60 days in Northern Norway Itinerary

60 days in Northern Norway Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northern Norway trip itinerary planner

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Kirkenes
— 4 nights
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Alta
— 5 nights
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Nordkapp Municipality
— 4 nights
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Lakselv
— 4 nights
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Bodo
— 8 nights
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Rana Municipality
— 5 nights
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Leknes, Vestvagoy
— 4 nights
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Svolvaer
— 4 nights
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Harstad
— 6 nights
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Senja
— 4 nights
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Kirkenes

— 4 nights
Kirkenes is a town in Sør-Varanger Municipality in Finnmark county, in the far northeastern part of Norway. Visiting King Crab Safari by Snowhotel Kirkenes and Pasvik Nature Reserve will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kirkenes: Lungomare (in Grense Jakobselv) and Birk Husky (in Svanvik). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Treriksroysa, take an in-depth tour of Grenselandmuseet, get a taste of local nightlife at Barentsbadet Kirkenes, and take some stellar pictures from Hoyde 96 - Watch Tower.

Plan my day in Kirkenes using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Toronto, Canada to Kirkenes is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Kirkenes. Traveling from Toronto in April, expect Kirkenes to be a bit cooler, temps between 1°C and -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can fly to Alta.

Things to do in Kirkenes

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 2 — 6:

Alta

— 5 nights
Alta is the most populated municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and SarvesAlta Outdoor Activity. Step out of Alta with an excursion to Salen Lookout in Hammerfest--about 2 hours away. Spend the 8th (Thu) exploring nature at Seiland National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Alta Canyon, see the sky in a new way at Northern Lights Observatory at Haldde, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Alta Church, and wander the wide-open spaces of Sami Siida.

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Getting from Kirkenes to Alta by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April in Alta, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nordkapp Municipality.

Things to do in Alta

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 6 — 11:

Nordkapp Municipality

— 4 nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nordkapphallen and The North Cape Experience - Skarsvag Tourist Centre. Change things up with a short trip to Arctic View in Havoysund (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Kirkeporten in Skarsvag, appreciate the history behind Bamse statue, shop like a local with The Gallery - East of the Sun, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Honningsvag Church.

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You can drive from Alta to Nordkapp Municipality in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In April in Nordkapp Municipality, expect temperatures between 2°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lakselv.

Things to do in Nordkapp Municipality

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 15:

Lakselv

— 4 nights
Lakselv is the largest village and administrative centre of Porsanger Municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. Escape the urban bustle at Samipath and Rundtur – Flyplassgjerdet. Go for a jaunt from Lakselv to Karasjok to see De Samiske Samlinger - The Sami museum in Karasjok about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 18th (Sun) exploring nature at Stabbursdalen nasjonalpark. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Trollholmsund, admire the sheer force of Rappa Waterfalls, get engrossed in the history at Porsanger Museum / Porsanggu Musea / Porsangin Museumi, and browse for treasures at Antikstore.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lakselv online attractions planner.

You can drive from Nordkapp Municipality to Lakselv in 3 hours. Traveling from Nordkapp Municipality in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Lakselv, with lows around -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bodo.

Things to do in Lakselv

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 19:

Bodo

— 8 nights
Get outdoors at Valnesfossen and Finnkonakken. Change things up with these side-trips from Bodo: Fykantrappa (in Glomfjord), Sjunkhatten nasjonalpark (in Fauske) and Saltstraumen Dykkecamp (in Saltstraumen).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bodo itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Lakselv to Bodo with the Route module. Traveling from Lakselv in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 0°C in Bodo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can fly to Rana Municipality.

Things to do in Bodo

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 19 — 27:

Rana Municipality

— 5 nights
Escape the urban bustle at Setergrotta and Hauknestinden. Explore Rana Municipality's surroundings by going to Mosjoen (Galleri SOS, Helgeland Museum Vevelstad, &more) and Tursti til Sjoforsen (in Korgen).

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rana Municipality day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Bodo to Rana Municipality takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Bodo in April, plan for little chillier nights in Rana Municipality, with lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Leknes.

Things to do in Rana Municipality

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 27 — May 2:

Leknes, Vestvagoy

— 4 nights
Leknes is a town in Nordland county, Norway. Take a break from the city and head to Lofoten Island and Kvalvika Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Ramberg (Rambergstranda Beach & Lofoten Birding) and Reinebringen (in Reine). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Haukland Beach, kick back and relax at Uttakleiv Beach, trek along Hiking on the hills, and pause for some serene contemplation at Flakstad Church.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Leknes trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Rana Municipality to Leknes in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Svolvaer.

Things to do in Leknes

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 2 — 6:

Svolvaer

— 4 nights
The largest town on the Lofoten Islands, Svolvaer serves as a good base from which to launch your tour of the archipelago.
Get outdoors at Lofoten Lights and Tjeldbergtind. Change things up with these side-trips from Svolvaer: Lofoten Links (in Gimsoya) and Gimsoy Landhandel Lofoten (in Gimsoysand). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Glomtinden, shop like a local with Northern Norway Art Centre, cast your line with a fishing tour, and examine the collection at Lofoten Krigsminnenmuseum.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Svolvaer road trip tool.

Getting from Leknes to Svolvaer by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Svolvaer can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Harstad.

Things to do in Svolvaer

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 6 — 10:

Harstad

— 6 nights
Harstad is the second-most populated municipality in Troms county, Norway. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Mountain Hike to Musvannet. Get out of town with these interesting Harstad side-trips: Andenes (Polar Museum Andenes, Whalesafari Andenes, &more) and Tverrfjellet (in Bogen i Ofoten). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Gangsastoppen, cool off at Grottebadet Waterpark, hike along Keipen, and examine the collection at Grytoy Countryside Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Harstad trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Svolvaer to Harstad takes 3 hours. Traveling from Svolvaer in May, expect little chillier with lows of 2°C in Harstad. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Senja.

Things to do in Harstad

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 10 — 16:

Senja

— 4 nights
Escape the urban bustle at Scenic Route Senja and Husoey. Change things up with a short trip to Arctic Guide and Visit in Sorreisa (about 52 minutes away).

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Traveling by car from Harstad to Senja takes 3.5 hours. In May in Senja, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tromso.

Things to do in Senja

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 16 — 20:

Tromso

— 10 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.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Telegrafbukta Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tromso: Lyngseidet (Aurora Spirit & The Steindal's Glacier) and Haaja (in Sommaroy). On the 28th (Fri), ski the day away in the pristine settings at Base Tromso. Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Arctic Cathedral, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Polaria, and glide through natural beauty at Charlottenlund park.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tromso trip tool.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Senja to Tromso in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Tromso can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Tromso

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 20 — 30:

Northern Norway travel guide

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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.