About Northern Norway
Nordnorge (Northern Norway) is the largest region of Norway – it makes about 35% of country’s total area. The region is not very heavily industrialised and therefore makes for one of world’s best tourist destinations.
Regions of Northern Norway are: Helgeland – best known for stunning coastline and islands; Nordland – its capital is Bodø, and the most famous locations are Lofoten, Vesteralen, Steigen and Rago National Park; Troms – with main city Tromsø and amazing Senja island and Lyngen fjord; Finnmark – the most remote area of Norway, with the largest city Vadsø and stunning Alta Canyon, Nordkapp and Varanger peninsula.
We are naturally drawn to ‘The North’ and have spent over 3 months exploring remote areas of Northern Norway, well over Arctic Circle. During this time we hiked countless trails, discovered tranquil and wild places, watched the northern lights in autumn, and enjoyed amazing polar day and midnight sun in the summer. All these unforgettable experiences we share in our blogs to help you to plan your amazing trip to Northern Norway.
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Lofoten islands are the best known location in Northern Norway. The archipelago is world famous for its red wooden houses built on tall poles in water, called ‘rorbuer’ or ‘rorbu’. The islands are equally loved for their natural beauty – rugged mountains towering over narrow emerald-watered fjords, and spectacular white sandy beaches.
We spent 4 weeks in Lofoten archipelago; on two different occasions, in July and end of August. Each visit provided different experience in terms of number of visitors and weather. In our posts, we share the experience and thoughts from both visits.
If you plan to visit Lofoten, read our article 13 things to know about visiting Lofoten to find out what to expect and how to prepare for your adventure on the arctic islands!
Need a hand planning your road trip in Lofoten? Check out the 7 day Lofoten Itinerary to make sure your visit is unforgettable! We’re listing top Lofoten destinations, beaches, hikes and scenic routes!
Are you looking for hiking ideas in Lofoten? Pick your favourites from the selection below, listed from West to East
Day trip to Værøy island on the western end of Lofoten archipelago is highly recommended. The island offers several short hikes and fine local cuisine. Accessible by ferry from Moskenes, it can be explored on foot or by bike.
Tindstinden is a great viewpoint to village Å and the westernmost tip of Moskenesoya island. This hike provides so much more excitement than anticipated – from use of ropes on the initial section, to a short, but amazing ridge walk just below the summit (total time 3 hours; total distance 5 km; level of difficulty: medium)
Hike to Munkebu Hut and Munken will see you discover some of the most beautiful, mountainous areas of Moskenesoya island. View to wild fjords and mountains will leave you speechless (total time 5-6 hours; total distance 10 km; level of difficulty: demanding)
Experienced hikers may also continue from Munkebu hut to the top of Hermannsdalstinden, the highest peak of Moskenesoya, which will take you thru spectacular wild mountains and over pristine lakes. It’s a hard hike, best divided over 2 days with sleepover near Munkeu hut (total time 12-13 hours; total distance 23 km; level of difficulty: hard)
Hike to Kvalvika Beach and nearby mountain, Ryten near Fredvang, on the easternmost end of Moskenesoya (total time 5 hours; total distance 7.5 km; level of difficulty: moderate)
Enjoy the shortest and easiest hike to a viewpoint in Lofoten – discover Roren, the best viewpoint over Yttersand Beach, near Fredvang (total time 2 hours; total distance 2 km; level of difficulty: easy)
Spend a day discovering two of Lofoten’s most beautiful beaches, Haukland and Uttakleiv! Turn two short beach visits into a great day adventure:
- add a short hike to top of Mannen (total time 2-3 hours; total distance 4 km; level of difficulty: easy)
- or Veggen, being a bit steeper, it is less popular than its neighbour Mannen (total time 3 hours; total distance 3 km; level of difficulty: moderate)
A challenging hike to Fløya and Djevelporten provides breath-taking views to Svolvær. Extend the adventure by adding another 2 peaks, Blåtinden and Tuva for a stunning full day hike (total time 3-8 hours; total distance 6-12 km; level of difficulty: demanding-hard)
Matmora is located a little bit off the main Lofoten tourist route, therefore provides a quieter experience. Nonetheless, this hike is well worth the attention, as it explores beautiful northern part of Austvagoya island, with amazing views to surrounding mountains and fjords (total time 6 hours; total distance 13 km; level of difficulty: medium)
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Senja is an island located just north of Lofoten and Vesteralen archipelagos. Its spectacular scenery and nature made it one of our top destinations. Majestic, steep rocky mountains literary growing out of the ocean, hidden narrow fjords provide some of the best experiences one could ever hope for. We spent fantastic 2 weeks exploring many of in Senja’s best hikes and share them with you, below. So, don’t hesitate to visit the paradise of Senja’s mountain hikes that will leave you speechless!
Check out the adventurous 7-10 days road trip in Senja itinerary and let us inspire you to visit this beautiful arctic island. The article includes hiking ideas, viewpoints, remote villages to visit, accommodation and camping information as well as a guide how to capture northern lights!
