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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, whales, 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

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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
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
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. Climb the Torghatten and De syv søstre mountains, visit the Vega Islands and… Read more
Kystriksveien – the coastal route
Discover exotic Arctic adventures and stunning nature in Kirkenes, in the far northeast of Norway. Read more
Kirkenes
In the northeastern most corner of Norway, birds cling to the rocky coastline in a dramatic Arctic landscape. Welcome to wild and rare nature,… Read more
Varanger
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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    • Northern Lights Stay at Lyngen Lodge by 50 Degrees North
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      Northern Lights Stay at Lyngen Lodge by 50 Degrees North
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      Northern Lights Stay at Lyngen Lodge
      Mountain Lodge and winter adventures under the Northern Lights

      5-day stay in boutique lodge with transfers, dog sledding, all meals, snowmobiling, and sea safari. | 50 Degrees North

    • A snowhotel room in Alta
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      A snowhotel room in Alta
      Photo: Visit Norway
      Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel
      Experience Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Alta

      3-day winter break to Alta in Northern Norway, including an overnight stay at the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel and a reindeer sledding experience. Additional winter activities can be added. | Authentic Scandinavia

    • 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. | Up Norway.

    • Arctic Circle Traverse by 50 Degrees North
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      Arctic Circle Traverse by 50 Degrees North
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      Arctic Circle Traverse
      Tour Northern Norway in our premium mini-coach

      9 days of independent touring from Trondheim to Bodø and Narvik before taking an overnight train to Stockholm. Stay in a remote lighthouse, touring in our premium 50 Degrees North mini-coach. | 50 Degrees North

    • Hurtigruten and northern lights
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      Hurtigruten and the northern lights
      Photo: Visit Norway
      Northern Lights Cruise
      Visit Tromsø, the North Cape and Kirkenes

      6-day tour, including a return cruise from Tromsø to Kirkenes with Hurtigruten. Visit the North Cape and try winter activities including dog sledding and snowmobiling. | Authentic Scandinavia

    • Norwegian Coastal Highlights by 50 Degrees North
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      Norwegian Coastal Highlights by 50 Degrees North
      Photo: Jonatan Pie / 50 Degrees North
      Norwegian Coastal Highlights
      Fully Escorted Tour with Coastal Voyage from Tromsø to Bergen

      Southbound voyage on the Norwegian Coastal Voyage (Kystruten) from Tromsø with Scandinavian Escort then Bergen to Oslo on our Scenic Train Journey. | 50 Degrees North

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      Tromsø
      Photo: Truls Tiller
      Tromsø Winter Break
      Tromsø, Northern Lights and Dog Sledding

      4-day winter break to Tromsø in Northern Norway, including dog sledding and a northern lights chase by minibus. Additional winter activities can be added. | Authentic Scandinavia

    • Fjords and Northern lights by Widerøe
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      Fjords and Northern lights by Widerøe
      Photo: Widerøe
      Fjords and Northern lights
      Visiting the Fjords? Add a trip to the North!

      Combine two of Norway's most spectacular regions. When you visit Fjord Norway, you can add a flight to Bodø or Tromsø and experience the magic north as well as the stunning Fjords. | Widerøe

    • Discover Lofoten and Tromsø by 50 Degrees North
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      Discover Lofoten and Tromsø by 50 Degrees North
      Photo: Aurora Stenersen / Visit Norway
      Discover Lofoten and Tromsø
      Cruise from Bergen to Lofoten and Tromsø

      Cruise the coast from Bergen to Lofoten and experience nature on land, too. This 11-day tour includes a drive in Lofoten and a chance to explore Tromsø. 3 nights in a Rorbu, 3 nights on a coastal voyage, transfers, RIB boating, and much more.

    • 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 | Brim Explorer

    • Dog Sledding in Tromsø by Fjord Tours
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      Dog Sledding in Tromsø by Fjord Tours
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      Dog Sledding in Tromsø
      Experience the thrill of dog sledding

      An exciting dog sledding adventure in wild, beautiful surroundings! Visit an amazing kennel in Tromsø, surrounded by mighty mountains and deep valleys. Experience a trip in a real Arctic environment! Ride in the sled or mush your own team. | Fjord Tours

    • Lofoten Culinary Food Week by 50 Degrees North
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      Lofoten Culinary Food Week by 50 Degrees North
      Photo: Frithjof Fure
      Lofoten Culinary Food Week
      Cooking classes and Lofoten adventure

      An exclusive culinary week in unique seaside and farm accommodation in the magical Lofoten archipelago. Local chefs guide you through a Nordic food extravaganza. Catch fresh seafood and pick salad for dinner in small organic gardens.

