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Dog Sledding in Northern Norway: 3 Multi-Day Itineraries
Map of Dog Sledding in Northern Norway: 3 Multi-Day Itineraries
Dog Sledding in Northern Norway: 3 Multi-Day Itineraries

Dog sledding through the wonderland of Norway's winter landscape is a classic Scandinavian experience. Combine this uniquely thrilling activity with overnight camping the traditional Sami way for an unforgettable adventure—all during the best season for spotting the Northern Lights.

Very few crowds on the Lofoten islands during the fall season
Northern Norway in Fall

Travelers heading to Norway's northernmost region between September and November will be rewarded with brilliant autumn colors, empty roads, migrating wildlife, and glass-topped igloos. Weather can be unpredictable, but the chance to explore Tromsø, Alta, and the Lofoten Islands in near solitude is worth the risk of early snow. Read on for more info on visiting the tippy-top of mainland Europe in the fall.

Hamnoy fishing village, Lofoten Islands
Off-Season Highlights of the Lofoten Islands

The word is out on the Lofoten Islands, especially in summer. Traveling in the off-season is an ideal option to bypass the crowds—and luckily, it's easy to go at any time of year. Here's what you can expect to find September through May.

Northern Lights in Norway: What To Know & Where To Go
Map of Northern Lights in Norway: What To Know & Where To Go
Northern Lights in Norway: What To Know & Where To Go

Viewing the Northern Lights is an experience like no other, and Norway is the perfect destination for travelers keen on seeing it for themselves. See them from a fishing village in the Lofoten Islands, after a day of dogsledding in Tromsø, or from a glass-front sauna in a luxury resort. Read on for more of the best places to witness the phenomenon, along with some tips for planning your trip.

Chasing the auroras, Norway
Northern Lights in the Alta Region: How to Beat the Crowds

There's a wrong way to see the Northern Lights: hopping on a giant tour bus with cameras flashing and a cacophony of "oohs" and "ahhs" interrupting your moment with Mother Nature. Ditch the crowds and have a memorable experience viewing the auroras in peace — it just takes a little research and know-how.

Hamnoy, Lofoten Islands, Norway
Map of Top Lapland and Northern Norway Winter Experiences
Top Lapland and Northern Norway Winter Experiences

Only those looking for true adventure are suited for a trip to Northern Norway and (just across the border) Finnish Lapland in winter. The Arctic Circle admits few through its snowy doors, but if your name is on the list, you'll be escorted into another world. A world of surprises, a world of adrenaline, and a world of stories to tell.

Fishing boats, Lofoten Islands, Norway
Map of Top 7 Lapland and Northern Norway Summer Experiences
Top 7 Lapland and Northern Norway Summer Experiences

As the rest of the world slowly discovers the beauty of Norway, its northern reaches - all the way into Lapland - still offer off-the-radar adventures. With 24 hours of sunlight for well over two months come summer, you've got nothing but time to cram your itinerary with a lifetime's worth of experiences.

Hotel on Djupvatnet Lake, Norway
The 6 Best Family-Friendly Hotels in Lapland & Northern Norway

With activities like dogsledding, whale safaris, and hunting for the northern lights, the Lappland and Northern Norway region is a natural destination for travelers with kids. Most area lodging readily caters to groups and families—here are four of the best options, from Tromsø hotels to traditional tents in the wilderness.

Explore Norway's Winter Wonderland
Map of Top Winter Experiences in Norway
Top Winter Experiences in Norway

At a glance, Norway may not seem like a winter destination—but when the snow hits, its lush landscapes truly turn wild! With fewer crowds to share the wilderness and the Northern Lights dancing overhead, there may be no better season to pay Norway a visit.

Traditional Lofoten fishing village
Top Experiences in the Lofoten Islands

The Lofoten Islands is one of the most popular destinations in Norway. The moment you arrive, you'll understand why, as this stunning archipelago features jagged mountain peaks, colorful hamlets that cling to rocks, and a coastline dotted with islands. If you're looking for outdoor adventures, this is the place for you! Enjoy scenic drives, kayaking, snowshoeing, hiking, biking, sailing, and more.

Experience the Northern Lights in Norway
Top Northern Lights Experiences in Norway

Chasing the Northern Lights is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and something that draws many travelers to Norway's upper reaches. The country is the perfect setting to spot the colorful aurora borealis. This bucket-list experience can be easily combined with snowshoeing, dogsledding, reindeer feedings, cultural activities, or simply relaxing under the polar night sky.

Discover the unbeatable fjord scenery of Norway
Best Scenic Experiences in Norway

Norway is one of the most scenic countries in the world, with over 60,000 miles of coastline, towering mountain peaks, incredible fjord landscapes, endless islets, and a mix of marine wildlife. So if you're looking for a trip that will take your breath away, Norway is it. Discover the unique beauty of the Arctic Circle, explore the dense forests and tall cliffs of the fjords, and embrace some of the country's famous scenic viewpoints.

Norway is filled with historical and cultural hot spots
Top Cultural & Historical Experiences in Norway

Norway has a unique culture, influenced by its centuries-old history and distinct geographic location. You'll find bustling cities with fascinating origins, a quaint culture in fjord villages and coastal fishing towns, and unique customs like dogsledding and reindeer rearing, and mountainside farming. Not to mention, a thrilling Viking history that ties it all together.

Hiking in the Lofoten archipelago
Best Hiking Experiences in Norway

Norway is an outdoor paradise, and one of the most popular activities is hiking through the lush forests, jagged mountain peaks, and rocky fjords. From Troll's Tongue to Pulpit Rock, Norway is home to famous hikes that offer outstanding views of the country's iconic landscapes. You don't have to be an experienced trekker to enjoy the scenery, either. You'll find various trails, ranging from beginner to advanced, for all interests.

Wintry polar dusk in Tromsø
Best Things to Do in Tromsø

Tromsø is Norway's "Gateway to the Arctic," as the city sits above the Arctic Circle and offers easy access to the renowned Lofoten Islands and the country's northernmost reaches. But despite being so remote, the city is a vibrant, lively metropolis, lovingly referred to as the "Paris of the North." Enjoy the annual Bukta open-air music festival or visit one of the famed breweries. Discover the area's wildlife with whale safaris or watch the Northern Lights dance across the sky on a dinner cruise.

Experience the Norwegian scenery with dogsledding
Top Dogsledding Experiences in Norway

Dogsledding is one of those quintessential Norwegian activities that you can enjoy throughout the country's northern reaches in wintertime. From the charming eastern village of Røros to the city of Tromsø or the northern hub of Alta, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy this cultural experience. Even in the summer months, you can still hike with the Huskies and learn about their lives outside of winter.

Climb the famous trails of Norway
Top Active Experiences in Norway

It's no secret that Norway is an outdoor oasis offering every type of recreation you can think of! From climbing some of the most famous trails in the world (like Troll's Tongue) to kayaking through the iconic fjords, there's an outdoor adventure in every corner. And since the entire landscape changes with the seasons, you have a new set of active experiences for each visit.

Northern Norway Itineraries

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.

Prime territory for spotting the Northern Lights
Map of Tromsø & Alta Winter Adventure - 7 Days
Tromsø & Alta Winter Adventure - 7 Days

This exciting and less-traveled winter adventure takes you deep into Norway's boreal territory. Your week-long tour between November and April begins in the quietly sophisticated city of Tromsø, where you can sled with huskies during the day and chase the Northern Lights after dark. Continue to Alta by car or bus for snowsports in the Arctic wilderness and a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprised of rock carvings. To up the Alta adventure factor, spend your last two nights in a nearby hotel made of snow and ice.

