17 days in Northern Norway Itinerary

17 days in Northern Norway Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northern Norway sightseeing planner

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Tromso
— 3 nights
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Kirkenes
— 2 nights
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Alta
— 2 nights
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Nordkapp Municipality
— 1 night
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Svolvaer
— 3 nights
Drive
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Flakstadoy
— 2 nights
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Bodo
— 3 nights
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Tromso

— 3 nights

Paris of the North

The cultural and economic hub of northern Norway, Tromso boasts a historical city center containing one of the highest concentrations of wooden houses in Europe.
Tromso is known for nightlife, wildlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at The Polar Museum, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and take in the dramatic natural features at Tromso Fjords.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tromso itinerary builder tool.

Poznan, Poland to Tromso is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Poznan in October, expect Tromso to be slightly colder, temps between 6°C and 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Kirkenes.

Things to do in Tromso

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 18:

Kirkenes

— 2 nights
Kirkenes is a town in Sør-Varanger Municipality in Finnmark county, in the far northeastern part of Norway. Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Grenselandmuseet, make a trip to Soviet Liberation Monument, and then don't miss a visit to Treriksroysa. Here are some ideas for day two: cast your line with King Crab Safari by Snowhotel Kirkenes and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kirkenes Church.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kirkenes using our trip planner.

You can fly from Tromso to Kirkenes in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October in Kirkenes, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Alta.

Things to do in Kirkenes

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:

Alta

— 2 nights
Alta is the most populated municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then pause for some serene contemplation at Northern Lights Cathedral. On the next day, get a new perspective on nature at Alta Museum - World Heritage Rock Art Centre and then see the sky in a new way at Northern Lights Observatory at Haldde.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Alta visit planning website.

Getting from Kirkenes to Alta by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Alta are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nordkapp Municipality.

Things to do in Alta

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:

Nordkapp Municipality

— 1 night
Some 200,000 visitors take a trip to Nordkapp Municipality every year, drawn by its two main attractions--North Cape and Knivskjellodden, considered by many the northernmost point of Europe.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): get outside with Knivskjellodden and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Nordkapphallen.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nordkapp Municipality attractions app.

You can drive from Alta to Nordkapp Municipality in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In October in Nordkapp Municipality, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Svolvaer.

Things to do in Nordkapp Municipality

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 23:

Svolvaer

— 3 nights
The largest town on the Lofoten Islands, Svolvaer serves as a good base from which to launch your tour of the archipelago.
Svolvaer is known for museums, adventure, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Lofoten Lights, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, hike along Festvagtind Hike, and examine the collection at Lofoten Krigsminnenmuseum.

For more things to do and tourist information, use the Svolvaer online trip builder.

You can fly from Nordkapp Municipality to Svolvaer in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Flakstadoy.

Things to do in Svolvaer

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:

Flakstadoy

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): trek along Justadtinden, look for gifts at Lofoten Gaver og Brukskunst AS, and then step off the mainland to explore Lofoten Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Reinebringen and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hiking on the hills.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Flakstadoy driving holiday planner.

Getting from Svolvaer to Flakstadoy by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In October, daily temperatures in Flakstadoy can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Bodo.

Things to do in Flakstadoy

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 26 — 28:

Bodo

— 3 nights
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): make a trip to Saltstraumen and then head outdoors with Saltstraumen Dykkecamp. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Nordland Turselskap and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Ronvik.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bodo trip builder site.

Getting from Flakstadoy to Bodo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. October in Bodo sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bodo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 28 — 31:

Northern Norway travel guide

4.1
Nightlife · Specialty Museums · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Land of the Northern Lights
Located at the northernmost tip of continental Europe, Northern Norway is a place where civilizations meet, the sun shines at midnight, and auroras paint the skies. Learn about the local culture, a mosaic of Sami, Norwegian, Finnish, and Russian influences, and see the historical attractions that stretch from prehistory to the Cold War era. Despite their modest size, the region’s cities are vibrant places with many unique architectural features and an exciting nightlife. Outside the cities, you'll find a vast area of pristine nature with mountains, fjords, lakes, and rivers. Here you can take part in a number of outdoor activities, from golfing and rock climbing in the summer, to dog sledding and skiing in the winter. Complete your Arctic vacation by tasting the local specialties, including fresh dairy products and seafood, whale and reindeer meat, and seagull eggs followed by home-brewed beer.