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          Europe's answer to Alaskan frontier towns — tunnels with traffic circles blasted into the heart of the mountains; native Lapland culture and crafts found side-by-side with oilmen and gold miners; and the North Cape, northernmost point on the European mainland.

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Attractions in Northern Norway:

          The North Cape northern-
most point on the European mainland; rugged mountains and coastline well above the Arctic Circle; Midnight Sun in summer, and no daylight at all in the dead of winter; Sami (Lapland) culture; the Aurora Borealis; 6,000-year-old rock
carvings near Alta (a World Heritage Site); reindeer herds.

The far north of Norway presents a rugged coastal landscape of mountains, inlets, and wilderness tundra. Photo © Home At First.
The far north of Norway presents a rugged
coastal landscape of mountains, inlets,
and wilderness tundra.

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Heard of Reindeer? Photo © Home at First.

Our Northern Norway Lodgings are located hotel in Tromsø, largest city (pop. 50,000) in arctic Norway.

REINDEER
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Tromsø's iconographic Tromsdalen Church, known universally, if unofficially, as the Arctic Cathedral. Photo © Home At First.
Tromsø's iconographic
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Getting Around Northern Norway:
          There is no comprehensive public transportation in the region
other than coastal steamers. There is also little traffic. And, in recent years, many new bridges and tunnels have been constructed throughout northern Norway, making self-drive touring much faster and surer. Most Home At First visitors travel by air to/from the region, and have a rental car while there. Note that, while cars may be equipped for arctic conditions, the driver and passengers may not be. Be sure to know road and weather conditions before driving long distances in the arctic.

 

 
The midnight sun burns bright well into the night from mid-May into August above the Arctic Circle. Photo © Home At First.
The midnight sun burns bright well
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August above the Arctic Circle.

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Driving above the Arctic Circle requires vigilance for new hazards: migrating herds of reindeer, and huge, obstinate moose blocking the roadway, and snow and ice even in July and August. Photo © Home At First.
WILD REINDEER — PART OF A HERD — 
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Getting to/from Northern Norway: It is possible to get to far northern Norway via rental car, train from Sweden to Narvik, and Hurtigrute Coastal Steamship Services to/from Bergen and other Norwegian North Sea ports. However, distance, remoteness, and weather concerns make flying to/from Tromsø Airport from locations further south in NORWAY or SWEDEN the most practical means of traveling back and forth across the Arctic Circle.
         
Driving above the Arctic Circle requires vigilance for new hazards: migrating herds of reindeer, and huge, obstinate moose blocking the roadway, plus snow and ice even in July and August. 

 

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