Tromsø coastline
Map of Arctic Norway Summer Road Trip:  Tromsø & Senja - 7 Days
Arctic Norway Summer Road Trip: Tromsø & Senja - 7 Days

Explore northern Norway at your own speed with this self-drive itinerary. Seven days allows you sufficient time to explore the city of Tromsø and its historic streets, hike around isolated islands like Senja and Sommarøy, and sea safari alongside the fjord wildlife on your journey.

A clear day overlooking Tromsø's marina
Map of Tromsø Winter Adventure - 6 Days
Tromsø Winter Adventure - 6 Days

This exciting and less-traveled itinerary takes you into Norway's boreal territory for spectacular snowcapped scenery in the Arctic region. Base yourself in the quietly sophisticated city of Tromsø (Northern Norway's largest), where you can sled with huskies and reindeer during the day and chase the Northern Lights after dark. At the end of the adventure, you'll take a guided overnight excursion in the Arctic wilderness before returning to 'Paris of the North' for one more night on the town.

 A winter sunset over Tromsø
Map of Tromsø: Best Itinerary Ideas
Tromsø: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most people visiting Tromsø spend about a week to 10 days in Norway, which usually includes some time in Oslo and Fjord Region as well. For travelers wanting to visit Tromsø exclusively, plan five to six days for a well-paced trip. A fast-paced highlights trip is possible in three or four days for travelers with limited time. For the best itineraries, including Tromsø, keep reading below.

Senja's craggy peaks attract photographers from around the globe
Map of Tromsø & Senja Winter Excursion - 5 Days
Tromsø & Senja Winter Excursion - 5 Days

This quick-paced yet relaxed Nordic itinerary hits two key spots above the Arctic Circle for travelers keen on skipping high season crowds. You'll start in Tromsø with two days to explore the 'Paris of the North' by foot. From here, travel to Senja, Norway's 2nd largest island, where a local guide who will show you otherworldly coastline, wildlife, fishing villages, and inland lakes and forests. Finish with a Hurtigruten ride through the Norwegian Sea to complete this off-the-beaten-path adventure.

Summertime adventures stay golden above the Arctic Circle
Map of Midnight Sun Road Trip in Arctic Norway - 8 Days
Midnight Sun Road Trip in Arctic Norway - 8 Days

This adventurous weeklong road trip from late May to late August begins and ends in Tromsø, the country's gateway to the Arctic, where—during summer months—the sun never sets on these gorgeous views. From here, you'll journey through rugged landscapes of Norway's second largest island (Senja), and partake in active outings like cycling, kayaking, and swimming before ferrying to another less-populated island (Andøya) where spotting whales is practically a guarantee. Hike the coastal trail on the Queen’s Route before heading back to Tromsø for a few more nights of Scandinavian fun.

Winter wonderland scenery in Northern Norway
Map of Norway Arctic Experience in Alta - 7 Days
Norway Arctic Experience in Alta - 7 Days

Located in the northernmost county of Norway (Finnmark), the city of Alta lies in an area with a relatively mild climate. With this winter-themed adventure, you'll meet huskies and reindeer, see UNESCO-protected rock carvings, experience Sami culture, and enjoy snow activities. Easily reachable by plane, the area offers forests, mountain plateaus, and coastal landscapes bathed in distinctive blue light—perfect for star gazing and searching for the Northern Lights.

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 toward 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.

A view of the Lyngen Alps near Tromsø.
Map of Northern Norway Lyngenfjord Trek - 8 Days
Northern Norway Lyngenfjord Trek - 8 Days

Lace up your boots and let a private guide show you this lesser-visited region of Northern Norway. With the stunning Lyngen Alps at your doorstep and extended daylight (summer) hours, you'll take part in six days of trekking with the village of Lyngseidet as your base. Highlights include the Steindalsbreen Glacier, the Gorsabrua Gorge, a trail created by WWII prisoners, a free day for biking or boating, and finally a night in Tromsø — dubbed the 'Paris of the North'.

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.

Northern Lights - Tromsø
Map of Winter Adventure in Tromsø - 5 Days
Winter Adventure in Tromsø - 5 Days

There's no need to hibernate for the winter, as Tromsø offers so many exciting outdoor activities. Learn all about the Norwegian Arctic on this five-day trip. Get to know the small town, with its cute traditional architecture, as you'll have plenty of free time to explore on your own. Take a trip out of town to see the colorful, dancing Northern Lights. Take a whale-watching trip in the fiords, where you'll spot a variety of sea birds as well as different types of whale. Top off your trip with a thrilling dog sledding ride through the snowy winter landscape.

The Northern Lights in Norway
Explore Norway's Arctic Wilderness in Alta - 5 Days

Discover the winter landscape of Norway's northernmost county and the town of Alta, where you'll enjoy a dog sled ride through the snowy scenery. Transfer to a lodge of cozy tents with woodstoves and floor-to-ceiling windows for optimal viewing of the Northern Lights, as well as the opportunity for skiing, ice skating, snowmobiling, and hiking. End the trip with the indigenous Sami community, where you'll learn about their local culture and enjoy a thrilling reindeer sledding experience.

Feed reindeer at a traditional Sami village
Map of Winter Family Trip to Norway: Tromsø & Senja  - 7 Days
Winter Family Trip to Norway: Tromsø & Senja - 7 Days

For a trip to inspire adults and kids alike, spend a week in Norway's wintry north. Starting in historic Tromsø, you'll travel to a Sámi camp and then to the small coastal village of Mefjord Brygge. Along the way, you'll meet the locals, get up close to reindeer, and go dogsledding. You'll even see the spectacular northern lights from some of Norway's best viewing spots—making this holiday the adventure of a lifetime!

Catch glimpses of the Northern Lights when the skies are clear
Map of Tromsø & Senja Winter Adventure - 9 Days
Tromsø & Senja Winter Adventure - 9 Days

This active winter trip gets to the heart of Northern Norway's spectacular snow-covered scenery. Starting in Tromsø, you'll explore the 'Paris of the North' before transferring to Trapper's Farm where you'll participate in a unique, yet cozy experience involving fishing and dogsledding in the wilderness. Then bus to Norway's 2nd largest island—Senja—for whale watching and snowshoeing along the stunning Arctic coast.

This is prime territory for spotting the Northern Lights
Tromsø & Alta Winter Tour - 8 Days

This exciting and less-traveled winter adventure (November to April) takes you deep into Norway's boreal territory for spectacular snowcapped scenery. The tour begins in the quietly sophisticated city of Tromsø where you can sled with huskies during the day and chase the Northern Lights after dark. Continue to Alta for snowsports in the Arctic and a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprised of rock carvings. 

Winter wonderland scenery in Northern Norway
Map of Luxury Arctic Experience in Alta - 6 Days
Luxury Arctic Experience in Alta - 6 Days

The town of Alta lies in Norway's northernmost district, above the Arctic Circle, making it a prime location for winter fun. On this seasonal jaunt, you'll partake in dog-sledding, skiing, and other snow activities with views of mountain plateaus bathed in a brilliant blue light (distinctive to this part of Norway). At night, spend your evenings searching for the Northern Lights from cozy igloo hotels and luxury lavvu tents.

