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Northern Norway

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Introduction

In Northern Norway the season in which you travel is more important than anywhere else in the country. Here, high up in the 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 phenomenons - the Midnight Sun in summer and the spectacular Northern Lights in winter.

Tromso is the gateway to Northern Norway. Located halfway between the Lofoten Islands and the Nordkappp - mainland Europe's most northerly point - it's a good place from which to explore the surrounding region.

Northern Norway is a popular destination for outdoor activities, year round. There's snowmobiling and husky sledding to try amid the winter snow and Hurtigruten cruises in summer. These offer the chance to see whales, sea eagles and other wildlife on a cruise route that continues all the way to the fishing town of Kirkenes, close to the Russian border.

Where to go in Northern Norway

Lofoten Islands

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

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

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

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…

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When to go to Northern Norway

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Top itineraries in Northern Norway

Northern Lights in Tromso, Norway

4-day tailor-made break from £595 pp incl. flights

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Exclusive offer: Includes an Aurora Safari
Book by: 30 April 2017

Tromso is situated right in the centre of the Northern Lights zone and is, therefore, among the best places on earth to observe this natural phenomenon. Gateway to the Arctic and the capital of northern Norway, Tromso also has many cultural sights and excellent restaurants.

Tromso & Malangen

5-day tailor-made journey from £960 pp incl. flights

A relatively new arrival on the Tromsø winter scene, Malangen Resort is already a hit with our staff and clients alike, due in no small part to its incredible setting on the shores of a quiet fjord, surrounded by snow-covered mountains.

Lyngen Lodge & the Northern Lights

6-day tailor-made journey from £1,590 pp incl. flights

Set amongst some of Norway's most spectacular scenery, deep inside the Arctic Circle and around three hours from the city of Tromsø, Lyngen Lodge offers guests a truly remarkable location from which to see the Aurora Borealis, more commonly known as the Northern Lights.

The Great Norwegian Coastal Tour

18-day tailor-made journey from £2,540 pp incl. flights

The Norwegian coast, is a treasure trove of natural wonders, from the dramatic landscapes of Norway's fjords to the snow-clad peaks of the remote Lofoten Islands. Further north still, the Arctic capital Tromsø offers up a wealth of activities, while the town of Kirkenes, is home to the Snowhotel.

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Top places to stay in Northern Norway

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, 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

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.

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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Special offers in Northern Norway

Northern Lights in Tromso, Norway

4-day tailor-made break from £595 pp incl. flights

Exclusive
offer

Exclusive offer: Includes an Aurora Safari
Book by: 30 April 2017

Tromso is situated right in the centre of the Northern Lights zone and is, therefore, among the best places on earth to observe this natural phenomenon. Gateway to the Arctic and the capital of northern Norway, Tromso also has many cultural sights and excellent restaurants.

Alta: City of the Northern Lights

4-day tailor-made holiday from £440 pp incl. flights

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Stay 3, Pay 2 on selected dates 2016-17
Book by: 30 April 2017

Alta is the perfect destination to see the spectacular beauty of the Aurora Borealis, with the Lights visible on an average 200 nights each year from October to April. Many a myth has surrounded the Lights.

Hurtigruten – Classic round-trip voyage

12-day cruise from £1,093 pp

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Christmas and New Year's £200 off
Book by: 28 April 2017

Norway's lHurtigruten cruise ships sail along its western coastline, a region of fjords, mountains and, in the winter months, the Northern Lights. The ships stop at more than 30 ports between Bergen and Kirkenes, no other voyage offers such a close look at Norwegian coastal life.

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