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My Trip To Northern Norway

I went on a trip to northern Norway for 10 days and it was an amazing trip that I will never forget it. Definitely a trip of a lifetime and it was certainly the highlight of my year. We were there in early September, and we got to experience great weather most days…although it was chilly and best of all we got to see the aurora most nights. Follow along for my Northern Norway travel guide.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares photos and tips about her trip to northern Norway.

Lofoten Islands

It was quite the journey to get to the Lofoten Islands. We flew from Vancouver to Copenhagen and then to Oslo. From Oslo, we flew on small planes to Tromsø and then finally to Leknes. One day, I would love to spend time in this area as there are so many things to do in Tromsø.

We rented a car in Leknes and drove about an hour south to Hamnøy.  There we stayed at the Eliassen Rorbuer cabins. You can check out my blog post about staying there here.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares photos and tips about her trip to northern Norway.

I highly recommend that  you rent a boat in the Lofoten Islands and explore the Hamnøy area by water. We had the best time boating. In the morning the water was calm and no one else was out. The boat allowed us to explore the Lofoten Islands area and provided a different perspective. You really can see how quickly the mountains rise out of the water. The landscape is so different from my home in western Canada…even though I live in the mountains.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares photos and tips about her trip to northern Norway.

I am sure you recognize these cabins. You see this photo of the  Eliassen Rorbuer all over Instagram. I am so glad that we stayed there.  They are cozy cabins and centrally located in the Lofoten Islands. You can get this photo just over the bridge when you are driving to Hamnøy.

This is one of my most favourite videos ever!

A HUGE thank you to Joel Schat for filming all the content, taking photos for me.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares photos and tips about her trip to northern Norway.
Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares photos and tips about her trip to northern Norway.

The Aurora Borealis in Northern Norway

If you follow my Instagram, you saw my Aurora Borealis posts from Norway. This was my first time seeing the Northern Lights and WOW…it was unforgettable.

This was taken right outside our cabin. We really couldn’t believe how breathtaking it was.  I will never forget these nights…although we didn’t get much sleep.  You can check out Soft Serve News to track where the Aurora will be.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares photos and tips about her trip to northern Norway.

You can see the amazing aurora in action in this video.

Each day we tried to do a hike or two. Most were fairly easy and close to where we were staying.

Offersøykammen Hike

This is the view from the Offersøykammen hike. It is about one 1km to the top and takes approximately an hour. Sadly when we did the hike there was no view from the very top because it was so foggy, but we walked just a bit down and were able to capture some great shots.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares photos and tips about her trip to northern Norway.

You can watch my Norther Norway trip vlog below or on YouTube for better quality. Consider this a Northern Norway travel guide in video form.

This is also at Offersøykammen near the middle of the mountain. It is such a pretty little lake. You can get an amazing view from here if you don’t want to go all the way to the top. Northern Norway has so many hiking options and incredible views.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares photos and tips about her trip to northern Norway.

Mannen Hike

This is the view from the Mannen hike, which takes about an hour. It was my favorite for so many reasons. It was a super easy hike and the view is so incredible. The water looks tropical blue and it made you forget that you were in the Arctic. However you won’t think you are somewhere tropical too long because it was really cold up there…at least it was in September. I will never forget  this amazing view.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares photos and tips about her trip to northern Norway.
Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares photos and tips about her trip to northern Norway.

Ryten Hike

Another hike we did in Lofoten was the Ryten hike.  It was another amazing hike and only took a few hours. It totally took my breath away and seemed like we were on top of the world. At the top it was freezing, so bring lots of layers. 

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares photos and tips about her trip to northern Norway.

Reinebringen Hike

We also attempted another the Reinebringen hike, but had to turn back because the trail was not in good shape and it was really unsafe. I hope next trip the trail is repaired, and we can make it to the top. Here is the view from where we got.

