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The old trading post at Kjerringøy in Bodø in Northern Norway
Kjerringøy in Bodø, Northern Norway.
Photo: flightseeing.de / nordnorge.com/Bodø
Northern lights over Træna in Helgeland, Northern Norway
Træna in Helgeland.
Photo: Arvids Baranovs / Eaglewood Photography
Kayaking under the midnight sun in Lofoten in Northern Norway
Kayaking in Lofoten.
Photo: Kristin Folsland Olsen / www.nordnorge.com/Vestvågøy

In Northern Norway, pure magic awaits in the form of spectacular scenery, culture and natural wonders like the midnight sun and the northern lights. Get ready for a trip to the kingdom of light!

As the largest part of the mainland, Northern Norway stretches from the Helgeland coast in the south to Europe’s northernmost point near the North Cape. It also includes the Svalbard Islands, located halfway between Norway and the North Pole. The region boasts wild and untouched nature, Arctic animals, and world-class seafood.

You’ll find several fishing villages here too, with colourful fishermen’s cabins called “rorbuer.” Experience the coastal culture on a fishing trip, by driving along the scenic route Kystriksveien or on a cruise with the coastal express Hurtigruten. Maybe go island hopping? You can even explore the most remote areas of Northern Norway with public transportation!

Another important part of the history and the culture in the region is the Sami – the country’s indigenous people. The attractions on the Norwegian tundra in Finnmark reflect their history, heritage and life today.

Northern Norway is also the place to go to witness the Arctic lights. In winter, people travel far to chase the northern lights, while the midnight sun offers everlasting summer nights.

Get in-depth travel information on Northern Norway’s official website.

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Destinations in Northern Norway

Top things to do in Northern Norway

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Popular hikes

Check out some of the best and most scenic hikes in Northern Norway.

Where to stay

From comfy hotels to cosy cabins. Find your home away from home in Northern Norway.

Food and drink

From local food gems to high-end restaurants. Get a taste of what Northern Norway offers.

Getting to Northern Norway

Get in-depth travel information on Northern Norway’s official website.
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Top attractions in Northern Norway
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
This tour is conducted by Creative Vacations. We are two artists who love to share our experience, passion and our perspective of Northern-Norway. Our… Read more
Aurora adventure tour with professional photographer
Northern Norway's hidden pearl, is the railway between Narvik and Kiruna. The trip takes you through a historical, beautiful and wild landscape. Give… Read more
Ofotbanen - The Ofoten Railway
The North Cape cliff has long been a popular and important navigation mark for shipping traffic in the north. In 1553, an English expedition set sail… Read more
North Cape cliff, North Cape
We pick you up at your hotel and transport you to our RIBs. We drive by an open boat on the Varangerfjord, where you help pull up the crab pods. Read more
Snowhotel Kirkenes - King Crab Rafting Safari
You are invited to join Helgeland Kayak on a guided excursion near Mo i Rana. Choose a kayak trip that lets you see the town’s highlights from a… Read more
Helgeland Kayak – Guided kayak trips from Mo i Rana
After driving to the base of Longyear Glacier, venture into the stunning ice cave formed by a labyrinth of meltwater channels beneath the surface of… Read more
Ice Cave Tour by Snowmobiles - Poli Arctici
Lofoten Charterbåt is accommodating 50 passengers. The company offers cruises in the Lofoten Islands, fishing trips and chartered tours in the county… Read more
Lofoten Charterboat
As far up from the River Karasjoka as you can hear a dog barking is the Haldecohkka (the Halde top). From this holy mountain you have a 360 degree… Read more
Northern Light Safari- by Turgleder
Experience the stunning coastline of Billefjord, Skansbukta's famous castle-like peaks, and the abandoned Russian mining settlement, Pyramiden —all in… Read more
Speedboat to Pyramiden and Nordenskiöld Glacier - Poli Arctici
Destinations in Northern Norway
From local food and mountains soaring above deep blue fjords to the midnight sun and the northern lights – discover the Arctic capital,… Read more
Tromsø
The UNESCO-listed Vega Islands have been named one of the world’s top undiscovered island gems. Read more
The Vega Islands
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
Far above the Arctic Circle, the North Cape offers arctic adventures like dog sledding under the northern lights, and never-ending daylight in the… Read more
The North Cape
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 Nordland is also just a boat ride away from the old… Read more
Bodø
Experience the cultural hub of Bodø as well as untouched nature, the world’s strongest tidal current, and remarkable, windswept… Read more
Salten
Get ready for an Arctic adventure with whale watching, cool museums, hiking and snowshoeing. In Vesterålen, you can combine wow experiences with… Read more
Vesterålen
Go hiking in the mountains, explore the archipelago in a kayak or RIB, and join exciting cultural events. Harstad is the perfect base for a holiday in… Read more
Harstad
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
In Helgeland, you can paddle around the UNESCO-protected Vega islands and climb mountains like Torghatteen and The Seven Sisters. Or try the… Read more
Helgeland
Teeming birdlife on Hornøya, an amazing snow hotel, dramatic wartime history, and a monument to witches in Vardø are among the many… 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
Discover Narvik, a town above the Arctic Circle where nature is your playground. Go hiking, skiing or climbing and experience the midnight sun in… Read more
Narvik
Go hiking and kayaking under 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
An urban gem on a barren, mostly uninhabited coast, Hammerfest is an Arctic city full of life and outdoor adventure. Read more
Hammerfest
In Nordkyn, the northernmost region on the European mainland, you can enjoy beautiful scenery, world class fishing, Arctic adventures and… Read more
Nordkyn
Lyngenfjord and the Lyngsalpene mountain range are an Arctic area full of exotic and family-friendly outdoor activities that offer pure,… Read more
The Lyngenfjord region
Kystriksveien is one of the most scenic drives in the world. Along the road you can climb the mountains Torghatten and De syv søstre,… Read more
Kystriksveien – the coastal route
Norwegian Scenic Routes in Northern Norway
Norwegian Scenic Route Varanger is 160 kilometres long and travels between Varangerbotn and Hamningberg. Read more
Varanger
Norwegian Scenic Route Havøysund is 67 kilometres long and travels between Kokelv and Havøysund. Read more
Havøysund
Norwegian Scenic Route Senja is 102 kilometres long and travels between Gryllefjord and Botnhamn. Detours to Mefjordvær and Husøya. Read more
Senja
Norwegian Scenic Route Andøya is 58 kilometres long and travels between Bjørnskinn and Andenes. Read more
Andøya
Norwegian Scenic Route Lofoten is 230 kilometres long and travels between Å and Raftsundet. Detours to Nusfjord, Vikten, Utakleiv, Unstad, Eggum, and… Read more
Lofoten
Norwegian Scenic Route Helgelandskysten is 433 kilometres long and travels between Holm and Godøystraumen, with a detour to Torghatten. Read more
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    • Northern Norway car