    • 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. | Up Norway.

    • The Northernmost Roadtrip by Up Norway
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      The Northernmost Roadtrip by Up Norway
      Photo: Ørjan Marakatt Bertelsen
      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. | Up Norway.

    • Kirkenes Snowhotel from the outside at nighttime
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      Kirkenes Snowhotel from the outside at nighttime
      Photo: Visit Norway
      Arctic Winter Adventure
      Snowhotel Kirkenes, Hurtigruten & Tromsø.

      6-day winter adventure tour including an overnight stay at Kirkenes Snow Hotel, a cruise with Hurtigruten to Tromsø, and a wide selection of optional winter activities. | Authentic Scandinavia

    • Tromsø Wildlife & Northern Lights by Authentic Scandinavia
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      Tromsø Wildlife & Northern Lights by Authentic Scandinavia
      Photo: Brim Explorer
      Tromsø Wildlife & Northern Lights
      Tromsø City Break with a Wildlife Cruise

      4-day break to Tromsø including a wildlife cruise and hunt for the northern lights. With one day free, you will have the opportunity to add additional winter activities like dog sledding, a reindeer safari, and more. | Authentic Scandinavia

    • 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. | Authentic Scandinavia

    • Silent Whale Watching by Brim Explorer
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      Silent Whale Watching by Brim Explorer
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      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. | Brim Explorer

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      A large bed in a snowhotel
      Photo: Visit Norway
      Kirkenes Snow Hotel
      Experience a snow hotel & winter fun

      3-day Norway winter break including an overnight stay at the Kirkenes Snow Hotel. Go on a dog sledding excursion, sample giant king crab, and more. | Authentic Scandinavia

    • Senja, Wildlife & Auroras by 50 Degrees North
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      Senja, Wildlife & Auroras by 50 Degrees North
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      Senja, Wildlife & Auroras
      Wildlife safari, northern lights, and Tromsø

      Experience steep, majestic mountains, and islands with pearly white beaches and clear turquoise water. This 6-day winter tour includes Tromsø, Finnsnes, and Hamn in Senja. See the northern lights from a hot tub, if you're lucky!

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      Norwegian Fjords & Northern Lights by Authentic Scandinavia
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      Norwegian Fjords & Northern Lights
      Oslo, Bergen, Flåm and Tromsø

      6-day winter adventure. See the fjords and the Arctic city Tromsø. Amazing winter activities like dog sledding, northern lights safari, and much more can be added. | Authentic Scandinavia

    • White beaches, Sea & Manshausen Island by 50 Degrees North
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      White beaches, Sea & Manshausen Island by 50 Degrees North
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      White beaches, Sea & Manshausen Island
      Stay in designer style on Norway's coast

      With its unique location between small islands, sandy beaches and high mountains, Manshausen is one of Norway’s best adventure playgrounds. This 4-day tour includes sea kayaking, guided hikes and caving. The Nordskot Traverse can be included!

    • Arctic Fjord Cruise by Brim Explorer
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      Arctic Fjord Cruise by Brim Explorer
      Photo: Kristoffer Lorentzen
      Arctic Fjord Cruise
      A half-day tour of the fjords of Tromsø

      Cruise the fjords of Tromsø and discover its beautiful nature and importance to life and culture in Arctic Norway. | Brim Explorer

    • 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. | Up Norway.

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      Man standing on cruiseship - northern lights
      Photo: Visit Norway
      Short Winter Cruise
      Experience Tromsø and a Hurtigruten Cruise

      4-day tour including a cruise with Hurtigruten. Choose from a wide selection of winter activities, including dog sledding and northern lights excursions. | Authentic Scandinavia

    • 2-Day Photo Tour of the Lofoten by Book Nordics
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      2-Day Photo Tour of the Lofoten by Book Nordics
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      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. | Book Nordics

    • Lofoten & Northern Lights by 50 Degrees North
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      Lofoten & Northern Lights by 50 Degrees North
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      Lofoten & Northern Lights by 50 Degrees North
      Authentic experience in the Lofoten Archipelago

      4-day tour with Aurora Chase Guided tour, RIB boat tour,  and accommodation  in a traditional fisherman's cabin. | 50 Degrees North

    • Winter ready campervans by Cabin Campers
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      Winter ready campervans by Cabin Campers
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      Winter ready campervan
      See the mountains with a warm campervan

      Heaters and insulation keep the campervan warm all night long. Perfect for your round trip of the mountains. The perfect plance to dry your clothes and stor your skis. | Cabin Campers

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