx, out to meet sea eagles in the Lofoten Islands.
Norway host David Spinx tries to get as close to the Lofoten nature as possible. He chooses a double kayak. And he ends up cod fishing.
In November 2007, National Geographic Traveler rated the Lofoten islands of Northern Norway the third most appealing islands in the world.
Get a bird's eye view of the Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway, including Reine, Henningsvær and Svolvær, with these amazing 360 panorama photos.
Bodø is the capital of the county of Nordland and is undergoing rapid growth. The town has a population of 47,000.
Bodø is the hub of Nordland, and a great base to further explore the region, and the rest of Northern Norway.
Go island hopping or drive along the beautiful coastline. Bike to the historical trading post of Kjerringøy or hike to a coastal mountain peak.
Eating out in Bodø? Try traditional dishes like bacalao or meatballs, or opt for the likes of pizza or sushi instead. The choice is yours.
Bodø offers unique countryside or urban pleasures, whether you are here for two days or two weeks.
Whether you are on holiday, on business or just passing through, Bodø offers a wide range of hotels and other accommodation options.
The tourist information office in Bodø is open all year round, and provides information on what to see and do in the region.
There are several tourist information offices in Lofoten. Some of them are closed during winter.
Try deep sea fishing under the northern lights this winter. This is one of several exciting activities you can enjoy in the Vesterålen Islands.
Visit Vesterålen by air, bus, car or by Hurtigruten (the Norwegian Coastal Voyage).
Visit the Whale Centre in Andenes, the fishing village of Nyksund, Møysalen National Park and experience the narrow Trollfjord from a boat.
Go hiking in the footsteps of the Norwegian Queen Sonja, feed the reindeers of the Samis or explore old fishing villages by bike.
Vesterålen has a lot of opportunities, whether you want to explore the islands yourself or are more interested in guided trips and safaris.
Lofoten consists of seven main islands with 24,000 inhabitants.
Harstad is a charming town with 23,000 inhabitants. It is an important meeting place for the region's population.
Harstad has a mix of contemporary and old architecture which, in combination with its waterfront location, provides a good atmosphere.
Taste reindeer, fresh fish, lamb, fresh berries and mushrooms mixed with international cooking.
Stay at hotels, cabins, a youth hostel, traditional wooden storehouses or private accommodation in houses and on farms.
Some of the country's richest fishing grounds are located in Vesterålen.
Harstad is located on Norway's biggest island Hinnøya, next to Vesterålen and Lofoten to the west, Narvik to the east and Tromsø to the north.
The tourist information is located in the centre of Harstad, just opposite the express boat quay.
Stay in a fisherman's cabin, pitch your tent beside the sea or stay in a hotel in the town of Stokmarknes.
The tourist information for Vesterålen, situated in Sortland, is open all year round. There are also local tourist offices in each municipality.
Discover the striking scenery of the outer coast of the Island of Senja in Northern Norway, which reaches out into the mighty Norwegian Sea.
Harstad and its surroundings offer exciting excursions regardless of whether you want to go cycling, hiking, or on a drive to the Lofoten Islands.
Finnmarksvidda is one of Norway’s largest mountain plateaus and the home of the Sami people.
Experience a spectacular coastal area in the county of Nordland with islands, skerries, beaches, deep fjords, steep mountains and northern lights.
The impressive Lyngsalpene are located above the Arctic Circle, not far from the city of Tromsø.
Get a taste of the far north in this less travelled corner of Norway. Rich birdlife, history and long summer nights lit by the midnight sun all await.
"Cheers, good people. Eat well for you have travelled long," says the Viking chieftain as he welcomes visitors for a traditional Viking banquet.
Sample the designer delights of the new 16 floor Rica Hotel or sleep out under the northern lights at Polar Zoo.
Just south of the Arctic Circle you will find the Vega archipelago, a cluster of dozens of UNESCO-protected islands.
