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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.

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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
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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
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
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
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Take a break from museums and shops and discover wilderness just around the corner! Read more
Arctic nature in a nutshell - Wandering Owl
153 meters above Northern Europe's deepest canyon spans a spectacular truss bridge. Welcome to  Lyngenfjord Bungee ! With the Bungy cord… Read more
Lyngenfjord Bungee
Surely you have heard of the beauty of Norwegian landscapes... how about taking a closer look? Autumn time is the time when the trees start to change… Read more
Take a Walk on the Wild Side – a hike on Kvaløya – Autumn - Wandering Owl
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
Experience Arctic distillation! At the Arctic Distillation experience, one of our qualified staff members will guide you through the process of… Read more
Guided tour of the world's northernmost distillery
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
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
Experience the beautiful nature and the arctic wildlife of Northern Norway. The journey is a 5-days self-drive tour starting and ending in Tromsø,… Read more
Nature Wonders – Northern Norway in 5 Days - Wandering Owl
Experience the beautiful nature and the arctic wildlife of Northern Norway. The journey is a 9-days self-drive tour starting and ending in Tromsø,… Read more
Nature Wonders – Northern Norway in 9 Days - Wandering Owl
An active vacation to experience the wonders of Northern Norway. The journey is a 9-days self-drive tour starting and ending in Tromsø, travelling… Read more
The Active Explorer – Northern Norway in 9 Days - Wandering Owl
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
The northernmost brewery in the world welcomes you to our tour in the oldest cellars and craft brewery. Read more
Guided Tour Ludwig Mack Brewery
Arctic experience centre Read more
Polaria
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
Leave the beaten tracks, immerse yourself in the polar night and walk your way under the stars. Read more
Star Walk – a night snowshoeing tour – Wandering Owl
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
The cable car offers breath-taking views over Narvik City, the deep Ofot fjord and the surrounding mountains! Read more
Cable Car roundtrip
Meløy Adventure creates an wonderful and fun experience in beautiful nature that will give you and your group a magnificent memory of… Read more
Meløy Adventure
An active vacation to experience the wonders of Northern Norway. The journey is a 5-days self-drive tour starting and ending in Tromsø, travelling… Read more
Active Explorer – Northern Norway in 5 Days - Wandering Owl
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
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
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
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
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]
Slalom, snowboard and twin tip skiing with 2 big jumps, humps and rails. Read more
Sollifjellet Alpinsenter
In Salangen is the huge body of the old Salangsverket. Read more
Salangsverket
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
Experience Arctic distillation! At the Arctic Distillation experience, one of our qualified staff members will guide you through the process of… Read more
Guided tour of the world's northernmost distillery
Fryd is the perfect place to visit if you want to enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee made from the finest beans while savouring the beautiful view… Read more
Fryd
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
Pay a visit to Bark Spiseri & Bar for warm smiles, a continental atmosphere and, not least, delicious meals. Read more
Bark-spiseri and bar
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
De 4 Roser is regarded among Norway's best restaurants focusing on delicious culinary experiences. Read more
De 4 roser
- at the world's northernmost distillery Every Wednesday from 17.00 - 19.00 (1 Feb - 30 Apr) Read more
Aurora After Ski
Welcome to Fiskekroken, a cosy fish restaurant located at the Fish Marked in the middle of Narvik City. Read more
Fiskekroken
Bios Café, situated in the heart of Storslett, serves authentic, pure food made from locally sourced quality produce. It’s not without reason that… Read more
Bios Café AS
Mathallen Tromsø is a temple of the Arctic, Northern Norwegian ingredients. Delicacy groceries such as cheese, meat and especially fish all have… Read more
Mathallen Tromsø AS
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
Café in historic butchery dating from 1830 Read more
Aunegården AS
- 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
