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The old trading post at Kjerringøy in Bodø in Northern Norway
Kjerringøy in Bodø, Northern Norway.
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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 /ågøy

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. You can also go island hopping if you want to.

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

Historical sites and cultural gems – explore some of the highlights.

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 Photo 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
Join us for a beautful summer experience to Reisa National park and the waterfall Mollisfossen. An unforgetable experience in the narrow river boats.… Read more
Eventful riverboat safari to Reisa National Park and Mollisfossen - Svartfoss Adventure
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
Based on the beautiful island of Tomma, Helgeland Kajakk offers kayaking courses, certification from NPF (Norwegian Kayaking and Canoeing… Read more
Helgeland Kajakk
Come to Alta, Europe's dogsledding capital -- we host the 1100+ km Finnmarksløpet race every year -- take a ride on your own sled, and discover the… Read more
Holmen Husky Lodge 15 Km Dogsled Trip
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 has 2 boats accommodating from 12 to 50 passengers. The company offers cruises in the Lofoten Islands, fishing trips and chartered… Read more
Lofoten Charterboat/Trollfjordcruise
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
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
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 in the winter and months of never-ending sunlight 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
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
Experience the cultural hub of Bodø as well as untouched nature, the world’s strongest tidal current, and remarkable, windswept… Read more
Get ready for an Arctic adventure with whale watching, cool museums, hiking and snowshoeing. In Vesterålen, you can combine wow experiences with… Read more
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
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
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
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
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
An urban surprise along a barren, mostly uninhabited coast, Hammerfest is an arctic town full of life and outdoor adventurous. Read more
In Nordkyn, the northernmost region on the European mainland, you can enjoy beautiful scenery, world class fishing, Arctic adventures and… Read more
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
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
Norwegian Scenic Route Havøysund is 67 kilometres long and travels between Kokelv and Havøysund. Read more
Norwegian Scenic Route Senja is 102 kilometres long and travels between Gryllefjord and Botnhamn. Detours to Mefjordvær and Husøya. Read more
Norwegian Scenic Route Andøya is 58 kilometres long and travels between Bjørnskinn and Andenes. Read more
Norwegian Scenic Route Lofoten is 230 kilometres long and travels between Å and Raftsundet. Detours to Nusfjord, Vikten, Utakleiv, Unstad, Eggum, and… Read more
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.

      Ad: Widerøe – the largest regional airline in Scandinavia

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