Senja

For the second part of our Norway trip we drove about 6 hours north  of Hamnøy to get to Senja. It was a beautiful drive! We spent two nights in Senja and we stayed at the Hamn i Senja resort.  You can read my blog post about our time there here.

Mt. Segla

The day were arrived we hiked to see Mt. Segla in the afternoon.  For this hike, which is also a pretty easy two hour hike, both trails starts from Fjordgård.   You will need to hike Mt. Hesten to see Mt. Segla. The view here though…unforgettable!!!!

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares photos and tips about her trip to northern Norway.
Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares her trip to Hamn I Senja in Norway

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I still cant get over this view so amazing. I would love to go back when it is snowing. In fact, I really want to go and do this same trip again when there is snow.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares photos and tips about her trip to northern Norway.

We also went out in a boat in Senja and it was also amazing. It was a a lot colder there than it was in Hamnøy but then again we were way farther north in the Arctic.  After 4 full days and nights in Lofoten, we were pretty tired by the time we got to Senja.  We only really shot sunrise and sunset there and it was so nice to have time to relax there. We did work and napped most days. It was raining one day then cleared up at night which was perfect.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares photos and tips about her trip to northern Norway.

Northern Lights in Senja

Again were were very lucky to see the northern lights when we were in Senja. I was so blown away by them each time and they never got old.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares photos and tips about her trip to northern Norway.

Bioluminescence

One evening we were blessed enough to see bioluminescence in the water and the aurora in the sky. I have a feeling that it was a once in a lifetime experience.

Molde

The final part of our Northern Norway trip took us south. From Senja we drove to Bardufoss and flew to Oslo. From Oslo we flew to Molde. Since we only had 10 days, we flew instead of driving. I am sure it is a beautiful drive though. Maybe next trip we will drive. We rented a car in Molde to get around from there.

Ålesund

We drove to Ålesund which is such a cute little town with colourful buildings. I could have spent a whole day exploring here, so I will have to get back again one day when I have more time. Every Northern Norway travel guide should have stop here!

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares photos and tips about her trip to northern Norway.

This viewpoint at the top of Mount Aksla gives a really great view of Ålesund.  It is an easy trail with just over 400 steps (with handrails in some points). At this location you can also drive if you prefer.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares photos and tips about her trip to northern Norway. She went to Lofoten, Senja, Ålesund and Geirangerfjord. Photos by Joel Schat.

Geirangerfjord

This crazy photo was taken in Geirangerfjord.  To get to this viewpoint, drive all the way down the road and up the mountain and you will find the viewpoint behind the bathrooms (lol).

There is a small path hidden behind the bathrooms. You walk down and you will see the lower path were Joel was standing to take this picture and then where I am standing you just walk a little bit further up. Be careful because it is dangerous!! I used to be really scared of heights…but not so much anymore.  🙂

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares photos and tips about her trip to northern Norway.

Trollstigen

The last location we went to was Trollstigen which has this switchback road through the mountains.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares photos and tips about her trip to northern Norway.

You get an idea for the scale of things in this video by looking at how small the cars are on the road.

On our last full day we flew from Molde to Oslo where we ended our trip to Norway. There is so much more that we could have seen there, so I hope that one day we will get back. I was not expecting to fall in love with Northern Norway, but I really did. If you ever get a chance to go, don’t hesitate…it is AMAZING!

Let me know what else you would like to see in this Northern Norway travel guide.

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29 Comments

  1. Your trip looks amazing! Norway is deff on my bucketlist!

    xo,
    Sam | http://www.sincerelysamxo.com

    Posted 1.14.18 Reply
  2. So amazing! I visited Oslo but didn’t have a chance to get out in more of the countryside of the city. Definitely on the list to get back to someday soon!

    Posted 1.15.18 Reply
  3. Oh my goodness, your photos are absolutely beautiful! It sounds like you had an incredible time 🙂 Adding Norway to my travel bucket list!

