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How to Spend Two Weeks in Northern Norway – And Why You Should!

How to Spend Two Weeks in Northern Norway - And Why You Should!

Dan and I had precisely two weeks to discover northern Norway, and since neither of us had seen a lot of the area earlier than, we crammed our itinerary with as a lot as we might. This meant that we have been continually on the transfer and had to spend lots of time in the automotive, however I don’t assume I might change any of it! So I assumed I’d share our itinerary, in case any of you guys need to plan a northern Norway street journey of your personal.

A two week Norway itinerary for exploring Northern Norway (with options to split into a one week itinerary instead)

However first there’s a bit secret I ought to perhaps allow you to in on. Dan and I didn’t head to Northern Norway purely for a trip. I imply, we have been on trip, however we additionally had an ulterior motive behind planning this specific vacation.

Whereas we each love Rauland, it was by no means our plan to keep right here ceaselessly. We’re aiming to transfer someplace new this winter, and we’ve spent the previous few months making an attempt to determine on the place! And whereas we’ve each traveled lots southern Norway, neither of us knew the north nicely in any respect, so we figured we should always make a journey up there to see if perhaps we’d like to turn out to be Northerners sometime.

So this itinerary is principally an inventory of locations we thought we might probably perhaps need to transfer to in northern Norway. However don’t fear, we’re indecisive sufficient to have included locations starting from cities to the center of nowhere, so we actually simply ended up going to the nicest locations we might discover in northern Norway.

And for anybody questioning, sure, we’ve got determined to transfer up north, however that’s all I’m going to say as a result of I’m terribly superstitious and don’t need to jinx something! 

Anyway, right here is our full two-week itinerary for northern Norway. And in the event you solely have one week you might both simply go south from Bodø or north, or begin in Narvik if you’d like extra time in the north.

However first, listed here are the highlights from my two weeks in northern Norway in two and a half minutes! (In no specific order.)

Days 1 – 2: Bodø

The wonderful thing about beginning off your northern Norway street journey in Bodø is that you would be able to get there by aircraft or by practice. Bodø is the final cease on the Norwegian practice line in the north.

Dan and I opted to take the in a single day practice from Oslo to Trondheim after which the morning practice from Trondheim to Bodø, which meant that we obtained to watch the panorama grow to be extra dramatic as we made our approach up north. We obtained into Bodø in the night, so we stayed there two nights in order that we might discover the subsequent day as properly.

Bodø itself is a very cool metropolis, with loads of lovely nature round it. A few of my favourite close by locations included Kjerringøy, Mjelle, and Saltstraumen. You can learn extra about my time in Bodø and my favourite spots in my weblog submit about Bodø.

street art in bodo norway

mjelle beach bodo norway

Lodging in Bodø (two nights):

I stayed on the Thon Lodge Nordlys in the town middle, which could simply have been my favourite lodge of the journey. The lodge has superb harbor views, and the breakfast buffet was unimaginable. Like, chocolate fountain unimaginable. Verify present charges and availability right here.

We additionally spent our final night time at Saltstraumen Lodge outdoors of Bodø, which is an excellent choice in case you’d relatively be shut to the character – there are many hikes in the world! Examine present charges and availability right here

Day three: Helgeland coast + Mosjøen

The Helgeland coast (Helgelandkysten) was in all probability my favourite drive of the journey, which is loopy as a result of it was pouring rain the whole time. We didn’t make it down the entire shoreline as a result of we have been spending the night time in Mosjøen, however I’d love to return and end the drive sometime.

We began from Bodø in the morning and didn’t make it to Mosjøen till the night, so it’s a lengthy day of driving – however a lovely one!

You can learn my weblog publish about Helgelandkysten right here.

helgelandskysten road trip norway

Ureddplassen Norway's most beautiful toilet helgeland coast

Lodging in Mosjøen (two nights)

Dan and I stayed in one of many historic flats on Sjøgata, that are self-catering vacation flats on Mosjøen’s most lovely road. The lodging is straightforward however very distinctive, with 19th century touches all through the house. You can guide the flats right here.

However in case you’d want a bit extra luxurious, I’d keep at Fru Haugans Lodge, which can also be on Sjøgata. Courting again over 200 years, Fru Haugans is definitely Northern Norway’s oldest lodge. Examine costs and availability right here

Day four: Mosjøen

Mosjøen is a stunning little city in Helgeland, and a day right here made for the right break after an extended day of driving down the Helgeland coast. We principally simply wandered round city, checked out Mosjøen’s many cute cafés and eating places, and explored the encompassing nature a bit.

You can learn extra about issues to do in Mosjøen (and why I feel it is best to go to!) right here.

sjøgata mosjøen summer june

vikgården cafe mosjoen helgeland norway

Day 5: Mo i Rana

Mo i Rana is simply a bit of over an hour’s drive from Mosjøen, so for those who depart in the morning you’ll be able to have a full day right here. Mo i Rana is a cool city in itself, however the primary cause we spent an evening right here was to hike to the close by Marmorslottet, or the Marble Citadel.

This is likely one of the most original locations I’ve been in Norway and we had the place totally to ourselves. You can learn extra about our hike to Marmorslottet and time in Mo i Rana right here.

marmorslottet hike mo i rana helgeland northern norway

havmannen statue mo i rana helgeland

Lodging in Mo i Rana

We stayed on the Fjordgaarden Hotell Mo i Rana, which is true on the water and close to the practice station, so tremendous handy. Examine charges and availability right here

Days 6 – 7: Narvik

At almost 7 hours the drive from Mo i Rana to Narvik is likely one of the longest of the itinerary, however I promise it’s a stunning one! Up close to Narvik is the place the Norwegian panorama actually begins to change and turn out to be distinctively “northern,” so I discovered the drive actually thrilling.

