Northern Norway Travel Guide
Northern Norway will captivate you from the start, whatever you go there in the summer or winter.
Time is no issue here, forget all about busy schedules, your neighbour, appointments or obligations. Discover clean air, beautiful light, rough nature beauty and adventures of many kinds.
Where is Northern Norway
The region has a population of fewer than 500,000 people and covers an area of approximately 113 000 km² and the Arctic Circle crosses mainland Norway here at Saltfjellet
Earlier the easiest way to reach the region was from the sea. These islands are truly worth a visit because of their culture and fantastic natural scenery, but today the region has many airports and international flight connections.
Because of the Gulf Stream the region has a milder climate than other Arctic regions and fishing is the core business here.
The Finnmark is the northernmost part of continental Europe
Here the Norwegian coastline swings eastward, and the Finnmark has always been an area where East meets West, in culture as well as in nature and geography
The large wilderness Finnmark area covers 48.000 m2 of the region, and you can travel hours here without seeing anyone. Travelling to Western Finnmark, you will end by the most northern point of Europe - the North Cape. If you are in Northern Norway and it is the season for the Northern Lights (September- April), the North Cape is a very recommended place to experience this incredible sight.
Going east, you will meet a significant local historical culture experience, the local Sami people, which history here goes a long way back. They are the only indigenous people of Nordic countries, recognised and protected under the international conventions of indigenous people. They still keep traditions up, and it is a real experience and worth a visit.
Tromsø - the main city in the region
The most famous and developed town in Northern Norway is the university city Tromsø, also called “Paris of the North”. Tromsø, surrounded by incredible nature, invites to all kinds of adventure all year along. They are also very proud here to be the destination of the Northern Lights in the Winter.
This town offers some museums experience, which tells about the Arctic region. Tromsø gets more and more culinary highlights, and Tromsø provides excellent transport possibilities from the rest of Norway, which makes Tromsø the perfect beginning for a Northern Norway adventure tour.
If you like to enjoy the beautiful nature around Tromsø - then we recommend you to visit the Lyngenfjord region.
Perfect spot for the Northern Light & Midnight Sun
The Northern Lights belt stretches along the coast of Northern Norway from North Cape to Lofoten. Northern Norway is therefor the perfect place to observe this natural phenomenon. The Northern Lights are more commonly seen here than anywhere else in the world. Svalbard placed where you can see the daytime Northern Lights in mid-winter because it is dark here.
To explore the great Norwegian nature and the world-famous seasonally lights, it is a good idea to book a local adventure tour. Here you find attractions as snowmobiling, dogsledding, hiking, kayaking, biking, skiing, to mention a few. All year round local tour operators arrange tours, or you can go by yourself, but we recommend tours with local guides. Through these fantastic adventures tours, you also have the best way to experience the local civilisation.
You can also have a stay in an ice hotel made of snow up here in Kirkenes.
How to get here
The easiest way to reach Northern Norway is by aeroplane to cities like Tromsø, Bodø or Kirkenes, but it is also possible to take a cruise along the coastline with “the Hurtigruten”.