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Northern lights over Ersfjord at Kvaløya in Tromsø, Norway Photo: Andreas Skjervold
Northern lights performing a dance of inspiration above Kautokeino in Northern Norway. Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/www.visitnorway.com
Northern lights, also known as aurora borealis, dancing in the clear night sky above the fishing village of Ersfjord in the county of Troms. Photo: Bjørn Jørgensen/Innovation Norway
Harstad is one of many places in Northern Norway to see the northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis. Photo: Frank Andreassen/www.nordnorge.com/Harstad
Photo: Stockshots.no/Innovation Norway
Enjoy the crisp sea air and the magnificant show of the northern lights from the deck of one of Hurtigruten's (The Norwegian Coastal Voyage) ships Photo: M. Horender
Go on a cruise with Hurtigruten (The Norwegian Coastal Voyage) during late autumn or winter/early spring - you might see the splendid northern lights. Photo: Ivan Mervillie
The magical northern lights will often flicker across the night sky high above the Lofoten Islands during late autumn and winter/early spring. Photo: Stockshots.no/Innovation Norway
Northern lights performing a dance of inspiration above Vågakallen Mountain in Lofoten. Photo: Stockshots.no/Innovation Norway
A show of natural wonderment is displayed by the northern lights over the small town of Svolvær in Lofoten Photo: Stockshots.no/Innovation Norway
Travel to Lofoten in late autumn and early spring in order to see the northern lights. October, February and March are the best months. Photo: Stockshots.no/Innovation Norway
Northern lights dancing above Vågakallen Mountain in the Lofoten Islands. Photo: Stockshots.no/Innovation Norway
The Lofoten Islands are an excellent location for viewing the northern lights perform their magical display in the night sky. Photo: Stockshots.no/Innovation Norway
The charming fishing village of Henningsvær in Lofoten is a great place to see the northern lights, also known as aurora borealis. Photo: Stockshots.no/Innovation Norway
In Tromsø, the highest northern lights frequency is between 6 pm and 1 am. The best months are December, January, February and March. Photo: Kjetil Skogli/Visit Tromsø
A curtain of northern lights touches the mountains beside the Ersfjord in the county of Troms. Photo: Kjetil Skogli/Visit Tromsø
Photo: Øystein Lunde Ingvaldsen/www.nordnorge.com/Bø

The Arctic

Nature rules the north of Norway, and over thousands of years, people have found ways to adapt to the Arctic climate.

The Sami are Norway’s indigenous people. They have lived at one with nature and developed their Sami culture since the first people came to the Arctic areas of Norway over 11,000 years ago. You can learn about their way of life in the Sami theme park in Finnmark.

Arctic Norway is the kingdom of light. In the summer, the sun never sets. It is a surreal feeling, walking around the spectacular countryside in sunlight at three in the morning. The mountains form a magical backdrop against a sky that lights up with spectacular colours.

And as the seasons change, the sun disappears permanently for the winter. The climate shifts between harmony and wildness, and the magical northern lights dance across the sky. There are many places and ways to expereince the Northern Lights, choose for example a Northern Light Cruise.

You feel alive when standing behind 12 eager Greenland dogs or sitting on a snow scooter packed with horsepower, ploughing through ice and snow. You can experience the exciting side of the Arctic fauna on a king crab safari, where you get to see and taste the enormous crabs.

Furthest north lies the North Cape. As you stand here gazing northwards, all that separates you from the North Pole is the archipelago of Svalbard. You get a tiny sense of having conquered something when you stand at the end of Europe and feel the wind from the North Pole in your face.

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Last updated:  2012-11-23
Sami women wearing traditional clothing in Finnmark, Norway - Photo: Jørn Tomter/Finnmark Reiseliv
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Northern lights over Ersfjord at Kvaløya in Tromsø, Norway - Photo: Andreas Skjervold

The Arctic

Nature rules the north of Norway, and over thousands of years, people have found ways to adapt to the Arctic climate.

The Arctic

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Tromsø

The capital of the Arctic is a lively and beautiful city packed with culture and history, and surrounded by mountains, fjords and islands.

Winter activities in Troms

Winters in Troms feature blue light, northern lights and white snow.

Attractions in Troms

The Polar Zoo and the three national parks of Reisa, Øvre Dividal and Ånderdalen are popular attractions in Troms.

Tour suggestions in Troms

Visit fishing villages in the morning and go hiking in the mountains in the afternoon.

About Nordland, Troms, Finnmark, Svalbard

Finnmark

The vast county of Finnmark is the home of the Sami - Norway’s indigenous people. Experience midnight sun, northern lights and the North Cape.

Nordland

Nordland is known for wildlife safaris and stunning scenery. National Geographic Traveller has rated Lofoten among the best islands in the world.

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