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Troms and Finnmark, Norway

The Hammerfest suburb of Rypefjord, at the northern tip of Norway

Troms and Finnmark

Troms and Finnmark, fanning out to the north of Nordland, are the two northernmost counties in Norway and their total area is huge. Equally importantly, this is the "Land of the Midnight Sun."

Finnmark is the biggest county in Norway but also the least populated. The vast majority of the area is covered by open spaces, fjords, rivers and hills. Finnmark's capital is Vadsø, even though its largest population center is Alta, the city of the northern lights. The most famous spot in Finnmark is the North Cape which, despite its remote location, is one of the 15 most visited attractions in Norway. The northernmost tip of Europe can be found on the island of Magerøya, where the North Cape is located.

As for Troms, half its population lives on islands and Tromsø which, with its very own population of 60,000 people, is by far the biggest city in this region and the biggest in the northern half of Norway. Svalbard, the archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole, is technically a part of the Norwegian kingdom and has become increasingly popular to visit over the last couple of decades.

Last updated November 29, 2010
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