Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Severe Beauty of Northern Norway

ALTA 

Alta is the largest town of Finnmark County. Its climate is favorable, with mild temperature drops, nice winters and warm summer months. During the polar night that lasts from November to January, you can often observe northern lights. From May to August, there is a period of midnight sun. 

Alta, Norway

Alta consists of three parts: commercial Bossekop, Elvebakken in the east, with airport and harbor, and the town of Alta itself, as the newest of the three, with pedestrian zones and shops. Alta is one of Northern Norway’s largest educational and research centers and is home to Finnmark Municipal University with approximately 2000 students. 

BODØ 

Ninety-minutes flight from Oslo, and you are in Bodø, a picturesque town situated in a peninsula in the beautiful coast of Northern Norway. 


KARASJOK 

Karasjok is the Samy capital of Norway and the connecting link between cultures of Finnmark. It is situated in the heart of Norwegian Lapland, 18 km from Finland’s border.

Karasjok, Norway

Reindeer herding plays an important role in Sami’s communities, it involves around 18 per cent of the population. 

Many of the most important Sami institutions are situated here, such as Sametinget (Sami Parliament), De Samiske Samlinger (The Sami Collections) and Sami Kunstnersenter (Sami Artists’ Centre). 

KAUTOKEINO 

There are 10 000 reindeer per 3000 people in Kautikeino. Eighty five per cent of population have Sami as their first language. Kautokeino is a center for research and education with the Sami College, the Nordic Sami Institute, the Food Control Authority and the center for indigenous populations.

Kautikeino, Sami, Norway

Polar nights colored with northern lights, midnight sun in summer – you can experience all this sitting in a lavvu, a Sami tent. You can also enjoy fishing on one of the numerous lakes or watching reindeer race. 

THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS 

Lofotens are famous for their fishing and stunning natural sights, small villages and whale safari.

NORDLAND 

The Arctic Circle crosses Norland at the Saltfjellet Mountain. At the Arctic Circle Centre, you can get the Arctic Circle certificate.

Nordland, Norway

In Nordland you can see birds and animals in their natural habitat. Take part in a photo-safari, and you will see ernes, seals, sperm-whales and killer-whales. Moreover, there might be an elk or a reindeer around the next turn! 

THE NORTH CAPE 

The North Cape (Nordkapp) is a rock 307 meters high above the sea level. For a long time the North Cape was an important navigation landmark for seafarers in the North.

The North Cape

In summer, from the middle of May to the end of July, you can enjoy midnight sun. The average temperature oscillates from +7 °C to +10 °C. Be ready for considerable temperature drops in the daytime and at night. 

Average temperature in winter is – 3–11 °C. Local companies offer various tours, including dog sledding and snowmobile safaris. 

SVALBARD 

The Svalbard Islands are located in the Arctic Ocean, halfway between Norway and the North Pole. Here you will find untouched arctic wilderness.

During summer and autumn, hiking can be combined with boat trips and cruises. If you are lucky you can spot a seal warming itself on a nearby sheet of ice. In winter, you may ski up Svalbard’s highest peaks or explore the winter wonderland by dog teams or snowmobiles. 

Visit the gallery in Longyearbyen where you can see the Svalbard collection of old maps and books. The Svalbard Museum in Longyearbyen offers various exhibitions of flora, fauna, coal mining and hunting history on Svalbard. 

TROMSØ 

Tromsø is a lively town situated above the Arctic Circle, among fjords and mountains.

Tromsø, Norway

THE VEGA ISLANDS 

The Vega Archipelago in the Nordland County consists of more than 6,000 islands, reefs and skerries. The Archipelago is included into UNESCO World Heritage list. 

Vega is an ornithologist's dream. Chief among the bird population are eider ducks, raised for their feathers. Visit the local museum in Gladstad and see the eiderdown production for yourself. Go hiking or cycling and enjoy the islands’ special atmosphere.

eider ducks, Vega

Discover the unique flora, or follow the historical trail in Middagskarheia. You can also hire a boat and explore the coastline, or try fishing in the sea or local rivers and lakes. The best weather is usually from June to August. This is also when the islands are most accessible for visitors. 


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