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Tromso: RIB Boat Midnight Excursion to Hella

1. Tromso: RIB Boat Midnight Excursion to Hella

Embark on a RIB-boat photo safari to the islands of Gåsvær, Musvær, and Risøya with the possibility of seeing eagles, cormorants, seals and/or puffins, and beautiful scenery. Be inspired by the incredibly unique evening light from the midnight sun which can only be experienced in places above the Arctic Circle. Start the tour with pick up from outside the Radisson Blu Hotel in Tromso. Walk around the corner to the activity provider's office where you'll get kitted out with warm flotation suits, boots, mittens, goggles, and life jackets. Then, board the RIB boat and begin your adventure. The trip will be fast and exciting as you navigate from A to B slow and scenic as you explore the beautiful landscape, with plenty of opportunities to take pictures.  Navigate towards Gåsvær, Musvær, and Risøya islands and keep your eyes peeled for eagles, cormorants, puffins, seals, and/or harbor porpoises. Dock the boat, and walk 5 minutes to a small boathouse where you can enjoy coffee, tea, and muffins. Admire the beautiful views of fjords, mountains, and wildlife surrounding you. Finally, start the short hike back to the RIB boat and begin your exciting navigation back to Tromso.

Tromsø: Reindeer Sled, Dinner, and Northern Lights Day Trip

2. Tromsø: Reindeer Sled, Dinner, and Northern Lights Day Trip

Experience the magic of the artic on this nighttime reindeer sledding day trip with a bus or van transfer Tromsø. Enjoy a traditional Sami dinner with reindeer herders while they tell you about their culture and their beliefs. Have the chance to spot the northern lights dancing above you.  Board your bus or van in Tromsø and embark on your artic adventure. Stop at a Sami camp and have a chance to feed the herd of around 300 wild reindeer who will eat from your hands. Feel the thrill of riding on a sled pulled by majestic reindeer. Be invited for a cup of hot tea, coffee, or hot chocolate and warm up around the fire inside a candle lit gamme (traditional Sami hut). Taste a three course meal including bidos (a traditional Sami stew which is often served at Sami weddings and other special occasions) cooked over the open fire. Join your hots in a lavuu (Sami tent) and gather round the fire to listen to stories about Sami culture. Learn what it is like to be a reindeer herder. Watch as your guide performs a joik (traditional Sami song).  Step outside to see if the northern lights appear above the reindeer camp. Return to your meeting point in Tromsø at the end your tour. 

Tromsø: Whale and Arctic Wildlife Cruise Safari by Catamaran

3. Tromsø: Whale and Arctic Wildlife Cruise Safari by Catamaran

Experience the pristine beauty of the Arctic landscapes and fjords on a catamaran cruise. Observe native wildlife in their natural habitat with insightful commentary from a local guide. Board a comfortable catamaran in the Tromsø city center. Marvel at the Arctic landscape and the beautiful fjords. Learn about Norway’s wildlife, fishing, aquaculture, local villages, and weather from your knowledgeable guide. Take photos from either the indoor or outdoor viewing decks. Enjoy hot coffee or tea, while admiring the unique natural setting. Pick up snacks at the kiosk on board if you feel hungry. During late October to late January, have the best chance of seeing a humpback whale, killer whale (orca), harbor porpoise, or even a fin whale. Arrive at the whale feeding site and enjoy 1-1.5 hours to take an up-close look at the feast.

Tromsø: Self-Drive Husky Dog Sledding Adventure

4. Tromsø: Self-Drive Husky Dog Sledding Adventure

Embark on a guided sledding experience from Tromsø. Take turns directing the sled or simply enjoy the incredible Arctic scenery. After, trade stories around a warm fire with some hot chocolate and cake. Hop on the comfortable minibus and drive to the kennel on the island of Kvaløya. Once kitted out, head to the kennel and see the 130 Alaskan Huskies, who are always excited to meet guests. Get a short demonstration on how to drive a sled and feel free to ask any questions. Then, follow your guide and meet your huskies. Each pair, one passenger, and one driver will have their own sled. Enjoy several opportunities to swap between roles once the trip starts. Finally, head out to the snow and follow the guide along the trail. Take photos throughout the trip and take in the incredible landscapes. After your 90-minute sledding adventure, make your way into the Sami Lavvo for hot drinks and Hege's famous homemade chocolate cake. Trade stories from the trip around the cozy fireplace until it is time to change out of your suits and hop back on the bus. You will be returned to the pickup point. 

From Tromso: Whale Watching in Magic Skjervoy

5. From Tromso: Whale Watching in Magic Skjervoy

Watch magnificent humpback whales and orcas feed on shoals of herring when they migrate to Skjervoy between November and January. Enjoy a scenic panoramic drive from Tromso to Skjervoy, then hop into a rigid-inflatable boat (RIB) for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Meet at the Scandic Ishavshotel in Tromso bright and early. From here, drive for 3.5 hours to Skjervoy to meet your guide. Once in Skjervoy, receive a warm flotation suit before getting into the RIB. Then, set off on a 2.5-hour whale watching excursion in the Kvaenangen Fjord. Marvel at the natural scenery and keep your eyes peeled for orcas and humpback whales, as well as other local wildlife. After your excursion, refresh with some sandwiches, tea, and coffee before driving back to Tromso.

