Without a doubt, northern Norway is one of the most spectacular places we have been. With rugged coastlines, small harbors filled with picture-perfect red fishing cabins, winding roads through the mountains, and beaches that look like they belong in the Caribbean, northern Norway is a delight to explore.
We spent just over one week road tripping through northern Norway. Our journey started in Tromsø. From Tromsø, we drove south through Senja and the Vesteralen Islands, ending in the Lofoten Islands. Yes, the Lofoten Islands are gorgeous (as you will soon see), but the less popular Vesteralen Islands and Senja are just as beautiful.
So, in no particular order, here are some of our best photos of northern Norway. We hope they inspire you to visit this gorgeous place and explore the less popular but just as beautiful Vesteralen Islands and Senja.
For more travel inspiration, at the end of this article, we also have a 4K video of aerial clips shot by drone of northern Norway.
Northern Norway Photos
This was our introduction to northern Norway…overlooking Tromsø from Fløya.
Tromsø | Northern Norway Photos
Tyler, overlooking the island of Senja during our hike up Segla.
Red fishing cabins, also called rorbuers, in the Lofoten Islands.
The Lofoten Islands | Northern Norway Photos
Just your typical view while driving through the Lofoten Islands. Nice place for a road trip, don’t you think?
Just down the road from Svolvaer in the Lofoten Islands we found this pretty little lake with a very nice view.
Tim’s view from Reinebringen, one of the most popular hikes to do in the Lofoten Islands.
Reinebringen | Northern Norway Photos
This is Høyvika Beach on the Vesteralen Islands (seen from Måtind).
Høyvika Beach | Northern Norway Photos
Here is another view of Høyvika Beach, the coastline, and Kara, taken from the top of Måtind.
The beaches here are gorgeous!! This is Uttakleiv Beach in the Lofoten Islands.
Uttakleiv Beach | Northern Norway Photos
And this is Ramberg, also on the Lofoten Islands.
Ramberg Beach | Northern Norway Photos
Finally, this is the view of Kvalvika Beach, seen from Ryten in the Lofoten Islands.
View from Ryten | Northern Norway Photos
I love the red fishing cottages. This was taken from the ferry stop in Brensholmen, on the way to Senja.
If you like hiking, put northern Norway on your list! There is no better way to explore Norway than putting one foot in front of the other on a hiking trail. This photo was taken on the island of Senja on the hike to Segla.
Hiking Segla | Northern Norway Photos
When you hike in Norway, you can stand in all kinds of crazy places, like Tim on the top of Segla.
Or Tim on the hike to Ryten.
Or me from the top of Måtind.
We also took the opportunity to rock climb Svolvaergeita, one of the coolest things we have done in Norway. Kara and I are sitting on top of the rock and Tyler captured this photo with our drone.
Svolvaergeita | Northern Norway Photos
Here is a view of the Fredvang Bridges in the Lofoten Island, taken by drone.
Fredvang Bridges | Northern Norway Photos
And here is a view of Segla, also taken by drone.
This is a view of Sommarøy, an off-the-beaten-path destination just a short drive from Tromsø. The hike to the top of Ørnfløya is short and sweet and this view is your reward.
Sommarøy | Northern Norway Photos
In Svolvaer, you can also hike to a viewpoint for the best view over the city. In the summertime, the sun never sets, so you can hike all night long if you wish. This photo was taken at 9:00 pm!
Svolvaer | Northern Norway Photos
In Norway, towns are clustered on the shore of the fjords, like Fjordgard on Senja.
More fishing cottages in Reine.
The view over the Lofoten Islands from Ryten.
And finally, one last view…another spectacular beach while driving through the Lofoten Islands.
Northern Norway Drone Video
For more travel inspiration, here is a short compilation of drone clips taken from Northern Norway and the Lofoten Islands.
Did we inspire you? Comment below if you have any questions about visiting northern (or southern) Norway!
More Information for Your Trip to Norway:
NORTHERN NORWAY ITINERARY: On this 10 day Norway itinerary, road trip through Senja and the Vesteralen Islands, two beautiful off the beaten path destinations, and visit the Lofoten Islands.
BEST OF THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS: For an overview of the best things to do, read our Lofoten Islands Top Ten List. Great hikes in the Lofoten Islands include Ryten, Reinebringen, Festvagtind, and Svolvaer Floya. For a big adventure, climb Svolvaergeita for one of the most unique experiences in the Lofoten Islands.
TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY: For more information about the camera gear we carry, check out our Travel Photography Gear Guide. And tips and tricks for taking great photos in our article How to Take Better Photos while Traveling.
Planning a trip to Norway? Read all of our articles in our Norway Travel Guide.
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