29 days in Northern Norway Itinerary

29 days in Northern Norway Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northern Norway trip planner

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Kirkenes
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vardo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nordkapp Municipality
— 1 night
Drive
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Hammerfest
— 1 night
Drive
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Alta
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tromso
— 4 nights
Fly
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Leknes, Vestvagoy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Henningsvaer
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bodo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bronnoysund
— 2 nights
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Kirkenes

— 3 nights
Kirkenes is a town in Sør-Varanger Municipality in Finnmark county, in the far northeastern part of Norway. Go for a jaunt from Kirkenes to Grense Jakobselv to see Kong Oscar II's kapell about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pasvik Nature Reserve, don't miss a visit to Andersgrotta WWII Bomb Shelter, pause for some photo ops at Soviet Liberation Monument, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kirkenes Church.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kirkenes trip planner.

Asheville, USA to Kirkenes is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Asheville to Kirkenes. When traveling from Asheville in February, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Kirkenes: temperatures range from 22°F by day to 12°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Vardo.

Things to do in Kirkenes

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 5:

Vardo

— 2 nights
is a municipality in Finnmark county in the extreme northeastern part of Norway. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Steilneset Memorial, then enjoy the sea views from Hornoya Vardo Light House, then don't miss a visit to Hamningberg Old Fishing Village, and finally learn about all things military at The Partisan Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Hornoya, then don't miss a visit to Vardoehus Fortress, and then examine the collection at The Pomor Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Vardo itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kirkenes to Vardo in 3.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Vardo when traveling from Kirkenes in February, with lows around 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Nordkapp Municipality.

Things to do in Vardo

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 7:

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 8th (Sat): view the masterpieces at The Gallery - East of the Sun and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Nordkapphallen. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Nordkappmuseet, then get a taste of the local shopping with The Gallery "West Of The Moon", and then get outside with Knivskjellodden.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nordkapp Municipality tour planning tool.

Traveling by car from Vardo to Nordkapp Municipality takes 8 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 31°F, and evening lows to 25°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hammerfest.

Things to do in Nordkapp Municipality

Outdoors · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 9:

Hammerfest

— 1 night
Hammerfest is a municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at The Polar Bear Society, pause for some serene contemplation at Hammerfest Church, then examine the collection at Museum of Reconstruction for Finnmark and Northern Troms, and finally get great views at Salen Lookout.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hammerfest online tour itinerary builder.

Drive from Nordkapp Municipality to Hammerfest in 3.5 hours. In February in Hammerfest, expect temperatures between 31°F during the day and 22°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Alta.

Things to do in Hammerfest

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 10:

Alta

— 3 nights
Alta is the most populated municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. Alta is known for museums, historic sites, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, look and learn at Northern Lights Observatory at Haldde, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kafjord Church, and explore the stunning scenery at Alta Canyon.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Alta online day trip planner.

Drive from Hammerfest to Alta in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Hammerfest in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 16°F in Alta. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to fly to Tromso.

Things to do in Alta

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 13:

Tromso

— 4 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: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Arctic Cathedral, explore the striking landscape at Tromso Fjords, contemplate the waterfront views at Grotfjord, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tromso trip itinerary site.

Fly from Alta to Tromso in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Alta in February since evenings lows in Tromso dip to 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Leknes.

Things to do in Tromso

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 17:

Leknes, Vestvagoy

— 3 nights
Leknes is a town in Nordland county, Norway. Venture out of the city with trips to Lofoten Museum (in Kabelvag), Rambergstranda Beach (in Ramberg) and Svolvaer (Tjeldbergtind, Lofoten Krigsminnenmuseum, &more). There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Lofoten Island, pause for some serene contemplation at Flakstad Church, take an in-depth tour of Lofotr Viking Museum, and kick back and relax at Kvalvika Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Leknes trip maker website.

You can fly from Tromso to Leknes in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Leknes are 36°F, while nighttime lows are 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Henningsvaer.

Things to do in Leknes

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 17 — 20:

Henningsvaer

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): contemplate the long history of Henningsvaer, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Festvagtind Hike, and then take in the awesome beauty at Glomtinden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): indulge your taste buds at Gimsoy Landhandel Lofoten, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then shop like a local with Galleri Lofoten.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Henningsvaer day trip planner.

Getting from Leknes to Henningsvaer by car takes about 1.5 hours. February in Henningsvaer sees daily highs of 35°F and lows of 29°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Bodo.

Things to do in Henningsvaer

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 20 — 22:

Bodo

— 4 nights
Bodo is known for museums, beaches, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Saltstraumen, take in the dramatic scenery at Valnesfossen, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Ronvik, and see the interesting displays at The Crofter’s Cottage in Kjelvik.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bodo itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Henningsvaer to Bodo in 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°F in February, and nighttime lows around 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bronnoysund.

Things to do in Bodo

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 22 — 26:

Bronnoysund

— 2 nights
On the 27th (Thu), Head underground at Kirkehelleren Cave, then cruise along Bronnoysundbrua, then stop by Lokalmatbutikken, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Bronnoy Kirke. On the next day, go for a stroll along the water at Norsk Havbrukssenter, then take in the dramatic natural features at Torghatten, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Somna Church.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bronnoysund trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Bodo to Bronnoysund in 7 hours. In February in Bronnoysund, expect temperatures between 38°F during the day and 31°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bronnoysund

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 26 — 28:

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.