Watch nature's own theater unfold above you as the most spectacular light show takes center stage: The northern lights with you in the front row.
Northern Norway is known for wildlife safaris, midnight sun and northern lights. It is also home to the Sami, Norway’s indigenous people.
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.
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During summer, the sun never sets. Capture this magnificent experience on a midnight sun cruise or safari before the darkness of winter arrives.
The Kystriksveien route offers 650 kilometers of unique coastal landscape. The Vega island is on UNESCO's World Heritage List.
Rica Hotels is one of the largest hotel chains in Norway and covers most of the country.
Archipelagos, fjords and mountains create the basis for the vast county of Troms with added colour from the midnight sun and northern lights.
Nordland is known for wildlife safaris and stunning scenery. National Geographic Traveller has rated Lofoten among the best islands in the world.
The vast county of Finnmark is the home of the Sami - Norway’s indigenous people. Experience midnight sun, northern lights and the North Cape.
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 and beautiful city packed with culture and history, and surrounded by mountains, fjords and islands.
Narvik tempts you with wild, dramatic and beautiful Arctic experiences such as the northern lights in winter and wildlife safaris during summer.
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The Arctic Circle marks the starting point for the midnight sun and totally dark winters lit up by the magical northern lights.
Kayaking, fishing, cycling or golfing make the most of your extra daylight hours outdoors in Northern Norway, creating memorable adventures.
Norway’s most popular astronomer, Knut Jørgen Røed Ødegaard shares his best midnight sun travel tips and some rather peculiar, interesting facts.
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.
Book a cycle tour, go sea kayaking, fishing, golfing or take a cruise to maximize your days of midnight sun in Northern Norway.
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.
Explore summer holiday ceremonies and celebrations, seasonal festivals and special events in Northern Norway.
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?
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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, the bird island of Lovunden and the Saltfjellet-Svartisen National Park 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.
Most people explore Kystriksveien by car, but there are plenty of options for those who prefer public transport.
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.
In Troms, you will find the normal selection of shops, as well as local art galleries and other specialist shops.
Archipelagos, fjords and mountains create the frame for the county of Troms with added colour from the midnight sun and northern lights.
Winters in Troms feature blue light, northern lights and white snow.
The Polar Zoo and the three national parks of Reisa, Øvre Dividal and Ånderdalen are popular attractions in Troms.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Let reindeer drag you across the white plains of Finnmark in Northern Norway.
In early March, teams of dogs and men set off across the icy wastes of the Finnmarksvidda mountain plateau on the world's northernmost sled dog race.
The tourist information offices in Finnmark will help you book accommodation and plan your trip.
Travel to Nordland by train, car, plane, ship or ferry.
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.
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.
The county of Finnmark covers an area of 48,637 square kilometers and has approximately 72,000 inhabitants.
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.
Driving from Tana to Lakselv takes you past famous salmon rivers and the Børselvfjellet mountains.
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.
in Nordland will help you book accommodation and activities.
You will find four tourist information centers to help you plan your trip to the Helgeland Region.
Experience the paddling paradise of the Helgeland Coast, which is regarded as one of Norway’s best areas for sea kayaking.
Getting to Helgeland is easy whether you choose to drive, fly, catch a train or travel by Hurtigruten!
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.
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.
Every winter, hundreds of people travel to the Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway to see who gets the most and the largest arctic cod.
If you want to experience the genuine atmosphere of the many fishing villages, you should visit Lofoten outside of the hectic summer season.
The tourist information office in Bodø is open all year round, and provides information on what to see and do in the region.
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.
"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.
Saltstraumen, the world's strongest maelstrom, and the historical trading post of Kjerringøy are two of the many attractions in the Bodø region.
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.
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.
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.
Explore Lofoten by foot, go rafting in the Trollfjord and visit Lofotr Viking Museum. Taste stockfish and be amazed by the midnight sun.
There are several tourist information offices in Lofoten. Some of them are closed during winter.
Stay in a fisherman's cabin, pitch your tent beside the sea or stay in a hotel in the town of Stokmarknes.
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.
