Best of Karasjok

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Karasjok
Base yourself in Karasjok to explore wild Arctic nature, where the Finnmark mountain plateau sits just outside your door waiting for adventure. In summer, the sun doesn’t set for around two months, making the days nearly endless, while in winter, the sun doesn’t rise through December or January, creating ideal viewing conditions for the elusive Northern Lights. The Finnmark dog sled race also passes through once a year, contributing to the area’s strong dogsledding culture; take a guided expedition on the plateau with a pack of these fluffy athletes.

Karasjok could also be considered the capital of the Sami people, as it’s where you’ll find the Sami Parliament. Learn more about this indigenous population, whose members come from across Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia, on a guided tour of the parliament building, and see if you can hear the Sami language around town. In addition to dogsledding and parliament tours, previous kimkim travelers have also been able to hunt for the Northern Lights on a snowshoe hike, visit Sami reindeer herders, or rent a canoe and explore the Karasjok River.
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Early snowcapped views of the Altafjord
Map of Autumn Road Trip in Norway's Arctic - 7 Days
Autumn Road Trip in Norway's Arctic - 7 Days

This relaxed road trip explores an area of Norway's Arctic rarely visited by tourists. Start in fjord-side Alta and drive inland to experience indigenous culture while staying in a cozy wilderness lodge. You'll then make your way towards the northernmost tip of the continent for hiking trails, colorful villages, and breathtaking views. Spend each night looking for early glimpses of the Northern Lights—they usually start in October.

Prime territory for spotting the Northern Lights
Map of Tromsø to Kirkenes Winter Adventure - 12 Days
Tromsø to Kirkenes Winter Adventure - 12 Days

This exciting and less-traveled winter adventure takes you deep into Norway's boreal territory for spectacular snowcapped scenery. The trip kicks off in Tromsø, a sophisticated little city known as the 'Paris of the North'. From here, make your way east to Kirkenes—traveling by bus—while taking advantage of unique Arctic excursions and numerous possibilities for spotting the Northern Lights.

A view of Aurora Borealis near Tromsø, Norway.
Map of Norway Northern Lights Road Trip - 7 Days
Norway Northern Lights Road Trip - 7 Days

This scenic winter adventure traverses the Norwegian Arctic and checks off a number of natural and cultural sites starting in the city of Tromsø, nicknamed 'Paris of the North'. From here, hit the road and see rock art in Alta, learn about the indigenous Sami people in Karasjok, and visit a hotel made of snow along the Finnish/Russian border. Each day ends with another opportunity to view the Northern Lights in this beautiful and remote part of the world.

The Barents Sea off Norway's north coast
Map of Northern Norway Winter Adventure - 13 Days
Northern Norway Winter Adventure - 13 Days

This exciting 13-day adventure—between late February to early April—takes you deep into Norway's boreal territory for unique winter-themed activities and few crowds. After a few days in Oslo, it's time to fly to Tromsø, 'Gateway to the Arctic', where you'll experience local culture and a farm in the wilderness. Then, drive to Alta, Karasjok, and the North Cape for UNESCO-listed rock art, Sami culture, dog sledding, and hiking around Europe's northernmost point before circling back along the stunning coast.

The Barents Sea off Norway's north coast
Map of Northern Norway Winter Adventure - 14 Days
Northern Norway Winter Adventure - 14 Days

This exciting two-week road trip from late February to early April takes you deep into Norway's boreal territory for unique winter-themed activities and few crowds. Your self-drive tour begins from Tromsø, 'Gateway to the Arctic', where you can ride a cable car, meet reindeer, and chase the Northern Lights after dark. Continue to Alta for some of the oldest rock art in existence today (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and a 3-day dogsledding tour. From here, drive to Karasjok and Europe's northernmost point where you can hike along the stunning North Cape before flying to Oslo for one more night on the town.

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