Northern Norway – magnificent nature and vibrant culture

The light is coming back to Northern Norway, by several minutes a day. Deep snow lures us into snowshoeing and dogsledding. The Arctic cod is migrating to our waters, keeping every fishing village busy and every palate wet. The star of the show, though, is Aurora, the Northern Lights, giving mesmerising spectacles almost every clear night.

Northern Norway is the best place to see the Northern Lights

Northern Lights viewing in September © Ismaele Tortella/Be Wild

Northern Norway’s widest view

Visit The North Cape

Where do you travel in Northern Norway – Our destinations

Drive to the end of the road

Sperm whales live off Vesterålen

Get to know 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.

We are 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.

They were partisans in WWII

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.

Ski touring in Lyngen

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.

Is it really daylight 24/7?