National Geographic Adventure recommends Ålesund and Tromsø for hiking, surfing, skiing and biking. And there is more.
An ancient trading centre in a multicultural area, Tromsø makes shopping into a good time and offers some unique buys.
Narvik has two modern indoor shopping centres. Both are located in the town centre.
The stunning scenery around Tromsø is easy to discover by car. There is something new around every corner. Pick up a map at the tourist information.
Tromsø Tourist Information Office is located in the city center, within walking distance of buses, ferries, Hurtigruten and most city hotels.
Enjoy a scenic drive on Vesterålen in Northern Norway. This coastal road on Andøya Island is characterised by the open sea and long, white beaches.
The road to Havøysund follows the ocean’s edge in wild and barren terrain towards the far north of Norway and its enticing Arctic light.
Winters can be cold and harsh, but they also offer the chance to catch a glimpse of the northern lights and to join action packed outdoor adventures.
The Arctic Circle Centre is situated 80 kilometres north of Mo i Rana and 70 kilometres south of Fauske.
Narvik is a town with approximately 18,384 inhabitants.
Situated in the stunning Ofoten Region, Narvik is easily accessible by car, boat, air and train. Its close proximity to Sweden is an added advantage.
Discover Narvik's historic attractions and its abundant natural treasures, which too many people remain undiscovered.
Enjoy a light snack or a full dinner at one of the recommended places.
The Ofotfjord is the perfect location for fishing. For those who love mountaineering, Narvik is surrounding by fantastic mountains
Learn about the ways of the Vikings, as David Spinx’s life takes a dramatic turn at the chieftain's longhouse at Borg in the Lofoten Islands.
Follow David Spinx on his journey in Finnmark, where he meets the Sami, gets to taste reindeer meat and goes hunting for the northern lights.
Travel with Norway host David Spinx to the Pasvikdalen Valley near the Russian border and meet 50 Alaskan huskies. You will get to try dog sledging.
Spend a night with David Spinx in a snow hotel in Kirkenes in Northern Norway. And be sure to order a northern lights wake up call before you sleep.
Join Norway host David Spinx on a snowmobile ride and a king crab safari in Finnmark, Northern Norway. Floating in the Barents Sea is also included.
The small town of Kirkenes is known as the capital of the Barents Region and the gateway to the East.
Karasjok is the Sami capital and a cultural junction in Finnmark.
Havnomaden Kayak Centre on the coast of Helgeland offers kayak rental, guided kayaking tours, accommodation, workshops, a shop and a small pub.
The Struve Arc is an UNESCO protected chain of survey triangulations stretching from Hammerfest in Northern Norway to the Black Sea.
Experience the North Cape, the huge national parks or Finnmarksvidda mountain plateau.
Sami products, silver jewelry and ceramics are among the many souvenirs you can buy when you visit Finnmark.
Sample local dishes made with reindeer, grouse, salmon or king crab when you visit Finnmark.
Experience the North Cape and Karasjok on this round trip in Western Finnmark.
Visit Sami villages, travel to the border area between Finnmark and Russia or join the locals catching king crabs in Eastern Finnmark.
Experience spectacular bird life in Northern Norway. Ekkerøy Holiday House offers environmentally friendly accommodation close to nature in Finnmark.
Finnmark offers fantastic opportunities for birding. The Varanger Peninsula in eastern Finnmark is one of Norway's most exclusive bird areas.
Join a fisherman on the fjord or experience a king crab safari, get to know Sami culture, try dog sledging or go on a snowmobile safari.
There are several direct flights daily from Oslo to Alta and Kirkenes, and Hurtigruten boats call at 11 different ports along the coast of Finnmark.
Stay at one of many camp sites or rent a fishermen's cabin. Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel in Alta and Kirkenes SnowHotel are both made of snow and ice.
Saltstraumen is the world’s most powerful maelstrom and is situated outside of Bodø.
