Finnmark is the northern most county where Norway swings eastwards; wide, deep fjords and open plains characterise the landscape. It is larger than Denmark in area, but the least populated county in Norway. The unique nature and proximity to the Arctic Ocean attracts an ever increasing number of tourists northwards. People travel here from far and wide to fish salmon in the Alta and Tana Rivers. For many, North Cape is a major tourist centre; you cannot travel any farther north by car than the North Cape.
Troms is an island county. Over half of the county´s population live on islands. The multitude of islands and deep fjords presents great communicational challenges. Previously, the boat was the only alternative; you had to have plenty of time and not a little luck with the weather. Today, bridges and tunnels provide an increasing number of mainland connections. The largest airports, Evenes at Harstad, Bardufoss and Tromsø, connect the county with the rest of Norway and the world beyond. Tromsø airport has a direct service to Murmansk and Archangel in north-west Russia. There is also a direct service to London in the summer. The main town of the county, Tromsø, is also known as the «Paris of the North». Despite the Polar nights, or perhaps because of them, the town is noted for its night life.
On a clear day from Bodø, you can see Lofoten in the north-west. This large island group, which stretches far out into the Norwegian Sea, is one of Norway´s most popular tourist areas. People from all over the world come here to visit the wild scenery and experience the thriving coastal culture. Every year in January, a huge flotilla of fishing boats gathers to catch their share of the amazing quantity of cod. Lofoten has also inspired a large number of artists. Knut Hamsun, one of Norway´s most famous authors, used the Nordland coast as the setting for many of his novels. The Helgeland coast, from Trøndelag to Bodø in the north, has more than 57.000 km of shoreline. The beautiful scenery, with unique mountain formations, has from ancient times given rise to myths and legends which are still very much alive today. The battle against the elements has made the people determined and perhaps a little reckless. North Norwegians are known for their openness and humour.
Alta, Båtsfjord, Berlevåg, Gamvik, Hammerfest, Hasvik, Karasjok, Kautokeino, Kvalsund, Lebesby, Loppa, Nesseby, Nordkapp, Porsanger, Sør-Varanger, Sørøysund, Tana, Vadsø and Vardø
Balsfjord, Bardu, Berg, Bjarkøy, Dyrøy, Gratangen, Harstad, Ibestad, Kvæfjord, Kvænangen, Kåfjord, Lavangen, Lenvik, Lyngen, Målselv, Nordreisa, Salangen, Skjervøy, Skånland, Storfjord, Sørreisa, Torsken, Tranøy, Tromsø and Karlsøy
Alstahaug, Andøy, Ballangen, Beiarn, Bodø, Brønnøy, Bø, Evenes, Fauske, Flakstad, Gildeskål, Grane, Hadsel, Hamarøy, Hattfjelldal, Hemnes, Herøy, Leirfjord, Lurøy, Lødingen, Meløy, Moskenes, Narvik, Nesna, Rana, Rødøy, Røst, Saltdal, Skjerstad, Sortland, Steigen, Sømna, Sørfold, Tjeldsund, Træna, Tysfjord, Vefsn, Vega, Vestvågøy, Vevelstad, Værøy, Vågan and Øksnes.