View of Ornfjorden on the beautiful Norwegian island of Senja
Map of Tromsø & Senja: Best Itinerary Ideas
Tromsø & Senja: Best Itinerary Ideas

Travelers to Norway typically plan a trip for seven to eight days when combining both Tromsø and Senja with Andenes. For travelers wanting to visit Tromsø and Senja exclusively, plan five to six days for a well-paced trip. With less time, it's still possible to see the highlights in as few as four days. For the best itineraries, including Tromsø and Senja, keep reading below.

Catch the Northern Lights in Norway
Explore Norway's Arctic Wilderness in Alta - 4 Days

This tour starts in the city of Alta, located in the northernmost county of Norway and surrounded by incredible Arctic scenery with opportunities to ski, hike, snowmobile, sled, and ice skate. After exploring the city and the Alta Fjord, you'll transfer to a wilderness lodge to enjoy dinners in a renovated barn and a thrilling dog sled ride through the snowy landscape. Sleep under the stars and the Northern Lights in your own insulated bungalow, complete with a wood stove. 

 Check out the Northern Lights Cathedral in Alta, Norway
Map of Alta & Tromsø: Best Itinerary Ideas
Alta & Tromsø: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most travelers will find that a week to eight days is perfect for a well-paced Norway trip with stops in both Alta and Tromsø. It's also possible to hit the highlights in five or six days if you don't mind a fast-paced journey. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop or explore more of the country—some favorite itinerary extensions include Oslo, Inner Troms, or Lyngen. Keep reading for more inspiring Alta and Tromsø itineraries.

The small, charming fishing village of Nyksund the Vesterålen archipelago
Map of Tromsø, Senja & Vesterålen: Best Itinerary Ideas
Tromsø, Senja & Vesterålen: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most travelers will find that a week to eight days is perfect for a well-paced Norway trip with stops in Tromsø, Senja, and Vesterålen. Travelers with less time can hit the route's highlights in five or six days, which makes for a fast-paced journey. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop or explore more of the country—some favorite itinerary extensions include Oslo, Lofoten Islands, or Finnsnes. Keep reading for more inspiring Tromsø, Senja, and Vesterålen itineraries.

Take the kids to explore Tromsø, "Gateway to the Arctic"
Map of Winter Family Adventure in Northern Norway - 10 Days
Winter Family Adventure in Northern Norway - 10 Days

Looking for the family-friendly Norwegian adventure of a lifetime? Starting in Tromsø, "Gateway to the Arctic," you and your family will continue to historic Alta and Senja Island. Along the way, you'll get up close to reindeer, huskies, and whales, learn to snowshoe and cross-country ski, tour an igloo hotel, and, of course, hunt the northern lights. This trip will surely give your family more than a few exciting memories and stories to tell!

Experience summer above the Arctic Circle in the fjords and islands around Tromsø
Map of Scandinavia Summer Highlights: Helsinki, Stockholm, Luleå & Tromsø - 10 Days
Scandinavia Summer Highlights: Helsinki, Stockholm, Luleå & Tromsø - 10 Days

Get off the beaten track during this exciting summer trip that covers three Scandinavian countries in 10 days. You'll start by tasting Finnish delicacies on a food tour of Helsinki, then fly to Stockholm for cultural tours and a wildlife safari in its surrounding forests. Continue to the pristine north, stopping in Swedish Lappland to kayak in Luleå's tranquil archipelago before ending in Norway's far-flung city of Tromsø, where Arctic day trips, whale watching cruises, and cable rides await.

Stroll the Coastline of Alta
Map of Alta: Best Itinerary Ideas
Alta: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most people visiting Alta spend about a week to eight days in Norway, which usually includes some time in Tromsø as well. If you're only headed to Alta, you can enjoy a comfortably-paced trip in four to six days. A fast-paced highlights trip is possible in three days for travelers with limited time. Check out our favorite Alta trips below.

You'll have plenty of chances to spot the northern lights on this luxury experience above the Arctic Circle
Map of Luxury Northern Lights Adventure in Norway's Arctic - 7 Days
Luxury Northern Lights Adventure in Norway's Arctic - 7 Days

Venture into Norway's far north for a luxurious journey into one of the last wild frontiers on Earth. This weeklong winter adventure begins at the Arctic Circle, where you'll go dogsledding, fish for succulent king crab, and traverse the tundra as you hunt the northern lights. In between snowshoeing excursions and kayaking on Norway's famous fjords, you'll stay in first-class accommodations, including a real-life ice hotel.

Experience the midnight sun during this 16-day road trip through Norway
Map of Summer Road Trip in Northern Norway: Tromsø, Senja & Lofoten - 16 Days
Summer Road Trip in Northern Norway: Tromsø, Senja & Lofoten - 16 Days

Experience outdoor adventures and endless summer days above the Arctic Circle with this 16-day northern Norway road trip. Go hiking with huskies in the countryside around Tromsø, then grab your rental car and drive to Senja Island to spot wildlife on a sailing cruise. Continue into the Lofoten archipelago to hop between colorful fishing villages, kayak under the midnight sun, and trek to rugged peaks. Take the overnight Hurtigruten Ferry back to Tromsø and end your trip with a glacier hiking experience.

You'll have countless changes to spot the northern lights on this 16-day road trip through Norway
Map of Northern Lights Adventures in Northern Norway: Road Trip to Senja, Svolvær & Tromsø - 16 Days
Northern Lights Adventures in Northern Norway: Road Trip to Senja, Svolvær & Tromsø - 16 Days

Chase adventure and the northern lights on this epic 16-day road trip through the Arctic landscapes of northern Norway. Beginning and ending in Tromsø, you'll loop your way across to the Lofoten Islands, spending two nights at the spectacular Aurora Borealis Observatory on Senja Island en route. Between scenic drives and ferries, a packed itinerary of outdoor excursions awaits—including reindeer sledding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, dogsledding, whale watching, and more.

Family time in Norway
Map of Epic Northern  Norway &  Lofoten Islands Summer Family Adventure - 14 Days
Epic Northern Norway & Lofoten Islands Summer Family Adventure - 14 Days

Travel above the Arctic Circle with this relaxed two-week family adventure that starts in Tromsø and whisks you to the island of Senja and the Lofoten archipelago. Travel through northern Norway's dramatic peaks and discover secluded sandy coves as you cruise through breathtaking fjords and experience the phenomenon of the midnight sun. Along the way, hike with huskies, spot gigantic sea eagles, and discover tiny fishing villages where time stands still.

Spend several nights in the Lofoten Islands looking for the colorful display
Map of Chasing the Northern Lights in Norway's Arctic in Winter - 15 Days
Chasing the Northern Lights in Norway's Arctic in Winter - 15 Days

This fast-paced—and very active—winter tour in Norway is not for the faint of heart. Starting and ending in Tromsø, the gateway to the Arctic, you'll set course on a 15-day itinerary partaking in horseback riding, dog and reindeer sledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and cruising the water by kayak, speedboat, and Hurtigruten. Of course, each night provides an opportunity to see the northern lights to round out your arctic adventure.

Explore remote beaches on both archipelagoes
Map of Vesterålen & Lofoten Islands Road Trip - 13 Days
Vesterålen & Lofoten Islands Road Trip - 13 Days

This self-guided summer road trip travels at a relaxed pace through gorgeous scenery above the Arctic Circle in Northern Norway. Explore two distinct archipelagos offering hiking trails, peaceful beaches, guided excursions, and a seaside teeming with whales—not to mention constant daylight hours during the 'Midnight Sun' to soak it in. Start and end the trip in Bodø, a cool little city with street art and a charming harbor.

