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 Birk Husky will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kirkenes: Grense Jakobselv (Kong Oscar II's kapell & Lungomare). The adventure continues: stroll through Pasvik Nature Reserve, get engrossed in the history at Grenselandmuseet, take some stellar pictures from Hoyde 96 - Watch Tower, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kirkenes Church.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kirkenes day trip tool.

Toronto, Canada to Kirkenes is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Kirkenes is 6 hours. Traveling from Toronto in April, expect Kirkenes to be little chillier, temps between 1°C and -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Alta.

Things to do in Kirkenes

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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 · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

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 North Cape 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). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Kirkeporten in Skarsvag, pause for some serene contemplation at Honningsvag Church, take in the exciting artwork at The Gallery - East of the Sun, and make a trip to Gjesvaerstappan Nesting Cliffs, Nordkapp.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nordkapp Municipality road trip planning website.

Drive from Alta to Nordkapp Municipality in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. April in Nordkapp Municipality sees daily highs of 2°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Lakselv.

Things to do in Nordkapp Municipality

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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. There's much more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Stabbursdalen nasjonalpark, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trollholmsund, take in the exciting artwork at Antikstore, and admire the sheer force of Rappa Waterfalls.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lakselv trip planner.

You can drive from Nordkapp Municipality to Lakselv in 3 hours. Traveling from Nordkapp Municipality in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Lakselv, with lows around -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bodo.

Things to do in Lakselv

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodo

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

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bodo trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Lakselv to Bodo with the Route module. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Bodo when traveling from Lakselv in April, with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to fly to Rana Municipality.

Things to do in Bodo

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Rana Municipality

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

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

Leknes, Vestvagoy

— 4 nights
Leknes is a town in Nordland county, Norway. Take a break from the city and head to Lofoten Island and Haukland Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Ramberg (Rambergstranda Beach & Lofoten Birding) and Reinebringen (in Reine). The adventure continues: stroll through Uttakleiv Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Kvalvika Beach, trek along Offersoykammen Hiking Trail, and pause for some serene contemplation at Flakstad Church.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Leknes trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rana Municipality to Leknes takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Leknes can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Svolvaer.

Things to do in Leknes

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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 Festvagtind Hike. 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 your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tjeldbergtind, see the interesting displays at Lofoten Krigsminnenmuseum, take in the exciting artwork at Northern Norway Art Centre, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Svolvaer holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Leknes to Svolvaer takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Svolvaer, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Harstad.

Things to do in Svolvaer

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Harstad

— 6 nights
Harstad is the second-most populated municipality in Troms county, Norway. Take a break from the city and head to Whalesafari Andenes and Mountain Hike to Musvannet. Get out of town with these interesting Harstad side-trips: Andenes (Polar Museum Andenes & Experience Andoy), Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Narvik) 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

Senja

— 4 nights
Escape the urban bustle at Scenic Route Senja and Arctic Guide and Visit.

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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 · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

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 Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tromso: Haaja (in Sommaroy) and Lyngseidet (Aurora Spirit & The Steindal's Glacier). On the 28th (Fri), ski the day away in the pristine settings at Base Tromso. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Arctic Cathedral, take in the dramatic natural features at Tromso Fjords, explore the activities along Grotfjord, and work some fitness into your day at Charlottenlund park.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tromso trip builder tool.

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 May, daytime highs in Tromso are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 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

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.