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Things to do in Sommarøy, Norway

Sommarøy: Our most recommended tours and activities

Tromsø: Winter Sea Kayaking Guided Tour with Snacks

1. Tromsø: Winter Sea Kayaking Guided Tour with Snacks

Put on your drysuit and hop into your kayak as you paddle around the Arctic sea in winter. See birds, seals, and otters. Get off your kayak at a nice beach as you savor snacks and hot drinks on the seashore. Enjoy a transfer to and from Tromsø city center. Come to the meeting point where you will receive a safety briefing and introduction to winter sea kayaking from your certified local guide. Watch as the guide picks a suitable location according to the weather conditions. Put on your drysuit and get ready for your kayaking adventure. Board your double kayak. Choose a single kayak if you can show sufficient kayaking skills. Appreciate the crystal clear water and clean air of the Norweigan winter or fall as you row in the sea in the Kaldfjorden or Eidkjosen area. Look out for common eiders gathering urchins. Observe White-tailed Sea Eagles scouting for prey and witness an otter swimming away with its latest fish catch. Have the chance to be followed by a seal swimming by your side as you tour the islands, sounds, and archipelagoes. Arrive at a beach halfway through your adventure and explore the shore. Enjoy a snack and some hot beverages. Warm yourself up and prepare for the journey back. Finish your tour at the activity center.

Tromsø: Subarctic Fjord Private Tour with Hotel Pickup

2. Tromsø: Subarctic Fjord Private Tour with Hotel Pickup

Discover the wild Arctic on this guided tour of the Tromso Fjord See sparkling white beaches, and visit small communities and villages in the area. Stop for lunch in picturesque surroundings. Get picked up at your hotel and head towards Sommarøy, the Summer Island, which is a group of islands in the open sea. Here you can find some of the most scenic white beaches in the region. Pass through small communities along the fjord and learn about their unique traditions. Keep your eyes open to spot reindeers, sea eagles, and other birds near the fjord, and marine animals along the coast. Stop for lunch in a picturesque spot and make sure to snap plenty of photos.

Tromsø: Northern Lights Chase with Free Photos

3. Tromsø: Northern Lights Chase with Free Photos

Join this expert-led, small-group excursion to see nature's finest light show. Take part in a chase where the destination changes depending on the best chance of seeing the lights. Sometimes the drive will be out to the coast, sometimes inland, and other times past three fjords up to the Finnish border. The final decision is left as late as possible to maximize your chance of seeing the majestic lights dancing in the sky. Hop in the van and meet your group and expert guide. After finding the perfect spot, settle in and wait for the brilliant colors of the Northern Lights to appear. Your guide will help you adjust your camera so you can take the best photos of them. Enjoy some hot drinks and biscuits while keeping an eye on the sky. Enjoy an exclusive chase with a maximum group size of 16 guests. Your guide will be happy to answer all your questions and will take high-resolution photos to share with the group after the tour.

Tromsø: Arctic Fjords and Reindeer Experience

4. Tromsø: Arctic Fjords and Reindeer Experience

Experience the beauty of Kvaløya island on this tour from Tromso. Enjoy a delicious local lunch at the Sommarøy Arctic Hotel. Be surrounded by hundreds of reindeer and have the opportunity to feed them. Be picked up at the meeting point in Tromso and relax on the comfortable journey to the island of Kvaløya. Have the chance to stop and take pictures of local wildlife that you spot along the way.  Once you arrive at the island, be surrounded by snow-capped mountains and arctic fjords. Stop for a lunch made with local ingredients at the Sommarøy Arctic Hotel, which has views overlooking the water. Hear stories and facts about the indigenous Sámi people. Find out how life has changed for these people. Take some time to explore the fishing community on a short walk.  Head off to meet a local Sámi reindeer herder. Watch how the herder calls his herd using a bell. View how the reindeer are free to roam in the wilderness. After a quick safety briefing, feed the reindeer.   Gather in a lavvo (Sámi traditional tent) and sit around a bonfire to enjoy joiking (Sámi folk songs). Listen as your hosts tell you more about their culture and traditions. Relax in the lavvo tent, before heading back to Tromsø. 