Segla and Hesten are probably the best known mountains on Senja. Segla, also known as the ‘Sail of Senja’ is a steep, tower-like rocky mountain rising directly from crystal waters of Mefjorden. Whereas Hesten is mostly known as the best viewpoint to Segla, although it’s a fine hike itself. Despite being two separate mountains, the duo can be conquered within one day.
Grytetippen and Keipen are the most majestic peaks on Senja island and provide an unforgettable hiking experience (in our opinion – the best on Senja). Views from both summits will leave you speechless and stay in your heart forever (total time 7 hours; total distance 6 km; level of difficulty: demanding)
Find out why Barden is locals’ favourite mountain and enjoy spectacular views to the highest summits of Senja, as well as pristine fjords (total time 4.5 hours; total distance 7 km; level of difficulty: moderate)
Hike to one of Senja’s best viewpoints, Husfjellet! This easy hike will see you enjoy view over 2 fjords as well as to ‘the crown of Senja’- island’s finest mountains (total time 4 hours; total distance 8 km; level of difficulty: moderate)
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Vesteralen archipelago is located just north from Lofoten, but is less known and visited. These islands are just as attractive nature-wise, however much quieter, and are perfect for those seeking peaceful ambience and quiet places. Mountain hikes and scenery in Vesteralen are just as fine as in Lofoten.
Find out why you should visit Vesteralen archipelago: learn about Andøya scenic tourist route, places and towns to visit, as well as recommended hikes!
The most famous hike on Vesteralen islands is Dronningruta. The Queen’s Route runs along ridges of rugged mountains of northern Langøya and provides great views to nearby mountains as well as coastline and a boutique sandy beach (total time 6 hours; total distance 15 km; level of difficulty: medium/demanding)
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RAGO NATIONAL PAK
Rago nasjonalpark is located near the border with Sweden. It is a perfect gate for exploration of some of Europe’s wildest areas, a true ‘off the beaten track’ hiking destination! We completed a fine 2 day hike in Rago National Park, which includes a visit to famous Litlverivassforsen waterfall, lake Storskogvatnet and Storskogvatnethytta wilderness hut.
Rago is connected with Swedish Padjelanta, Sarek and Stora Sjofallets national parks by a web of solitary paths and trails, a dream come true for seasoned hikers, wanderers and confident solitude seekers.
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Lyngen peninsula is a home to Lyngen Alps, the most spectacular alpine area in Northern Norway. These rocky mountains are very well known by climbers as well as winter sports enthusiasts, however they also provide fine hiking experience for ‘an average walker’.
Enjoy a short hike to Blavatnet, a crystal clear lake hiding in the shadow of high rocky ridges and ominous glaciers (total time 3 hours; total distance 7 km; level of difficulty: easy)
We also recommend a stunning coastal walk to Lyngstuva, at the northernmost tip of Lyngen peninsula. Discover ancient Sami sites and enjoy tranquil sea views along the way (total time 2 hours; total distance 3 km; level of difficulty: easy)
Helgeland offers spectacular coastal and mountain walks, its peaceful ambience is second to none. If you’re looking for amazing scenery and nature but without crowds of tourists, Helgeland is for you!
We especially recommend exploring Helgelandskysten (Helgeland National Tourist Route) to enjoy some of the most amazing scenery and nature of the region, or why not take a day trip to Lovund – one of Helgeland’s stunning Arctic Circle Islands?
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Finnmark is the most remote area of continental Norway and not many travellers reach this far north! However, for those seeking wild scenery and off the beaten track locations, Finnmark provides unforgettable experiences and out-of-this-world sights.
We spent 2 weeks exploring this god-forgotten land; seeking hiking trails, visiting small villages, wildlife spotting and struggling with the elements of far north.
We were very fond of Alta area, which is best known for grey slate rocks, never ending tundra and a fine hike to Alta Canyon. As we visited Finnmark in autumn, we completely fell in love with tundra in autumnal attire, carpets of red and orange. It’s also the best area in Norway for reindeer watching. These laid back animals can be easily spotted at almost every corner of Finnmark.
Nordkapp, or North Cape, is known as the northernmost point in Europe, a destination for countless adventure seekers, but not everyone knows that the well known Nordkapp point (with a globe) was specially made for increasing tourist traffic and is not actually the northernmost point of Europe! The REAL most northerly point of Europe is called Knivskjelodden and can only be reached on a 9 km hike. Another interesting fact about Nordkapp – it is located on an island (tunnel connection) inhabited by Sami people, the legendary nomadic reindeer herders. Find out how best explore Nordkapp and hike to the real northernmost point of Europe, and what else to see and do in the northernmost place of continental Europe!
Varanger is a name of the most remote European peninsula as well as tourist scenic route. Located at the eastern end of Norway it’s literary the end of the world. This remote area is surprisingly densely populated, and there are two larger towns, Vadso (the capital of Varagner area) and Vardo, built on an island. Nevertheless, whomever visits Varanger peninsula will experience moon-like scenery, rough tundra, sharp rocky coasts, ominous waves hitting the shores with such power that one can get goosebumps. There is a lot to see and do in Varanger, why not visit forgotten villages at the end of the world & hike thru tundra with eagles circling over your head!
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