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

    Posted 1.15.18 Reply
  4. Daniels Beitss wrote:

    Really glad you enjoyed Norway. And your photos are amazing Bella. Was in Tromso and Svalbard the other week and loved the landscape. beautiful 🙂

    Posted 1.15.18 Reply
  5. These pictures are stunning! I’ve always wanted to see the northern lights, it’s so beautiful!

    -Carine
    http://www.rinnyandbean.com

    Posted 1.16.18 Reply
  6. sophia lu wrote:

    wow, the photos do look amazing and the trip sounds like an absolute dream! i’ve been dying to go to norway, now i really gotta go!

    Posted 1.16.18 Reply
  7. Creastan wrote:

    Awesome photography looking so very amazing really i like it absolutely dream! i’ve been dying to go to norway, now i really gotta go! Clipping path Service

    Posted 9.4.20 Reply
  8. Laila wrote:

    Those pictures are all so amazing, the ones with the ones with the northern lights are especially beautiful! It must have been surreal to experience them in person!

    Posted 1.16.18 Reply
  9. Oh my goodness all these photos are absolutely stunning! A trip to Norway is definitely on my bucket list!

    Posted 1.16.18 Reply
  10. April wrote:

    Your trip looks like the most amazing experience! I want to go ASAP!

    April | http://www.thebluehydrangeas.com

    Posted 1.16.18 Reply
  11. Jenna wrote:

    These photos are seriously stunning and unreal! Northern lights is so on my bucket list!

    Posted 1.17.18 Reply
  12. Looks like a beautiful trip! I got to see the Northern lights in Iceland and you’re right, there’s nothing like it!

    Posted 1.17.18 Reply
  13. Deborah wrote:

    These photos are stunning! I’ve always wanted to go to Norway!

    Posted 1.17.18 Reply
  14. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to visit Norway! It looks SO beautiful!

    Posted 1.17.18 Reply
  15. Lily Ayala wrote:

    I never thought about visiting Norway but your pictures totally make me want to go now.

    Posted 1.17.18 Reply
  16. Oh, my, GOSH. Breathtaking photos!!!

    Posted 1.17.18 Reply
  17. sassee wrote:

    OMG these pics and so breathtaking….and girl u have the best body ever lol about to check out the videos as well…

    Posted 1.17.18 Reply
  18. Jenny wrote:

    I’m just dying to go to Norway. It looks absolutely beautiful.

    Posted 1.17.18 Reply
  19. Oh my goodness, I can’t get over how absolutely stunning the views were! Looks like the trip of a lifetime.

    Posted 1.17.18 Reply
  20. wow- this is incredible. The photography is stunning and it seems like an unbelievable experience. I love how detailed your itinerary is. I hope to take trip like this one day!
    -Emily
    https://norepeatsorhesitations.com/2018/01/17/best-cheap-restaurants-new-york-city/

    Posted 1.17.18 Reply
  21. These photos are absolutely gorgeous! I would love to visit Norway!

    Kristin
    The Blush Blonde

    Posted 1.17.18 Reply
  22. Grace wrote:

    Oh my gosh these pictures are absolutely amazing!

    Posted 1.18.18 Reply
  23. Ruthie Ridley wrote:

    Wow!! Amazing post Bella!!!

    Posted 1.18.18 Reply
  24. Alix Maza wrote:

    Ahh so pretty! And I want to steal your beanie collection.

    Posted 1.18.18 Reply
  25. These photos are magical! And the video looks amazing! A great place to go for sure.

    Posted 1.19.18 Reply
  26. I have never thought of Norway as a country I would want to visit, but looking at all these photos has totally changed my mind!

    Posted 1.19.18 Reply
  27. Azanique wrote:

    What a gorgeous trip! I am obsessed with all of your pictures and beautiful nature you got to see. I would love to plan a trip here!

    -xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsasss.com

    Posted 1.22.18 Reply
  28. arsalan wrote:

    can you tell the music name in video titled ‘My trip to norway’

    Posted 7.23.19 Reply
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