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30 Sep

12 Coolest Winter Activities in Tromsø

The winter season is a great time to visit the arctic city of Tromsø. Although the city is colder during this period, there are many winter activities to enjoy. In fact, you’ll have some of the most exciting experiences in winter. The northern lights shimmer over Tromsø and the whole city is filled with ice, with a variety of outdoor adventures to heat up with.

Let’s take a look at some of the coolest winter activities in enjoy in Tromsø:

Aurora Glamping

Winter Activities in Tromso

Spend a memorable night glamping in a spectacular arctic setting! The spectacular fjords, the dramatic landscapes and the bright starry sky of Tromso are the perfect backdrop of nature for the dancing Aurora. Don’t miss an opportunity to experience Aurora glamping as you camp under the northern lights in lavish teepees on a cozy, full-size bed.

Whale Watching

Winter Activities in Tromso

The most prolific time for whale watching in Tromso is during the winter months. Embark on a journey through the beautiful fjords, scour the sea for humpback and orcas whales, and take photos while observing their behaviours. You can also fund whale conservation projects by choosing Wild Seas. With our whale watching adventure, you’ll definitely have an absolute whale of a time!

Sleep in a real ice hotel

Ice Hotel Winter Activities in Tromso Photo Source: Visit Tromso

There are just many things about winter in Tromsø that will make you want to come back every season. The winter season means there will be plenty of snow as well as ice. The people of Tromsø have obviously found an amazing use of the surplus ice supply they get from nature every winter season. The construction of the pop-up ice hotel takes about six weeks, and you can stay here during your holiday in Tromsø. Don’t worry the beds are usually covered with warm reindeer hide. The ice hotel opens just before Christmas and stays that way until it begins to melt.

Chasing the Northern Lights

Northern Lights, Winter activities in Tromso

The first time you set your eye on the northern lights (also known as the polar lights), you’re going to think to yourself – “this is the most astonishing lights displays I’ve ever seen”. You’ll love it so much that you’re going to want to chase it around as far as you can. Tromsø is considered one of the best places to see the Northern Lights in Norway. The Arctic city is located in the middle of the Aurora Oval, where there is a high probability of seeing the lights. The northern lights of Tromsø are so beautiful that it’s hard to let go. Feel free to dance around with the lights as it shifts and falls in different shades of green and purple.

Visit the Polaria Aquarium

Winter activities in Tromso

There are so many things to learn about in Tromsø. The northern lights, the Samis, and the Polaria Aquarium. In this place, you’ll get to see the bearded seals and a wide range of fish species, watch film about the arctic wilderness in the panoramic cinema, and interact with researchers. The Polaria boasts a wide range of amazing knowledge-based exhibits that will fascinate you.

Dog sledding

winter activities in Tromso

One way to be mesmerized by the lush beauty of the Tromsø fairy-tale wilderness is to go dog sledding! If you do not like dogs, you’re going to have a change of heart after having an up close and personal experience with these Alaskan huskies. They are so friendly, that you can easily familiarize with them in a few minutes. Imagine speeding through the Norwegian wilderness, sitting on a sled that’s being pulled by some of most adorable and powerful creatures in Norway.

Ice fishing

The lake in Tromso freezes over during winter. However, the freezing does not go so deep to stop the activities of the aquatic creatures in the water. You can sit on a frozen lake, make a fishing hole right next to you, and try to catch a fish.

Cross-country skiing

Winters in Activities

Cross-country skiing is a good blood-pumping heart-warming workout for your winter experience in Tromsø. A few falls in the snow? Yes. But that adds to the fun of this seemingly most Norwegian of all winter activity.

Snowshoeing

Winter Activities in Tromso

Leave your footprint on Norway’s winter wonderland! If you are looking for the perfect place to step into winter adventure, you should head to Tromsø. Snowshoeing is an amazing way to get out and enjoy the winter season in Tromsø, while experiencing all its natural beauty. If you’ll like to mix things up, you can go snowshoeing on days you don’t want to go sledding. Walk through the snow at your own pace, wearing snowshoes designed to make it really easy to walk through the snow.

Reindeer sledding

Winter activities in Tromso Photo Source: VisitTromso

The Sami people of Tromsø, the aboriginal people of Norway have something to bring to the table to make sure your winter experience is as unique as ever. Reindeers are owned by the Samis, and you can have them for a while to go for a reindeer sleigh ride. Just like Santa Clause! You can go reindeer sledding under the Northern lights during the day or at night, and learn about the culture of the Sami people.

Snowmobiling

Winter Activities in Tromso Photo Source: VisitTromso

This is one thing all snow locations have in common. Snowmobiling is a modern way to explore the beautiful landscapes of Tromso. It also offers you the opportunity to venture farther into places you can’t get to by sledding or snowshoeing.

Ride the cable car and get a perfect view from Mount Storsteinen

Winter Activities in tromsoRiding a cable car may not be particularly intriguing, but a wonderful view of the city from mount Storsteinen will make you love every moment of it. You will get the best view of the city and you can even view get a close view of the far surrounding of Tromso.

Looking for things to do in Tromso in Winter? We’ve got a wide range of winter activities you can enjoy during your holiday in the city.

