Best hotels and hostels in The Far North

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Inner Finnmark

    Engholm Husky Design Lodge

    About 6km from Karasjok along the Rv92, Sven Engholm has built this wonderful haven in the forest with his own hands. Each rustic cabin is individually furnished with great flair, with every item (from reindeer-horn toilet brushes to creative lampshades) hand-carved by Sven. All have kitchen facilities; two have bathrooms. You sink into sleep to the odd bark and yelp from the sled dogs. A plentiful dinner costs 300kr. Signed trails lead through the forest and barely a five-minute stroll away there's a salmon stream with a fine beach, where you can rent canoes. You can also join the team on their daily puppy walk or take a boat ride on a nearby lake as the adult huskies run, yap and swim alongside. There's also a sauna and a wood-heated outdoor hot tub.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Inner Finnmark

    Thon Hotel Kautokeino

    This lovely contemporary hotel inhabits a shell of mellow wood, built low to blend in with its surroundings. Rooms are cheerful and cosy. Make sure you get a 2nd-floor room with views over the town; those on the backside overlook the scruffy car park. Duoattar, its gourmet restaurant, serves fine cuisine, and breakfast is one of the best in Norway's far north. The hotel organises a number of winter excursions (including snowmobile safaris and trips to local Sami camps) and fishing in summer.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Senja

    Hamn i Senja

    On the site of a former fishing hamlet, Hamn i Senja is a delightful, self-contained, get-away-from-it-all place that sits in its own little cove. Everything is smart and new, rebuilt after fire ripped through the former premises. Nearby is the small dam that held back the waters for what is claimed to be the world's first hydroelectric plant, established in 1882.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Western Finnmark

    Trasti i Trine

    Some 10km outside Alta and in a forest down by the river, this wonderful wooden lodge is classy, sophisticated and warmly inviting all at once. The on-site husky farm adds loads of personality, the rooms are impeccably turned out and the food is outstanding. The communal living area has a fireplace and overall it's the kind of place you'll never want to leave.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Western Finnmark

    Smarthotel Hammerfest

    From the outside, Smarthotel Hammerfest looks like a stylish designer hotel, so it comes as a pleasant surprise to find simple but stylish contemporary rooms at excellent prices within; prices also drop considerably when things are quiet. The rooms with harbour views are best, and there's a decent buffet breakfast included in the price.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Senja

    Camp Steinfjord

    Opened in April 2017, the renovated rooms here in a lovely wooden former fishing factory combine Scandinavian minimalist style with high levels of comfort. The fjordside setting is lovely, there is a terrific on-site restaurant, and they also rent out fishing gear. Highly recommended.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Western Finnmark

    Wisløff Camping

    One of three excellent riverside campsites in Ovre Alta, 3.5km south of the E6 along the Rv93 to Kautokeino, Wisløff Camping was declared Campground of the Year in 2000, and it still deserves the accolade. Travellers also sing its praises.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Eastern Finnmark

    Ekkerøy Holiday House

    Beloved by birders and those looking for the warmth of a converted wooden Varanger home, this fine place is 15km east of Vadsø and well worth considering as a base for the area, whether you're here for the birdwatching or not.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tromsø

    Tromsø Bed & Books

    Run by a pair of seasoned globetrotters, this lovely establishment has a youthful, hostel-like vibe and has two 'homes', both stuffed with books, retro furniture, old maps and curios, and thoughtfully designed for budget travellers. Noise does carry in the vintage buildings, but that's part of the budget trade-off. There's no breakfast, but both houses have shared kitchens. The office is in the 'Writer's Home' at Strandvegen 45; the 'Fisherman's Home' is a few blocks further along Strandvegen. It's only staffed until 4pm on weekdays and 1pm on weekends, so call ahead.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Eastern Finnmark

    Vadsø Fjordhotell

    With staff who are extremely knowledgeable about local birding (it's also known as Base Camp for Birders) and located close to the trailhead for the Luftskipsmasta, this friendly place has simple but comfy rooms, most of which look out over the water. Breakfast is ample and prices drop the longer you stay. Campervans are also allowed to overnight here.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tromsø

    Scandic Ishavshotel

    This is the prime spot in Tromsø if you want a waterside view – the Scandic Ishavshotel's architecture evokes an ocean-going vessel, complete with a flag-topped mast and crow's nest. The rooms are sleek, smart and businesslike, in oranges and slate-greys. Breakfast is included.

