There's something special about
the winter light in Northern Norway.
The daylight hours might be short and sweet,
but what a show during the polar nights!
From mid-September to March,
northern lights can be seen dancing in the sky.
Bring some warm clothes, and breath in
the crystal-clear Arctic air.
Actually, even though you're in the Arctic,
the coastal temperatures are not as cold as you might think.
Get ready for snowy adventures,
fresher seafood and unique experiences.
Here's what not to miss in winter.
Ready for a magical winter night?
If you're visiting Northern Norway during winter, you have good chances of getting a glimpse (or a whole light show!) of the unique northern lights, especially if you let experts guide you to the best spots.
Deep fjords, steep mountains and the northern lights – what a combination!
Every winter, fishermen and gourmets come to Northern Norway to indulge in a skrei fishing bonanza.
Atlantic cod, or skrei as the Norwegians call it, is a large species of cod that migrates from the Barents Sea to the coast of Norther Norway to spawn every year. Its long journey gives it a fantastic flavour that's well worth the trip!
Get your camera ready for some of the most majestic creatures in the world on a whale safari in the north!
In Northern Norway's cold waters, giant whales roam, and if you're lucky, you can spot several – truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
You need a good portion of luck to spot some of the wide variety of whales, including orcas, since they swim throughout the entire region hunting for food.
The place with the greatest chance of spotting whales is at Andøya in Vesterålen.
...with dogs! Happy sled dogs will gladly take you on a snowy tour through the wilderness.
The athletic Alaskan Huskies were born to run, and they love it too, making dog sledding fun for both of you.
Dog sleds were once the primary means of transport in the Arctic. Today, dog sledding is mostly a fun winter activity, perfect for the whole family.
Try being a musher, or relax as a passenger, on a cool dog sledding tour!
Norway is home to the biggest population of Sami in the world. Experience their fascinating culture in Northern Norway.
Discover traditional reindeer herding culture, taste some amazing food, and camp in a traditional lavvo (Sami tent) under the northern lights! You will definitely find an activity suited for you.
Ski from the top of an Arctic peak all the way down to the fjord in Narvik!
The Narvik area has some very good places to go skiing, including the fantastic ski resort at Narvikfjellet, where you'll have excellent off-piste opportunities.
Snuggling up under warm reindeer skins under the northern lights? Yes, please!
A night in one of Norway's cool ice hotels will definitely be a night to remember.
World-class wild game and the freshest seafood – the Arctic cuisine alone makes the trip worth it!
If you ask the locals, they will tell you that the nature up north gives the food a richer and more delicious taste. The reindeer roam freely, while cold and clear Arctic waters provide some of the best seafood in the world.
Here, you'll also find some specialities you just have to try, including tørrfisk (stockfish), one of Norway's oldest exports, and bidos, a traditional Sami reindeer dish. And let's not forget the exclusive lamb from Lofoten, the Lofotlam, a unique delicacy that has protected geographical indication certification in Norway.
As well as...
In Northern Norway, you'll find fresh king crab that's just been harvested from the sea.
You can also join a king crab fishing excursion in the Arctic fjords, and learn everything about how to catch and prepare these tasty crabs.
...far north! Close to the North Pole, under the northern lights, you'll find Svalbard – the ultimate Arctic adventure destination!
Here, in the kingdom of the polar bear, you can explore magical ice caves, and go skiing and dog sledding, to mention just a few of the fun activities. When you're done, relax with a drink in the cosmopolitan city of Longyearbyen.
Looking for a little bit of everything?
Cruise to Northern Norway in complete comfort with Hurtigruten – the coastal highway to the soul of the north!
Hurtigruten glides you through stunning nature from Bergen to Varanger and Kirkenes in the far north.
Book your next Norwegian holiday adventure now.
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
Experience the best of Norway by train, ferry, and bus from Oslo to Bergen with porter service, accommodation in Flåm, and winter adventures. | 50 Degrees North
On board an hybrid-electric boat outfitted with panoramic windows, you will glide silently into the darkness of the Tromsø fjords while savouring a delicious dinner and keeping an eye out for the magical northern lights. | Go Fjords
This legendary tour takes you through Norway’s most breathtaking UNESCO-listed fjord and mountain scenery, and includes a ride one of Europe’s top scenic rail journeys. | Fjord Tours
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
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
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
Experience Norway’s best northern lights destinations, Kirkenes & Tromsø, on this amazing 7-day round trip from Oslo. | Fjord Travel
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
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
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
This family adventure includes a night at the Sorrisniva Ice Hotel in Alta and includes plenty of winter sporting action. Stay in a beautiful, family run boutique lodge nestled in the forest, just outside Alta. | 50 Degrees North
Spend your night in a Crystal Lavvo in the Lyngen Alps. We pick you up in Tromsø and take you out on an adventure of a lifetime! Dinner, breakfast, transportation and whale watching included. | Book Nordics
Join us on an authentic reindeer sledding tour into the wilderness. The tour includes an overnight stay in a Sami lavvu, dinner, breakfast, and all gear. An unforgettable family adventure. | Book Nordics
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
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
Experience the snow-covered Sunnmøre Alps, known for their world-class towering peaks and majestic fjord views. We guarantee you will return with batteries fully recharged. | Up Norway
4-day tour with Aurora Chase Guided tour, RIB boat tour, and accommodation in a traditional fisherman's cabin. | 50 Degrees North
Quiet cruise from Tromsø in the Arctic fjords in which you can experience wildlife and epic coastal scenery. | Go Fjords
On this 2-day tour you get to experience Norway’s longest fjord with cosy villages along the way, and ride some of the most beautiful train journeys on the planet! Start in Oslo or Bergen. | Fjord Tours
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
5-day stay in boutique lodge with transfers, dog sledding, all meals, snowmobiling, and sea safari. | 50 Degrees North
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! | 50 Degrees North
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
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! | Brim Explorer.
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. | Up Norway.
Join us on a 6-day northern lights round trip to Tromsø
from Oslo. Fly to Tromsø where you will experience all the highlights of the region, including several opportunities to chase the northern lights. | Fjord Travel
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
Cruise the fjords of Tromsø and discover its beautiful nature and importance to life and culture in Arctic Norway. | Brim Explorer
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
This tour is a whale watcher's dream. See humpback whales and Orcas as they feed in the stunning, herring-rich fjords outside Tromsø. | Go Fjords
On this amazing winter tour, you travel through some of Norway's most beautiful fjord and winter scenery. The tour takes you through Norway’s most breathtaking UNESCO-protected fjord and mountain scenery, as well as a trip on Europe’s top scenic rail journey. | Fjord Tours
Enjoy a week of luxury skiing and sailing in the fjords surrounding the Lyngen Alps outside Tromsø. Gear and meals are included. Perfect for groups of up to 8. | Book Nordics
Visit Gimsøya, Torvdalshalsen, Haukland, Eggum, Unstad, Henningsvær, the Lofoten Cathedral, Napp, Nusfjord, Flakstad Beach, Hamnøy, Reine, Sakrisøya, and more. Accommodation not included. | Book Nordics
Travel into the heart of the Norwegian fjord and mountain landscape, experience the mighty Sognefjord, and enjoy scenic train journeys with the Flåm Railway and Bergen Railway – all in one ticket! | Fjord Tours
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