11 May

Adventurous Things to Do in Lofoten Islands

The Lofoten Islands are one of the most scenic destinations in Norway lying 100 miles towards the north of the Arctic Circle. This picturesque wilderness offers a congregation of lofty mountains, pristine beaches, fjords and seabird colonies.

Due to its diverse landscape, it is an ideal destination for hiking, kayaking and wildlife safari. The islands experience a comparatively milder climate compared to its counterparts at the same latitude due to the warm currents from Gulf Stream.

Apart from being encapsulated from the awe-inspiring beauty of this region, there are a plethora of adventurous things to do in Lofoten Islands. Let’s take a look at some of them:

Beach Glamping

Beach glamping in Lofoten - things to do in Lofoten

Glamping on the beautiful beaches of Lofoten is an unforgettable experience. You’ll be hooked as you experience the outdoors in comfort and style. Spend an amazing time on a private beach area near Svolvaer, a slice of paradise where you’ll find the beautiful Lavvu tepees that will blow your mind. Apart from enjoying the luxury beach camping adventure under the midnight sun, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the island and the stunning fjords. You can also indulge in a wide range of spectacular activities such as island cruise, wildlife safari, kayaking, and hiking.

Island Cruise

Take a journey through the ultimate scenic route (the yellow line on the map) and discover the dramatic natural beauty of the Northern Norway. Capture the spirit and soul of your surrounding; lose yourself in the scenic fjords and let the spectacular landscapes take your breath away. Adventure awaits you at every angle!

Goat Farm Tour

Goat Farm Tour - Things to do in Lofoten

If you’re looking for authentic experiences to add to your Lofoten itinerary, a goat farm tour is one of them. As part of the cruise in Lofoten, you can take a tour of a goat farm located in Lødignen community. The tour is a cultural experience, where you will learn about the lifestyle of the locals. You’ll have an opportunity to visit a small museum featuring a variety of cultural artefacts from several generations on the farm. The goat farm is a hidden gem and is really off-the-beaten-path. Watch over 300 goats come home after grazing in the mountain and if you like, you can even milk a goat. The farm is a unique experience and it’s definitely worth a visit.

Golfing under Midnight Sun

Things to do in Lofoten - Golfing under the Midnight sun Photo Source: Visitbodo.com

The beauty of the Lofoten Islands during the winter season can be attributed to the origin of the Northern Lights. However, a more intriguing phenomenon during the summer season is the visibility of sun in the midnight. It hangs around for 24 hours a day in the sky. The Lofoten Links Golf Course has embraced the natural phenomenon offering golfing under the Midnight Sun. Lofoten Links keeps the golf course open all through the nights and days for the months of May to July. If you happen to visit Lofoten during the said months, this is surely an experience that you should not miss.


See Also: Top Reasons to Visit Lofoten Islands Now


Chasing Northern Lights

Northern Lights - visit Tromso

Lofoten’s renowned Northern Lights viewing attracts people from all over the world during its season. Northern Light is a magnificent natural phenomenon, which displays an extraordinary dance of green, pink, yellow, and blue lights glowing directly above in the Arctic. Lofoten Islands are some of the best places to chase Northern Lights in Norway. It is one of the most beautiful sights to see with its swirls of colours glistening across the sky at night. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience this magical natural display in Lofoten.

Prepare Cod Liver Oil

Many may not consider preparing Cod Liver Oil adventurous, but it is when combined with sea fishing and fishing boat trips. Norway is renowned for the production of Cod Liver Oil and you’ll find a factory producing the oil in Lofoten. You may choose visit a nearby cod liver oil factory in Lofoten unless the fishy aroma of the surrounding can potentially sicken your guts. Cod Liver Oil is known to be high in Omega-3 contents along with Vitamin D and A. You can make Cod Liver Oil and sample it with the finest Caviars or some crackers and crème fresh. The old cod-liver oil factory in Å is an amazing place to visit and learn about its health effects.


See Also: Reasons Everyone Should Visit Tromso Once in Their Life


Sea Kayaking

Sea kayaking takes your water adventures to another level! Paddle a kayak through the Norwegian Sea to get up close and personal with Lofoten’s exclusive marine wildlife. If you are lucky you will meet interesting wildlife along the way as you slice through the waves such as the majestic sea eagles, whales and the sea birds. Indulge in a cruise adventure and kayak experience in Skrova Island, Lofoten’s little Hawaii.

Horseback Riding

Explore the ancient Viking settlement on horseback and discover the magnificent serenity and beauty Lofoten Islands have to offer. You can choose to saddle up by day or under the midnight sun at night and gallop through the beautiful beaches of Lofoten. Horseback riding is an enchanting adventure you wouldn’t want to miss during your visit to Lofoten Islands.

Guided Hiking

Hiking in Lofoten’s little Hawaii

Hiking in Lofoten Islands is an amazing way to connect with its spectacular landscapes including mountains. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or an experienced hiker, you can go hiking in Lofoten on your own or in a group with a guide with a lot of experience. Hiking is one of the great ways to see the uniqueness of the Norwegian wilderness and have a chance to see a variety of wildlife species.

In conclusion, visiting Lofoten may leave you in an absolute euphoric state. This is one place that offers you a wide range of things to do, each of which will surprise you pleasantly. Check out our popular winter and summer packages for an unforgettable Norwegian holiday.