Summertime adventures stay golden above the Arctic Circle
Map of Arctic Norway Summer Road Trip - 12 Days
Arctic Norway Summer Road Trip - 12 Days

This 12-day road trip starts from Tromsø, Norway's 'Gateway to the Arctic', where—in May, June, and July—the sun never sets on these gorgeous views. From here, you'll steer yourself through the rugged landscapes of Senja island and partake in active outings before ferrying across to another less-populated island (Andøya) where spotting whales is practically a guarantee. Hike a coastal trail before heading back to the lively city of Tromsø for a few more nights of Scandinavian fun.

Northern Lights in Senja, Norway's 2nd largest island
Map of Autumn in Northern Norway - 11 Days
Autumn in Northern Norway - 11 Days

Skip the summer crowds with this autumn-themed itinerary in Norway's far north. The adventure begins in Tromsø—'Gateway to the Arctic'—with time to explore the city and a nearby farm. From here, you'll ferry to Senja island and then cruise to the northernmost point of Europe. Continue by bus to Alta for UNESCO-listed rock carvings before returning to Tromsø. Activities depend on the snow (or lack thereof), and each night presents another opportunity to spot the Northern Lights.

Discover the best of northern Norway between Tromsø and Senja
Map of Arctic Norway Summer Road Trip: Tromsø, Senja, Vesterålen & Narvik - 10 Days
Arctic Norway Summer Road Trip: Tromsø, Senja, Vesterålen & Narvik - 10 Days

Take yourself on a 10-day journey through the Arctic landscapes of northern Norway with this glorious self-drive itinerary. You'll explore the craggy coasts, isolated islands, and extensive networks of hiking trails via boat safaris, kayak tours, and your own two legs. Learn about Norwegian history, try to spot eagles, and pet some dogsled huskies along the way.

A summer evening in the village of Reine
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Summer Road Trip: Norway's West Coast - 7 Days

This lightly-trafficked, summertime road trip is a great way to experience Northern Norway's stunning coastline from late May to early September. The adventure starts with a half-day in Tromsø—"Paris of the North"—before you continue to Sommarøy, the first of many islands. You'll then take car ferries to Senja island and Andoya island to enjoy remote nature where fewer travelers venture. Finish the adventure in Lofoten's stunning, and yes, more popular, islands for hiking and kayaking while based in the charming village of Reine.

The village of Reine stays golden under a Midnight Sun
Map of Best of Norway's Arctic Islands - 13 Days
Best of Norway's Arctic Islands - 13 Days

This fun and fast-paced itinerary explores the best of Norway's stunning Arctic coast. Starting from Tromsø, the 'Paris of the North', you'll head to Senja island, the Vesterålen Islands, and Lofoten Islands, respectively. Choose between a number of scenic outdoor activities as you travel by rental car and Hurtigruten cruise—all under the extended daylight hours of the 'Midnight Sun'—for the ultimate summer adventure.

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.

In the Norwegian Arctic, it doesn't get more beautiful than the Lofoten Islands
Map of Remote Luxury in Norway's Lofoten Islands - 7 Days
Remote Luxury in Norway's Lofoten Islands - 7 Days

Get ready for a week of luxury under the midnight sun on this self-drive adventure around Norway's famous Lofoten Islands. Hop between the dramatic mountain peaks, unspoiled beaches, and picturesque fishing villages of the 80-island archipelago, overnighting in unique accommodations that range from 4-star resorts to beautifully restored beachside fishing cabins. In between island road trips, guided whale watching, kayaking, and hiking excursions will give you a closer look at the region and its nature.

Watch the midnight sun from a seaside soaking tub in Senja (photo courtesy of Hamn i Senja)
Map of Remote Luxury in Norway's Lofoten Islands - 10 Days
Remote Luxury in Norway's Lofoten Islands - 10 Days

Get behind the wheel for a once-in-a-lifetime road trip through dazzling Arctic Norway. This self-drive adventure will take you to the UNESCO-listed Lofoten Islands for mountain hikes, kayaking, whale watching, and stylish stays in memorable locations. There will also be plenty of time to soak up the midnight sun in outdoor hot tubs amid prime views of fjords and mountain peaks. Finish with a stopover in the city of Tromsø for a charter fishing trip to catch prized halibut—which you'll enjoy later for dinner.

Senja offers plenty of drool-worthy vantage points
Map of Senja Island Summer Hiking Excursion - 5 Days
Senja Island Summer Hiking Excursion - 5 Days

Hiking enthusiasts who seek jaw-dropping scenery will find plenty to gawk at on this five-day road trip. Norway’s second largest island, called Senja, is just as magnificent as the more traveled Lofoten islands. Driving from Tromsø, you'll make your way to the island for two full days of hiking. Finish with a night in Norway's buzzing capital to round out this awesome adventure.

 Bodø's port in the summer
Map of Lofoten Islands, Tromsø, the Hurtigruten & Bodø: Best Itinerary Ideas
Lofoten Islands, Tromsø, the Hurtigruten & Bodø: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most travelers will find that about five days is perfect for a well-paced Norway trip with stops in the Lofoten Islands, Tromsø, spending the night on the Hurtigruten coastal ferry, and Bodø. Or, extend your trip and explore more of the country—some of the best-loved trip extensions include Vesterålen or Oslo. See more ideas for the Lofoten Islands, Tromsø, the Hurtigruten, and Bodø itineraries below.

Sunset colors in the peaceful woods near Tromsø
Map of Multi-Day Dog Sledding Adventure in the Arctic - 8 Days
Multi-Day Dog Sledding Adventure in the Arctic - 8 Days

Norway's snowy landscapes above the Arctic Circle offer perfect conditions for dog sledding. With this 8-day itinerary, you'll spend half of the trip at a sustainable farm taking part in day-trips (traveling by dog sled, of course) involving trapping and fishing, while learning about local culture with an expert guide. Spend the other half of the trip in the 'Paris of the North'—a lively city called Tromsø—to round out this fun adventure.

Enjoy numerous hiking opportunities in this remote part of the world
Map of Wild Islands in Norway's Arctic - 8 Days
Wild Islands in Norway's Arctic - 8 Days

Wilder, greener, and more remote than the Lofoten Islands (though you'll have a night here, too), those who come to the Vesterålen archipelago will have access to hiking trails, peaceful beaches, rock formations, and seaside teeming with whales, not to mention extended daylight hours to soak it in by land and sea. Finish with an overnight coastal steamer to Tromsø —a lively city nicknamed 'Paris of the North'.

The elusive aurora borealis lights up the sky near Tromsø
Map of Tromsø & Alta Winter Adventure - 8 Days
Tromsø & Alta Winter Adventure - 8 Days

Journey deep into Norway's boreal territory on this 8-day winter adventure. Begin in the far northern city of Tromsø, where you'll sled with reindeer during the day and chase the aurora borealis after dark. Continue to Alta (known as "the town of the northern lights") for snowcapped scenery and winter sports in the Arctic wilderness. After skiing, snowshoeing, and dog sledding your way through the wintry landscapes, spend your evenings warming up in the sauna and stargazing in a rustic lodge.

