Northern Norway is one of the most otherworldly places on earth. Sitting above the Arctic Circle, its topography is defined by its coastline of little inlets, lined with dramatic, craggy mountains and breathtaking fjords. The region is ideal for anyone who appreciates spotting rare wildlife, bagging peaks and world-class fishing. Life in this under-populated landscape is peaceful yet a stay here can be quite diverse. Accommodation options range from rural cottages in fishing villages to modern chic apartments in cities such as Tromsø. With these Norway Airbnbs, you’ll not only experience the local culture but have a pretty unique setting to do so.
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Traditional red wooden lodge in Vengsøy
Located on the island of Vengsøy, a one-and-a-half-hour drive and ferry ride from Tromsø, this charming lodge is part of three rentals perched on a little bay. From the cabin, you can sit back and enjoy the northern lights, or take a short walk up the mountain behind to get an optimal viewing experience. During the day, Vengsøy has lots of great hiking routes and is a lovely little island to enjoy other outdoor sports Northern Norway is so famous for.
Six guests, three bedrooms
Modern villa in Tromsø
There is quite a range of accommodation options in Tromsø from plush modern hotels to small boutique options, but staying in an Airbnb apartment will immerse you into the city’s culture. Tromsø is a great launching point for exploring the region and doing day trips to nearby islands. This three-floor apartment is an ideal base, with three modern and comfortable bedrooms, a kitchen, dining room and sitting room with large windows offering a view out over the mountains and sea. The neighborhood is quiet and peaceful but it’s a short stroll from the city center.
Five guests, three bedrooms
Luxury two-bedroom villa in Tromsø
It is no secret that Norway can be an expensive place to visit, but I’ve found the level of hospitality and comfort makes the price point seem fair. This is one of Northern Norway Airbnb’s that is a little more luxurious making it suitable for two couples or a group of friends who want a well-equipt, modern and chic stay in Tromsø. The two-bedroom villa was built in 1921 by one of the cities most famed architects. You’ll want for nothing during a stay here, the lounge comes with a grand piano and the master bedroom’s ensuite has a hot tub and a sauna. There’s even outdoor space on the ground floor where you can sit and enjoy the midnight sun during winter.
Four guests, two bedrooms
New apartment on the Vesterålen archipelago
Your experience in Norway will be defined by its scenery. The country’s architects and Airbnb hosts grasp this. Case in point — the Fabrikken guest suite, a posh new apartment on the Nordland coast. Here you’ll experience Norway’s best sunsets, watching the water ripple onto the sand as the sun settles behind it. With a stocked library and plenty of space for games, this unit is perfect for families. It also gives adventurous parties easy access to the water and the mountains.
Six guests, three bedrooms
Remote studio cabin between Straumsgard and Straumsbukta
You don’t get more remote and off-the-grid than this studio cabin located between the farming area of Straumsgard located a short 40-minute drive from Tromsø. This would be a great option for anyone who wanted to disconnect for a few days and experience rural Northern Norway. The cabin itself is snug and compact with a sofa bed and kitchenette. It is worth noting, that there is no running water — there is a compost toilet outside and a fjord for bathing. This is not uncommon in Scandinavia, but if you’re not ready to embrace the cold water, we recommend visiting during summer.
Two guests, one bedrooms
House by the sea with sauna, perfect for kayakers
If you plan to kayak in Norway, there’s no better place to base yourself than this house by the sea in Vågan, in the heart of Nordland country. Lofoten is prime-time for kayakers and on-water adventurers. But with views like you’ll enjoy from the pad, you may not even want to leave the house. The home is tripped out with high-end living and dining spaces. It’s nearby to the harbor and town center yet sits perfectly in its own solitude, in a tiny hamlet of homes away from the bustle so you can relax on the deck and take it all in.
Twelve guests, five bedrooms
Price: $534 per night