If you are thinking of driving to the north, the journey is very enjoyable but don't
underestimate the distance! Allow at least three days to the Arctic Circle from Bergen,
or five days to North Cape. Flying and hiring a car may be a better option. Fortunately
the best scenery is in the southern part of this area. In particular the Lofoten
Islands just above the Arctic Circle are very special with many steep and jagged
mountains plunging straight down into the sea, where pretty fishermen's cottages
(rorbuer) offer unusual accommodation. The islands of Vesterålen and Senja between
Lofoten and Tromso, offer whale-watching safaris and equally spectacular scenery,
but far fewer visitors. The Lyngen Alps east of Tromso has many high mountains and
big glaciers to rival anything in the alps of southern Europe. Further north the
scenery becomes bleaker with the endless Finnmarksvidda plateau stretching inland.
The North Cape (Nordkapp) is as far north as you can go in mainland Europe and is
a magnet for many long-distance travellers.