If you seek a combination of seeing the Northern lights with Fjords and white sandy beaches, Nordic Lapland is your perfect Off Beaten destination.
So why visit Northern Norway? Even though other parts in Norway are more well known to most of us, the beauty of a destination often sits in the hidden corners of the world. This also applies to the Nordic part of Norway. You get there by plane from either Amsterdam or Brussels and you fly directly to Oslo. From there you fly to Tromsø in about 1,5 hours. If you want to visit Lofoten and Vesterålen you fly to Evenes from Oslo.
Called “the gateway to the North Pole” and “the Paris of the North”, Tromsø is the largest city in Northern Norway. We can probably describe this city as a city on an island, surrounded by mountains. You can imagine how impressive it looks! Like any large city, you can enjoy a good nightlife with many restaurants, cafés and bars. Besides this, you can also shops till you drop or visit museums and enjoy many winter activities. What about a dog sledding trip through a mountainous landscape. yes please! In addition, thanks to the coastal location of Tromsø, you can also take various boat trips. Or take the cable car up to the Storsteinen mountain. Overall, a great city to start your trip from. We advise you to stay here for at least 2 nights before heading on.
Lofoten and Vesterålen
Ready to have your breath taken away? These two places in Northern Norway will make it happen. Lofoten and Vesterålen can easily be combined as they are located about three hours apart. Hire a car as it’s a must have in this volcanic region. This way you can stop as you please and stay where you want. Expect dramatic backdrops, mountains rising from the dark blue sea and white sandy beaches. What do you say? Yes, both Lofoten and Vesterålen have sandy beaches which make these destinations incredible unique to say the least. You can find the best beaches of Lofoten in Ramberg, Eggum en Kvalvika. In Vesterålen Bleik Beach is the most popular with 2,5km white sand and sunlight during the night.
The Lofoten Islands considered by many to be one of the most beautiful places in the world.
We hope you like fish, because it’s definitely the biggest activity in both regions. It’s the perfect location for fishing so all restaurants offer topnotch and fresh fish dishes all year long. You better bring your hiking boots because you want to make some miles around here! However, renting bikes to discover the best parts of the islands is also a good option. If you always wanted to spot some whales (it’s a bucketlist thing), you can book many boat trips here that make it possible.
More chance to see the Northern Lights
Let’s be honest, if you travel to Norway, you want to see the Northern lights right? Well, in the northern part of Norway you have very good chances seeing them! Northern Norway is located above the Arctic Circle, in the middle of the aurora zone. In order to see this magical natural phenomenon, it must not be cloudy and it must be dark. During the coldest winter months, the sun hardly rises in the Far North. As a result, you already have a big chance to see northern lights in the afternoon!
Where to stay in Northern Norway
As you know, we love unique and special accommodations. Well, you can certainly find them here! Snuggle up in those traditional red houses on the edge of a fjord. For the real adventure seekers there is Camp Tamok, a 75 min drive from Tromsø. Here you can sleep in wooden chalets and various “lavvus” or Scandinavian teepees. All are complemented by a modern kitchen, hot showers and excellent toilet facilities. You eat in a cozy lavvu with an open fire.
If you want to travel around the Lofoten and Vesterålen, you have even more options from boutique hotels to waterfront chalets where you can cook yourself. No matter if you come as a family, couple or group, there is something to suit everyone.
Best time to travel to Nothern Norway
Basically, all seasons are good, yet very different from each other. During summer your days are filled with light, with almost no dark hours. Perfect for evening walks on the beaches and a lot of sunshine. However, it’s also the busiest of all periods. During the winter you have the Northern Lights, winter wonderland, adventurous sledge riding tours. Pack for all seasons no matter when you travel because the weather can change at least 4 times a day!
In short, Northern Norway is a must visit! Are you curious about Norway and do you want to book this adventure? Check nordic.be for tailor made trips or advise!