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Inspiration Odyssey: Norway

Chasing myths on fjords and mountains

Come away with us to northern Norway, ‘Gateway to the Arctic’. A land on the edge, framed by mountains and greeted by sea. Suspend your cares and embrace Friluftsliv — free air life — the Norwegian philosophy of living harmoniously with nature. Let us show you the wilds of Scandinavia as you’ve only imagined.
 
Tromsø og Finnmark is the country’s northern- and easternmost region, with a staggering 4,253 miles of coast. You’ll find most towns on a fjord, with quaint villages scattered inland. Tromsø is a cosmopolitan hub, Alta an excellent base for adventures, while Vardø is the most remote municipality, further east than both St. Petersburg and Istanbul.
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Summer in the Arctic
Some 200 miles from the 60th parallel well and truly place Finnmark in the Arctic. Summer sides with the adventurer, drenching each day in endless sunlight. Valleys flush emerald, purple heather bursts on mountain slopes.
Summer in the Arctic
This is the time to explore the Alta River valley. The Sautso-Alta Canyon beckons hikers, climbers and fishermen alike. Mountain bike among reindeer herds on the plateau, overlooking the canyon below.
Summer in the Arctic
At 400m deep, it’s northern Europe’s largest. Perhaps join traditional fishermen on a riverboat journey. Or a local guide can take you hiking on uncrowded trails, bestowing foraging wisdom.
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Polar Night
In spite of the dark, northern Norway’s winters are equally grand. There’s no greater thrill than a northern lights hunt, whether sailing across a fjord or from a mountain summit. Tromsø’s cable car is a more sedate, but equally magical option. It’s perfect for families, with warm cocoa waiting at the top.
Polar Night
There’s plenty to do when you’re not out chasing auroras. Co-founded by a former champion, Trasti and Trine offers excellent husky sledding. The other founder is a chef, so your daily excursions will be well rewarded.
Polar Night
Join a local guide, strap on skis or snowshoes and experience the silent majesty of pristine evergreen forests. You could also spend a night in an igloo — both ice and glass domes are options.
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Whales and Other Wildlife
With a brisk wind in your hair, whale spotting is a great privilege and adventure. The Norwegian whale safari season runs from November to mid-February. It’s then that orcas chase herring through the fjords, while more relaxed humpbacks gently breach the waves.
Whales and Other Wildlife
There’s ample wildlife on shore as well. Elusive lynx, wolverine, golden eagle, wolf and bear top the food chain. There’s also moose, reindeer, hares and seals. To ensure sightings, a stay at luxurious Wolf Lodge is a must.
Whales and Other Wildlife
Nestled at the heart of Polar Park — the world’s northernmost wildlife park — this is a truly exclusive experience. Here the wolves run right outside, howling their nightly chorus, a chilling and unforgettable lullaby.
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Local Culture
The Samí are descendants of the region’s first nomadic people. As time went on, they moved around increasingly less, switching to herding rather than hunting reindeer. Many now live as coastal fishermen, though some preserve their heritage as herders. Join them and their reindeer, learning what it takes to survive in Norway’s wild north, for a rich immersion into their culture.
Local Culture
Between activities, it’s worth enjoying a few days in Tromsø or Alta. Tromsø’s Arctic Cathedral is an architectural landmark, while Alta’s interactive Northern Lights Cathedral will teach you all about its celestial namesake.
Local Culture
The best shopping is on Storgata in Tromsø, while others in your party might prefer a beer safari through local breweries. Embark on the M/S Bjørnvåga, a restored 1960s ferry, for an unforgettable culinary experience. The crew will take you out on the fjord for a seasonal menu steeped in coastal traditions.
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