From Tromsø: Sommarøy Guided Kayak Tour

5. From Tromsø: Sommarøy Guided Kayak Tour

Sommarøy is a kayak paradise known for crystal clear water, white beaches and lots of small islands and sounds teeming with seabirds and marine wildlife. Kayaking is one of the best ways to explore this area, as you come as close as you can get to the surrounding nature and elements. After getting suited up in drysuits (the water is still pretty cold during the summer) and kayak gear, the guide takes you out on a tour around the best kayaking spots in the area, choosing a route depending on the wind and weather conditions. On the way look out for eider ducklings, arctic terns, black guillemots, sea otters, and sea eagles. After kayaking for about 45-60 minutes, we go ashore on a white beach to stretch our legs, have a warm drink and explore the tidal zone a bit. After a short break, we continue our kayak tour, kayaking through shallow sandy grounds, through narrow and sheltered sounds before eventually arriving back at our guide centre. This tour is suitable for beginners, and no previous experience is needed. You will normally kayak steady double kayaks, however, if you have previous kayaking experience, you can be given a single kayak on request. Our guides are local and certified kayak instructors, having long experience of kayaking around the area. During the tour they will tell you about the local history, culture, nature and anything other you might have questions about:)

Tromsø: Kvaløya Island Arctic Tour

6. Tromsø: Kvaløya Island Arctic Tour

Explore Kvaløya Island as you drive through deep fjords and majestic mountains to the picturesque beaches of Sommarøy. Throughout the day trip, make stops to spot some local wildlife including reindeer, elk/moose, sea eagles, and seals.  Depending on the time of your discover the beauty of northern Norway’s landscapes, from green hills and blue waters in summer, colorful autumns, and snow-capped mountains in winter. Have spectacular photos taken of you and your group throughout the trip.

From Tromsø: Sommarøy Midnight Sun Sea Kayaking Tour

7. From Tromsø: Sommarøy Midnight Sun Sea Kayaking Tour

Kayaking in a land that never sleeps. From the end of May to the end of July the sun above the arctic circle never sets, giving us 24 hours of daylight. Join us on this tour, kayaking in the beauty of the midnight sun. As often as weather permits we head out to the coastal community of Sommarøy and surrounding archipelagos. Here we see the sun a full 24 hours as it makes it way across the horizon. Sommarøy is a pittoresque village with a long history of fishing and coastal traditions dating back to the viking age and worth a visit all on it´s own. In a kayak you move silently and in terms with the the rich bird and wildlife these waters offer. From seals, otters and sea eagles to the small porpoise whales that some times show up around the kayak due to their curious nature. With sandy white beaches, clear waters and 1800 foot peaks streching up from behind, the scenery is magic and fulfilling. Under the midnight sun, mother nature shows herself from her best side. This is a guided tour and you do not need previous experience to join us. A safety briefing and introduction to sea kayaking will be given before setting out. You can paddle singles or doubles. The drive out to Sommarøy takes about 1 hour through beautiful mountain and fjord landscapes.

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What people are saying about Sommarøy

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 280 reviews

Despite less than ideal weather conditions, this was a great tour. Kristian was a very knowledgeable and fun guide who helped us make the most of our day, changing our route when needed to take advantage of the sun while we still had it. Learned a lot about the culture and history of this part of Norway as well. Highly recommend!

Very enjoyable trip even in very bad weather. The 2 Semi gentlemen were very nice men, dedicated to share semi culture with their guests. The fjords are beautiful, the reindeers are cute, the semi culture is interesting. Highly recommended.

This tour is all about clear vision. We drove 2 hours through heavy snowfall and then suddenly the Northern Lights were right in front of us. If necessary, we would have gone to Finland. You can grill at home. Great photos.

Wonderful place. It is best to book a whole day for this trip and choose very good weather to take advantage of the walks in the garden.

Had fun chasing lights. Guide made it more fun, effective communication.