      By car

      Driving is a scenic way of getting around in Northern Norway, but be aware that distances between the bigger cities can be larger than you think. It is possible to rent a car at all of the airports in Northern Norway.

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    • Northern Norway bus

      By bus

      Most overland passenger traffic in Northern Norway is by bus. Buses go to almost all inhabited places in Northern Norway.

    • Northern Norway boat

      By boat

      The Norwegian Coastal Voyage Hurtigruten calls at 25 ports in Northern Norway, with stops varying from 5 minutes to 4 hours depending on the size of the port. You are free to go ashore if you wish.

      Several express and local boats will take you around Northern Norway.

      Ad: Hurtigruten – “The world’s most beautiful sea voyage”

    • Northern Norway train

      By train

      Norway has a railway network stretching from Kristiansand in the south to Bodø above the Arctic Circle. The Nordlandsbanen railway line, which takes you deep inside the polar regions, is ranked among the most beautiful railways in the world.

    • Northern Norway plane

      By plane

      There are airports in Bodø, Harstad/Narvik, Tromsø, Alta, Kirkenes and Longyearbyen, plus 20 short runway airports. Travel time from Oslo to Tromsø is around one hour and 45 minutes.

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    • Magical Northern Light by Up Norway
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      Magical Northern Light by Up Norway
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      Magical Northern Lights
      Go dogsledding and whalewatching

      This journey encourages you to create your own magical connection in Alta, going on adventures such as dogsledding, snowmobiling and ice-fishing, and seeking the illuminations of the polar night.

    • Silent Trollfjord Cruise by Brim Explorer
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      Silent Trollfjord Cruise by Brim Explorer
      Photo: Albert Bjørnerem
      Silent Trollfjord Cruise
      Enjoy Lofoten's most stunning fjord!

      A classic Lofoten adventure with a modern twist, experience Lofoten’s majestic Trollfjord and its white-tailed eagles in silence and comfort on board a panoramic & hybrid-electric boat

    • Active days in spectacular Lofoten by Expa Travel
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      Active days in spectacular Lofoten by Expa Travel
      Photo: Expa Travel
      Active days in spectacular Lofoten
      Experience fishing, mountains, and cycling trips!

      Lofoten offers stunning nature, mountain hikes, world-class fishing, and cycling trips in spectacular scenery. Sample delicious food served by lovely hosts.

    • Finding Kos - Slow Travel by Up Norway
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      Finding Kos - Slow Travel by Up Norway
      Photo: Fjord Norway / Storfjord Hotel
      Finding Kos - slow travel
      A four week journey in the land of 'Kos'

      Slow travel means personal awareness: tuning into your own feelings, redefining and setting new goals, feeling peace, clearing brain fog, invigorating the mind and establishing what matters.

