Dog sledding at Villmarkssenteret
Bond with nature on a genuine dog sled. As you glide through the magnificent landscape and relax in the sled, keep an eye out for common and Arctic foxes, owls, eagles, reindeer and elk. In the summer you can visit the Husky Café, where 300 huskies are eagerly awaiting your visit – and entrance is free of charge! Check out the dog farm and cuddle with both adult dogs and puppies, all of them extremely friendly and well-accustomed to visits from adults and children. Read more about Villmarkssenter here.
Tromsø has numerous providers who can facilitate these activities.
Mountain peak tour to Lyngen
Tromsø is perfect for mountain lovers. The Lyngen Alps are known as one of Norway’s most popular off-piste destinations and offer spectacular views and beautiful mountains. What’s more, the Korken ski resort is only 20 minutes from the airport, if you want to visit several alpine slopes.
This is brand new attraction opened in 2020 – a floating sauna in the heart of Tromsø. It can accommodate 10 people for a drop-in and 20 people for a private booking. The sauna is located in the middle of Tromsø Harbour and has a fantastic view. There are separate men’s and women’s changing rooms with showers. All bookings can be made at www.pust.io.
Do you like spas and boating? Vulakana combines both. Vulkana is an old fishing boat converted into a spa with a wood-fired sauna, Zen lounge, restaurant and diving tower. Good food is served on board and you can warm yourself in the hot tub on deck. The vulkana.no website offers various rental packages for groups and individuals. Read more about Vulkana.
Located in the heart of Tromsøya, this beautiful hiking area is 96 m above sea level and is a beloved, year-round hiking destination. The area is a habitat for a wide range of plants and animals, and because it is of great value to waterfowl and outdoor life, it has been protected since 1995 as a Protected Landscape Area with wildlife conservation. In the water swim three-spined sticklebacks and crucian carps, and large floating islands are clearly visible from the shore. These serve as a breeding ground, refuge, and nutrient source for birds. There are many benches along the shore where you can enjoy the sun, bird life or the Northern Lights.
The trail is an easy, round-trip hike and will take you about 30 minutes. You can take Bus 26 or 40 from the city centre and get off at the stop called Prestvannet. You can also park in Langnesveien near Bymyra Barnehage, or walk from the city centre. Read more about the hike at ut.no.
Chasing the Northern Lights
Chasing the Northern Lights is an obvious winter activity in these parts. With a wide choice of Northern Lights excursions in Tromsø, you are sure to find one to suit you. Visit Tromsø offers two options: a Northern Lights Chase or the Northern Lights Experience.
An experienced and knowledgeable guide will take you on a Northern Lights Chase to track down a sighting by car, coach, minibus or boat. The Northern Lights Experience will add scenic thrills to your Arctic visit. Go to visittromso.no for a list of available activities, and use the filter controls to find your ideal experience.
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The Tromsø Cable Car – delivering breathtaking views since 1961
The Tromsø Cable Car (Fjellheisen) takes you 421 metres above sea level in just four minutes, and definitely offers the city’s best views. In summer, the chances of seeing the midnight sun are excellent, while in winter, this is a great place to chase the Northern Lights. The lights of the city twinkle far below the Tromsø Cable Car’s upper station, Fjellstua, greatly improving your chances of seeing the Northern Lights. The restaurant in Fjellstua offers a dinner menu based on local produce, and you can also choose from a café menu of lighter meals. Here’s a tip from the hotel staff: in the summer months, combine hiking and sightseeing by taking the stairs up and the Tromsø Cable Car back down. Read more about the Tromsø Cable Car.
Come set sail on the beautifully restored wooden boat Hermes II from 1917. Here you can enjoy real coastal experiences with a historical vibe. Travel back in time – and feel a sense of peace wash over you as the stillness of the open water 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 vibrantly across the sky, the experience is always magical – even for a native! Read more about the unique boat trip here.
Reindeer feeding with Tromsø Safari AS
A short drive from Tromsø allows you to feed reindeer and try a ride on a reindeer sleigh. You’ll also be able to try your hand at lassoing, listen to joik singing, and experience Sami culture.
For more tips on family holidays in Northern Norway, visit visittromso.no.