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Northern Lights over the Lofoten Islands

Arctic Norway: Lofoten, Alta & Kirkenes

Holidays under the Midnight Sun & Northern Lights

Norway tailor-made holidays


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.

Lofoten Islands

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


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Top itineraries in Arctic Norway: Lofoten, Alta & Kirkenes

Northern Lights over Tromso, Norway (Credit: Truls Tiller)

Northern Lights in Tromso, Norway

4-day tailor-made break from £1,030 pp incl. flights

Our most popular Northern Lights break, this city stay in Tromso, which includes an aurora safari, is the ideal introduction to Norway's Arctic delights. Expect wonderful restaurants and bars and easy access to a host of winter adventures.

ICEHOTEL 30 | Art Suite Warm up | Design Aleksandra Pasek & Tomasz Czajkowski | Photo Asaf Kliger | © ICEHOTEL www.icehotel.com

Tromso & the ICEHOTEL on Arctic Circle Explorer

5-day tailor-made holiday from £1,320 pp incl. flights

Pair two Scandinavian icons on one unforgettable adventure. You'll begin with Tromso's dazzling Northern Lights displays before a cross-border train ride brings you to Sweden's world-famous ICEHOTEL.

Northern Lights at Malangen Resort (Credit: David González Foto)

Tromso & Malangen Resort

4-day tailor-made break from £1,440 pp incl. flights

With its incredible aurora viewing and setting on the shores of a peaceful fjord, Malangen Resort is a hit with our staff and clients alike. This trip combines a stay here with a night in Norway's capital of Arctic adventure, Tromso.

Lofoten Islands, Norway

Bodo & the Lofoten Islands

7-day tailor-made holiday from £2,060 pp incl. flights

This weeklong, tailor-made road trip captures the essence of the beautiful Lofoten Archipelago, mixing fjord and mountain scenery with picturesque villages, historical sites and traditional rorbu accommodation.

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Top places to stay in Arctic Norway: Lofoten, Alta & Kirkenes

Clarion Collection Hotel With, Tromso

Clarion Collection Hotel With, Tromso

Traditional hotel

Clarion Collection Hotel With is a hotel in central Tromso with magical views over the mountains, offering an experience similar to an Arctic adventure.

Malangen Resort, Balsfjord, Norway

Malangen Resort, Tromso

Contemporary resort

Malangen Resort is also your ideal base for exciting adventures all year-round. Winter or summer, you can relax and indulge yourself at Malangen Resort and also take a day trip or two to other attractions.

Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Alta, Norway

Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Alta, Norway

Contemporary resort

Further north than Tromso and further east than most of Sweden, Sorrisniva is your gateway to Finnmark, Norway's most remote and Arctic region, and the icy snowy accommodation here makes for a truly special base from which to explore.

Suite, Scandic Ishavshotel (2)

Scandic Ishavshotel, Tromso

Contemporary hotel

This contemporary hotel has the finest rooms in Tromso. Situated quayside on the east coast of Tromsoya Island, close to the city’s spectacular wooden cathedral, the Scandic Ishavshotel’s spacious, superior and recently refurbished rooms offer exceptional views of the harbour.

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Where to go in Arctic Norway: Lofoten, Alta & Kirkenes

Northern Lights over Tromso, Norway (Credit: Truls Tiller)


Discover Norway's Arctic capital, which has, for many years, been the jumping off point for adventures into Norway's frozen north. Oh yes, and it's possibly the best place on earth for spotting the Northern Lights.

When to go to Arctic Norway: Lofoten, Alta & Kirkenes

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