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Kingcrab Safari in Kirkines

Go on a Kingcrabsafari by snow mobile or by boat, and try ice-fishing in the Barents Sea near Kirkenes, in the far north of Norway. The king crab can grow to 2 metres and gain a weight of 15 kg, so you are guaranteed to see and taste the biggest and freshest crabs in the world! At the end of the trip you can eat fresh crabs for lunch in the restaurant near the fjord. URL  http://www.visitnorthcape.com/

Website: www.visitnorthcape.com/

Polaria

Polaria is an exhibition centre that opened in May 1998. It has a unique exterior that attracts the visitors from all around the world. Polaria showcases large panoramic views of the Lofoten Islands, which features a presentation on the ecology of animals and plants in the Arctic Circle. The show gives you a good understanding of how living organisms and animals lead their lives in the Arctic region. You can also meet Bearded Seals and other cute animals at the aquarium.

Address: Hjalmar Johansensgt 12

Tel: +47 77 60 69 00

Fax: +47 77 60 69 11

Email: info@polaria.no

Website: www.polaria.no

Kautokeino

Kautokeino is a Sami village that has a population of approximately 3000 people, one third of whom are reindeer breeders. Kautokeino means "open land that bristles with sedge from the forest" in Sami. Since this is a permanent home for the Sami people during the winter, it has educational facilities, such as a reindeer breeding school and a Sami craft school. in addition to other facilities that cannot be found in other regions of Norway, such as the Sami research institute. Many of the tours here also feature rather unique themes, including downstream rides on Sami boats, visits to Sami tents, and reindeer riding during the winter season.

Saltsraumen

Saltraumen occurs when the tide try to fill the Skjerstad fjord in the northern region of Norway. It happen in the channel between Saltenfjord and Sjerstadfjord and 3, 720, 000, 000 cubic meters of water whirl about over a period of six hours, four times a day. The whirlpool is largest during new moons and full moons. A day trip tour is operated from Bødo.

Honningsvåg

Hoonningsvåg village is the access point to Nordkapp. The village bustles during the summer period with tourists who wish to catch a glimpse of the midnight sun. It takes approximately 45 min by bus to reach Nordkapp. Since this village is especially blessed with prime fishing banks, many fishing boats dock at Honningsvåg’s harbour.

Access: Approximately 2 hours 10 minutes from Tromso by plane (1 - 3 flights operates daily). 25 minutes from Hammerfest (1 to 3 flights operates daily). It takes approximately 5 hours from Hammerfest, with a transfer at Oldefjord if you choose to go by buss. (1-2 busses departs daily, only during the winter season). Approximately 2 hours 10 minutes from Hammerfest by high-speed boat. (1 departure a day from early August to late October)

Harstad

Harstad is located approximately 1 1/2 h from Oslo by plane. Harstad is a small beautiful town that has a harmonious combination of radiant seas, rows of colourful houses, mountains, forests, and rivers. Harstad was an important base during the Viking era, and in the late 19th century it served as a sardine fishery. The Sami people, the natives of Lapland, have handed down their culture and tradition to their descendants. Tourists from around the world visit this area as it is the gateway to the Lofoten Islands, which is a popular anchorage site of the coastal steamer.

Access: Harstad can be easily accessed by plane from Oslo, Tromsø and Bødo. You can also travel to Harstad by sea, which takes approximately 3h from Tromsø.

Sapmi Park

The Sampi park is a theme park that will teach you everything about the Sami culture. In addition to outdoor activities, you can also tour craft studios where they make silverware, woven fabrics and other goods.

Address: Porsangerveien 1

Tel: +47 78 46 88 00

Fax: +47 78 46 88 01

Email: post@sapmi.no

Website: www.sapmi.no

Alta

Alta is an ancient town where you still can find remains of an ancient civilization. Norway's oldest civilization, the Komsa Kulturen, which began 10, 000 years ago, flourished in this region. The rock paintings in Jiebmaluokta, a World Heritage Site, is a must-see.

Access: Approximately 3 hours from Oslo by plane. There are 4 to 6 flights that operate daily. It takes 35 minutes from Tromsø by plane. There are 3 to 7 flights that operate daily

Nordkapp Hall (The North Cape Hall)

The Nordkapp Hall is a space used in multiple ways and visited by many tourists and locals. It features an auditorium, information centre, commissary store, and a post office that issues Nordkapp arrival certifications and the world's northernmost Christian church. It also has a bar and a restaurant where you can view the midnight sun over a glass of champagne.

Address: Postboks 514 9751 Nordkapp / Honningsvåg

Tel: +47 78 47 68 60

Fax: +47 78 47 68 61

Email: nordkapphallen@rica.no

Website: www.rica.no

Tromsø

Tromso is the largest city of the Arctic Circle and is home to the northernmost university. The city is separated into two regions, Tromsøya and Tromsdalen and it is surrounded by a beautiful cityscape, dotted with traditional wooden houses and water. The northern lights can be viewed from here around end of May and then you can view the sun shining over mountains at midnight.

Access: Approximately 2 hours from Oslo by plane. There are around 7 flights available daily. Tromso can also be accessed by coastal express boat.

