49 days in Northern Norway Itinerary

49 days in Northern Norway Itinerary

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Tromso
— 5 nights
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Vardo
— 2 nights
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Kirkenes
— 3 nights
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Alta
— 4 nights
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Nordkapp Municipality
— 3 nights
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Harstad
— 4 nights
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Svolvaer
— 5 nights
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Flakstadoy
— 3 nights
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Leknes, Vestvagoy
— 3 nights
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Bodo
— 6 nights
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Rana Municipality
— 4 nights
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Mosjoen
— 4 nights
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Tromso — 5 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.
Tromso is known for nightlife, wildlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Polaria, take in the dramatic natural features at Tromso Fjords, and examine the collection at Tromsø Museum – Universitetsmuseet.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tromso road trip planning website.

Washington, USA to Tromso is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. While traveling from Washington, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Tromso, ranging from highs of 38°F to lows of 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Vardo.
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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 (Wed): make a trip to Hamningberg Old Fishing Village and then visit a coastal fixture at Hornoya Vardo Light House. On the next day, head off the coast to Hornoya and then contemplate the long history of Steilneset Memorial.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Vardo driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Tromso to Vardo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. April in Vardo sees daily highs of 34°F and lows of 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kirkenes.
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Kirkenes — 3 nights

Kirkenes is a town in Sør-Varanger Municipality in Finnmark county, in the far northeastern part of Norway. Venture out of the city with trips to Birk Husky (in Svanvik) and Grense Jakobselv (Lungomare & King Oscar II Chapel). There's still lots to do: cast your line with King Crab Safari by Snowhotel Kirkenes, don't miss a visit to Treriksroysa, and take some stellar pictures from Hoyde 96 - Watch Tower.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kirkenes tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Vardo to Kirkenes in 3.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Kirkenes are 35°F, while nighttime lows are 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Alta.
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Alta — 4 nights

Alta is the most populated municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. Alta is known for museums, historic sites, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, examine the collection at Tirpitz Museum, see the sky in a new way at Northern Lights Observatory at Haldde, and hit the slopes at SarvesAlta Outdoor Activity.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Alta route website.

You can fly from Kirkenes to Alta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°F in April, and nighttime lows around 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough 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 29th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Nordkappmuseet and then take in the exciting artwork at The Gallery "West Of The Moon". Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see what you can catch with The North Cape Experience and then take in the dramatic natural features at Kirkeporten in Skarsvag.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nordkapp Municipality tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Alta to Nordkapp Municipality in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 36°F in April, and nighttime lows around 31°F. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Harstad.
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Harstad — 4 nights

Harstad is the second-most populated municipality in Troms county, Norway. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Harstad: Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Narvik) and Whalesafari Andenes (in Andenes). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Trondenes Historical Centre, experience rural life at Rokenes Gard, trek along Mountain Hike to Musvannet, and pause for some serene contemplation at Trondenes Church.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Harstad trip planning tool.

You can drive from Nordkapp Municipality to Harstad in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Nordkapp Municipality in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Harstad: temperatures range from 51°F by day to 36°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Svolvaer.
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Svolvaer — 5 nights

The largest town on the Lofoten Islands, Svolvaer serves as a good base from which to launch your tour of the archipelago.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Svolvaer: Henningsvaer (in Henningsvaer) and Lofoten Links (in Gimsoya). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Lofoten Krigsminnenmuseum, take an exotic tour of Lofoten Lights, take in the awesome beauty at Floya, and hike along Festvagtind Hike.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Svolvaer holiday planner.

You can drive from Harstad to Svolvaer in 3 hours. In May in Svolvaer, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Flakstadoy.
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Flakstadoy — 3 nights

Step out of Flakstadoy to go to Reine and see Reinebringen, which is approximately 36 minutes away.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Flakstadoy itinerary website.

You can drive from Svolvaer to Flakstadoy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daytime highs in Flakstadoy are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Leknes.
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Leknes, Vestvagoy — 3 nights

Leknes is a town in Nordland county, Norway. Leknes is known for beaches, nature, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Haukland Beach, see the sights as you ascend with Holandsmelen Hiking Trail, admire the verdant scenery at Himmeltinden, and stop by Sareptas Hus.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Leknes trip planner.

Leknes is just a short distance from Flakstadoy. In May in Leknes, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can fly to Bodo.
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Bodo — 6 nights

Bodo is known for museums, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at Norsk Luftfartsmuseum, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Ronvik, indulge in some personalized pampering at God Massasje, and take in the pleasant sights at Saltstraumen.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bodo trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Leknes to Bodo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, daytime highs in Bodo are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Rana Municipality.
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Rana Municipality — 4 nights

Rana Municipality is known for nature, shopping, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tee off at Polarsirkelen Golf, trek along Hauknestinden, Head underground at Visit Plura, and examine the collection at Arctic Circle Motorcycle museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rana Municipality trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Bodo to Rana Municipality in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Rana Municipality are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mosjoen.
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Mosjoen — 4 nights

Explore Mosjoen's surroundings by going to The Seven Sisters (in Sandnessjoen) and Etcetera - Botanical Center (in Silvalen).

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mosjoen driving holiday planning site.

Getting from Rana Municipality to Mosjoen by car takes about 2 hours. May in Mosjoen sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 37°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.
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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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