Try deep sea fishing under the northern lights this winter. This is one of several exciting activities you can enjoy in the Vesterålen Islands.
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.
Harstad and its surroundings offer exciting excursions regardless of whether you want to go cycling, hiking, or on a drive to the Lofoten Islands.
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.
Bring some good shoes when you visit Harstad. Experience the town's attractions and nearby nature on foot.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Cheers, good people. Eat well for you have traveled long," says the Viking chieftain as he welcomes visitors for a traditional Viking banquet.
- Whale, shouts the captain as he points eagerly in front of the ship. Full of anticipation we make our way to the gunnel and see the whale’s blow.
Sample the designer delights of the new 16 floor Rica Hotel or sleep out under the northern lights at Polar Park.
Discover Narvik's historic attractions and its abundant natural treasures, both of which remain undiscovered to many people.
The Ofotfjord is the perfect location for fishing. For those who love mountaineering, Narvik is surrounding by fantastic mountains
Tromsø offers accommodation for all budgets, from good hotels to home stays. Charming cabins and campsites can also be found out of town.
Tromsø Tourist Information Office is located in the city center, within walking distance of buses, ferries, Hurtigruten and most city hotels.
In winter, expect moderate temperatures, loads of snow, skies lit up by the northern lights and a busy cultural scene in Tromsø.
Tromsø is known for a lively nightlife with friendly locals and a range of restaurants specialising in the fresh ingredients of the region.
Tromsø's lively city centre offers great shopping - from locally made specialities to international and Nordic brands.
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’s numerous sights offer history, daring architecture, wildlife, science, culture and impressive vistas.
Run in the midnight sun or play a round of golf on the world's northernmost course. Hike, paddle or fish in spectacular Arctic scenery.
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.
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.
Saltstraumen is the world’s most powerful maelstrom and is situated outside of Bodø in Arctic Norway. Join an eagle safari or go sea rafting.
Located 350 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, Tromsø is the capital of the Arctic, surrounded by beautiful fjords and mountains.
Go to sea in a Viking longship to experience medieval boat building technology in action.
Travel to the Pasvikdalen Valley near the Russian border to meet 50 Alaskan huskies, and try dog sledging with Norway host David Spinx.
Learn about the ways of the Vikings and see how David Spinx's life takes a dramatic turn at the chieftain's longhouse at Borg in the Lofoten Islands.
Lofoten Kajakk offers a choice of sea and land-based activities year round, including kayaking, sailing, hiking, cycling, skiing and snowshoeing.
When standing at the North Cape cliff with the iconic globe monument, only the Svalbard Islands separate you from the North Pole.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy a light snack or a full dinner at one of the recommended places.
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.
There are 3,000 people and 100,000 reindeer in Kautokeino. The Sami culture is vivid and authentic.
Karasjok is the Sami capital and a cultural junction in Finnmark.
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 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.
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.
Alta is the largest town in Finnmark and offers northern lights and midnight sun, mountains, sami culture and reindeer.
Enjoy a stroll around Lyngør and Merdø, take a boat trip through Blindleia and visit Lindesnes Lighthouse, Norway’s southernmost point.
The tourist office is located in the town centre. Feel free to visit the tourist information for advice, ideas, inspiration and general information.
Hurtigruten’s extensive program of excursions takes advantage of local guides and benefits from calling at ports that larger ships cannot reach.
A Hurtigruten voyage is arguably the best way to experience Norway. Discover fjords, waterways and ports that other ships cannot reach.
A journey with the iconic Hurtigruten offers the best views at a gentle pace – it is the ideal way to discover Norway’s varied coastal landscape.
The Classic Roundtrip Voyage with Hurtigruten is a 12 day journey, but there are also shorter options available.
Every season has its charm; the northern lights in winter, the Arctic awakening in spring, the midnight sun in summer and the vivid colors in fall.
Troms boasts three national parks with good hiking. Exploring Senja Island, Reisa National Park and Lauklines are among the highlights.
With its fjords and the unique Finnmarksvidda mountain plateau, the vast county of Finnmark is well-suited for hiking holidays for the whole family.
- 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.
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.