Tromsø Tourist Information

Adress: Storgt. 61/63

Tel: +47 77 61 00 00

Fax: +47 77 61 00 10

Email: info@destinasjontromso.no

Website: www.destinasjontromso.no

Narvik

Narvik is the world's northernmost ice-free sea port. It is connected with Kiruna in Sweden by railway It is a harbour town that developed through the shipment of ore, transported from Kiruna mine.

Nordkapp Museum (Nordkappmuseet)

The Nordkapp Museum showcases the lives and history of the people of the Arctic Circle. It also exhibits photographs and paintings.

Address: Fiskeriveien 4

Tel: +47 78 47 20 00

Fax: +47 78 47 72 09

Email: post@nordkappmuseet.no

Website: www.nordkappmuseet.no

Polar Museum (Polarmuseet)

The Polar Museum was built in the 1830s. It provides information on the activities of Norwegian explorers and hunters, including the famous Roald Amundsen. The museum also showcases interesting facts and history about seal hunting in the Arctic Circle, which is an old Norwegian tradition.

Address: Sondre Tollbugate 11

Tel: +47 77 68 43 73

Fax: 47 77 61 17 20

Email: wh@polarmuseum.no

Website: www.polarmuseum.no

Whale-Watching

The precincts of the Vesterålen Islands in the Nordland district of northern Norway is the only area in Europe where you can observe premature whales. Whale-watching tours operates from Andenes.

Inquiries and reservations to: Whale Safari

Tel: +47 76 11 56 00

Fax: +47 76 11 56 10

Email: booking@whalesafari.no

Website: www.whalesafari.no

Ishavs Katedralen (Arctic Cathedral)

Also known as the sanctuary of the Arctic Ocean, the Artic Cathedral is modern architectural structure, which is based on a design that uses Tromsø's winter and northern lights as a motif, which suits the atmosphere of the town. The beautiful, stately stained glass panels inside are 12m high and are definitely worth seeing. The architect of this building is Jan Inge Hovig.

Address: Tromsdalen

Tel: +47 77 75 34 40

Website: www.kirken.tromso.no

Karasjok

Karasjok is an a that has been a settlement for the mountain Sami people since olden days. The name "Karasjok" is believed to have originated from the Finish phrase meaning the cove's river. This region experiences drastic temperature changes, and has recorded a lowest-ever temperature of minus 51.4 degrees, and a highest-ever temperature of 32.4 degrees. There are also a theme park, museum, and other facilities that display the Sami culture.

Access: Approximately 1 hour 35 minutes from Lakselv Airport by bus.

Kirkenes

Kirkene is a village near the Russian border where the terminal harbour for Norway's coastal steamer, which is known as the world's most beautiful boat ride, is located. It was an air-raid shelter during the Second World War called Andersgrotta which still exists. By plane, it is approximately 2 hours from Oslo and approximately 1 hour from Tromsø.

Tromsø Museum

Tromso Museum is attached to Tromsø University that was established in 1872. It displays and showcases a wide array of strands, such as geography, plants, animals, archaeology, and studies of the Sami people.

Address: Lars Thorings veg 10

Tel: +47 77 64 50 00

Fax: +47 77 64 51 13

Email: museumspost@tmu.uit.no htt

Nordkapp

Nordkapp is a 307 m high cliff and is usually referred to as the northernmost point of Europe. Some 200,000 tourists visit this spot annually, during the two to three months of summer. From this point, it is 2110km to the north pole. In the past, this was a spot that the Sami people used for sacrifice. Nordkapp gradually became famous as a sightseeing area after king Oscar II of Sweden visited these lands in 1873. It is popular for tourists to come to Nordkapp after spending a night at Honningsvåg.

Access Approximately 45 minutes from Honningsvåg. There are no regular bus services during the winter so reservation is necessary.

For booking, please contact Finnmark Fylkesrederi og RuteselskapiFFRj

Tel: +47 78 40 70 78

Website: www.ffr.no

Bodø

Bodo is a commercial city with a population of approximately 44, 000 people. The city has a railway station, coastal steamer harbour, and an airport, making it a strategic spot for transportation in northern Norway. It is also the gateway to the Lofoten islands, located on its opposite shore, from mainland Norway.


Andenes

Andenes is a small fishing village in the county of Nordland, which is part of the northern region of Norway. Andenes is the northernmost settlement of the island Andøya. To the east is the island Senja, and to the west the endless horizon of the North Atlantic. Andøy municipality calls itself Nordlyskommunen (The community of the Aurora Borealis).


Saami Museum (Samid Vuorka Davvirat)

The Sami Museum exhibits various aspects of the Sami culture. The museum concentrates on the history, culture, industry, and craftwork of the Sami people, and it also exhibits Sami people’s tent and mountain huts.

Address: Museumsgate 17

Tel: +47 78 46 99 50

Fax: +47 78 46 99 55

Website: www.desamiskesamlinger.no/english/index-e.html


The Adolf Gun

The Adolf Gun, which is said to be the world's largest weapon, was brought to Harstad by the German Army during the Second World War. Since it is on the premises of a Norwegian Army base, you will have to be accompanied by an authorized guide. Prior reservations are required during periods other that the summer season.

Address: 9400 Harstad

Tel: +47 77 01 89 89

Fax: +47 77 01 89 80 (Harstad Tour Center)

Admission fee: 55kr

Guided tour June 2nd to August 10th 11am 1, 3, 5pm

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