A Jaw-Dropping Place
Northern Norway is one of the most spectacular places you will ever visit, and the feeling of standing in a fjord, with sparkling blue-green water at your feet and seemingly never-ending rock walls rising all around you, will stick with you long after you’ve left.
Like Swedish and Finnish Lapland, Northern Norway accounts for a large portion of its parent country — in this case, around a third of Norway’s overall land area is considered to be “Northern Norway.” Stretching from Helgeland in the southwest, Northern Norway wraps all the way around the northern borders of Sweden and Finland until it meets the Russian border near the town of Kirkenes.
A Place Warmer Than You’d Expect
You’ll find many more people in this region than in the equivalent areas of Sweden and Finland. One reason for this is the climate. The coastal climate means the weather is more unsettled — you can reasonably expect to see brilliant sunshine followed by a whiteout blizzard — but it is much warmer than inland areas, despite being at more northern latitudes. In Tromsø, for instance, the lowest temperature ever recorded is -18ºC. That’s a stark contrast from the regular temperatures between -20 and -30ºC that Lapland sees!