Embark on an epic self-drive vacation through wintry Scandinavia
Map of Finland, Norway & Sweden Self-Drive: Lappland in Winter - 21 Days
Finland, Norway & Sweden Self-Drive: Lappland in Winter - 21 Days

Hit the road on a self-drive adventure that will take you from the Arctic Circle in Finland to the glimmering fjords of Norway and back down into Sweden. As you go, explore a snowy wonderland while enjoying cold-weather activities like dogsledding, ice climbing, snowshoeing, and skiing. Other highlights include whale watching, horseback riding, and witnessing miraculous natural phenomena like the northern lights.

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.

You'll have two weeks-worth of chances to spot the northern lights as you spend your nights in luxury igloos and remote lodges (photo courtesy of Lyngen North)
Map of Luxury Northern Lights Adventure in Norway's Arctic - 14 Days
Luxury Northern Lights Adventure in Norway's Arctic - 14 Days

Experience winter above the Arctic Circle in style as you travel around the wilds of Norway on this two-week luxury tour. Mix rugged adventures, like dogsledding, with stays in unique accommodations like glass igloos and the world's first "snowhotel." Other memorable experiences include ice fishing, snowmobile tours, whale watching, snowshoeing in the Lyngen Alps, and even snorkeling with orcas.

Look for the Northern Lights while driving through the Lofoten Islands
Map of Lofoten Islands & Tromsø Winter Excursion - 6 Days
Lofoten Islands & Tromsø Winter Excursion - 6 Days

Dramatic, snow-covered mountains and the Northern Lights are highlights of this 6-day adventure above the Arctic Circle. Starting in Bodø, you'll ferry to the stunning Lofoten Islands and drive at your own pace through some of Norway's oldest and most colorful fishing towns. Then, exchange your rental car for an overnight coastal steamer where you'll travel to Tromsø for some urban culture and dog sledding.

Luxury meets Arctic wilderness along the Alta River (photo courtesy of Sorrisniva Arctic Wilderness Lodge)
Map of Luxury Winter Adventures in Norway's Far North - 10 Days
Luxury Winter Adventures in Norway's Far North - 10 Days

Wild, rugged, and beautiful—these are a few words that describe Norway's dazzling Arctic Circle. Over 10 days, you'll discover the highlights and hidden gems of this Polar region in luxurious style, starting at a chic wilderness lodge in Alta. After snowmobile rides and northern lights spotting, it's on to Tromsø for a day of dogsledding. Then, you'll hop on a luxury cruiser for an overnight journey to the famous Lofoten Islands, where horseback rides, kayaking, and well-deserved sauna sessions await.

Spot the northern lights from ice hotels and glass igloos as you adventure above the Arctic Circle (photo courtesy of Lyngen North)
Map of Luxury Northern Lights Adventure in Norway's Arctic - 10 Days
Luxury Northern Lights Adventure in Norway's Arctic - 10 Days

Spend 10 days chasing the northern lights across northern Norway on this luxurious, action-packed itinerary. Your adventure starts above the Arctic Circle in Kirkenes for dogsledding, king crab fishing, and nighttime photography tours from your base at the world's first ice hotel. Then, after an overnight stay on a luxury cruise ship, you'll enjoy more winter activities around Tromsø, including skiing the Lyngen Alps, whale watching, and watching the skies from a luxurious glass igloo.

Spend 10 endless summer days in Norway's far north (photo courtesy of Sorrisniva Arctic Wilderness Lodge)
Map of Luxury Under the Midnight Sun in Northern Norway - 10 Days
Luxury Under the Midnight Sun in Northern Norway - 10 Days

Escape to Norway's far north this summer for 10 days of luxury and adventure under the midnight sun. The journey begins above the Arctic Circle in Bodø, a scenic coastal town where you'll zip across fjords in a Zodiac and soar over glaciers in a helicopter. Continue the Arctic expedition to the snowcapped Lyngen Alps and the UNESCO-listed Lofoten Islands to visit the world's northernmost whisky distillery, go surfing (that's right), and meet the local Sámi Indigenous people and their trusty reindeer.

Picturesque villages in the Lofoten Islands
Map of Ultimate Winter Adventure in Norway's Arctic - 12 Days
Ultimate Winter Adventure in Norway's Arctic - 12 Days

This epic trip through Norway's wintry north includes a mix of travel modes and activities unique to the Arctic. Your adventure begins in the exciting capital of Oslo followed by the UNESCO-listed village of Røros where you'll dogsled in the mountains. From here, head to the historic city of Trondheim followed by a flight to Tromsø for an overnight in the wilderness. Cap it off with a coastal steamer ride to the Lofoten Islands to snorkel with whales and see the Northern Lights by horseback.

Summertime adventures stay golden above the Arctic Circle
Map of Summer Road Trip: Midnight Sun in Norways Arctic - 14 Days
Summer Road Trip: Midnight Sun in Norways Arctic - 14 Days

This two-week adventure is ideal for travelers who want to make the most of Norway's summer. Start off exploring southern Norway (Oslo, Bergen and the Sognefjord) before flying to the Arctic Circle. From here, you'll rent a car and head to the rugged island of Senja for an active two days of cycling and kayaking before ferrying to smaller Andenes for whale watching. The adventure ends in lively Tromsø and Oslo for festivals and outdoor restaurants.

Lofoten's village of Reine after dusk
Map of Northern Norway Arctic Adventure - 5 Days
Northern Norway Arctic Adventure - 5 Days

In less than a week, experience snow-covered scenery and the Northern Lights with this photogenic road-trip through the Lofoten Islands. The trip begins with a car ferry from Bodø, where you'll drive across the coastline at your own pace and explore some of Norway's oldest and most colorful fishing towns hugging the shore with traditional red 'rorbu' (fishermen's huts). Conclude the adventure with an overnight coastal steamer to Tromsø for a slice of Northern Norway's biggest city.

A northern lights display from the Lofoten Islands
Map of Winter Adventure in Norway's Arctic - 10 Days
Winter Adventure in Norway's Arctic - 10 Days

This fast-paced winter trip through Norway's icy north features a stack of unique Arctic activities and off-the-beaten-path destinations. Each day presents another opportunity for unreal snowy views and a connection with local culture. Snorkel with orcas, dogsled with a team of huskies, stay overnight in an Indigenous Sámi tent, and best of all, get multiple chances to see the northern lights—including on horseback.

Spend a good portion of this trip exploring the Lofoten Islands.
Map of Norway Winter Wonderland Tour - 14 Days
Norway Winter Wonderland Tour - 14 Days

Expect uninterrupted snowscapes and Northern Lights sightings on this Arctic adventure. The trip starts in Tromsø, the 'Paris of the North' and your base for several snow activities. Then set sail on the Hurtigruten to the Lofoten Islands before heading to Trondheim, the UNESCO-listed village called Røros, and finally a night in cosmopolitan Oslo.

Snowscapes in the Lofoten Islands
Map of Oslo to Tromsø Winter Tour -13 Days
Oslo to Tromsø Winter Tour -13 Days

Not for the faint of heart, this epic 13-day trip through Norway's wintry north includes a dizzying array of destinations, travel modes, and activities that are highly unique to the Arctic. Start in the capital of Oslo and then take a train to the UNESCO-listed village of Røros. From here, dog sled in the mountains and walk through Trondheim before sailing to the Lofoten Islands. Finish with an overnight cruise to Tromsø for more dog sledding and sophisticated dining options in the 'Paris of the North'.

