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Introduction

At a latitude of nearly 70 degrees north, Tromsø is the largest city in the Nordic countries north of the Arctic Circle. Surrounded by the Lyngen Alps, vast forests, blue fjords and an archipelago of hundreds of islands, this lively university city has much to offer the visitor whether summer or winter.

The winter months, with its moderate arctic climate of c. -4°C, brings the natural phenomena of the Polar Nights (November 21 and January 21) and Northern Lights (September to April) as well as a host of activities to suit all interests from dog-sledding, glacial walking, snowmobile safaris and snow shoe excursions. Read more about winter activities in Tromso.
 
For two months in the summer (May 21 to July 21) the Midnight Sun is visible and the mild temperatures (average of 12 degrees rising to a maximum of 28 degrees) make this the perfect time of year to explore the beautiful landscape around the city or wander in the countryside.

The evocative and lively city of Tromsø, with its mix of wooden buildings and modern developments, has much to offer the visitor. Popular attractions include: the Polar Museum which tells the exciting story of the polar expeditions which departed from the city; the much photographed Arctic Cathedral which, during the summer months, plays hosts to midnight concerts; Polaria, an arctic themed visitor centre, Tromsø museum with its exhibition of Sámi cultures past and present, and the wonderful cable car ride to the top of Mount Storsteinen (421m) which affords a fantastic view over the city and the surrounding archipelago.

Surrounding Tromsø is a breathtaking landscape of lofty mountains, traditional fishing villages, vibrant coastal communities, green fertile lands and white sand beaches. Contrasting with modern Tromsø, within a short drive you will find a landscape almost untouched by time and age-old traditions still very much alive.

The Lyngen Alps with its peaks reaching up to 1833m, gushing rivers, blue glaciers, rugged, weather beaten lands and marked walking trails are wonderful to explore by car or on foot.

Protecting Tromsø is the island of Kvaløya – Whale Island – a photographer’s dream with its steep mountains falling into the fjords and colourful fishing villages. From Kvaløya it is possible to visit the islands of Musvaer (2 inhabitants), Risøy (1 inhabitant) and Lofoten Husky dog-sled excursion Sandøy (3 inhabitants) and truly experience the meaning of island life.

In the winter months the snow-capped mountains of Kvaløya Island and the mainland form a magical backdrop for the city of Tromsø. With the winter months in Tromsø comes the natural phenomena of the Polar Nights (November 21 to January 21) and the Northern Lights (September to April), as well as a host of activities to suit all interests.

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Winter Activities from Tromso

Aurora Hunt by minibus

We have chosen a company which specialises in small-group tours and which offers a personalised service. Our Aurora hunt offers a high chance that you too will feel goosebumps and a rush of emotion, as the Aurora waves at you from the skies above. A sighting of the Northern Lights is a moving and exhilarating experience and one which will cement Tromsø in your memories forever.

  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Available: Daily at 19:00hrs (01 Nov-31 Mar)
  • Price: £155.00 per person.

Notes:

  • Pick up from Pick up from Clarion Hotel The Edge.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to excursion time.
  • The destination of the tour will be determined by the local climate conditions.
  • Maximum group size is 16 participants.
  • Winter clothing is available.
  • Hot drinks included.
  • Your local guide will help you adjust your camera settings (if required) to enable you to capture the magical moment the Aurora Borealis appears in the sky above your head.  Tripod available. 


Arctic Adventure Dog Sled Tour

Experience the fantastic arctic landscape on this personal, small group dog-sled tour. With two people to a sled, each guest will have the opportunity to mush (steer) their own team of dogs, as well as enjoying time as a passenger watching the world go by. The scenery on the island of Kvaloya, where the kennels are based, is beautiful and the shimmering water of the fjords will accompany you on the tour.

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Departure: Daily at 09:00hrs, 11:00hrs and 13:00hrs  (01 Nov-22 Mar)
  • Price: £178.00 per adult / £89.00 per child (10-12yrs)

Notes:

  • Pick up from Scandic Ishavshotel.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to excursion time.
  • The transfer to/from the excursion by minibus/coach takes approximately 30 minutes each way.
  • Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes is spent on board the sled.
  • The rental of snowmobile overalls, boots, gloves and hat is included.
  • Each sled accommodates two people (one driver and one passenger - who take it in turns to mush).
  • A hot drink and cake will be served at the end of the tour.


A Husky Ride Under the Dark Arctic Sky

The Northern Lights are magical and fascinating and Tromso is synonymous with this natural phenomenon, being positioned directly under the Aurora corridor. We cannot guarantee that you will see the Aurora Borealis but, we can confirm that this personal, small-group tour will offer an exciting hands-on experience regardless.

Each sled accommodates two people and each guest will have the opportunity to mush (steer) their own team of dogs, as well as enjoying time as a passenger.

