The prettiest towns in Norway’s Arctic region
There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t remember my visit to Norway’s Artic region, surrounded by snow and nature… Who wouldn’t want to tele transport there right now? hahaha
That’s why, although we have chosen asphalt over snow, we have decided to motivate ourselves and notify you with this post about the most gorgeous towns in this region. Are you ready?
Anyway, here’s the info de Visit Norway that you’ll find very useful.
- Kautokeino y Karasjok
Kautokeino and Karasjok are the main Sami cities. The main part of the culture is developed in Kautokeino. The political activity is centered on Karasjok with its administrative buildings and the Sami Parliament.
Kautokeino is the main cultural centre in Norway’s Lapland. It’s an authentic and original city that represents the wonderful soul of the Sami Township. Kautokeino is the place in Lapland, where the autochthonous traditions are best preserved, above all thanks to its local museum; its art gallery; its national Sami Beaivváš theatre, that plays an important role in making Lapland’s history and culture visible; the Sami High School and the reindeer grazing school or the Sami Nordic Institute, where they study language, culture, reindeer rearing and legal studies.
Kautokeino (Guovdageaidnuen Sami) has a population of about 3,000 inhabitants in comparison to the 100,000 reindeers. The latter are everywhere and breeding them is still the main economic activity of the municipality.
Karasjok is a small town located in the deepest part of the Finn mark region and is very few kilometres from Finland. About 90% of the local inhabitants speak Sami. That’s why it’s very interesting to visit an authentic Sami family, so that you get to know up close what their day-to-day lives are like; how they work with the reindeers; their local cuisine like their delicious reindeer stew; and their traditions represented by their colourful traditional costumes and their popular songs, the fascinating joik. I also recommend a ride by reindeer with them or you can opt for snowmobiles. Be it as it may, the experience is unforgettable.
We advise that you visit both towns during the “Easter Festival” (from the 18thto 25thApril) to discover the Sami culture in all its splendour. Although, if you want to see the Northern Lights, it’s better to organize your trip between the 21st September and the 21st March. And of course you should include these two activities: Contemplating the views from the hill where the ski jump board is located; and moving around on ski rackets through the forests and frozen lakes in the area. It’s absolutely incredible! Of course, there are fantastic expert guides who organize excursions, in which many details of the area will be explained such as the regional wild life and their customs, which we warn you, you’ll love.
Tromsø is the biggest city in the north of Norway, and also is the Arctic port; the town with the midnight sun…Tromsø is this and more. A place that’s full of life, which stands out for its beauty, but also because its wonderful film festival and contemporary buildings like the new library or the Artic cathedral.
Tromsø is located in the centre of the aurora borealis oval, which is to say, it’s the region with the highest probability of contemplating the aurora borealis. It is also ideal to get involved in daily activities like a ride in a mushing sleigh, whale watching, and routes on snow rackets or on snowmobiles. And if this weren’t enough, you can find the gorgeous fjords very close to the city where you can see ospreys and seals.
Alta is the biggest population in the most Northern Province of Norway, and it can be found in the confines of Altafjord. And aside from its location, its climate is surprising gentle.
Alta’s forests are a real eye opener as are, mountainous plateaus and coastal landscapes as well as a lot of alternatives to enjoy days and nights in the outdoors to practice hiking, cycling and even fishing in the Alta Elva River, one of the best salmon rivers in the world.
Alta is a sustainable destination, which means working continuously to reduce the environmental impact of their tourism. And although they offer us the best experience of their landscapes, what stands out above all from other places is that they work hard to safeguard their natural and cultural assets, and make this wonderful place an excellent place to live but also to visit.
Just as a curious comment, we would like to comment that if you go in summer you will be able to visit the carvings in the Hjemmeluft rock, which preserves the remains of a human settlement dated back to between 4200 to 500 AC. This piece of art carved into the rock is the most important proof of human activity in the periphery of the far north in prehistoric times and is catalogued by UNESCO as part of Human Heritage. This season is also good because from May to August, there are 24 hours of daylight per day to explore the biggest canyon in northern Europe and to do many adventure activities.
Alta is an exceptional place to see the Northern Lights. In fact, the first observatory in the world was built here at the end of the XIX century.
And if you want a 360º experience… you can stay at the Sorrisnive Igloo ice hotel, which is on the shores of the Alta River and which is surrounded by beautiful, natural landscapes. The interior and exterior of this luxury hotel are built of snow and ice. Due to its “perishable” nature, the hotel opens in January every year and melts in spring.
What do you think? Feel like packing your bags and getting lost in the most northerly region of Norway?