34 days in Northern Norway Itinerary

34 days in Northern Norway Itinerary

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Kirkenes
— 3 nights
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Tana Bru
— 1 night
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Karasjok
— 1 night
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Nordkapp Municipality
— 2 nights
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Alta
— 4 nights
Fly
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Bodo
— 4 nights
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Leknes, Vestvagoy
— 2 nights
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Svolvaer
— 2 nights
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Harstad
— 3 nights
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Narvik
— 1 night
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Senja
— 2 nights
Taxi to Lysnes kai, Ferry to Tromso
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Tromso
— 8 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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kirkenes: Birk Husky (in Svanvik) and Lungomare (in Grense Jakobselv). There's still lots to do: see what you can catch with King Crab Safari by Snowhotel Kirkenes, don't miss a visit to Treriksroysa, appreciate the history behind Soviet Liberation Monument, and take an in-depth tour of Grenselandmuseet.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Kirkenes day trip planning app.

Istanbul, Turkey to Kirkenes is an approximately 54-hour car ride. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in January, expect Kirkenes to be cooler, temps between -9°C and -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Tana Bru.
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Tana Bru — 1 night

Tana bru is the administrative centre of Deatnu-Tana Municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Tana Museum and then see the interesting displays at Varanger Sami Museum.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tana Bru vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Kirkenes to Tana Bru takes 2 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kirkenes in January: high temperatures in Tana Bru hover around -4°C and lows are around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Karasjok.
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Karasjok — 1 night

Karasjok or Kárášjohka or Kaarasjoki is a municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Boble Glasshytte, then surround yourself with nature on Samipath, and then identify plant and animal life at KB-Siida.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Karasjok holiday builder site.

Traveling by car from Tana Bru to Karasjok takes 2.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Tana Bru in January since evenings lows in Karasjok dip to -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nordkapp Municipality.
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Nordkapp Municipality — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): appreciate the history behind Bamse statue, then view the masterpieces at The Gallery "West Of The Moon", and then take in the dramatic natural features at Nordkapphallen. Keep things going the next day: see what you can catch with Best Fishing Nordkapp, view the masterpieces at The Gallery - East of the Sun, and then explore the striking landscape at Kirkeporten in Skarsvag.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nordkapp Municipality driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Karasjok to Nordkapp Municipality in 4 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Karasjok in January; daily highs in Nordkapp Municipality reach -1°C and lows reach -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Alta.
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Alta — 4 nights

Alta is the most populated municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. Explore Alta's surroundings by going to Stabbursnes Nature House and Museum (in Indre Billefjord) and Hammerfest (Galleri Syvstjerna & Salen Lookout). Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Alta Museum - World Heritage Rock Art Centre, examine the collection at Tirpitz Museum, make a trip to Northern Lights Observatory at Haldde, and wander the wide-open spaces of Sami Siida.

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Traveling by car from Nordkapp Municipality to Alta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Nordkapp Municipality in January, with highs in Alta at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Bodo.
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Bodo — 4 nights

Bodo is known for museums, sightseeing, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get up close to creatures of the deep with Arctic Rib Event, make a trip to Saltstraumen, look for all kinds of wild species at Bodomarka, and examine the collection at The Crofter’s Cottage in Kjelvik.

To see where to stay and tourist information, go to the Bodo trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Alta to Bodo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Alta in January: high temperatures in Bodo hover around 0°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Leknes.
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Leknes, Vestvagoy — 2 nights

Leknes is a town in Nordland county, Norway. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): trek along Offersoykammen Hiking Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Haukland Beach, then step off the mainland to explore Lofoten Island, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Flakstad Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): stop by Lofoten Gaver og Brukskunst AS, surround yourself with nature on Lofoten Birding, and then kick back and relax at Uttakleiv Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Leknes online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Bodo to Leknes takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In January in Leknes, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Svolvaer.
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Svolvaer — 2 nights

The largest town on the Lofoten Islands, Svolvaer serves as a good base from which to launch your tour of the archipelago.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Northern Norway Art Centre, then contemplate the long history of Henningsvaer, and then admire the masterpieces at Galleri Lofoten. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Lofoten Krigsminnenmuseum and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lofoten Lights.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Svolvaer driving holiday planner.

Drive from Leknes to Svolvaer in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February in Svolvaer, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Harstad.
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Harstad — 3 nights

Harstad is the second-most populated municipality in Troms county, Norway. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Harstad: Inga Sami Siida (in Sortland) and The Jaeger Lake (in Svensby). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Skavli Brygghus, experience rural life at Rokenes Gard, pause for some serene contemplation at Trondenes Church, and bet on your favorite at Trotting Races.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Harstad route builder website.

You can drive from Svolvaer to Harstad in 3 hours. Traveling from Svolvaer in February, expect little chillier with lows of -8°C in Harstad. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Narvik.
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Narvik — 1 night

or Áhkanjárga is the third-largest town and municipality in Nordland county, Norway by population. On the 7th (Sun), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then pause for some serene contemplation at Narvik Church, then get a new perspective on things with Dive Norway, and finally take an in-depth tour of Narvik Krigsmuseum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Narvik route planner.

Drive from Harstad to Narvik in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Harstad in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Narvik, with lows around -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Senja.
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Senja — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Segla, then get great views at Tungeneset, and then take some stellar pictures from Bergsbotn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): cruise along Husoey and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Senja Husky Adventure.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Senja trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Narvik to Senja by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In February, Senja is a bit cooler than Narvik - with highs of -3°C and lows of -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tromso.
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Tromso — 8 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: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Arctic Cathedral, explore the activities along Grotfjord, and explore the striking landscape at Tromso Fjords.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tromso online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Senja to Tromso takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In February, Tromso is somewhat warmer than Senja - with highs of 0°C and lows of -5°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Wed) before leaving for home.
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Northern Norway travel guide

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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.
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