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Departure: Daily at 16:00hrs and 18:00hrs (01 Nov-22 Mar)
  • Price: £178.00 per adult / £89.00 per child (10-12yrs)

Notes:

  • Pick up from Scandic Ishavshotel.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to excursion time.
  • The transfer to/from the excursion by minibus/coach takes approximately 30 minutes each way.
  • Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes is spent on board the sled.
  • The rental of snowmobile overalls, boots, gloves and hat is included.
  • Each sled accommodates two people (one driver and one passenger - who take it in turns to mush).
  • A hot drink and cake will be served at the end of the tour.


Dog Sled Tour

This tour operates during the day and also in the evening (Northern Lights experience).
This 10km dog-sled tour will take you through the beautiful arctic landscape of the Tromso region of Norway. Sit back, relax, enjoy the silence and watch the world go by from the seat of your sled, or try your hand at mushing.

At the end of your tour you will return to Camp Tamok where a hot meal will be served in a lavvu.

  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Departure: Daily at 09:00hrs or 17:00hrs (15 Nov-31 Mar)
  • Daytime price: £208.00 per adult / £104.00 per child (4-15 years)
  • Evening price: £182.00 per adult / £91.00 per child (4-15 years)

Notes:

  • Pick-up from outside the Scandic Ishavshotel by the harbour.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to excursion time.
  • The transfer to/from the excursion by minibus/coach takes approximately 75 minutes each way.
  • A hot meal is included and served in a lavvu (Sami tent).  Please advise any dietary requirements at the time of booking.
  • The rental of snowmobile overalls, boots, gloves, headwear.
  • Each sled accommodates two people (one driver and one passenger - who take it in turns to mush).


Northern Lights Chase with Norwegian Charm

In old Lapp folklore the Northern Lights represented a powerful energy source that could be harnessed by shamen to solve the community’s problems. The lights could also help cure sickness, and shamen would make “spirit journeys” into the aurora to enable the sick to be cured. They could be dangerous too: it was believed that if you whistled under the Northern Lights, they would swoop down and take you away into the sky.

This small group (16 people) tour you will take you away from the artificial lights of Tromso in search of the Northern Lights. During your drive you will be told interesting facts about the Aurora Borealis, both scientific and folklore.

Your local guide will help you adjust your camera settings (if required) to enable you to capture the magical moment the Aurora Borealis appears in the sky above your head.

  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Departure: Daily at 19:15hrs (15 Sep-31 Mar. No tour between 23 Dec - 26 Dec and 31 Dec - 01 Jan)
  • Price: £117.00 per adult / £81.00 per child (5-11yrs)

Notes:

  • Pick up from Pick up from Scandic Ishavshotel.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to excursion time.
  • The destination of the tour will be determined by the local climate conditions.
  • A winter overall is provided.
  • Hot drink and cake included.
  • Your local guide will help you adjust your camera settings (if required) to enable you to capture the magical moment the Aurora Borealis appears in the sky above your head.  Tripod available for use.


Northern Lights Reindeer Sled Tour

Try reindeer sledding, the oldest means of travel in the north, on this 4 hour excursion. Under the cover of darkness, there is also the chance to see a display of the Aurora Borealis.
After your tour, you will be served a hot traditional Sami meal whilst your guide shares stories about life in the Arctic and performs a joik (traditional Sami song).

This is a small-group tour operated by a locally-owned company. If you want to learn about life in the Arctic and the Sami people, their way of life, their history and their animals, this would be an ideal tour to choose.

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Departure: Daily at 18:00hrs (01 Nov-20 Mar) and 19:00hrs (21 Mar-31 Mar)
  • Price: £172.00 per adult / £87.00 per child (4-12years)

Notes:

  • Pick up from Radisson Blu Hotel.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to excursion time.
  • The transfer to/from the excursion by minibus/coach takes approximately 30 minutes each way.
  • Winter clothing included.
  • A traditional Sami meal is included.  Please advise any dietary requirements at the time of booking.


Reindeer Sled Tour in the Lyngen Alps

Reindeer sledding is one of the oldest forms of transport in Northern Norway and an integral part of the Sami lifestyle, history and culture. Your reindeer excursion offers the opportunity to learn about the indigenous Sami people and to try lasso-throwing (the way the Sami people still catch their reindeer today). To conclude this excursion, you will be served a hot meal.

Daytime trips give you an amazing view of the wild mountains in the area, and evening trips in the period November - March will give you a good chance to experience the Northern Lights.

  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Deaprture: Daily at 09:00hrs or 17:00hrs (15 Nov-31 Mar)
  • Daytime price: £196.00 per adult / £98.00 per child (4-15 years)
  • Evening price: £172.00 per adult / £87.00 per child (4-15 years)

Notes:

  • Pick up from outside The Scandic Ishavshotel by the harbour.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to excursion time.
  • The transfer to/from the excursion by minibus/coach takes approximately 1 hour 15 minutes each way.
  • A hot meal is included and served in a lavvu (Sami tent). Please advise any dietary requirements at the time of booking.
  • The rental of snowmobile overalls, boots, gloves, headwear is included.
  • Each sled accommodates two people and is pulled by one reindeer. Please note that sleds are led in a convoy by a guide and are linked together.


Reindeer Sled and Sami Culture Tour

This is a small-group tour operated by a locally-owned company. If you want to learn about life in the Arctic and the Sami people, their way of life, their history and their animals, this would be an ideal tour to choose.

