12 days in Northern Norway Itinerary

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Bodo — 3 nights

Bodo is known for museums, sightseeing, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see majestic marine mammals with Arctic Rib Event, identify plant and animal life at Bodomarka, indulge in some personalized pampering at God Massasje, and admire the natural beauty at Urtehagen pa Tofte.

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Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Bodo is an approximately 21-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dammam to Bodo. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Dammam in January, with highs in Bodo at 0°C and lows at -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Svolvaer.
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Svolvaer — 1 night

The largest town on the Lofoten Islands, Svolvaer serves as a good base from which to launch your tour of the archipelago.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, examine the collection at Lofoten Krigsminnenmuseum, and then view the masterpieces at Northern Norway Art Centre.

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Traveling by flight from Bodo to Svolvaer takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and car. In January in Svolvaer, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Tromso.
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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.
Take a break from Tromso with a short trip to Northern Light Dog Adventure in Nordkjosbotn, about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of The Arctic Cathedral, examine the collection at Troll Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tromso Domkirke, and stroll around Prestvannet Lake.

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Getting from Svolvaer to Tromso by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Svolvaer in January, expect Tromso to be little chillier, temps between -1°C and -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can fly to Kirkenes.
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Kirkenes — 2 nights

Kirkenes is a town in Sør-Varanger Municipality in Finnmark county, in the far northeastern part of Norway. On the 19th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Grenselandmuseet, then surround yourself with nature on Birk Husky, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kirkenes Church. On the next day, cast your line with King Crab Safari by Snowhotel Kirkenes and then don't miss a visit to Lungomare.

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Getting from Tromso to Kirkenes by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tromso in January, expect Kirkenes to be a bit cooler, temps between -9°C and -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.
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Northern Norway travel guide

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.