Snowcapped mountains in the Lofoten Islands
Map of Romantic Autumn Adventure in Norway's Arctic - 9 Days
Romantic Autumn Adventure in Norway's Arctic - 9 Days

This autumn-themed trip for two explores Norway's snowy Arctic with a variety of travel modes and cozy accommodations. Start with great culture and restaurants in Tromsø before heading to Lyngenfjord, where you'll stay in a glass-topped igloo—prime for spotting the Northern Lights. Then, take an overnight cruise to the Lofoten Islands where you'll pick up a rental car to explore the dramatic landscapes at your own pace.

Hunt for the northern lights in the Arctic Circle city of Tromsø
Map of Chasing the Northern Lights in Sweden & Norway - 10 Days
Chasing the Northern Lights in Sweden & Norway - 10 Days

Spend exciting evenings hunting for the northern lights during this 10-day tour of Sweden and Norway. Not only will you visit some of the world's best destinations for viewing the aurora borealis, from Tromsø's fjords to Kiruna's Aurora Sky Station, but you'll also discover snowy landscapes with a range of daytime activities. Take part in dogsledding trips and snowmobile rides, go whale watching and ice fishing, and stay at the original Ice Hotel that serves epic five-course dinners.

 An orca "spyhops" in Tromsø
Map of Bergen & Tromsø: Best Itinerary Ideas
Bergen & Tromsø: Best Itinerary Ideas

A week to 10 days is the most popular trip length for Norway travelers interested in visiting both Bergen and Tromsø, especially when also including Oslo and Flåm. If you're only headed to Bergen and Tromsø, you can enjoy a comfortably-paced trip in six to 10 days. With less time, it's still possible to see the highlights in as few as five days. For the best itineraries, including Bergen and Tromsø, keep reading below.

A Northern Lights display in the Lofoten Islands
Map of Ultimate Winter Adventure in Norway's Arctic - 11 Days
Ultimate Winter Adventure in Norway's Arctic - 11 Days

Ready for a wintry Northern Norway adventure? On this 11-day itinerary, you'll dogsled in the mountains, visit Røros and Trondheim, and stay overnight at a local farm. Then, take a coastal steamer to the dramatic Lofoten Islands where you'll snorkel with whales (yes, even in winter) and see the Northern Lights by horseback.

Travel to the top of the world for two weeks of winter adventures and northern lights viewing
Map of Chase the Northern Lights Through Sweden & Norway - 14 Days
Chase the Northern Lights Through Sweden & Norway - 14 Days

Venture to the top of the world in search of Mother Nature's greatest spectacles, including the famous aurora borealis. This Arctic Circle adventure takes you through the wilds of northern Sweden and Norway, including Lappland, where you'll alternate snowshoeing and dogsledding with relaxing soaks in hot tubs and saunas and enjoy a three-course dinner right on the tundra. In between chasing the northern lights, you'll bed down in a real-life ice hotel—one of the only such accommodations on Earth.

 Explore the Fjord Region's Bergen and its surroundings
Map of The Fjord Region & Tromsø: Best Itinerary Ideas
The Fjord Region & Tromsø: Best Itinerary Ideas

Travelers to Norway typically plan a trip for a week to 10 days when combining both the Fjord Region and Tromsø with Oslo. If you're not interested in Oslo, 6 to 10 days are enough for your Fjord Region and Tromsø trip. With less time, it's still possible to see the highlights in as few as five days. Check out kimkim's favorite Fjord Region and Tromsø trips below.

Explore wintry villages in the Lofoten Islands like this one
Map of Ultimate Winter Tour in Norway's Arctic - 14 Days
Ultimate Winter Tour in Norway's Arctic - 14 Days

This two-week adventure from late September to late March covers a great deal of Norwegian ground for an unforgettable winter trip. You'll experience snow-covered scenery as you visit Norway's lower half (Oslo, Flåm, Bergen) before flying north to the Arctic Circle. From Bodø, you'll catch a ferry to the Lofoten Islands—the southwestern point of this dramatic archipelago with granite mountains shooting up from the sea. Finish the tour with an overnight coastal steamer and enjoy unique activities in Tromsø and Alta before returning back to Oslo for one more night on the town.

Children (and adults) will thrill to a swing over a Norwegian fjord
Map of Summer Family Adventure in Northern Norway & the Fjords - 10 Days
Summer Family Adventure in Northern Norway & the Fjords - 10 Days

For families seeking adventure and wildlife amid the beauty of Norway's fjords and northern shores, look no further than this perfectly curated 10-day trip. Journey through dramatic mountains and waterfalls on one of the world's steepest railways before traveling above the Arctic Circle to experience the midnight sun. Along the way, you'll sail through fjords, spot sea eagles and dolphins, ride cable cars along mountain peaks, and zipline the highest of Bergen's mountains.

Tromsø is the gateway to the Arctic and one of the northernmost cities on Earth
Map of Norwegian Winter: Oslo, Bergen & Tromsø - 8 Days
Norwegian Winter: Oslo, Bergen & Tromsø - 8 Days

Discover Norway's most beautiful season with this eight-day winter adventure by land, sea, and air. Starting in the country's buzzing capital, you'll head west, enjoying spectacular scenery along the famous Flåm Railway. From here, venture through fjords by boat, explore the majestic mountains of Voss, and stroll through the historic wharf city of Bergen. Finish off by flying north to Tromsø—gateway to the Arctic—where you'll venture into the wintry landscape to go dogsledding and (weather permitting) catch a glimpse of the northern lights.

Bergen's UNESCO-listed waterfront after a snowfall.
Map of Oslo, Bergen & Tromsø Winter Adventure - 8 Days
Oslo, Bergen & Tromsø Winter Adventure - 8 Days

Experience the magic of a Norwegian winter with this diverse 8-day itinerary. After a night in the thriving capital of Oslo, you'll take one of the steepest trains in the world to Flåm's snow-covered fjords. Journey west to Bergen, where you’ll explore its UNESCO-listed waterfront and vibrant restaurants before flying north to picturesque Tromsø. Finish the trip with two nights in the Arctic wilderness, dogsledding through snowy forests and searching for the northern lights.

Lofoten Islands from Hoven Mountain
Map of Fjords and Islands Adventure: Oslo, Aurland, Bergen, Vesterålen, Lofoten, & More - 14 Days
Fjords and Islands Adventure: Oslo, Aurland, Bergen, Vesterålen, Lofoten, & More - 14 Days

Take in some of Norway's most impressive natural landscapes on this two-week adventure through the country's western fjords and northern islands. You'll start with a city tour of Oslo before you venture out into nature, riding the steep and scenic Flåm Railway. Dip back into city life in Bergen, then head to the wild Vesterålen and Lofoten islands to kayak, hike, whale-watch, and more.

Sunrise in the Lofoten Islands
Norway Winter Wonderland Tour - 13 Days

Expect continuous snowscapes and frequent Northern Lights sightings on this 13-day Arctic itinerary that includes fun modes of transportation. The trip starts in Tromsø where you'll have time to explore the 'Paris of the North' before setting sail on the Hurtigruten towards the dramatic Lofoten Islands. From here, head to Norway's third-largest city and the UNESCO-listed village called Røros for a range of activities. Wrap it up with a night in the exciting capital city—Oslo—to finish the adventure.