The excursion includes a reindeer sledding experience (3km) and the opportunity to try lasso throwing. There is also plenty of time to ask questions of your local guide and to listen to their stories. You will even be treated to a joik performance (a traditional Sami song).

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Departure: Daily at 10:00hrs (01 Nov-30 Apr)
  • Price: £172.00 per adult / £87.00 per child  (4-12years)

Notes:

  • Pick up from Radisson Blu Hotel.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to excursion time.    
  • The transfer to/from the excursion by minibus/coach takes approximately 30 minutes each way.
  • Winter clothing included.
  • Hot traditional Sami meal (bidos) and hot drinks included.  Please advise any dietary requirements at the time of booking.


Snowmobile Tour

This tour operates during the day and also in the evening (Northern Lights experience).
This 30km tour travels through the valley of Finn to the lake of Tamok, crossing frozen lakes and rolling hills en route. As you climb higher on the mountainside wonderful views over the surrounding nature will be unveiled.  A hot meal is served at the end of the experience.

  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Departure: Daily at 09:00hrs or 17:00hrs (1 Dec-31 Mar)
  • Evening price: £182.00 per adult (shared snowmobile) / £91.00 per child (7-15 years) / £349.00 per adult (private snowmobile)
  • Daytime price: £208.00 per adult (shared snowmobile) / £104.00 per child (7-15 years) / £398.00 per adult (private snowmobile)

Notes:

  • Pick-up from outside The Scandic Ishavshotel by the harbour.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to excursion time.
  • The transfer to/from the excursion by minibus/coach takes approximately 75 minutes each way.
  • A hot meal is included and served in a lavvu (Sami tent).  Please advise any dietary requirements at the time of booking.
  • Clients drive the snowmobile in pairs taking turns to be the passenger.
  • The rental of snowmobile overalls, boots, gloves and a helmet is included.
  • To drive a snowmobile, participants must hold a valid driving licence and be aged 18 years or old.


Tromso Ice Domes

The Tamok Valley is surrounded by beautiful mountains, and each winter the Tromso Ice Domes are sculpted out of snow and ice.

On arrival at Tromso Ice Domes, you will be greeted by your guide who will share their knowledge about the construction process and about the impact the snow has for the survival of our arctic animals.  Before your guided tour begins you will be offered a non-alcoholic ice shot at the ice bar.

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Departure: Daily at 09:30hrs and 13:00hrs (10 Dec-15 Apr)
  • Price: £93.00 per adult /  £47.00 per child (4-10 years) excluding lunch
  • Price: £118.00 per adult /  £72.00 per child (4-10 years) including lunch

Notes:

  • Pick up from outside Clarion Hotel The Edge.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to excursion time.
  • The transfer to/from the excursion by minibus/coach takes approximately 75 minutes each way.


Whale watching and Fjord Cruise by Catamaran

During the winter months, herring is known to migrate through the waters of Northern Norway, all the way from the Lofoten to the Tromso archipelago and beyond. Accompanying the herring are pods of hungry humpback whales, orca, minky whale, fin whale, harbour Porpoise and white-beaked Dolphin.

The scenery of the Tromso archipelago is a sight to behold especially in early November and late January when the sun rises above the horizon after the period of the polar nights.

You may also see other wildlife such as white-tailed eagles, guillemots, shags, little auks and seals can sometimes be seen resting on the cliffs.

  • Duration: 3-7 hours
  • Departure: Daily at 09:00hrs (1 Nov-25 Jan)
  • Price: £150.00 per adult / £75.00 per child (4-12 years)

Notes:

  • Departs from the Quayside by Kystens Hus near the main square, Stortorget.  Please arrive 15 minutes before departure.
  • Maximum group size is 144.
  • A hot drink is included.
  • Life jackets are available.
  • We cannot guarantee that you will see a cetacean.


Wildlife, Culture and Scenery Tour by RIB boat

On this Arctic adventure you will explore the fjords and archipelago surrounding Tromso on a rib boat. The scenery is breathtaking so make sure that you have your camera ready for pictures.

This area, warmed by the Gulf Stream and rich in seafood, is a haven for wildlife. From your zodiac rib boat you are likely to see a variety of seabirds including white-tailed eagles, little auk, yellow-billed loon and the king eider. From March, migrating puffins, guillemots, theist and storm petrels may also be observed.

  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Departure: Daily at 09:00hrs (1 Nov-31 Mar)
  • Price: £112.00 per person

Notes:

  • Pick up from Pick up from Scandic Ishavshotel.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to excursion time.
  • The transfer to/from the excursion by minibus/coach takes approximately 50 minutes each way.
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • Minimum group size is 2. Maximum group size is 30
  • Warm flotation suits are provided.
  • A hot drink is included.
  • A rigid hull inflatable boat is used. The boats carry a maximum of 12 people (one boat carries 6 people seated and 6 people standing; one boat carries 12 people seated; one boat carries 7 people seated).
  • Important: Pregnant women or any person suffering from back problems are not allowed on the RIB boats.

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