We acquired into Narvik in the night, so we stayed right here two nights so we might discover Narvik the subsequent day.

Highlights for me in Narvik included taking the practice over the mountains into Sweden, the cable automotive up Narvikfjellet, and stopping for cake on the tremendous cosy Astrupgården Cafe in the city middle. You can learn extra about our time in Narvik and what we did there right here.

narvikfjellet restaurant and bar narvik in june

Astrupgården Cafe narvik norway

Lodging in Narvik (two nights)

We stayed on the High quality Lodge Grand Royal, which I feel have to be the most effective place to keep in city. It’s shut to the city middle but in addition on the aspect with the practice station and cable automotive, and the adjoining restaurant is so good. They’ve brown cheese ice cream! Examine costs and availability right here

Days eight -9: Tromsø

Tromsø is just three hours and 40 minutes from Narvik, however I’d truly advocate taking a detour to Kvaløya and Sommarøy in your method. There are such a lot of picturesque villages right here, and the seashores on Sommarøy have to be the nicest in all of Norway. Significantly although!

And I feel it’s greatest to do that detour earlier than going into Tromsø to be able to simply depart your automotive in a parking storage for the remainder of your time in the town.

You can learn extra about what we did in and round Tromsø right here.

Sommarøy Tromsø beaches in June

tromsø in june

Lodging in Tromsø

We stayed on the Thon Lodge Polar and I completely beloved it. I’m all the time raving concerning the breakfast buffets at Thon motels in Norway, and this one lived up to all my expectations. Plus the employees have been very nice and the lodge is true in the town middle so we might stroll in all places.  Examine present charges and availability right here

Day 10: Lyngen Alps

The Lyngen Alps are lower than two hours from Tromsø, so that you undoubtedly want to come right here in case you’re in Tromsø.

In reality I feel Lyngen may need been my favourite place I visited. Wait, did I already say that about Helgeland? Properly, I actually, actually appreciated it. The Lyngen Alps are so lovely, and staying in a glass igloo at Lyngen North was undoubtedly a visit spotlight.

I might go on and on about how a lot I beloved Lyngen, however it seems I’ve already carried out that, so go over to this submit to learn extra about our time exploring the Lyngen Alps.

lyngen north glass igloo northern norway

lyngen alps northern norway in june summer midnight sun

Lodging in Lyngen

In the event you come to Lyngen you undoubtedly want to keep in a glass igloo at Lyngen North. The property is gorgeous and so peaceable, it’s run by the nicest man, and also you’ll be completely located to see the midnight solar in the summer time and northern lights in the winter. Simply be certain to guide early, as a result of there are solely two igloos and a few cabins right here – it’s not a type of massive (and crowded) northern lights resorts. You can verify costs and availability for Lyngen North right here.

Day 11: Alta

The drive from Lyngen North to Alta takes beneath three hours so once more, should you depart early you’ll be able to have just about a full day in Alta.

That is the northernmost level we went to, however in case you have an additional couple of days you must undoubtedly attempt to make all of it the best way up to the North Cape! It’s one other three.5 hours from Alta, and I used to be stunned by how arduous I discovered it to flip round and head again to Bodø as an alternative of continuous north.

However I’m glad we no less than made it to Alta! Alta feels actually arctic, and there are tons of outside actions right here each in the summer time and winter. You can learn extra about what we did in Alta right here.

Holmen Husky Lodge lavvu accommodation in alta norway

holmen husky lodge in alta in summer

Lodging in Alta

The spotlight for me in Alta was undoubtedly staying at Holmen Husky Lodge and getting to play with all of the husky puppies! The lodging is in tremendous cosy lavvus and I think about it will be much more magical right here in the winter. Examine costs and availability right here. 

Day 12: Drive midway again to Bodø

If you would like to pay additional you can in all probability drop your rental automotive off in Tromsø and even Alta, however we opted to forego the hefty charge and return our rental automotive the place we picked it up in Bodø. In order that meant plenty of driving on our ultimate two days.

fjellkysten tennevoll norway

Lodging in Tennevoll

We spent the night time at Fjellkysten Gjestehus, which is on the RV84, only a brief detour off of E6. This was a few seven hour drive from Alta, which we prolonged a bit by making a number of stops alongside the best way.

The lodge itself is in a stunning, quiet location and it made for the right stopover on our approach again to Bodø. We additionally ate dinner right here and the moose was scrumptious! Examine costs and availability right here

Day 13: Lofoten

So as to keep away from driving down the identical route we took up from Bodø, we determined to drive again down via Lofoten as an alternative and take the ferry throughout to Bodø. As a result of who doesn’t want an excuse to take a detour by means of the stunning Lofoten Islands?

Our time right here was tremendous rushed as a result of we needed to get to Bodø early as a result of we have been catching a really early morning flight the subsequent day, however in case you have extra time you may additionally spend the night time right here.

In fact Lofoten is such an attractive place that it actually deserves greater than in the future, however when you don’t have time to prolong your itinerary you possibly can truly see an entire lot simply on the drive south to the ferry port. You can see pictures of our day journey by means of Lofoten right here.

And in case you do have extra time, spend a number of days in Lofoten! You can learn my information to planning an epic Lofoten journey, together with the place to keep for those who do spend the night time right here.

lofoten in june hamnoy norway

lofoten islands norway in june summer

Day 14: Bodø

Relying on whether or not you selected to spend the earlier night time in Lofoten or not, you possibly can both get the ferry again to Bodø immediately, discover the town, or head to the airport/practice station in your journey house!

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I organized this journey in collaboration with Northern Norway.