Action-packed and coloured by the cold, Norwegian Lapland, or Finnmark as it is otherwise known, is the country’s most vast and barren county. Brimming with silent fjords, sweeping pine forests, ice-tipped peaks and the vibrant Sami culture, this magical region is a hive of activity.
During the winter months, glide through the glistening snow on husky-led sledges and gawk at the green glows lighting up the sky. With its high skies and wide horizon, Norwegian Lapland is renowned for Northern Lights sightings. Meanwhile the summertime, when the land is awash with 24-hour sunshine, promises adventures of hiking and kayaking through tranquil valleys and towering mountains.
Sitting above the Arctic Circle, this extreme northeastern tip of Norway borders Russia and Finland and so features an extreme climate. Wintry wildlife such as brown bear, reindeer, lynx and arctic fox reside in these snow-clad landscapes, while more urban areas like Alta and its UNESCO prehistoric rock carvings offer a cultural experience.
When to go
The best time to visit Lapland is undoubtedly winter (November-March) when it is blanketed in snow and you can see the northern lights. However, spring is stunning and the midnight sun in summer (June-August) allow for a great range of activities. The coastal areas of Norwegian Lapland are milder than Sweden and Finland.
What to do
- See the Northern Lights
- Hike, kayak and snowmobile
- Explore National Parks