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Best places to see the Northern Lights

Norway, Norway

Collection of 5 places
A magical beach in the Artic Rambergstranda

The beauty of this white sand beach north of the arctic circle with stunning blue water and mountains as the backdrop is incredible, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Lofoten Islands. The white sandy beach stretches along the small village, between towering mountains and the open horizon of the Arctic Ocean. In the summertime, you can take a refreshing swim. The beach is also an excellent place for enjoying the midnight sun, strolling along the waterfront, bouldering on the big rock or simply sitting on the white sand listening to the waves breaking on the shore. White sand and turquoise blue water; small waves of turquoise blue water wash gently across the white sand while mountain peaks rise into the blue sky above. Typically the words arctic and beach are not usually mentioned together in the same sentence; however, on the Lofoten islands, there are perhaps some of the most spectacular beaches you will ever see.

The northernmost permanent settlement of human life Svalbard Islands

Svalbard is a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. Situated north of mainland Europe, it is about midway between continental Norway and the North Pole. The islands of the group range from 74° to 81° north latitude, and from 10° to 35° east longitude. The most significant island is Spitsbergen, followed by Nordaustlandet and Edgeøya. Administratively, the archipelago is not part of any Norwegian county, but forms an unincorporated area administered by a governor appointed by the Norwegian government. Since 2002, Svalbard's main settlement, Longyearbyen, has had an elected local government, somewhat similar to mainland municipalities. Other settlements include the Russian mining community of Barentsburg, the research station of Ny-Ålesund, and the mining outpost of Sveagruva. Ny-Ålesund is the northernmost settlement in the world with a permanent civilian population. Other settlements are farther north, but are populated only by rotating groups of researchers.

Get inspired by this beautiful island Senja

Senja is the second largest island in Norway (not counting Svalbard). Beautiful Senja is Norway's second largest island, located far above the Arctic Circle: an awe-inspiring mix of sea, mountains, beaches, fishing villages and inland areas, all within a few hours drive. The Oceanside of the island is precipitous with sculptural rocks and colorful fishing villages in sheltered coves. The inland is filled with mountains, lakes and forests, and the mainland-facing coast sports unexpectedly green fields. The scenery in Senja and Central Troms is full of contrasts, with the midnight sun and the northern lights, depending on the season. The distance from the coast to “raw” mountain peaks is short and is an ideal combination for those who participate in winter activities.

Northern Lights favored spot Alta

Alta is the most populated municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. The administrative center of the municipality is the town of Alta. Some of the main villages in the municipality include Kåfjord, Komagfjord, Kvenvik, Langfjordbotn, Leirbotn, Rafsbotn, Talvik, and Tverrelvdalen. The 3,849-square-kilometre (1,486 sq mi) municipality is the 7th largest municipality by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Alta is the 55th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 20,446. The municipality's population density is 5.6 inhabitants per square kilometer (15/sq mi) and its population has increased by 13% over the last decade.

Visit this warm and cultural centre Tromsø

Tromsø is a city and municipality in Troms county, a population of 64,376 as of 1 January 2016. The most populous town north of it is Alta, Norway, with a population of 14,272 (2013). Tromsø lies in Northern Norway. The 2,521-square-kilometre (973 sq mi) municipality is the 18th largest by area out of the 422 districts in Norway. Tromsø is the 9th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 74,541. The municipality's population density is 30.1 inhabitants per square kilometer (78/sq mi) and its population has increased by 15.6% over the last decade. It is the largest urban area in Northern Norway and the third largest north of the Arctic Circle anywhere in the world (following Murmansk and Norilsk).