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
We wish you welcome to our kitchen and lavvu, where you can enjoy our farmhouse cuisine. With us you will always find the game of both fish and meat.… Read more
Andøy Friluftssenter
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
The bakery was built in 1844. It is fully operative as a "demonstration bakery" during the summer season. Read more
The bakery at Å
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
Røkenes Gård - a hidden treasure in the north where you can delight yourself with a splendid dinner in a historical venue. Read more
Røkenes Manor and Guesthous - diners
A collection of authentic buildings dating back over 250 years ago, with 14 hotel rooms decorated in unique styles. Read more
Sandtorgholmen Hotel - diners
Lapphaugen Touriststations cozy cafè offers you a traditional norwegian menu. Read more
Cafè Lapphaugen Touriststation
With a delightful view of the beautiful Tjeldsundet we have the pleasure to serve all kinds of dishes from our quality-conscious kitchen. Read more
Tjeldsundbrua Kro & Hotell - diners
Fine dining in Finnmark Our restaurant serves local and organic food of outstanding quality. Book a table via email post@trastiogtrine.no or telephone… Read more
Restaurant - Trasti & Trine
Farmers Market offers locally-produced products sold by the farmers from the region of Troms who produce them. Quality, flavour and origin are… Read more
Farmers Market
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
Simple, tasty and hearty! Enjoy a lambsoup cooked in the big iron pan over the fireplace in the chieftains hall. Read more
Enjoy lambsoup at Lofotr Vikingmuseum
Til Elise offers accommodation in idyllic surroundings. Read more
Accommodation Til Elise fra Marius
Art & culture
A 2-hour indoor workshop led by a professional photographer, with interactive presentations, discussions and a practical part, to learn all you need… Read more
Night photography workshop - Wandering Owl
153 meters above Northern Europe's deepest canyon spans a spectacular truss bridge. Welcome to  Lyngenfjord Bungee ! With the Bungy cord… Read more
Lyngenfjord Bungee
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
Pick up from Tromsø City Centre and drive to the Tromso Museum for a guided tour through two Sami exhibitions. Read more
Sami Culture and Camp Visit - Tromsø Arctic Reindeer Experience
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
Experience Arctic distillation! At the Arctic Distillation experience, one of our qualified staff members will guide you through the process of… Read more
Guided tour of the world's northernmost distillery
Experience the Northern and Arctic Lights in unique urban frames, from the top of Narvikfjellet. Savour the serenity and the view of high mountains,… Read more
Lights at the Lodge - Experience the beautiful Northern Lights
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
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
The northernmost brewery in the world welcomes you to our tour in the oldest cellars and craft brewery. Read more
Guided Tour Ludwig Mack Brewery
Trondenes Church is the northernmost and one of the most important medieval churches. Read more
Trondenes Church
Arctic experience centre Read more
Polaria
Leave the beaten tracks, immerse yourself in the polar night and walk your way under the stars. Read more
Star Walk – a night snowshoeing tour – Wandering Owl
The only completely preserved herring oil factory from the early 1900s in Norway. Read more
Skjærstad Herring Oil Factory
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
The cable car offers breath-taking views over Narvik City, the deep Ofot fjord and the surrounding mountains! Read more
Cable Car roundtrip
Modern church from 1958, built in traditional style. Read more
Harstad Church
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 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
An active vacation to experience the wonders of Northern Norway. The journey is a 5-days self-drive tour starting and ending in Tromsø, travelling… Read more
Active Explorer – Northern Norway in 5 Days - Wandering Owl
The Adolf Gun is the only intact battleship canon from the 2. World War and is open for guided tours. Read more
Adolfkanonen
Join the hunt for the Northern Lights in the mountains of Narvik. A sleigh ride to the Njalasouka Lavvu high up in the mountains where there is no… Read more
Magical Northern Lights hunting with Njalasouka Adventures
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
One of North Norway's best-equipped bygdetun! Read more
Grytøy Bygdetun
In Salangen is the huge body of the old Salangsverket. Read more
Salangsverket
Old trading post and guesthouse dating back to the 16th century. Read more
Røkenes Manor and Guesthouse
Harstad Culture House is located in Harstad center, five minutes walking distance from the speed boat, steamer and bus terminal. Read more
Harstad Cultural House
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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