Official webpage Northern Norway

History & Archaeology

Northern Norway has been inhabited for over 10,000 years. Follow the history from the polished rock art at Leiknes via the rock carvings in Alta and the Viking Museum in Borg to the beautiful Gothic tabernacles in Trondenes Church and the star-shaped fort in Vardøhus Fortress. You can find traces of history throughout Northern Norway. 

Five historic places in Northern Norway

Northern Norway has been inhabited for at least 10,000 years. A long Sami history, the Viking chieftains of Hålogaland, the dried fish trade, and a dramatic World War II...  Read more

Slettnes – cultural landscape by the Arctic Ocean

Nature is slowly reclaiming the abandoned villages around Slettnes Lighthouse in Finnmark. The 'Footprints in the North' trail in the Slettnes Wildlife and Cultural Heritage s  Read more

Engeløya — Vikings, lilies and romance

Travel through the ages on the island of Engeløya in Steigen, via a huge burial mound, unusual Iron Age military site, imposing stone church or towering memorial stone. Or...  Read more

Vardøhus Fortress – the very east of Norway

This picturesque fortress facility Vardøhus from the 1700s, located at the most easterly point of Norway, does not look overly imposing. Then again, no war has ever been...  Read more

The triangle churches in Helgeland

In the midst of the rich cultural landscape of Helgeland, sheltered by The Seven Sisters, three Medieval churches have stood for 8-900 years, built on sacred ground and at pla  Read more

Immerse yourself in the World of the Vikings

Take a trip to Lofoten and discover the world of the Vikings. Exciting sights and activities will take you on a trip more than 1,000 years back in time.  Read more

Ceavccageađge – meeting place for 10,000 years

One of the highest concentrations of archaeological sites in the Nordic countries is at Ceavccageađge in Varanger. Ten thousand years as a meeting place for hunters, fishers...  Read more

Spitsbergen Airship Museum

Ten men were stranded in the pack ice north of Svalbard for 48 days in the early summer of 1928: The "Italia" airship had crashed, and the eyes of the world looked north. Spit  Read more

Animal rock at Leiknes

A myriad of animal figures sketched in simple, elegant lines form a consecutive frieze on a smooth field of rock stretching down to the Tysfjord. It is the largest collection  Read more

Polar Museum in Tromsø

The Polar Museum in Tromsø Museum tells the exciting story of the courageous trappers (men and women!) and the hazardous journeys of discovery in the arctic on a red-painted...  Read more

Rock carvings in Alta

Around 6,000 depictions that are up to 7,000 years old are to be found all around Alta Fjord: fishing scenes, bear hunts, animals, geometric figures and portraits of people. T  Read more

Trondenes Church in Harstad

For 750 years, the tall, white church at Trondenes has been reflected in the waters of Vågsfjord. Over the ages the northernmost mediaeval church in the world has provided...  Read more

Svalbard Museum — all about the archipelago

Svalbard's rich history and unique nature are the focus of the award-winning Svalbard Museum. Before you venture far and wide on Svalbard, this museum gives you an excellent i  Read more

Through the maelstrom to the Refsvikhula Cave

You would think that negotiating the famous maelstrom in a RIB boat to see four-thousand-year-old cave paintings would only be for tough guys. But actually, this thrilling tou  Read more
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