An aerial view of the Arctic city of Tromsø in summer.
Map of Explore Bergen & Tromsø - 6 Days
Explore Bergen & Tromsø - 6 Days

Take a whirlwind tour through Norway’s most enchanting destinations on this diverse 6-day itinerary. Start on the southwest coast, where you’ll settle into historic UNESCO-listed  Bergen for three nights. Discover the charming port city's character-filled cobbled streets and lively atmosphere, then venture deep into the iconic scenery of the fjords, where you’ll travel by train and boat through some of the country’s most spectacular landscapes. End your Norwegian adventure with a flight to the far north, where the Arctic city of Tromsø serves as your base to explore pristine wilderness by dogsled and go searching for the elusive northern lights.

You'll have three days to get to know your own team of huskies
Map of Norway Dogsledding Adventure - 6 Days
Norway Dogsledding Adventure - 6 Days

For dog lovers, this unique, hands-on experience in Norway's Finnmark County can't be beaten. You'll start off with two days in Alta for a chance to explore this small coastal city and take part in wintry activities before heading out for three days in the Arctic wilderness. With the help of your private guide, you'll get to know the Huskies by name, drive your own sleigh, and enjoy traditional meals (some served over a campfire). In the evenings, participate in taking care of the dogs before you fall to sleep in cozy cabins while searching for the Northern Lights.

Bergen's UNESCO-listed waterfront after a snowfall.
Map of Oslo, Bergen & Tromsø Winter Adventure - 9 Days
Oslo, Bergen & Tromsø Winter Adventure - 9 Days

Skip the crowds and explore Norway at its best with this varied 9-day winter itinerary. Start in the trendy capital of Oslo, where you'll hop on a steep, scenic train to reach the snow-covered mountains and fjords of Flåm. Spend three nights in the colorful, UNESCO-listed waterfront city of Bergen before flying north to end your journey in Tromsø—where you'll search for the northern lights and dogsled through pristine Arctic wilderness.

Norway's Lofoten Islands
Map of Western Norway Fjords & Lofoten Islands - 15 Days
Western Norway Fjords & Lofoten Islands - 15 Days

This 15-day Norway road trip explores the most beautiful fjords, mountains, and ocean scenes between Bergen and Ålesund before crossing the Arctic Circle to the Lofoten archipelago. Spend over two weeks hiking, boating, kayaking, wildlife-spotting, and feasting as you explore cool and creative cities and quiet fjord-side villages across Norway. This relaxed-pace itinerary is best in the summer months.

Bergen's waterfront UNESCO World Heritage Site after a snowfall
Map of Oslo, Bergen & Tromsø Winter Adventure - 7 Days
Oslo, Bergen & Tromsø Winter Adventure - 7 Days

Escape the summer crowds with this winter trip highlighting both southern and northern Norway. Starting in Oslo—Europe's fastest-growing capital—you'll take one of the steepest trains in the world towards the fjords. Then train to Bergen, a UNESCO-listed city loaded with culture and restaurants. Finish with two nights at a resort in the Arctic where you'll dog sled and search for the Northern Lights.

A wintery view over Tromsø
Map of Oslo, Bergen, & Tromsø: Best Itinerary Ideas
Oslo, Bergen, & Tromsø: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most people visiting Oslo, Bergen, and Tromsø spend about 7 to 10 days in Norway, which usually includes some time in Flåm as well. For travelers wanting to visit Oslo, Bergen, and Tromsø exclusively, plan 7 to 9 days for a well-paced trip. Even travelers with limited time can see the highlights in as few as 6 days. Check out our favorite Oslo, Bergen, and Tromsø trips below.

Winter snow dusting Norway's fjords
Map of Norway in Winter: Oslo, Bergen &  Tromsø - 10 Days
Norway in Winter: Oslo, Bergen & Tromsø - 10 Days

Bundle up warm and immerse yourself in the beauty of a Norwegian winter with this exciting 10-day itinerary. Start in the country's south, where you'll spend two days soaking up the culture and cool of Oslo. After a day sailing through the breathtaking scenery of the fjords, head to the coast to explore the historic port city of Bergen without the summer crowds. Fly north to finish your adventure above the Arctic Circle, where you'll search for the northern lights, learn to dogsled, and discover the lively Arctic city of Tromsø.

A dogsledding team in Northern Norway
Map of Multi-Day Dogsledding Adventure from Tromsø - 7 Days
Multi-Day Dogsledding Adventure from Tromsø - 7 Days

This arctic itinerary starts in the city of Tromsø before five days of adventure in Northern Norway, Finland, and Sweden. With the help of your private guide, get to know your team of huskies by name, drive your own sled, and enjoy traditional meals around the campfire. Fall asleep each night in traditional Sami tents—or stay up to look for the Northern Lights.

Snow-covered Bergen -- Norway's 2nd largest city.
Map of Norway Epic Winter Excursion: Oslo, Bergen, Tromsø - 7 Days
Norway Epic Winter Excursion: Oslo, Bergen, Tromsø - 7 Days

Experience the best of Norway's winter season in this fun weeklong adventure by land, sea, and air. After a night in the country's buzzing capital, you'll head west whilst enjoying spectacular scenery along the famous Flåm Railway. From here, explore the mountains of Voss and stroll the historic wharf city of Bergen. Finish in Tromsø—gateway to the Arctic—and partake in outdoor activities like dog sledding and (weather permitting) a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

View of the northern lights from the Oldervik coast, near Tromsø
Map of Oslo, the Fjord Region & Tromsø: Best Itinerary Ideas
Oslo, the Fjord Region & Tromsø: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most travelers will find that 7 to 10 days is perfect for a well-paced Norway trip with stops in Oslo, the Fjord Region, and Tromsø. If you don't mind a fast-paced journey, you can see the highlights of this route in less time—as few as five or six days. With more time, you can enjoy extra activities at each stop or a few days in another region like Lofoten Islands, Hurtigruten, or Senja. See more ideas for Oslo, Fjord Region, and Tromsø itineraries below.

Discover the Lofoten village of Reine as you wind your way north on this 16-day road trip
Map of Discover Norway's Southern Fjords & Northern Islands - 16 Days
Discover Norway's Southern Fjords & Northern Islands - 16 Days

Take advantage of Norway's long summer days with this self-drive adventure from the fjords of the south to the unspoiled nature and idyllic fishing villages of the Lofoten Islands. Set out from Bergen to kayak and cruise through the iconic fjords as you skip between charming towns like Flåm, Balestrand, and Geiranger. Then, fly north into the Arctic Circle to reach the Lofoten archipelago—where you'll hit the road again for island hopping, horseback riding, and whale watching in the land of the midnight sun.

Escape to northern Norway's remote Lofoten Islands for a luxurious winter adventure
Map of Luxury Winter Adventures in Norway's Lofoten Islands - 7 Days
Luxury Winter Adventures in Norway's Lofoten Islands - 7 Days

Winter adventures above the Arctic Circle await on this luxurious weeklong escape to northern Norway. Your destination is the UNESCO-listed Lofoten archipelago, known for its fjords, rugged peaks, white-sand beaches, and rocky shores. Start with an exclusive culinary experience at a high-concept hotel/restaurant known as the "Kitchen at the End of the World," then hop over to remote Gimsøya for three nights of horseback riding and northern lights hunting from your own private oceanfront lodge.

