Northern Norway – magnificent nature and vibrant culture

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K-Lab Kjerringøy. Photo: Roger Johansen

Enjoy the Northern Lights, colorful sky and epic scenery. Experience the arctic wildlife, coastal culture and sami culture. Have joyful moments and fun in the snow. Everything under our limitless sky.

“Winter is not always the coldest time in the North, but for sure the coolest.”

The visitors say
2,5 minutes of adventures in the North. Video:

What do you want to see and do?

“We are all fishermen”

At the important Viking trade centre Haithabu in Northern Germany the archaeologists found a dried cod from Lofoten, fished some 1100 year ago. Fish exports have been the economic foundation of Northern Norway ever since. Here are some suggestions on where to study history and culture around fishing and the culture of the coast.

Where do you want to sleep and eat?

Northern Norway – by the taste buds

Northern Norwegian cuisine is rustic, with simple, strong tastes. The riches of the sea are reflected on your plate. More surprising are maybe the intense flavours of veg and soft fruit grown in Northern Norwegian agriculture. Add wild berries and some surprises for the sweet tooth, and your tastebuds will be amused.

When to go and how to get the best holiday?

Northern Norway is a land of cultures and languages

As far back as we can follow ethnic identities in the North, both Sami and Norse cultures have been present in Northern Norway. The connections with the Finnish speaking areas to our south east have always been strong, and they were reinforced with immigration in the 18th and 19th centuries. Thus, Northern Norway is rich in heritage, culture and languages.

How to travel and plan your trip?

A little taste of what may experience while taking a road-trip in Northern Norway

Northern Norway is the best place to see the Northern Lights

Sperm whales live off Vesterålen

Follow the drama of WWII in Northern Norway

On the 9th of April 1940, the battle of Narvik started, involving many nations. The ensuing occuation involved resistance and the use of slave labour from the Soviet Union and Serbia. At the end of 1944, the entire top end of Northern Norway was burned down and the people forcibly evacuated. Here are some WWII locations to visit.

Is it really daylight 24/7?

Visit The North Cape

Did you know that Bodø2024 also takes place in Helgeland?