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Reine in Lofoten.
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The kingdom of light

Northern Norway is by far the largest and most sparsely populated part of mainland Norway, and covers more than a third of the country. It stretches from the idyllic Helgeland region in the south to mainland Europe’s northernmost point near the North Cape.

Top 10 destinations
Lofoten is known for excellent fishing, nature attractions such as the northern lights and the midnight sun, and small villages off the beaten track.… Read more
The Lofoten Islands
Tromsø is ideal for seeing the northern lights and has a modern mix of outdoor activities, a vibrant nightlife, and places to eat… Read more
Tromsø
Far above the Arctic Circle, the North Cape offers arctic adventures like dog-sledding in the winter and months of never-ending sunlight in… Read more
The North Cape
Bodø is home to the world’s strongest maelstrom Saltstraumen. The largest city in the county of Nordland is also just a boat ride away… Read more
Bodø
In the city of Alta you can experience Sami culture up close, see UNESCO protected rock carvings, sleep in a ice hotel or hunt for the northern light. Read more
Alta
Go kayaking and hiking in the midnight sun, or skiing and dog sledding under the northern lights. Or simply kick back and enjoy some of the most… Read more
Senja and Central Troms
Teeming bird rocks in Hornøya, a snow hotel, dramatic war stories and a witch monument in Vardø are among the attractions awaiting… Read more
Kirkenes and Eastern Finnmark
Join a dogsled expedition, learn to throw a lasso, and experience the Sami culture first hand in Karasjok and Kautokeino. Read more
Land of the Sami
It’s wild, it’s dramatic – and it’s most certainly unique. Narvik is perfect for nature experiences or an active holiday. Read more
Narvik
The Svalbard Islands are located in the Arctic Ocean, halfway between Norway and the North Pole. Here, you will find untouched arctic wilderness and… Read more
The Svalbard Islands
All destinations
In the city of Alta you can experience Sami culture up close, see UNESCO protected rock carvings, sleep in a ice hotel or hunt for the northern light. Read more
Alta
Bodø is home to the world’s strongest maelstrom Saltstraumen. The largest city in the county of Nordland is also just a boat ride away… Read more
Bodø
An urban surprise along a barren, mostly uninhabited coast, Hammerfest is an arctic town full of life and outdoor adventurous. Read more
Hammerfest
Bring your hiking boots and experience the tall mountain peaks close to Harstad. Enjoy culinary brilliance and find out why Harstad is known as the… Read more
Harstad
The Vega archipelago, situated off the Helgeland coast, is named one of the world’s top undiscovered island gems. You should also pay a visit to… Read more
Helgeland
Teeming bird rocks in Hornøya, a snow hotel, dramatic war stories and a witch monument in Vardø are among the attractions awaiting… Read more
Kirkenes and Eastern Finnmark
Join a dogsled expedition, learn to throw a lasso, and experience the Sami culture first hand in Karasjok and Kautokeino. Read more
Land of the Sami
It’s wild, it’s dramatic – and it’s most certainly unique. Narvik is perfect for nature experiences or an active holiday. Read more
Narvik
In Nordkyn, the northernmost region on the European mainland, you can enjoy beautiful scenery, world class fishing, Arctic adventures and… Read more
Nordkyn
Experience the cultural hub of Bodø as well as untouched nature, the world’s strongest tidal current, and remarkable, windswept… Read more
Salten
Go kayaking and hiking in the midnight sun, or skiing and dog sledding under the northern lights. Or simply kick back and enjoy some of the most… Read more
Senja and Central Troms
Lofoten is known for excellent fishing, nature attractions such as the northern lights and the midnight sun, and small villages off the beaten track.… Read more
The Lofoten Islands
The Lyngenfjord and the Lyngsalpene mountain range form an Arctic area of exotic and family-friendly outdoor activities based on pure fun… Read more
The Lyngenfjord region
Far above the Arctic Circle, the North Cape offers arctic adventures like dog-sledding in the winter and months of never-ending sunlight in… Read more
The North Cape
Tromsø is ideal for seeing the northern lights and has a modern mix of outdoor activities, a vibrant nightlife, and places to eat… Read more
Tromsø
The UNESCO-protected islands of Vega, just south of the Arctic Circle, is named one of the world’s top undiscovered island gems. Read more
Vega Islands
The archipelago of Vesterålen is a place characterized by contrasts, from white beaches and idyllic farmlands to craggy mountain peaks rising… Read more
