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Welcome to Northern Norway – where nature
will surprise you, and the culture will amaze you.

The bright time of year in the Arctic is not only an experience.
It's a state of mind. 

1. The midnight sun

Watch the midnight sun paint the landscape in a golden hue for everlasting summer nights.

Lose track of time in the areas above the Arctic Circle where the sun never sets, and maybe go on your first midnight hike, for example through the mysterious Torghatten mountain in Helgeland (pictured).

2. Hiking & biking

Hike jaw-dropping mountains and along winding coastal paths. 

There are also plenty of cycling opportunies to choose from, from mountain biking in the Lyngen Alps to tour cycling along some of the region's spectacular scenic roads

3. Fun activities

Glittering fjords, and unspoilt nature awaits.

Sunbathe or swim at one of the white beaches with turquoise water, check out some of Norway's top kayaking spots, and you can even go surfing (!).

4. Fishing

The seafood here is world-class, and you might just get the catch of your life.

Enjoy the fresh salty air on a fishing trip in a traditional Norwegian fishing boat, or perhaps a king crab safari is more your style?

5. Cosy fishing villages

You should visit the region's small, unique fishing villages like Nusfjord (pictured) in Lofoten, or in Senja and Salten. Learn more about their history and go to cosy cafés and galleries. 

Vesterålen is the perfect place to visit if you would like to go whale watchingor join a puffin or moose safari.

6. Island hopping

Other bucket list activities in the region include island hopping along the Helgeland coast and travelling along one of the world's most beautiful roads, Kystriksveien.

Scenic spots like Træna (pictured) and the UNESCO-listed Vega islands are waiting for you!

7. Bodø

The European Capital of Culture for 2024 is the Northern Norwegian city Bodø. Enjoy art galleries, niche shops, local food, beautiful nature and exciting hiking opportunities. 

Visit the idyllic, old trading post at Kjerringøy, and witness the power of the world's strongest maelstrom, Saltstraumen

8. Tromsø

The biggest city in this region is Tromsø – the world's northernmost university town.

Here, you can show off your best moves on a night out, check out cool art exhibitions and look at interesting architecture.

The Tromsø Cable Car takes you to panoramic views on the top of Mount Storsteinen.

9. Narvik and the Arctic railway

The cable car in Narvik ensures a quick and easy trip to the top of Mount Narvikfjellet, resulting in spectacular views. 

From Narvik, you can embark on a short, but incredible train journey along the Ofoten Line. It's Norway's northernmost railway and stretches from Narvik to the Swedish border. 

10. Sample the Arctic cuisine

Fresh seafood is in abundance in Northern Norway and you can try everything from Arctic cod (Skrei) to salmon and dried stockfish. 

Seafood is not the only culinary treasure from the region. The Arctic kitchen is a feast of flavours, and exclusive reindeer meat and tender lamb meat are must tries if you get the chance.

11. Sami culture

Listen to the other-worldly sounds of the joik.

You see, this part of Norway is where the majority of the country's indigenous people live – the Sami – and their ancient song tradition is simply captivating.

Experience their culture and lifestyle in places like Karasjok and Kautokeino. 

12. Alta

Alta is a town off the beaten path that's perfect for getting close to nature. Combine excellent food and Arctic wilderness by spending a night at Sorrisniva Arctic Wilderness Lodge or Trasti & Trine, where you also can hike with huskies. 

Visit the cities architectural wonder, the Northern Lights Cathedral, or check out Northern Europe's biggest canyon, Alta Canyon

13. The North Cape

Travel to mainland Europe's northernmost point, the North Cape.

Stand on the plateau on top of the 307 metre high cliff, and take in the panoramic views of the sea. There's also a high chance that you'll see some reindeer and puffins in the area. 

14. Varanger and Kirkenes

The far east! If you're fascinated by wild and raw nature, then you should definitely visit Varanger. It's a dream place for Arctic birdwatching

If you drive along the Varanger Scenic Route, the rocky and barren landscape might make you feel like you're on the moon.

Go on to Kirkenes, to stay in an ice hotel, even though it's summer! 

15. Svalbard

Halfway between Norway and the North Pole, is where you'll find the Svalbard Islands. Here, you can participate in exotic nature-based activities all year round in a landscape that is both rugged and fragile.

Despite it being a pretty remote place, Longyearbyen is a lively multicultural city with several restaurants to choose from. 

16. Unique places to stay

Wherever you go, there are plenty of unique places to stay.

Appreciate the slow life and enjoy the silence in a lighthouse like Tranøy in Hamarøy, or an old fishermen's cabin, also known as a rorbu in Norwegian. You could also find a cosy cabin in the mountains or by the coast. 

17. Travel from port to port

A perfect way to travel along the Northern Norwegian coast is on Hurtigruten or Havila. You can explore the entire northern coastline or set up your own port to port route. 

These ships have an upper deck where you can enjoy the rugged nature from a different perspective. Have your camera ready, and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife sightings. 

Hot tip!

Travel outside of the high season, in April/May or September/October.

The light can be very special during this time of year, and you can get a lot of the nature all to yourself. The Nordland region is usually quite busy in July and August, whilst Troms and Finnmark have fewer crowds. 

The northern lights can come back in early September.

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Practical tips

Northern Norway stretches from Nordland, to Troms and Finnmark and all the way to Svalbard – the Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. This enormous part of Norway covers more than a third of the country's mainland, and leads therefore to varied weather within the region.

Make sure that you're well prepared for all sorts of weather when you're packing for your trip to Northern Norway, as it's always better to be safe than sorry. It may seem strange to pack both a bikini and woolly clothing, but you can end up experiencing all four seasons in one day. 

Thin wool base layers are great to have in the North all year round. Water-proof clothing is also smart, as it can rain a lot during the summer months.  

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