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 …
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.
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…
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).
The world's most northerly marathon is held one Saturday in June. In January there's also the Polar Night Half Marathon.
One of northern Norway's oldest music festivals, Varangerfestivalen sees jazz, rock and world music come to Vadsø.
Six days of music of all genres. If it coincides with a Northern-Lights spectacular, you've hit the jackpot.
Five days of concerts and culture in March, designed to dispel winter's gloom.
Brings in top Norwegian bands and starts in late May or early June.
A long, loud weekend of electronic music in October.