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Kvaløya: Our most recommended tours and activities

Tromsø: Self-Drive Husky Dog Sledding Adventure

1. 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 Tromsø: Small-Group 4x4 Arctic Roadtrip

2. From Tromsø: Small-Group 4x4 Arctic Roadtrip

Head off on a 4x4 adventure to explore Norway's Arctic wildlife and landscapes. Go exploring in a 4x4 van equipped for off-road adventures. On your way to Kvaløya island, enjoy the ever-changing landscapes, and be sure to look out for roaming wildlife. Have the possibility to spot soaring sea eagles, native reindeers, and the shy moose. There will be several scenic photo stops along the way, pictures will be shared with you after the trip. Upon reaching the archipelago islands, enjoy an organic, homemade vegan picnic, and a warm drink. As you continue through the mountain valley, pass quaint fishing villages, and make a final stop at one of the most dramatic fjords on the island. Sit back, relax, and breathe in the calmness and quietness of life in the Arctic. This tour will run in any weather; rain, wind, and snow are part of an authentic Norwegian experience.

Tromso: RIB-Boat Excursion to Hella

3. 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.

Tromsø: Arctic Fjord Cruise by Hybrid-Electric Catamaran

4. Tromsø: Arctic Fjord Cruise by Hybrid-Electric Catamaran

Depart from Tromsø and set off to explore the bays, straights, and fjords of the Arctic which are rich in wildlife and history. Make a few stops en route including at modern fish farms, small fishing villages, and ancient island communities on the outside of Kvaløya or ‘whale island’. Watch as the crew deploys an underwater drone to see the rich marine life found in the crystal clear shallows. Purchase drinks and a warm lunch on board, to enjoy while taking in the magnificent panoramic views.

Tromsø: Northern Lights Chase to Aurora Camps

5. Tromsø: Northern Lights Chase to Aurora Camps

Maximize your chances of seeing the Northern Lights on this exciting trip combining a Northern Lights and a visit to an Aurora Camp. With 10 years of experience in Northern Lights tourism, the focus is on quality, comfort, and ensuring guests have a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Set off by bus from Tromsø to chase the Northern Lights. Where you head depends on the Aurora and weather forecasts. Your experienced guides will find the best photo stop with excellent conditions and a scenic backdrop. Your guides are also professional photographers and will help you with your camera settings so you can take your own photos. After 2 or more hours, drive to one of the exclusive Aurora Camps. The three camps, located in the Tomok Valley, Lyngen and Kvaløya, each have 2 comfortable lavvus (Sami tents) and toilet facilities. Divide into two smaller groups, each with your own lavvu and guide. The decision of which camp to go to will be left as late as possible so the guides can see where the Northern Lights are dancing. Warm stew with flatbread and either fishcakes or sausages will be served. Warm winter clothes and tripods are also available. Of course, guaranteed sightings of the Northern Lights cannot be assured as they are a natural phenomenon, but your guides promise to use all their experience to maximize your chances of a successful chase.

Tromsø: Arctic Landscapes Sightseeing Shore Excursion

6. Tromsø: Arctic Landscapes Sightseeing Shore Excursion

The tour starts with pickup from Tromsø and heads out into the natural landscape of the surrounding fjords to the west side of the city. Immerse yourself in the stunning scenes around you and experience what the arctic wilderness has to offer. First stop is Kvaløya, one of Norway’s biggest and most beautiful islands. Here, take advantage of the viewpoint to admire the breathtaking landscapes of the fjords, mountains, beaches, lakes, forests, and small villages in the countryside of Tromsø. Listen to your guide talk about the native flora and fauna of the region and watch out for the variety of wildlife that lives here including otters, reindeer and sea birds. When you’ve built up an appetite from your wilderness exploration, enjoy a picnic in the peaceful atmosphere surrounded by the stunning views and sounds of nature.

From Tromsø: Snowshoe Hiking Tour and Husky Camp Visit

7. From Tromsø: Snowshoe Hiking Tour and Husky Camp Visit

Walking on top of a deep layer of snow, listen to the steady rhythm of your breath. A gorgeous mountain landscapes stretches as far as the eye can see; let the image sink into your mind. For the locals, hiking is more than just another outdoor activity, it is the most intimate way to experience nature. Immerse yourself in the moment and let things fall into perspective; clear your head and refill your batteries. Follow your guide into the Arctic wilderness and experience it all for yourself. The exact route will be determined based on the weather conditions and wishes of the group. If the weather allows, enjoy your homemade chocolate cake and something hot to drink on the trail while taking in the views. Otherwise, indulge in the snack around an open fire at the husky camp upon return. Get to know the fluffy friends and their puppies before heading back to Tromsø.

