16 days in Northern Norway Itinerary

16 days in Northern Norway Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northern Norway route planner
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Make it your trip
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Tromso
— 2 nights
Drive
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Alta
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hammerfest
— 1 night
Drive
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Nordkapp Municipality
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kirkenes
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vardo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Karasjok
Drive
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Tromso
— 3 nights
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Tromso — 2 nights

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.
On the 10th (Sat), examine the collection at Northern Norwegian Science Center and then examine the collection at Lavhaugen Museum. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Troll Museum, explore the striking landscape at Tromso Fjords, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tromso Botaniske Hage.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tromso vacation planner.

Reykjavik, Iceland to Tromso is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in June, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can fly to Alta.
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Museums · Parks · Nature · Childrens Museums

Alta — 2 nights

Alta is the most populated municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): make a trip to Bubbelen and then pause for some serene contemplation at Kafjord Church. On your second day here, examine the collection at Alta Museum - World Heritage Rock Art Centre, then examine the collection at Tirpitz Museum, and then get a taste of life in the country at Sami Siida.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Alta day trip planning website.

Fly from Tromso to Alta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. June in Alta sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hammerfest.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Hammerfest — 1 night

Hammerfest is a municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hammerfest trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Alta to Hammerfest takes 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nordkapp Municipality.
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Nordkapp Municipality — 3 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.
On the 16th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Kirkeporten in Skarsvag, head outdoors with Knivskjellodden, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Nordkapphallen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Honningsvag Church, then explore the world behind art at Nordkappmuseet, and then make a trip to Bamse statue.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nordkapp Municipality trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Hammerfest to Nordkapp Municipality takes 3.5 hours. June in Nordkapp Municipality sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Kirkenes.
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Kirkenes — 2 nights

Kirkenes is a town in Sør-Varanger Municipality in Finnmark county, in the far northeastern part of Norway. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Soviet Liberation Monument and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kirkenes Church. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Andersgrotta WWII Bomb Shelter and then get engrossed in the history at Grenselandmuseet.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kirkenes day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Nordkapp Municipality to Kirkenes takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In June in Kirkenes, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Vardo.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Vardo — 2 nights

is a municipality in Finnmark county in the extreme northeastern part of Norway. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Hornoya Vardo Light House.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Vardo itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Kirkenes to Vardo in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Kirkenes in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Vardo: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Karasjok.
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Karasjok

Karasjok or Kárášjohka or Kaarasjoki is a municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. Your day by day itinerary now includes Sapmi Park. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Sapmi Park and then admire the sheer force of Rappa Waterfalls.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Karasjok trip planner.

Drive from Vardo to Karasjok in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Vardo in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Karasjok, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tromso.
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Side Trip
Highlights from your trip

Tromso — 3 nights

The Polar Museum and The Arctic Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. See even more of Tromso: see the interesting displays at Tromsø Museum – Universitetsmuseet, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady Catholic Church, make a trip to Tromso Jernbanestasjon, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Polaria.

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Drive from Karasjok to Tromso in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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Northern Norway travel guide

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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.
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Finnmark travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Churches · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Finnmark stretches across the very top of Europe and serves as home to Norway's indigenous Sami people. The nation's largest county by area, Finnmark remains a sparsely populated land of barren coastal regions and vast inland plateaus that are interspersed by lakes and river valleys. Indented by large fjords, the county's coastline stretches for nearly 7,000 km (4,500 mi) and contains nearly a fifth of its total population. Travel along Finnmark's jagged coast to discover the region's secluded fishing communities, or venture deeper inland to explore its stark plateaus and meet the Sami reindeer herders. For a more urban experience, head to Alta, known as the "Aurora Borealis City" and famed for its prehistoric rock carvings.
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