Full speed to the mountains
Since 1961, the Fjellheisen has provided the city’s best view by far, with cable cars taking you up to Storsteinen 421 metres above sea level in four minutes. In the summer, the chances of experiencing the midnight sun are high, while in winter it is a good place to hunt for the northern lights. From Fjellheisen’s upper station, Fjellstua, the city lights are distant, and the opportunities for seeing the northern lights become better. In Fjellstua, dinner is served using local ingredients, or you can choose appetisers from a cafe menu. A good tip is to take the Sherpa steps up in the summer and the cable car down, so you get to combine both hiking and sightseeing.
Wild, beautiful and woof
In the past, dog sledding was an important means of transport in the north, while today it is mostly a sport and lifestyle for many locals, as well as a fun activity for both children and adults. Tromsø Villmarksenter is located on Kvaløya about 25 minutes from Tromsø, and offers various dog sledding tours in winter between November and April. As you move through the beautiful landscape and relax in the sled, you can look out for foxes and snow foxes, owls, eagles, reindeer and elk, and really get up close to nature behind eager dogs. In the summer, the Husky Café is also open, with 200 huskies waiting for a visit – completely free of charge! Visit the dog run and cuddle up with both adult dogs and puppies; all super sweet and well used to visits from adults and children. There are several companies in Tromsø that offer dog sledding, see overview here.
Unique boat trip
Take a trip with the beautifully restored wooden boat Hermes II from 1917. It offers authentic coastal experiences with historical notes. Go back in time – and feel the tranquillity that descends when the silence of the sea mixes with the rhythmic pulse of the old boat engine. Whether Tromsø’s midnight sun makes it impossible to separate day from night, or the veil of the northern lights dances across the sky, the experience is magical.
Meet reindeer and experience Sami culture
Have you dreamt of meeting reindeer up close, or would you like to learn more about the history and culture of the Sami? Tromsø Safari offers a number of different experiences a short drive from Tromsø, where you can join in feeding the reindeer, ride in a reindeer sleigh, test your lasso-throwing skills, hear joik and enjoying a traditional Sami meal.
Northern lights hunt
In the winter, the hunt for the northern lights is an obvious activity. With a wide range of northern lights excursions in Tromsø, you’re sure to find something that suits you. Via Visit Tromsø, you can choose between two forms of excursions: Northern lights hunting or northern lights experiences. During a northern lights hunt you will be accompanied by an experienced and knowledgeable guide to hunt the northern lights by car, bus, minibus or boat. The northern lights experience offers a little extra adventure during your Arctic visit. You can find an overview of activities at visittromso.no, where you can filter your way to the perfect experience for you. Either way, seeing the Aurora Borealis dance across the sky is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience.
Snowmobile safari to Lyngen
Tromsø is surrounded by beautiful nature, but the Lyngen Alps offer perhaps the most majestic landscape. If you want to explore the nature here, and at the same time like speed and excitement, you can join Tromsø Safari on their snowmobile safari. During the trip, there will be time for both playing in the snow and taking pictures of the scenery, before fresh fish soup is served in the camp.
Meet the giants of the sea
Whale watching is probably on every adventurer’s "bucket list", and in Tromsø there are several great ways to experience the majestic animals. Every winter, from November to January, the whales migrate to the coast of Troms in search of food, and on a whale watching trip you can experience humpback whales, killer whales, fin whales and porpoises up close. At Tromsø Safari, you can choose between whale watching in a RIB boat or on a quiet hybrid boat, equipped with an underwater drone and microphone.
Breathe in, breathe out
Whether you want to soothe aching summit hiking muscles or are simply looking for a unique and relaxing experience, you should check the floating sauna Pust. The sauna is located in the middle of Tromsø harbour and offers fantastic views and bathing opportunities right outside the door. Choose between drop-in or book the whole sauna for yourself. The sauna also has its own men’s and women’s changing rooms with showers. In Telegrafbukta there is also a wood-fired sauna on wheels with room for eight people, with bathing opportunities from the pier. Perfect for your group of friends, colleagues or the family!
Spa at sea
Approximately in the middle of the city centre, an old fishing boat has been given a new lease of life as the Vulkana spa boat, and there is quite a bit on board! Here you can jump into the hot tub with salt water, find peace in the zen lounge or try out the Turkish hamam. And the hardiest ones can jump in the cold plunge pool before entering a wood-fired sauna. The boat also has its own restaurant and bar, and launches various fjord cruises from Tromsø – as well as hosting different spa experiences in the harbour. Perfect if the weather gods get in the way – or you are just looking for a completely unique experience.
Captivating film festival
Tromsø International Film Festival (TIFF) is held in January each year, and is Norway’s largest film festival if measured by the number of visitors. As well as being popular with the public and film-loving cinema-goers, the festival is an important meeting place for the Norwegian and international film industry. Here you are guaranteed unique and great film experiences – also outdoors, as it is dark and the opportunities for outdoor cinema are good.