High up in Norway’s Arctic Circle, visitors can experience the most dramatic changes in daylight and darkness in the country. This wilderness region’s northerly latitude results in two very distinctive natural phenomena – the Midnight Sun in summer and the Northern Lights in winter. It’s also the setting for some extraordinary adventures, from snowmobiling and husky safaris to king crab fishing and wildlife tours.
This beautiful group of islands sits just above the Arctic Circle; its craggy cliffs, picturesque villages and secluded bays form one of Northern Norway’s most scenic destinations. The small fishing port of Svolvær, with its mix of restaurants and harbour-front cafés, is the islands’ main hub. From here, winding roads pass towering peaks and a rugged coastline, where activities range from guided fishing trips and kayaking tours to sea eagle safaris.
Summer in the Lofoten Islands, Norway
Alta is perhaps the perfect destination to see the aurora, with the Lights visible on an average of 200 nights between October and April. Aside from these near constant celestial displays, Alta is gateway to all manner of winter adventures – think reindeer sled rides and snowmobile safaris – while nearby, the stunning Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel – the most northerly in the world – offers ice-sculpted architecture and wonderfully carved accommodation alongside an excellent restaurant specialising in Arctic-inspired cuisine.
Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Alta
Close to the Finnish and Russian borders, Kirkenes is one of Norway’s remotest outposts – a wild location with a rich Sami culture and with a distinct frontier feel. As the end point for Hurtigruten's northbound voyages, it still sees its fair share of footfall, and many come here simply to experience the isolation of it all. And, despite its setting, there's plenty to keep you enthralled. Choose from a wide range of winter excursions such as king crab fishing and snowmobiling, or perhaps enjoy a memorable stay at the Kirkenes Snowhotel.
Gamme Cabin at Kirkenes Snowhotel