15 days in Northern Norway Itinerary

15 days in Northern Norway Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northern Norway trip itinerary planner

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Kirkenes
— 1 night
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Vardo
— 1 night
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Nordkapp Municipality
— 1 night
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Hammerfest
— 1 night
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Alta
— 1 night
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Tromso
— 3 nights
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Stokmarknes
— 1 night
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Svolvaer
— 2 nights
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Reine, Moskenesoy
— 1 night
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Leknes, Vestvagoy
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Bodo
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Kirkenes

— 1 night
Kirkenes is a town in Sør-Varanger Municipality in Finnmark county, in the far northeastern part of Norway. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): see what you can catch with King Crab Safari by Snowhotel Kirkenes, then pause for some serene contemplation at Kirkenes Church, and then enjoy some diversion at Barentsbadet Kirkenes. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Andersgrotta WWII Bomb Shelter, get engrossed in the history at Varanger Museum, then shop like a local with Galleri ArtikA, and finally surround yourself with nature on Birk Husky.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kirkenes trip planner.

Oslo to Kirkenes is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from Oslo in October, expect nights in Kirkenes to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are slightly colder, around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Vardo.

Things to do in Kirkenes

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 14:

Vardo

— 1 night
is a municipality in Finnmark county in the extreme northeastern part of Norway. On the 15th (Thu), visit a coastal fixture at Hornoya Vardo Light House, then pause for some photo ops at Steilneset Memorial, then see the interesting displays at The Pomor Museum, and finally brush up on your military savvy at The Partisan Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Vardo route planner.

You can drive from Kirkenes to Vardo in 3.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Vardo are 4°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Nordkapp Municipality.

Things to do in Vardo

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 15:

Nordkapp Municipality

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): cast your line with Destination 71 degrees north - Day Tours, get engrossed in the history at Nordkappmuseet, then take an in-depth tour of Nordkapphallen, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at North Cape.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nordkapp Municipality tour app.

Getting from Vardo to Nordkapp Municipality by car takes about 8 hours. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in October, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Hammerfest.

Things to do in Nordkapp Municipality

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 16:

Hammerfest

— 1 night
Hammerfest is a municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at The Polar Bear Society, pause for some serene contemplation at Hammerfest Church, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Reconstruction for Finnmark and Northern Troms, then don't miss a visit to Fountain Mother and Child, and finally get great views at Salen Lookout.

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Traveling by car from Nordkapp Municipality to Hammerfest takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Alta.

Things to do in Hammerfest

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 17:

Alta

— 1 night
Alta is the most populated municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Alta Church, get a new perspective on nature at Alta Museum - World Heritage Rock Art Centre, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Northern Lights Cathedral, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally wander the wide-open spaces of Sami Siida.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Alta trip itinerary app.

Drive from Hammerfest to Alta in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in October, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Tromso.

Things to do in Alta

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 18:

Tromso

— 3 nights

Paris of the North

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Perspektivet Museum and Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Dolphin & Whale Watching. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Arctic Cathedral, see the interesting displays at The Polar Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Tromso Domkirke, and appreciate the history behind Memorial to Deportation of Jews of Tromso.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tromso trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Alta to Tromso takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Tromso are 6°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Stokmarknes.

Things to do in Tromso

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 21:

Stokmarknes

— 1 night
Stokmarknes is a small town in the municipality of Hadsel in Nordland county, Norway. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take a tour by water with North Explorer, examine the collection at Vesteralen Museum, and then examine the collection at Hurtigruten Museum.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Stokmarknes road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tromso to Stokmarknes takes 6 hours. In October, daytime highs in Stokmarknes are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Svolvaer.

Things to do in Stokmarknes

Museums · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 22:
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Svolvaer

— 2 nights
The largest town on the Lofoten Islands, Svolvaer serves as a good base from which to launch your tour of the archipelago.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Northern Norway Art Centre, then see the interesting displays at Lofoten Krigsminnenmuseum, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Lofoten Lights. Here are some ideas for day two: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tjeldbergtind, then contemplate the long history of Lofoten Museum, and finally hike along Festvagtind Hike.

Make your Svolvaer itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Stokmarknes to Svolvaer takes 2 hours. October in Svolvaer sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Reine.

Things to do in Svolvaer

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:

Reine, Moskenesoy

— 1 night
The locals came to Reine to catch cod; visitors come to catch the views.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Bunes Beach, then get a new perspective on things with Aqua Lofoten Coast Adventure, and then trek along Reinebringen.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Reine trip planner.

You can drive from Svolvaer to Reine in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in October, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Leknes.

Things to do in Reine

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 25:

Leknes, Vestvagoy

— 1 night
Leknes is a town in Nordland county, Norway. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): find your balance on the water with Experience Lofoten Islands, then kick back and relax at Haukland Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Uttakleiv Beach, and finally step off the mainland to explore Lofoten Island.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Leknes trip planner.

Travel from Reine to Leknes in 1.5 hours. In October in Leknes, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Bodo.

Things to do in Leknes

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Transportation

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 26:

Bodo

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, brush up on your military savvy at Norsk Luftfartsmuseum, look for all kinds of wild species at Bodomarka, then kick back and relax at Mjelle, and finally take some stellar pictures from Turisthytta Bodo.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Bodo holiday planning site.

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. October in Bodo sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Bodo

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 27:

Northern Norway travel guide

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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.