Tromsø: Tesla x Fjord Sightseeing

8. Tromsø: Tesla x Fjord Sightseeing

The Arctic is a magical place that offers special moments through and around the fjords during the midnight sun months that can only be found above the Arctic circle. This tour is a scenic and educational sightseeing tour in which you will explore the fjords in the Arctic landscape around the Tromsø region. Your tour will begin after meeting at the local operators base camp in central Tromsø for a quick briefing and overview of the area you will explore. You will head out in your Tesla Model X with a personal guide who will be with you for the entire duration of the tour. This tour offers the perfect combination for those looking to explore the fjords that face the Atlantic ocean, while enjoying the genuine setting of a small group and an experienced guide. During the tour you will be taken to 3 main spots located on the island of Kvaløya. Your first stop is Ersfjord, a local coastal village that has traditionally been a fishing village - now a stunning fjord popular for visitors, and great for those looking to take photos. The next location to visit is Sommarøy, a small island connected to Kvaløya via a bridge. Sommarøy is known for it’s stunning nature with crystal clear blue water and sandy beaches with peak mountains in the background which gives you a dramatic view of the Arctic landscape. The last stop for the route is Hella, where you can find old rock carvings. The fjord side road passing through Hella is a treat for all senses. During one of the stops above, you will be served a light picnic consisting of wraps and hot drinks. Depending on time, you may make a few other stops at photogenic locations and if you are lucky you may spot reindeer, moose, eagles and other wildlife along the way. This tour is for the entire family, and you will get the opportunity to ask questions, take pictures and stretch your legs in the amazing Arctic environment that we love so much.

Tromso: Private RIB Speedboat Tour of Hella

9. Tromso: Private RIB Speedboat Tour of Hella

Discover the wildlife of Hella on this speedboat from a centrally-located meeting point in Tromso. Navigate along the Ry tidal current which attracts local fish and birds. Take a short hike to a boathouse for some delicious snacks and hand-warming beverages. Take a seat on the comfy sofa in the reception area of the Radisson Blu hotel and wait for your skipper to greet you. Make your way to the comfortable boat and take in the stunning coastline on the trip through the Ry tidal current to Hella. In our approach to beautiful Hella, we will navigate along the Ry tidal current. This current attracts fish, and fish attract birds, so we will see and hear lots of nature while docking. Keep a lookout for seabirds like the white-tailed eagle and the colorful eider. Dock in Hella and take a short walk to a cozy boathouse. Be served piping hot coffee and tea paired with mouth-watering muffins. Gaze out at breathtaking views of fjords, mountains, and local birds. Witness the power of the current that the boat just navigated thorugh. Head back to the boat and relax on the trip back to Tromso. End your tour just behind the Radisson Blu hotel.

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What people are saying about Kvaløya

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,125 reviews

Nick was very good and explained all about local culture and history. We had very good sunny day after couple of rainy day, trip made natural wow factor as we go. Nick tried to capture our photos as well as given opportunity to take ample photos for our own. Various photo stops was great considering sunny day. Snow covered mountains and fjords was looking great .

This is about the best thing ever! If you love dogs (and even if you don't) it's a great day out. The scenery is amazing, the people running it are great and the dogs are super friendly and just love to run. Really good clothing and boots provided and coffee and cake afterwards in a stove warmed cosy yurt. Plus loads of time to fuss the dogs!

It was an amazing experience, the dogs, the guides and the whole experience was just perfect, they introduced everything in detail, you have the opportunity to drive the slide by your own which made the experience unique. Thank you all so much for the really great experience.

Amazing experience, even better than we imagined. Driving our own sled was unique and fun. The staff were lovely and explained everything really well. The dogs were all adorable and very friendly. We really couldn't have hoped for better and highly recommend it!

Great excursion, guides were very friendly and informative. Beautiful scenery and the dogs were amazing. All very friendly and ready to go.