Relaxation, reflection, lazing; when on holiday, there’s no need to rush. If you like letting your thoughts wander while you idly watch a gull sweep past, these are some options that might appeal:

Hurtigruten. 11 days, 2500 nautical miles and 35 ports of call; from the coast of Helgeland via the Lofoten Wall and Lyngen Alps, to the barren Finnmark coast, all at 15 knots, giving you time to think about what life must be like in the villages you’re sailing past.

Coastal Route.This 650-km (400-mile) route goes from Trøndelag, past the 20,000 islands of Helgeland to Saltstraumen at Bodø. Medieval churches, sandy beaches, sculpted mountain peaks, bird cliffs and ferry crossings. 

Artscape Nordland. 35 sculptures in stunning locations in Nordland (one in Troms), one for each of the municipalities involved, give you pause to reflect in the international context of this unique art project.

Island-hopping by bike. The roads follow the beaches, so they’re flat. Ferries provide welcome coffee breaks, and there are hardly any cars. Island-hopping by bike along the coast of Northern Norway is relaxing and doesn’t require much planning. 

National tourist routes. No less than 6 of the country’s 18 tourist routes are in Northern Norway. With natural beauty and unique culture, viewpoints, rest areas and toilets designed by architects, they are designed for a journey of relaxed discovery.