17 days in Northern Norway Itinerary

17 days in Northern Norway Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northern Norway travel planner

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Fly
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Tromso
— 5 nights
Fly
2
Kirkenes
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Alta
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Bodo
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Flakstadoy
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Svolvaer
— 1 night
Drive
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Harstad
— 2 nights
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Tromso

— 5 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.
Kids will enjoy Polaria and Tromsø Museum – Universitetsmuseet. Step out of Tromso with an excursion to Northern Light Dog Adventure in Nordkjosbotn--about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Polar Museum, see the sky in a new way at Northern Norwegian Science Center, snap pictures at Tromso Bridge, and take in the exciting artwork at Lone Slydahl.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tromso travel route planner.

Doha, Qatar to Tromso is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Doha to Tromso, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Doha in December; daily highs in Tromso reach 0°C and lows reach -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Kirkenes.

Things to do in Tromso

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 19:

Kirkenes

— 2 nights
Kirkenes is a town in Sør-Varanger Municipality in Finnmark county, in the far northeastern part of Norway. On the 20th (Mon), see what you can catch with King Crab Safari by Snowhotel Kirkenes and then make a trip to Treriksroysa. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Soviet Liberation Monument and then get a dose of the wild on Birk Husky.

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

You can fly from Tromso to Kirkenes in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tromso in December, things will get a bit cooler in Kirkenes: highs are around -5°C and lows about -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Alta.

Things to do in Kirkenes

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:

Alta

— 2 nights
Alta is the most populated municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. On the 22nd (Wed), see the interesting displays at Tirpitz Museum and then make a trip to Northern Lights Observatory at Haldde. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Northern Lights Cathedral and then pause for some serene contemplation at Alta Church.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Alta travel route website.

You can fly from Kirkenes to Alta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Alta can reach -2°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to fly to Bodo.

Things to do in Alta

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

Bodo

— 2 nights
On the 24th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ronvik Church and then take a memorable drive along Nordland Turselskap. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): learn about all things military at Norsk Luftfartsmuseum and then indulge in some personalized pampering at God Massasje.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bodo travel planning app.

Traveling by flight from Alta to Bodo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Alta in December: high temperatures in Bodo hover around 3°C and lows are around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Flakstadoy.

Things to do in Bodo

Scenic Drive · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

Flakstadoy

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Uttakleiv Beach, look for gifts at The Glasblower At Vikten, and then head off the coast to Lofoten Island. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Haukland Beach and then get a dose of the wild on Lofoten Birding.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Flakstadoy sightseeing planner.

Getting from Bodo to Flakstadoy by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. In December, daytime highs in Flakstadoy are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Svolvaer.

Things to do in Flakstadoy

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): examine the collection at Lofoten Krigsminnenmuseum and then get a dose of the wild on Lofoten Lights.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Svolvaer road trip planning app.

Drive from Flakstadoy to Svolvaer in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Svolvaer are 3°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Harstad.

Things to do in Svolvaer

Trails · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:

Harstad

— 2 nights
Harstad is the second-most populated municipality in Troms county, Norway. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Trondenes Church, relax in the rural setting at Rokenes Gard, and then let little ones run wild at Generalhagen.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Harstad trip planner.

You can drive from Svolvaer to Harstad in 3 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Svolvaer in December, with highs in Harstad at 0°C and lows at -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Harstad

Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

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.