Top Choice Religious in Kautokeino

Sami Easter

Easter week is a time for weddings and an excuse for a big gathering marking the end of the dark season, before folk and flocks disperse to the summer grazing. It's celebrated with panache, with the reindeer-racing …
Sports in Alta


The 1000km-long Finnmarksløpet, Europe's longest dog-sled race, starts and ends in Alta in March and traverses the length of the far north. It coincides with Alta's Borealis Alta.
Film in Tromsø

Tromsø International Film Festival

One of the world's most northerly film festivals kicks off for a week in mid-January, with film screenings and talks at various locations around town (there are even a few outdoor screenings for hard-core film-goers…
Cultural in Tromsø

Sami Week

Includes the national reindeer-sledge championship, where skilled Sami whoop and crack the whip along the main street in Tromsø. It centres on the week surrounding Sami National Day (6 February).
Sports in Tromsø

Midnight Sun Marathon

The world's most northerly marathon is held one Saturday in June. In January there's also the Polar Night Half Marathon.
Music in Vadsø


One of northern Norway's oldest music festivals, Varangerfestivalen sees jazz, rock and world music come to Vadsø.
Music in Tromsø

Northern Lights Festival

Six days of music of all genres. If it coincides with a Northern-Lights spectacular, you've hit the jackpot.
Cultural in Alta

Borealis Alta

Five days of concerts and culture in March, designed to dispel winter's gloom.
Music in Alta

Alta Blues & Soul Festival

Brings in top Norwegian bands and starts in late May or early June.
Music in Tromsø

Insomnia Festival

A long, loud weekend of electronic music in October.