Troms County
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Tromsø: Fjord Cruise and Whale Safari by Catamaran

1. Tromsø: Fjord Cruise and Whale 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: Whale Watching Tour by Hybrid-Electric Catamaran

2. Tromsø: Whale Watching Tour by Hybrid-Electric Catamaran

Set sail on a hybrid electric catamaran cruise for the Arctic waters and observe marine animals in their natural habitat. Watch orcas and humpback whales feed in the icy fjords and admire the stunning landscapes around you. Depart from Tromsø in the morning, and head out to where the whales are in time to enjoy the short hours of daylight. Take in the breathtaking views of frozen landscapes in comfortable, panoramic lounges, and multi-level decks. Find a selection of food and drinks for purchase on board. Sail for about 3 to 3.5 hours to reach the whales and spend about 1 to 1.5 hours with them. The boat uses a hybrid engine to reach their feeding grounds. As you near the whales, the captain will switch to a silent electric engine that allows you to get close without disturbing them.

Tromsø: Reindeer Sledding & Feeding with a Sami Guide

3. Tromsø: Reindeer Sledding & Feeding with a Sami Guide

Discover the way of life of the Sami reindeer herders on this van day trip from Tromsø. Meet the herders and travel on a sled pulled by reindeer. Savor authentic Sami food as you listen to traditional stories and songs while gathered around an open fire. Be picked up from the city center and relax on a short seaside drive to the reindeer area. Be greeted by your host. Hop on a sled pulled by a reindeer and let your guide lead you on a magical sled ride through the snow. Make your way to the camp and d feed the majestic reindeer herd of 300 animals. Gather inside the lavuu (Sami tent) for some warmth and a delicious traditional hot meal. Circle around the campfire as your guide tells stories about Sami culture and sings joiks (Sami song). Return to your meeting point in Tromsø at the end of your tour.

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. 

Tromsø: 4x4 Small Group Northern Lights Photography Tour

5. Tromsø: 4x4 Small Group Northern Lights Photography Tour

Go in search of the magnificent Northern Lights on a guided photography tour. Depart from Tromsø and drive out into beautiful remote scenery in a custom-built 4x4 tour van. Most of the time this is a short drive to the surrounding coastal islands of Tromsø, or if needed a long drive into Finland. Upon reaching suitable skies, set up camp for the evening. Warm up around the roaring campfire, whilst getting to know fellow travelers. Enjoy a hearty homemade soup, cookies, and hot beverages. You will also be provided with everything you may need to survive in the arctic temperatures. If you bring your own camera, you will be provided with the use of quality tripods. Learn from your guides how to get the most out of your photographs. All the photos the guides take of you and the Auroras will be shared with you the very next day at no extra charge.

From Tromsø: Aurora Borealis Tour

6. From Tromsø: Aurora Borealis Tour

Increase your chance of seeing the dazzling northern lights on this bus tour from Tromsø. Keep warm with a thermal suit and hot drinks. Ensure you get great pictures on your tour with camera help from your guide. Depart from Tromsø in a comfortable, air-conditioned bus and hunt for the dancing lights of the Aurora Borealis. Relax in the comfortable bus on your way to wherever meteorologists have predicted the lights will be at their best. Get an honest assessment of the likelihood of spotting the lights from your guide for that evening. To get stunning views of the sky, head for areas with good solar activity and clear skies. Enjoy flexibility regarding stops, activities, and decisions on the length of the trip. Your guide will assist you with the camera settings and use of a tripod for the best pictures. After the tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Tromsø: Northern Lights and Husky Experience with Dinner

7. Tromsø: Northern Lights and Husky Experience with Dinner

Experience the spectacular natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights just 30 minutes from downtown Tromsø at a husky camp where you will be served hot drinks and can grill marshmallows over an open fire. Go inside an authentic lavvo (Sami tent) while you wait for the lights to appear in the night sky. Then, lay down on reindeer skins in the great outdoors, or sit on the provided chairs while you scout the sky for the dancing lights. Your guide will answer any questions you may have. As a work of Mother Nature, there can be no guarantee that the Northern lights will appear, but visiting 200 Alaskan huskies with their puppies is well worth it! Enjoy a warm meal Norwegian style as your guide serves up a dish of bacalao made with tomato and Norwegian stockfish (cod).

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

8. 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. 

From Tromsø: Reindeer Ranch and Sami Culture Tour

9. From Tromsø: Reindeer Ranch and Sami Culture Tour

Depart Tromsø and travel to a nearby ranch where you will have the chance to feed a herd of around 300 wild reindeer. Marvel as the friendly animals swarm around you and eat straight from your hands. Learn more about the Sami culture of the Arctic. They have been living and working on this land for centuries and have only recently invited guests to be part of their daily lives. Get invited inside a typical gamme (hut) and be served warm drinks and a traditional meal that has been cooked over the fire (vegetarian option available). Then, gather around the fire at a traditional Sami lavuu (tent) to listen to stories about their culture. Hear what it is like to live as a reindeer herder, and watch a performance of a traditional joik (song) before making your way back to Tromsø.

From Tromso: Northern Lights Guided Bus Tour with Photos

10. From Tromso: Northern Lights Guided Bus Tour with Photos

Chase the northern lights on a comfortable coach with a toilet and heating. Depart in the evening to the location with the best chances to see northern lights, which is based on forecasts and weather that are constantly monitored. Your guide will tell stories along the way and explain the phenomenon. Once you see the northern lights, your guide will take portraits of you free of charge. If you choose to take your own photos, your guide will show you how to photograph the northern lights. Enjoy coffee, tea, and cocoa to keep you warm and awake. If you get cold, the bus is always heated and you may use this for shelter. Of course, the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon so cannot be guaranteed. Should your night be unsuccessful, you can join on another day for a second chance to see the aurora, and enjoy a 50% discount.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 183 reviews

This was by far our favorite experience in Norway. The crew was amazing, knowledgeable and fun. I cannot put into words how great this crew and experience was. We saw some beautiful scenery and got to do some fishing. The captain worked hard to find us a good spot to fish and when he did we had a huge haul. It was Chef Helinka's birthday and she made us the best fish stew( that is saying something since I do not eat fish). We did not see much wildlife because of the season we came on but the experience and company made it worth it. The sweet dogs on board also made the trip that much better. Thank you crew for making this such a great time for my mom and I.

I would highly recommend this tour! Firstly, is the only tour I found that does smaller groups and it felt much more intimate. Carter ,the guide and the owner was absolutely amazing. Very hospitable with great knowledge of the area - and the best fish soup maker in Tromso :) The fjord views were breathtaking. Even the bitingly cold temperatures could not ruin it for us - we had thick warm suites and hot soup.

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 .

Great crew and good food. We saw a lot and had a great day on board.

A great trip with great service, I sincerely recommend it!