    • Best of Norway Escorted Small Group Tour
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      Best of Norway Escorted Small Group Tour
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      Best of Norway small group tour
      All the highlights of Norway this summer

      Join our exclusive 14-day summer tour from Oslo via Bergen to the very top of Norway. Take the Norway in a nutshell® train journey from Flåm and catch a boat along the Norwegian fjords to Bergen. Feast on fresh seafood in Bergen before taking the Hurtigruten along the coast to your final stop, Kirkenes.

    • Grand tour of Norway by Authentic Scandinavia
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      Grand tour of Norway by Authentic Scandinavia
      Photo: Harald Sandal Bohn
      Grand tour of Norway
      Oslo, Flåm, Bergen & Hurtigruten cruise

      An amazing 12-day rail tour from Oslo via the Norwegian fjords to Bergen. From Bergen you will continue on a 7-day cruise through incredible scenery along the Norwegian coast to Kirkenes.

    • Aurora Dinner Cruise by Brim Explorer
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      Aurora Dinner Cruise by Brim Explorer
      Photo: Romain Charrier
      Aurora Dinner Cruise
      Arctic tapas under the Northern Lights

      Join our Northern Lights Cruise and enjoy a delicious arctic tapas menu from our local partner in Tromsø while we look for the Northern Lights!

    • The Arctic Circle Region by Up Norway
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      The Arctic Circle Region by Up Norway
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      The Arctic Circle Region
      Myths and Marvels in Helgeland

      On this journey, you will immerse yourself in the mythical fairy tales of Norway, and become a part of the story of the eternally immortalised trolls in the peculiar mountains around you.

    • Lofoten in a nutshell by Fjord Tours
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      Lofoten in a nutshell by Fjord Tours
      Photo: Tomasz Furmanek
      Lofoten in a nutshell
      Arctic mountains & picturesque fishing villages

      Situated above the Arctic Circle, the Lofoten archipelago offers dramatic, imposing beauty everywhere you look. This tour combines breathtaking scenery and idyllic fishing villages. Relax and enjoy the vibrant costal culture, or add activities of your choice. Travel comfortably by local bus and ferry.

    • Lofoten Culinary Food Week by 50 Degrees North
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      Lofoten Culinary Food Week by 50 Degrees North
      Photo: 50 Degrees North
      Lofoten Culinary Food Week
      Cooking Classes, Exclusive Experiences & Sea Adventures

      Join us for an exclusive culinary week staying in three unique seaside and farm properties in the magical Lofoten Archipelago. Driving around Lofoten lets you stop by small country roads, explore quaint seaside villages, and travel at your own pace. Book early as tables in these small, remote lodges are very popular!

    • 2-Day Photo Tour of the Lofoten by Book Nordics
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      2-Day Photo Tour of the Lofoten by Book Nordics
      Photo: Lofoten Lights AS
      2-Day Photo Tour of Lofoten
      Explore Lofoten with a pro photographer

      Visit Gimsøya, Torvdalshalsen, Haukland, Eggum, Unstad, Henningsvær, the Lofoten Cathedral, Napp, Nusfjord, Flakstad Beach, Hamnøy, Reine, Sakrisøya, and more. Accommodation not included.

    • Arctic Fjord Cruise by Brim Explorer
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      Arctic Fjord Cruise by Brim Explorer
      Photo: Kristoffer Lorentzen
      Arctic Fjord Cruise
      Explore the fjords around Tromsø

      Join a fjord tour full of highlights. Experience the fjords of Tromsø with surprising remnants from WWII and jump on land to learn more about the fishing traditions and culture thought story & tasters

    • Silent Whale Watching by Brim Explorer
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      Silent Whale Watching by Brim Explorer
      Photo: Albert Bjørnerem
      Silent Whale Watching
      Whale watching with minimal disturbance

      Experience Humpback Whales and Orcas as they come to feed in the Norwegian Arctic. Join us from Tromsø aboard panoramic boats with hybrid-electric engines to minimise disturbance to nature and whales.

    • Arctic Circle Express by Up Norway
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      Arctic Circle Express by Up Norway
      Photo: Leif Johnny Olestad / Visit Norway
      Arctic Circle Express
      Slow Travel is Back in Fashion

      Take your seat on an epic rail journey through tranquil landscapes peppered with majestic mountains, fjords and waterfalls – on foot, by boat or even in a kayak.

    • The Northernmost Roadtrip by Up Norway
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      The Northernmost Roadtrip by Up Norway
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      The Northernmost Roadtrip
      Another one for the bucket list!

      A once-in-a-lifetime road trip above the Arctic Circle which includes spectacular stops on your way through beautiful nature. Up here everything is an adventure.

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