34 days in Northern Norway Itinerary

34 days in Northern Norway Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northern Norway travel route maker

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Fly
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Kirkenes
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tana Bru
— 1 night
Drive
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Karasjok
— 1 night
Drive
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Nordkapp Municipality
— 2 nights
Drive
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Alta
— 4 nights
Fly
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Bodo
— 4 nights
Fly
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Leknes, Vestvagoy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Svolvaer
— 2 nights
Drive
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Harstad
— 3 nights
Drive
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Narvik
— 1 night
Drive
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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: Lungomare (in Grense Jakobselv) and Birk Husky (in Svanvik). 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 Varanger Museum.

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

Istanbul, Turkey to Kirkenes is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also drive. 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 travel to Tana Bru.

Things to do in Kirkenes

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:

Tana Bru

— 1 night
Tana bru is the administrative centre of Deatnu-Tana Municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. On the 19th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Tana Museum and then see the interesting displays at Varanger Sami Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tana Bru route builder website.

You can drive from Kirkenes to Tana Bru in 2 hours. Prepare for a bit 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 travel to Karasjok.

Things to do in Tana Bru

Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 18 — 19:
Highlights from your trip

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 travel to Nordkapp Municipality.

Things to do in Karasjok

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 20:

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", then take an in-depth tour of Nordkapphallen, and finally explore the striking landscape at North Cape. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cast your line with Best Fishing Nordkapp, shop like a local with The Gallery - East of the Sun, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Kirkeporten in Skarsvag.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nordkapp Municipality tour itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Karasjok to Nordkapp Municipality in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Karasjok in January, expect Nordkapp Municipality to be somewhat warmer, temps between -1°C and -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Alta.

Things to do in Nordkapp Municipality

Nature · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 22:

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: explore the galleries of Alta Museum - World Heritage Rock Art Centre, examine the collection at Tirpitz Museum, make a trip to Northern Lights Observatory at Haldde, and pause for some serene contemplation at Alta Church.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Alta fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by car from Nordkapp Municipality to Alta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. 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 travel to Bodo.

Things to do in Alta

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 26:

Bodo

— 4 nights
Bodo is known for museums, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see majestic marine mammals with Arctic Rib Event, identify plant and animal life at Bodomarka, relax and rejuvenate at God Massasje, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bodin Church.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bodo trip planner.

You can fly from Alta to Bodo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Alta in January: high temperatures in Bodo hover around 0°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can fly to Leknes.

Things to do in Bodo

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 30:

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 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.

Things to do in Leknes

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 1:

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.

Things to do in Svolvaer

Tours · Trails · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 1 — 3:

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). There's still lots to do: experience rural life at Rokenes Gard, join the crowd at Trotting Races, hike along Gangsastoppen, and stroll through Keipen.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Harstad road trip planner.

You can drive from Svolvaer to Harstad in 3 hours. Traveling from Svolvaer in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Harstad, with lows of -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Narvik.

Things to do in Harstad

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 6:

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.

Things to do in Narvik

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 7:

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.

Things to do in Senja

Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 9:

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Arctic Cathedral, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, 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.

Things to do in Tromso

Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 9 — 17:

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.