Northern Norway, its icy landscapes where the human impact is almost imperceptible, its steep mountains plunging into the ocean, the agonizing sensation of emptiness and loneliness, the immensity of breathtaking nature ... As you see Norway did not leave us indifferent.
We left late February, strategic choice to be able to see the aurora borealis, but far enough away from the winter solstice to enjoy the sun a little bit. In addition, at this period the "golden hours" extend during the day, giving a georgeous spectacle to the delight of photographers.
We take you to the land of reindeer, Sami, Vikings, northern lights, snow, cold, cod and rorbuer, bring your boots!
D1 | Tromsø
After stopping in Oslo, it is under the snow that we land in Tromsø, the Arctic capital of Norway, located 350 km north of the Arctic Circle.
Many excursions are possible from Tromsø: hiking, dog sledding, snowmobiling or boat trips. If you go there from November to January, you will also have the opportunity to go watch the killer whales.
We recommand you to take the cable car to enjoy a breathtaking view of the city, you can also make a detour to the Arctic Cathedral, symbol of the city, with its original architecture, reminiscent of the ice and the cold of the polar circle .
However it remains difficult to observe aurora borealis in Tromso because of the significant light pollution ... Do not hesitate to go away a few kilometers in order to really see one of them
To know how can we see an aurora borealis, go check our article here 🙂
D2 | Svolvær
We leave Tromsø to head to the Lofoten Islands. Gradually the excitement of the cities gives way to an ever more present nature.
We stop at Svolvær where you can see the cod drying out on the wooden scaffolding, a Viking tradition.
D3 to 5 | Our journey in the Lofoten islands
The islands of Lofoten are simply beautiful, they are a mandatory stage during a journey in northern Norway. Many fishing villages are scattered on the islands, between the sea and the mountains.
The landscape is icy, surprising, mesmerizing. Between two mountains, you will have the opportunity to put one foot in the sand and one in the snow in an unexpected beaches where, even in winter, brave surfers brave the waves.
Take your car, arm yourself with patience and good snow tires (the roads are very winding and slippery), and go around the small villages, sleep in a rorbuer (typical shack , built to accommodate the fishermen). You will not be disappointed, and for sure you will find tranquility.
D6 and 7 | Cruise on the Hurtigruten boat
To reach the North of Norway, we decided to take the boat. We choose the Hurtigruten company , which offers many cruises along the Norwegian coast. We stayed in a spartan cabin, but with all the necessary equipment.
2 days crossing the fjords to go up to Honningsvåg, it was relaxing (maybe a bit too much) but we had the great chance to see a big aurora borealis from the deck of the boat. Our first real aurora borealis borealis as imagined.
D8 | North Cap
The northernmost point of continental Europe, or almost. We are here as close to the North Pole as Oslo, the adventure to reach it's not easy...
To lean more about this magical place, click here 🙂
D9 and 10 | Northern Lapan
We decide to finish our trip by the northern part of Lapland. After crossing the border, we move away from the mountains to explore the Finnish countryside. If you know Canada, it will surely remind you memories. With a little luck, you will be able to see wild reindeers on your way.
The Sami culture is here much more present than in the north of Norway. We advise you, if you are not afraid to face the cold, to climb to the top of Saana Mount, the sacred mountain of Samis. You will then do an ascent of 1029 m.
At the top, your efforts will be rewarded by a view of the lakes of Kilpisjarvi and you will be not far from the mythical point of the 3 borders between Sweden, Finland and Norway!
- The Engholm Husky Lodge Hotel near Karasjok
- The application “aurora” to know the visibility of the aurora borealis
- A tripod, for low light during the golden hours and mandatory for the northern lights
- A backup for your batteries (camera, Go Pro, etc.), they can be down very quickly because of the cold
- Good waterproof shoes and resistant to cold
- Your most beautiful polar parka