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Things to do in Kvaløya

Our most recommended things to do in Kvaløya

Tromsø: Arctic Fjord Cruise by Hybrid-Electric Catamaran

1. 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.

Tromsø: Self-Drive Husky Dog Sledding Adventure

2. 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. 

Tromsø: Arctic Fjords and Reindeer Experience

3. 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: Northern Lights Chase to Aurora Camps

4. From Tromsø: Northern Lights Chase to Aurora Camps

Look for the dazzling northern lights on this guided bus trip from Tromsø. Sit by a fire at a camp and have some warm local fare along with some steamy beverages.  Be picked up from a meeting point in the city center of Tromsø, from there set off by bus to hunt for the northern lights. Along the way, search for locations with low light pollution, minimal cloud coverage, and scenic backdrops get some photos. Choose best site for the night, as the camp visited depends on the latest aurora and weather forecast which is decided upon by guides prior to (sometimes during) the tour. All of our camps have cabins or comfortable lavvus (Sami tents), while toilet facilities are located on the bus. At the camp, be served warm stew and enjoy a heated beverage around the fire as your wait for the northern lights to appear. If you are lucky and the northern lights start flickering above in the sky, the guide will assist you in capturing photos. Get some portrait photos which will be sent to you after the tour. While the lights cannot be guaranteed since the northern lights are a natural phenomenon, you can book a the same tour again at half off if the lights are not spotted.

From Tromsø: Small-Group 4x4 Arctic Roadtrip

5. 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

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

Experience the untamed beauty of the Arctic wilderness. Visit 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 all the arctic wilderness has to offer. During the tour, our experienced guides will help you to set up your camera in case you wants to take stunning pictures as a pro! 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: Winter Sea Kayaking Guided Tour with Snacks

7. 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.

From Tromsø: Guided Husky Snowshoe Hike and Husky Camp Visit

8. From Tromsø: Guided Husky Snowshoe Hike 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.

Tromso: Scenic & Eco-Friendly Snowshoeing Tour

9. 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.

Tromsø: Arctic Landscapes Sightseeing With Citizen Science

10. 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!

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What people are saying about Kvaløya

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,218 reviews

It was a great experience! Lucky the weather was nice, our guide Gaute was always helpful, accurate and entertaining. He was also very patient, especially as we had never kayaked before! The group consisted of 3 kayaks (6 people) which allows you to enjoy even more this amazing way to explore the fjords. We will definitely do it again!

Esperienza imperdibile e da lasciare senza fiato! Conoscere i cani da slitta e vedere con quanta passione e amore i ragazzi lavorano con loro è stato emozionante! Il paesaggio dei boschi e la neve c rimarranno per sempre nel cuore!

Absolutely loved the experience! The dogs were amazing and the guides were fantastic at explaining how to do the activity! The dogs are so loving and so well looked after! If we had more time I’d of definitely gone back

Very nice tour of the small islands and very beautiful landscape and very well informed by the guide

Veľmi dobrý sprievodca, pekne okolie výborné psy. Dostali sme teple oblečenie aj boty.