A reindeer in Tromsø
Map of Norway Winter Adventure: Bergen, Geilo, Oslo, Aurland, Tromsø, & Alta - 14 Days
Norway Winter Adventure: Bergen, Geilo, Oslo, Aurland, Tromsø, & Alta - 14 Days

In Bergen, you can enjoy a local tour of this cobble-stoned wharf city before taking a scenic train journey to Geilo where you will have a day of skiing. The railway will then take you to Aurland, where you'll have a cruise on Nærøyfjord and then depart to Oslo for two nights on the Flåm Railway before flying to Tromsø. Here, you will chase the northern lights in a sled pulled by reindeers and enjoy an authentic wilderness hunting experience—and you'll then make your way to Alta—where you will discover rock art and stay overnight in the Igloo Hotel.

Golden light over the Lofoten Islands in northern Norway
Cruise the Norwegian Coast: Bergen to Kirkenes - 15 Days

Cross the Arctic Circle in comfort on this unforgettable 15-day journey up the Norwegian coast. Starting in Bergen, you'll cruise north through a breathtaking coastal landscape of alpine fjords, towering mountains, and colorful fishing villages. Explore the ancient city of Trondheim, discover the magic of the Lofoten and Vesterålen Islands, and visit the "Arctic capital" of Tromsø. Your trip of a lifetime ends in the far north as you disembark at Kirkenes—the most isolated town in Europe.

End the adventure with three nights in the Lofoten Islands
Map of Best of Summer in Norway Tour - 12 Days
Best of Summer in Norway Tour - 12 Days

Check off a number of stunning summer gems in southern and northern Norway with this 12-day adventure. After kicking off in Oslo, you'll take a train and ferry to Balestrand to kayak in the Sognefjord. From here, ferry to Bergen and visit a glacier before boarding a Hurtigruten cruise for several days of fjords, charming ports, and rare wildlife under long days of sunshine. Finally, make your way to the Lofoten Islands and explore a series of gorgeous islands by rental car at your own pace.

Spend a few nights relaxing in the fjords between Oslo and Bergen
Map of Oslo, Bergen & Alta Winter Tour - 12 Days
Oslo, Bergen & Alta Winter Tour - 12 Days

This 12-day itinerary is ideal for travelers who prefer to skip the peak-season crowds. The adventure kicks off in Norway's up-and-coming capital where you'll explore Oslo's best neighborhoods on your own and with a local guide. From here, travel by train, ferry, and bus to get to Bergen with a peaceful two-night stay in Aurland along the way. After exploring Bergen's museums, Christmas markets,  and nearby fjords, you'll fly above the Arctic Circle to sled with huskies and hunt for the Northern Lights.

The breathtaking scenery of Norway's Lofoten Islands
Map of Hidden Lofoten: Explore Norway's Secret Islands - 8 Days
Hidden Lofoten: Explore Norway's Secret Islands - 8 Days

Discover Norway's remote Lofoten Islands on this scenic 8-day itinerary. Set off from the northern mainland town of Bodø and make your way south across the magical archipelago to end your journey on the breathtaking shores of Værøy. Along the way, you'll explore the secluded beaches, rugged mountains, and charming villages of this extraordinary region. With evenings spent in cozy, traditional accommodations and days devoted to a selection of memorable hikes and excursions, this relaxed itinerary is perfect for travelers looking for an intimate, off-the-beaten-path adventure.

Preparing the sled in the Norwegian wilderness
Map of Norway Dogsledding Adventure - 5 Days
Norway Dogsledding Adventure - 5 Days

This wintry experience in Norway's Finnmark region starts with a night in Alta before three days of dogsledding in the Arctic wilderness. With the help of a private guide, you'll get to know the huskies by name and drive your own sleigh before falling asleep in cozy cabins—or staying up to search for the Northern Lights.

A view over Bergen city in the afternoon
Map of Norway Highlights: Oslo, Balestrand, Bergen, & Tromsø - 8 Days
Norway Highlights: Oslo, Balestrand, Bergen, & Tromsø - 8 Days

After arriving in Oslo, you'll have an afternoon to explore this capital before traveling along the scenic Flåm Railway to the Flåm Village and then taking a ferry to Balestrand, and you'll spend the evening at this fjord-side town. You'll then take another ferry to Bergen, a culturally-rich city with a vibrant bar and restaurant scene, where you'll enjoy a walking tour which includes heading to the top of Mount Fløyen for a view over the city. Your final destination is Tromsø,  a charming seaside town, and from here you'll head out in the evening to chase the northern lights!

 Houses in Flåm
Map of Oslo, Bergen, Flåm & Tromsø: Best Itinerary Ideas
Oslo, Bergen, Flåm & Tromsø: Best Itinerary Ideas

For most travelers, 7 to 10 days is the perfect amount of time for a Norway trip, with stops in Oslo, Bergen, Flåm, and Tromsø. It's also possible to hit the highlights in six days if you don't mind a fast-paced journey. Or, extend your trip and explore more of the country—some of the best-loved trip extensions include Svolvær, Hurtigruten, or Lofoten Islands. See more ideas for Oslo, Bergen, Flåm, and Tromsø itineraries below.

 Famous Bryggen street in Bergen
Map of Oslo, Bergen, Balestrand & Tromsø: Best Itinerary Ideas
Oslo, Bergen, Balestrand & Tromsø: Best Itinerary Ideas

For most travelers, about eight days is the perfect amount of time for a Norway trip, with stops in Oslo, Bergen, Balestrand, and Tromsø. If you don't mind a fast-paced journey, you can see the highlights of this route in less time—as few as seven days. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop or explore more of the country—some favorite itinerary extensions include Flåm. Keep reading for more inspiring Oslo, Bergen, Balestrand, and Tromsø itineraries.

Spend two weeks as a family experiencing Norway in wintertime
Map of Norway Winter Family Adventure - 14 Days
Norway Winter Family Adventure - 14 Days

Whisk the family away on a thrilling Arctic adventure with this two-week tour of Norway's winter highlights. Perfect for those with older kids, discover the stunning snowcapped peaks and glittering scenery around the Sognefjord and Nærøyfjord as you ride with huskies, snowmobile the icy terrain, and snowshoe hike in Flåm. Finish with a thrilling chase to catch the dancing aurora borealis and make memories to treasure as you experience Sámi hospitality and sled with reindeer.

Your Arctic Circle adventures kick off at a remote luxury lodge (photo courtesy of Sorrisniva Arctic Wilderness Lodge)
Map of Luxury Winter Adventures in Norway's Far North - 14 Days
Luxury Winter Adventures in Norway's Far North - 14 Days

There's no need to rough it on a winter adventure above the Arctic Circle—this two-week trip combines some of Norway's most remote destinations with exceptional luxury accommodations. Kick things off with a dinner cruise in Oslo, then fly north to Alta for outdoor excursions and 5-star service at a wilderness lodge. Continue to Lyngen for northern lights spotting from your own glass igloo, and on to the coast for horseback riding and bespoke culinary experiences in the gorgeous Lofoten Islands.

A branch of the Svartisen glacier
Map of Summer Road Trip: Helgelands Coastal Tour - 10 Days
Summer Road Trip: Helgelands Coastal Tour - 10 Days

Road trippers will cover a great deal of scenic ground between southern Norway and the tip of the Arctic Circle with this 10-day itinerary. Start the adventure in Bergen's colorful wharf city before you make your way to Fjærland on Norway's biggest fjord. From here, continue towards the mighty Geirangerfjord and city of Trondheim, and finally, the Helgeland Coast—named one of the world’s top undiscovered island gems. This Norwegian Scenic Route (the longest in the country) runs from Holm to Godøystraumen with detours in Svartisen glacier and the Seven Sisters mountain range, to name a few. In other words, outdoor opportunities aplenty!

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