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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 reindeer, and the elusive moose. Make several scenic stops along the way, and capture the landscapes with professional photos taken for you throughout the tip. Upon reaching the archipelago islands, we will enjoy an organic homemade light 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.  The seasons in the North are full of charm and character. From autumn colours, to snow capped mountains, with the soft light of polar night, and the feeling of warmth as the sun returns. The melting snow slowly unveils the blooming landscapes as waterfalls begin to flow again.

Tromso: Guided Fjord Expedition & Kvaløya Island with Lunch

3. Tromso: Guided Fjord Expedition & Kvaløya Island with Lunch

The untamed beauty of the Arctic wilderness! This tour will take the visitor through the incredible landscapes offered by the northern fjords, to the islands around the city of Tromsø. 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. 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. Let yourself be carried away by the peace and tranquility of the scenarios that will gradually present themselves before your eyes, but pay attention to the wildlife that we may encounter: sea eagles, reindeer, moose and otters, are just a few examples. A light lunch, consumed by the sea, will be an unforgettable experience. Immerse yourself in the stunning scenes around you and experience what the arctic wilderness has to offer. 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.

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. 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.

Tromso: Scenic & Eco-Friendly Snowshoeing Tour

5. Tromso: Scenic & Eco-Friendly Snowshoeing Tour

Get as close to nature as you can on this unique snowshoeing adventure. Explore Kvaløya island, Norway's fourth-largest island only 25 minutes from Tromsø’s city center. Pass by several fjords before entering the wilderness, surrounded by magic mountains. Walk along the Kaldfjord village and learn about the local wildlife from your experienced local guide. Spot reindeer, moose, and other animals while you pass them on your way. Take advantage of the fantastic numerous photo opportunities before getting back into the low-emission vehicle.

From Tromsø: Northern Lights Chase to Aurora Camps

6. From 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.  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. W arm 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.

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: Arctic Landscapes Sightseeing With Citizen Science

8. Tromsø: Arctic Landscapes Sightseeing With Citizen Science

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 scenery around you and experience what the arctic wilderness has to offer - meanwhile contributing to scientific data collection! 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. During the activity, we'll stop by the water and educate you on our ongoing micro-plastics project. Once you understand the scientific method we are following, we go together to the sand and put the method and knowledge into practice. We'll collect data samples together and the data will be collected and shared with our research partners. This data is important as it will be used to inform policy makers and research institutions about plastics in our oceans. Come with us and your vacation in Northern Norway will contribute to the fight against micro plastics!

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.

Tromsø: Tesla x Fjord Sightseeing

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Kvaløya

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4.8 / 5

based on 1,158 reviews

It was a wonderful 4-hour journey, enriched by stories, I guess, glimpses of those who have lived for a while and have totally integrated into the place. Wonderful colors, fjords, coral beach, first settlement of fishermen, first rural settlement… .. we were lucky enough to meet two reindeer and see two hawks… .. thanks ❤️

We were five people on the arctic fjords tour. The guides was very nice and told us a lot of interesting stuff about the different places that we visited. The places were beautiful and we enjoyed a nice lunch by the beach. Extra points to Cristian, that made us feel very safe while we were on the road would recommend!

I highly recommend this tour! We saw breathtaking spots and explored the islands Kvayola and Sommaroy. Our guide Christian was amazing, very friendly and told us so many interesting things about the fjords, the nature and the country. Thank you very much for this wonderful tour!

It was fantastic, the tour guide was brilliant and kept looking for best locations to see the Aurora and I as successful. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed every minute of it.

A really great tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and explained what we were going to see and visit. Also varied and interesting Highly recommended