All interior and exterior is made of snow and ice in this luxurious hotel, even the glasses in the bar.
The UNESCO-protected rock carvings in Alta, Finnmark, bear witness to human activity in Northern Norway already in the prehistoric period.
The world’s northernmost university city, 350 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, is a lively place, surrounded by fjords and mountains.
Archipelagos, fjords and mountains create the frame for the county of Troms with added colour from the midnight sun and northern lights.
Tromsø is known for a lively nightlife with friendly locals and a range of restaurants specialising in the fresh ingredients of the region.
In winter, expect moderate temperatures, loads of snow, skies lit up by the northern lights and a hectic cultural scene in Tromsø.
Tromsø’s numerous sights offer history, daring architecture, wildlife, science, culture and impressive vistas.
Winters in Troms feature blue light, northern lights and white snow.
Alta is the largest town in Finnmark and offers northern lights and midnight sun, mountains, sami culture and reindeer.
When standing on the cliff at the North Cape, mainland Europe’s northernmost point, only the Svalbard Islands separate you from the North Pole.
The Polar Zoo and the three national parks of Reisa, Øvre Dividal and Ånderdalen are popular attractions in Troms.
"Whale!" The captain points eagerly in front of the ship. Excited and full of anticipation you make your way to the gunnel and see the whale’s blow.
Lofoten Kajakk offers a choice of sea and land-based activities year round, including kayaking, sailing, hiking, cycling, skiing and snowshoeing.
Troms Reiseliv runs a year-round tourist information office for Troms County.
Visit fishing villages in the morning and go hiking in the mountains in the afternoon.
Experience Norwegian Christmas traditions by visiting a Christmas market, enjoying a holiday concert, or catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights.
There are fish to be caught all year around. Cod fishing is at its best in winter time. Try Senja for a special fishing experience.
In Troms, you will find the normal selection of shops, as well as local art galleries and other specialist shops.
The best food in Troms is prepared with fresh local ingredients, such as cod or elk, combined with international culinary trends.
Nature plays an important role in many of the activities which are on offer in Troms.
The tourist office is located in the town centre. Feel free to visit the tourist information for advice, ideas, inspiration and general information.
Sleep in rooms that have been occupied by English lords at the historical Rundhaug Gjestegård, or stay in an exclusive log cabin at Lyngen Lodge.
Reach Troms by plane all year from Oslo, London and Murmansk, spring to autumn from Riga, and from Stockholm during summer.
Tromsø offers accommodation for all budgets, from good hotels to home stays. Charming cabins and campsites can also be found out of town.
No location north of the Arctic Circle is as easy to reach as Tromsø. The city is also the best place to start your exploration of Northern Norway.
The spectacular landscapes around Tromsø are perfect for outdoor activities, combine them with Tromsø’s vibrant cultural scene.
Hurtigruten ASA is a merger of the companies Ofotens og Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskab ASA and Troms Fylkes Dampskibsselskap ASA.
A round trip with Hurtigruten/The Norwegian Coastal Voyage is a unique product, and cannot be compared to any other travel product.
With its fjords and the unique Finnmarksvidda mountain plateau, the vast county of Finnmark is well-suited for hiking holidays for the whole family.
Troms boasts three national parks with good hiking. Exploring Senja Island, Reisa National Park and Lauklines are among the highlights.
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Stop by the heavily guarded Russian border on your way to a king crab safari. And be sure to put on a dry suit and try floating in the Barents Sea.
Join an action-packed trip in the Lofoten where RIB-safari, summit skiing, deep sea fishing and culinary experiences are all part of the experience.
At Sørøya, Seiland and Kokelv you will find good places to catch the big one and at Skaidi you can fish in a good salmon river.
- Everyone with a drivers license can do this. It is much easier than driving a car, says our guide at Alta Friluftspark Resort.
- The dogs are very social and happy. They love it when guests arrive and it is time for running, says Eirik Nilsen at Holmen Hundesententer.