Vesterålen
Things to do
Island jumping along the coast of Helgeland The coast of Helgeland in North Norway offers spectacular nature with towering mountain peaks, impressive… Read more
Biking at the coast of Helgeland | Discover Norway
Arctic experience centre Read more
Polaria
Modern church architecture. The Arctic Cathedral is a daring piece of architecture built in 1965, inspired by Arctic nature. The "Return of Christ"… Read more
The Arctic Cathedral
By sailing to Sørfugløya, you will discover a breathtaking landscape, on the coastline between the North Atlantic sea and the city of Tromsø Read more
2 Days VIP tour to beautiful Risøy - Arctic Cruise in Norway
Explore the arctic wilderness by sea kayak under the magical light of the midnight sun, a natural phenomenon in which the sun is above the horizon… Read more
Midnight sun kayaking – Active Tromsø
A sea kayaking paradise! Get up close with our stunning northern Norwegian coastline in the most beautiful way. Surrounded by high mountains and… Read more
Sea Kayaking – Active Tromsø
Join our experienced guide on an adventure off the beaten tracks. We take you to our own favourite locations around Lyngenfjord. We have several… Read more
Guided hiking trip to nowhere - Adventure by Design
Experience the amazing scenery and the beautiful midnight sun from the top of Narvik. Read more
Guided hike to the top of Narvik - Linken 1003 mas
In the middle of Lofoten, between steep mountains, and facing the harsh windy coast, lay a village called Vikten. Where the North Sea carves its… Read more
The Glasblower at Vikten
Slalom, snowboard and twin tip skiing with 2 big jumps, humps and rails. Read more
Sollifjellet Alpinsenter
Visit a real fish farm! Norway is the world's largest producer of Atlantic salmon, and around 14 million people around the world enjoy Norwegian… Read more
Aquaculture Centre – Visit a Norwegian Salmon Farm
Join a guided hike in the beautiful mountains surrounding Narvik with Wild North Adventures (www.wildnorthadventures.no). Read more
Hiking i Narvikregionen
Just a short hike rewards you with a stunning view of Harstad, and its surrounding fjords and mountains. Worth the effort! Read more
Keipen
During the Second World War, when the whole of Norway was occupied by the German army, the Wehrmacht recognized the strategic importance of the Lyngen… Read more
Aroybukt NATO base experience
Experience taste and culture of Aurora Spirit. We offer several different guided tasting experiences. Read more
Tastings at Aurora Spirit
Now you can experience whale watching even closer to sea level from a RIB boat (rigid inflatable boat). Read more
Whale safari with RIB - Sea Safari Andenes
Dronningruta [The Queen's Route] is a marked trail about 15 km long and is a 'round trip' along the shoreline and over the mountain between Nyksund… Read more
Dronningruta [The Queen's Route]
Experience the trails and mountains around Narvik on two wheels with Wild North Adventures (www.wildnorthadventures.no). With mountainbikes it is… Read more
Mountainbiking in the Narvikregion
Whale Safari Ltd The Whale and Dolphin Society has given as the following commendation: « Whalesafari Ltd. Andenes - The world’s largest and most… Read more
Whale safari in Andenes
The city's most popular hiking terrain. Read more
Folkeparken
Connect with your inner warrior and try the viking activity of Axe Throwing. Axe throwing is more about relaxation and rhythm than brute strength. It… Read more
Arctic Axe throwing experience!
Welcome to Garsnes Brygge! You will find our paradise in the Sagfjord in Salangen, Norway. Our resort consists of a restaurant, a campsite, a… Read more
Garsnes Brygge
Lyngen Adventure will guide you on a cross-country ski tour or beginners' course in the amazing Lyngen Alps. The groups are small (max. 6 people) and… Read more
Cross-country skiing and courses in the Lyngen Alps
Otertind is a fantastic iconic mountain located in the beautiful Signaldalen valley in the south of the Lyngenfjord. Read more
Guided tour to Otertinden - Bergbjørn Fjellservice
The bakery was built in 1844. It is fully operative as a "demonstration bakery" during the summer season. Read more
The bakery at Å
Don't miss our stunning fjord sceneries at any season! Above the Arctic circle we have during summer beautiful intense sunlight all day round. Our… Read more
All Day Fjord Tour to Sommarøy - Tromsø Individuell
We offer dog sled tours in winter and training cart tours in summer. We also offer ski tours with or without dogs (on waist belt) and hiking tours… Read more
Husky-Andøy
