Where to go in Northern Norway
List of regions
The mountainous Lofoten Islands are one of Northern Norway's most magical and appealing destinations, an arc of islands that stretch for 200 kilometres into the blue-green Norwegian Sea, warmed by the Gulf Stream. They're a short flight from Bodo on the mainland and easy to explore by hire car once…
Tromso, the ‘Capital of the North', is a lively university town surrounded by mountains, fjords and islands. This extremely likable and walkable city has for many years been the jumping off point for Arctic expeditions and adventures, and continues to be a hub for tailor-made travel.
Kirkenes is a small fishing village at the very tip of Norway as it loops above Sweden and Finland to its border with Russia. It marks the final stop on the Northern Norway coastal cruise route and its 3,000 or so locals speak a mixture of Norwegian, Russian, Sami and Finnish.
Alta is a sprawling settlement amid the surrounding wilderness of the Finnmark region of Northern Norway. Prehistoric rock carvings dating as far back as 4200 BC are its main attraction - there are around 6,000 of the carvings in total, depicting scenes of hunter-gatherers, reindeer herding and fis…