  • Lodging in Western Finnmark

    Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel

    The 30 bedrooms – and beds too – are made entirely of ice, as are the chapel, bridal suite (no complaints of wedding night frigidity so far) and the stunning ice bar with its weird and wonderful sculptures lit by fibre optics. Sorrisniva is south of Alta – drive 16km along the Rv93, then 6.5km along a signposted road. Day visitors are welcome (adult/child 200/50kr). Sorrisniva is also the busy base for winter snowmobiling and summer riverboat trips.

  • Lodging in Eastern Finnmark

    Kiberg Bed & Boat

    In Kiberg, 13km south of Vardø, genial owner Ronny Larsen runs these renovated fisherfolk's sleeping quarters, with lounge and well-equipped guest kitchen. Rooms are trim and tidy and there's no better place in Norway to suck on the limbs of a giant king crab (around 375kr). Ronny can organise four-hour fishing trips and birdwatching walks. Reception is open between 6pm and midnight.

  • Lodging in Senja

    Fjordbotn Camping

    This professionally run campground sits in the heart of northern Senja's spectacular fjord and mountain country, and it can arrange all manner of activities.

  • Lodging in Western Finnmark

    Scandic Hotel Hammerfest

    Constructed in agreeable mellow brick, this hotel has an attractive if somewhat dated bar and lounge, and well-furnished rooms – they're worth it if you get a harbour view, but overpriced if not. Some of the bathrooms are so small that they require a contortionist's flexibility. Its Arctic Menu restaurant, Skansen Mat og Vinstue, serves excellent local fare.

  • Lodging in Western Finnmark

    Thon Hotel Vica

    Right from the stuffed brown bear that greets you at the door, the Vica beckons you in. In a timber-built former farmhouse, it used to be a family-run concern and still retains a more personal feel than many other hotels in this chain. There's a sauna (100kr), steaming outdoor hot tub (wonderful in winter when all around is snowcapped) and a good restaurant.

  • Lodging in Tromsø

    Smart Hotel Tromsø

    The Tromsø outpost of this budget mini-chain offers some of the best rates in town, and it's a fine base – as long as you don't mind basic facilities and institutional decor (battleship-grey is the colour of choice, combined with graffiti-style slogans like 'You Are Smart'). With unexpectedly fluffy pillows and a two-thumbs-up buffet breakfast, it's deservedly popular, so book ahead.

  • Lodging in Tromsø

    Clarion Hotel Aurora

    This stylish 121-room waterside hotel, poking towards the sea like the prow of a ship, is architecturally stunning with its odd angles, aluminium trim, pictures on bedroom ceilings, sauna, and a top-floor hot tub where you can savour the picturesque harbour and mountain views as you bubble and boil. Room rates include breakfast and a light but ample evening meal.

  • Lodging in Western Finnmark

    Scandic Hotel Alta

    Alta's classiest hotel has attractive rooms (some have large photos of the Northern Lights) and excellent service, although some rooms are on the small side. Try for one of the west-facing rooms with views over the Northern Lights Cathedral. The Alta restaurant is also also excellent and there's a bar (closed Sundays).

  • Lodging in Tromsø

    Radisson Blu Hotel Tromsø

    Bedrooms have been comprehensively renovated and an attractive new wing has been grafted onto the solid, rectangular block of the original building. Of its 269 rooms (it's worth the 200kr extra for one in the new wing), around half have harbour views. It runs a decent pub, the Rorbua, and a fine Arctic Menu restaurant.