Norway is just a scenic drive away from Finland. Combine beach life, fun nature activities, a rich cultural heritage and tasty food at some our beautiful places.
Northern Norway is about beautiful coastlines, sandy beaches, fjords, fishing villages, mountains and scenery. The wide horizons of the Varanger fjord, with its Finnish-Kven heritage, the North Cape at the end of Europe, the world’s northernmost city, Hammerfest, the drama of the Lyngen Alps, the cliff coast of Senja Island, the Gateway to the Arctic, Tromsø and the historic and cultural hub of Harstad all away you just across the borders from Kilpisjärvi, Karigasniemi, Utsjoki or Näätämö.
9 ideas to your Norwegian holiday
The attractions along the route encompass architecture, war history, our multi-ethnic heritage (including the Finnish minority), lovely culture trails, cute little local museums and numerous other things. Here a selection.
Varanger is close to Finland
Activities along the road
In Northern Norway, there are plenty of scenic spots, you can experience wildlife or relax in spas. Park the car and do fun stuff, here are some suggestions.
Tromsø is the Arctic capital
Tromsø is the biggest city in the north, and enjoys a fantastic location amid mountains and fjords. A colourful historic centre, interesting attractions and a lively restaurant- and nightlife scene add to the charms of Tromsø.
See the Midnight Sun in Tromsø
Go hiking and stay active in Northern Norway
The Northern Norwegian scenery is not only beautiful, it is also easy and safe to explore. Here are some hikes and other activities most people are able to do.
All about fishing
Things to do around the North Cape
Arto Paasilinna’s book Hurmaava Joukkoitsemurha told the story of how the North Cape can be a life changing experience. Go there to see the Midnight Sun and make sure you set aside plenty of time for other activities.
Beautiful drives along the coast
Go south in the north
Don’t pass out on the opportunity to explore the areas southwest of the immediate border areas. The whale archipelago of Vesterålen, the WWII hotspot of Narvik, the magic islands of Lofoten, the friendly green area of Salten around Bodø and the 20 000 skerries and islets of Helgeland are endlessly varied and easy to explore.
Get historical insight
Want to learn about our history?
Stay safe on the road
Take a break from the road
Roads in Norway are curvy! And there is something new around the next bend. Among the many stops you can make, we have picked these six, but feel free to shape your own experience.
Places easy to reach from Finland
The destinations of the North all have their own personalities; urban and rural, coast and inland, Norwegian, Sami or Finnish; here you can read more about them.