Tromsø: Guided Husky Sledding with Lunch

6. Tromsø: Guided Husky Sledding with Lunch

Embark on a husky sled ride on a half-day trip from Tromsø. Glide through the snowy Norwegian landscapes and return to camp for a traditional stew. Start this exciting half-day tour with transport from Tromsø. Meet your professional musher, dog sled driver. Once you are well-equipped, the guides will take you for a ride in a sled shared with one or two other guests. Enjoy great views of the mountains surrounding Tromsø, which stretch towards the Balsfjord and Malangen peninsula. After an hour of dogsledding, head back to camp. There, a trained handler will share their stories about animal care, how the dogs are bred and trained, and the history of dogsledding. Cuddle a husky puppy. Then, enjoy a hearty meal of bidos prepared with reindeer meat, broth, and vegetables. A cozy wood fire will be burning in the middle of the tent where a large pot of coffee awaits to warm you up.

Tromso: RIB-Boat Excursion to Hella

7. Tromso: RIB-Boat Excursion to Hella

Departing from Tromso, board a RIB boat, or rigid-inflatable boat - a lightweight but high-performance boat. Set off to explore the beautiful Hella region, navigating along the Ry tidal current. Discover how this current attracts fish, who in turn attract birds. Keep your eyes peeled for lots of local wildlife species during the ride. Dock the boat, and walk 5 minutes to a small boathouse where you can enjoy coffee, tea, and muffins. Admire the beautiful views of fjords, mountains, and wildlife surrounding you. Observe the strength of the current you just navigated. Finally, start the short hike back to the RIB boat and begin your exciting navigation back to Tromso.

From Tromsø: Snowmobile Safari in the Lyngen Alps

8. From Tromsø: Snowmobile Safari in the Lyngen Alps

Based in Lyngen near Tromsø, visit Camp Troll and experience a day of exploration, excitement, and fun on a snowmobile safari. Ride your own snowmobile beneath giant mountains and learn how these spectacular summits inspired Norwegian Folklore. Depart from Tromsø city center by bus which will take you to Breivikeidet where you’ll board the ferry as a foot passenger (included). Get met on the other side at Svensby for further transport. On arrival at base camp, get welcomed by your guide and listen as they detail practical Instructions on how to handle a snowmobile. Watch a safety demonstration and then get changed before heading out. Drive your snowmobile in pairs (one driver and one passenger) and get the opportunity to switch drivers at the halfway point. Travel deep into nature whilst exploring the mythical world of trolls on a scenic trail through the Lyngen Alps. Enjoy time in the beautiful scenery and take pictures, keeping an eye out for the magical trolls you’ll be learning about. Later, head back to the base camp to enjoy a hot meal served around the fire before you depart. With a full stomach, return to the ferry after your tour, where you will return to Tromsø.

From Tromsø: Dogsledding Evening at Camp Tamok

9. From Tromsø: Dogsledding Evening at Camp Tamok

Experience a unique mode of transport in northern Norway on an evening dog sledding adventure through a snowy terrain, surrounded by arctic mountain landscape and scenic fjords. If you are lucky, you will have the magical Northern Lights sky dancing above. You do not need any previous skills to mush your own husky team. Start with pickup from central Tromsø, and travel for 90 minutes to the wilderness center in Camp Tamok. Upon arrival at the camp, receive warm winter clothing and learn about the safety instructions and a practical demonstration from the guides. Two people will share each sled and a dog team. One is the “musher” (driver) and the other can sit back and enjoy the ride. If your group includes children, each child must be accompanied by an adult. You can switch places midway during the 12-kilometer dog sledding trail. After this outdoor adventure, you will be served a hot meal in a traditional northern Norwegian setting around the open fire in a reindeer herder’s tent. After relaxing and warming up, you can board the bus back to the city and reflect on a memorable adventure.

Tromsø: Reindeer Feeding and Sami Cultural Experience

10. Tromsø: Reindeer Feeding and Sami Cultural Experience

Take an unforgettable guided excursion in the north of Tromsø where you will get up-close and personal with friendly reindeer as you hand feed them, learn about the Sami culture, and enjoy a warm lunch with hot drinks. After being picked up in Tromso, take in the scenic views on the way. When you arrive, meet the gentle reindeer. Hand feed them, pet their furry coats, and get plenty of time to capture magical photos with them. Be welcomed into a lavvo-hut (Sámi tent) to warm up. Inside you will be served a range of hot beverages to drink (coffee, tea, chocolate) and a warm meal for lunch. Listen as your guide tells you about the Sami way of life with reindeer. See cultural Sami artifacts and learn some secrets of how to survive in the extreme Arctic environments.

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What people are saying about Tromsø

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 168 reviews

This is a must do when in Tromsø. We were able to walk around freely and meet all of the dogs and even go into the puppy pen and play with them. We then chose to do a ride instead of a self drive and it was so relaxing and beautiful. Our wonderful musher provided us with so much information on racing, the season, how the dogs are cared for, how the weather impacts the sledding, and detailed information about each of our wonderful dogs that were pulling us. Lunch was amazing, with piping hot soup, hot chocolate, and chocolate cake all in a beautiful cozy setting. Each and every staff person we interacted with was informative, caring, and kind. We loved this excursion.

I was going to write that it’s a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience, but I will be back to do it again in a few months. The staff are very friendly and professional, animal welfare is their main priority, and best of all, the dogs love it. A wonderful experience.

It was the most exciting adventure ever. The staff were amazing and the location is breathtaking. I want everyone I know to experience this!

Super schöner Trip, nette Guides, tolle Erklärungen über die Samis und süße Reindeers.

It was a great experience :) I would definitely do it again.