The route from Svolvær to Å runs through picturesque fishing hamlets and towns, such as Henningsvær (the so-called… Read more
Biking in Lofoten Island | Discover Norway
We go out fishing near Tromsø in our luxury sail/motor catamaran Lagoon 450. Arctic Princess has a high standard and space inside and out for a… Read more
Fishing Trip with Self-Caught Fish for Lunch – Arctic Cruise in Norway
Food and drink
We are a small intimate restaurant with 24 seats. We serve set menus based on local produce as far as possible. The menu changes every second week and… Read more
Restaurant Smak
Sortland Mat & Vinhus base their dishes on local produce, and serve food sourced in the Vesterålen region. You can choose from an ala carte menu, or… Read more
Sortland Mat & Vinhus
Egon is a warm and welcoming restaurant with a focus on casual dining. Being a guest at Egon should be an experience and a break from everyday life.… Read more
Egon Tromsø
Umami was awarded Northern Norway's best restaurant in 2017 by the White Guide Nordic. Here you can enjoy a delicious meal in a enjoyable atmosphere. Read more
Umami
De 4 Roser is regarded among Norway's best restaurants focusing on delicious culinary experiences. Read more
De 4 roser
Welcome to Fiskekroken, a cosy fish restaurant located at the Fish Marked in the middle of Narvik City. Read more
Fiskekroken
Pay a visit to Bark Spiseri & Bar for warm smiles, a continental atmosphere and, not least, delicious meals. Read more
Bark-spiseri and bar
Welcome to Garsnes Brygge! You will find our paradise in the Sagfjord in Salangen, Norway. Our resort consists of a restaurant, a campsite, a… Read more
Garsnes Brygge
Warm atmosphere, friendly service and good food - our recipe for your enjoyment. Egon restaurant is the city's most popular restaurant with 90… Read more
Egon
The bakery was built in 1844. It is fully operative as a "demonstration bakery" during the summer season. Read more
The bakery at Å
- at the world's northernmost distillery Every Wednesday from 17.00 - 19.00 (1 Feb - 30 Apr) Read more
Aurora After Ski
Every day we serve lunch. The menu is what we have available. Fish soup, bacalao, mussels, halibut and more, and the shelves are full of goodies. Our… Read more
Lofotmat
- local food for over 20 years - in a cozy, casual, and wilderness surroundings for up to 60 people. Read more
The gallery restaurant at Andøy Friluftssenter
In the distinctive multipurpose building in Sjøgata street you can have coffee and enjoy traditional fare from the Vefsn area, while at the same time… Read more
Kulturverkstedet
Svinøya Rorbuer offers visitors a unique dining experience. Our old quayside warehouse has been turned into an exquisite restaurant: "Børsen Spiseri". Read more
Børsen Spiseri
The first camping site of the Lofoten Islands! Our years of experience contributes in giving you a great stay in picturesque surroundings Read more
Sandsletta camping
Tranøy is a magical place for peace of mind and pleasure. To just be there either in good weather or in a storm and experiencing the mighty mountains,… Read more
Tranøy lighthouse
Studentsamfunnet Driv is a combination of café, nightclub, restaurant and concert hall. In January 2014 The Student Association Driv opened it’s new… Read more
Studenthuset Driv
With convenient entrances from the street and reception area, Charly's Restaurant & Bar is proud to offer hungry guests a selection of fish and meat… Read more
Charly's Restaurant & Bar
Welcome to Narvik's most legendary pub! Read more
Narvikguten Pub
Welcome to our new restaurant in the heart of Tromsø city centre. A delightful place to eat in Tromsøs architectural diamond Kystens Hus- and a… Read more
Restaurant Skirri - Kystens Mathus
Svolværs most popular pub and terrace. Read more
Bryggebaren pub
At our restaurant "Det lune hjørnet" you will enjoy Bodø Hotel’s pleasant, relaxing atmosphere. The furnishings and our staff alike will ensure a cosy… Read more
Bodø hotell resturant
Located at the second floor at the Radisson BLU Read more
Fjord Eat & Drink
Pub - With multiple screens showing football matches and other sporting events. We have shuffleboard and darts, DJ on weekends with dance floor,… Read more
Fun Pub
In our restaurant we hold private parties with pre-ordered menu throughout the year. In our menu you will find organic local cuisine, in short, pure… Read more
Marthahaugen Gård (copy)
Naustvika - where New stories are being told. The small sheep farms situated in Meløya have been making history and food for seven generations. Now we… Read more
Naustvika
In the heart of Tromsø you will find Peppes Pizza. You can enjoy our food in cosy surroundings in an informal setting in our restaurant, take it home… Read more
Peppes Pizza - Real American pizza since 1970!
Art & culture
Narvik War Museum is a modern and new war museum with architectonical and interactive experiences, where Northern Norway's war history is gathered… Read more
Narvik War Museum
The Museum Nord – Narvik is located on a walking distance of Central square, overlooking the harbour and the downtown of Narvik. The beautiful… Read more
Museum Nord - Narvik
Arctic experience centre Read more
Polaria
Modern church architecture. The Arctic Cathedral is a daring piece of architecture built in 1965, inspired by Arctic nature. The "Return of Christ"… Read more
The Arctic Cathedral
By sailing to Sørfugløya, you will discover a breathtaking landscape, on the coastline between the North Atlantic sea and the city of Tromsø Read more
2 Days VIP tour to beautiful Risøy - Arctic Cruise in Norway
Explore the arctic wilderness by sea kayak under the magical light of the midnight sun, a natural phenomenon in which the sun is above the horizon… Read more
Midnight sun kayaking – Active Tromsø
Join us on a new, and very special, Aurora hunting experience at Lights at the Lodge. From Narvik town, you will be lifted up to the top of Narvik… Read more
Lights at the Lodge - experience the Northern Lights from the mountain top
Our 4WD Land Rover Defender is perfect to overland in Arctic conditions, and will take you to the best spots and back home safely - an adventure is… Read more
Private Northern Lights expedition with Arctic Truck - Greenlander
Modern church from 1958, built in traditional style. Read more
Harstad Church
Narvik War Museum is a modern and new war museum with architectonical and interactive experiences, where Northern Norway's war history is gathered… Read more
Narvik War Museum Guided Tour
In the middle of Lofoten, between steep mountains, and facing the harsh windy coast, lay a village called Vikten. Where the North Sea carves its… Read more
The Glasblower at Vikten
Visit a real fish farm! Norway is the world's largest producer of Atlantic salmon, and around 14 million people around the world enjoy Norwegian… Read more
Aquaculture Centre – Visit a Norwegian Salmon Farm
Join a guided hike in the beautiful mountains surrounding Narvik with Wild North Adventures (www.wildnorthadventures.no). Read more
Hiking i Narvikregionen
Just a short hike rewards you with a stunning view of Harstad, and its surrounding fjords and mountains. Worth the effort! Read more
Keipen
The only completely preserved herring oil factory from the early 1900s in Norway. Read more
Skjærstad Herring Oil Factory
The Adolf Gun is the only intact battleship canon from the 2. World War and is open for guided tours. Read more
Adolfkanonen
Trondenes Church is the northernmost and one of the most important medieval churches. Read more
Trondenes Church
The national museum foundation for the coastal express at Stokmarknes. Exhibitions of authentic rooms and environments, photographs, paintings, model… Read more
The Coastal Express Museum - Museum Nord
During the Second World War, when the whole of Norway was occupied by the German army, the Wehrmacht recognized the strategic importance of the Lyngen… Read more
Aroybukt NATO base experience
Experience taste and culture of Aurora Spirit. We offer several different guided tasting experiences. Read more
Tastings at Aurora Spirit
Sami adventures We offer our guests a unique experience of pure and authentic local Sami culture. Participate in our work with the reindeer and become… Read more
Sami Culture - Inga Sami Siida
At Spaceship Aurora you will get a virtual trip into space. Here you will visit the Northern Lights, and will see their origin and effect on our… Read more
Andøya Space Centre – Spaceship Aurora
The city's most popular hiking terrain. Read more
Folkeparken
We pick you up 5:30pm (17.30) and drive you to the Lyngen Alps, where we have dinner, a short photo workshop and Northern Lights/night photography… Read more
Crystal Lavvo Aurora overnight - Green Gold of Norway
Welcome to Garsnes Brygge! You will find our paradise in the Sagfjord in Salangen, Norway. Our resort consists of a restaurant, a campsite, a… Read more
Garsnes Brygge
One of North Norway's best-equipped bygdetun! Read more
Grytøy Bygdetun
The bakery was built in 1844. It is fully operative as a "demonstration bakery" during the summer season. Read more
The bakery at Å
Cruise out from Tromsø city centre in the evening in safe and calm waters, with beautiful views of the city, mountains, fjords and Norhern Lights. Read more
Northern Lights Cruise – Arctic Explorer
Norwegian scenic routes
The National Tourist Route leading out to Havøysund is a stretch of road which displays the absolute best of Norwegian landscapes to tourists. The… Read more
National tourist route RV 889
Senja has two coastlines — a green and gentle inner coast, and a grim, exposed outer coast. So why are the most important settlements on the outer… Read more
Senja National Tourist Route
The Norwegian Scenic Route Andøy runs between the open, bare outer coastline, the grass covered, pointed mountain peaks and the flat cloudberry… Read more
Norwegian Scenic Route Andøya
Fortunately, there are still roads which are not simply designed to get you from A to B as quickly as possible. Norwegian Scenic Routes are beautiful… Read more
Norwegian Scenic Route Lofoten
National Tourist Scenic Helgelandskysten, which is connected by six ferries, offers a wealth of contrasts as it passes through a verdant cultural… Read more
National Scenic Route Helgelandskysten
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    Things to do

    Opportunities abound in Northern Norway, whether you want action or relaxation, fun in the snow or lounging under the midnight sun, seeing the sights or doing the deeds, kayaking or skiing, hiking or fishing. The choice is yours.

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