Kvaløya Tours

Kvaløya is Norway’s fifth-largest island, covering 740 square km (285 square miles), and its name translates from Sami to "Whale Island" thanks to its cluster of central mountains. Lying west of Tromsø and connected by the elegant spans of the Sandnessund Bridge, the eastern shores of Kvaløya now form a suburb of the city, known as Kvaløysletta and home to a population of about 10,000.

Of its snow-capped peaks, Store Blåmann is the highest at 1,044 meters (3,425 feet) and can be scaled by intermediate climbers. Kvaløya is also indented by fjords and wild coastal scenery, with its western fringes hitting the untamed Atlantic, while the island of Sommarøy – famous for its glorious white sandy beaches – hangs off its southwestern coast. Humpback whales can be spotted offshore from late November until January, and the little settlement of Ersfjordbotn, dominated by the sheer cliffs of its fjord, is one of Norway’s top destinations for spotting the Northern Lights during the winter months.

As well as Kvaløya’s untamed alpine beauty, there are prehistoric rock carvings to discover at Skavberg and a clutch of traditional wooden houses at Hella, which were moved there from Tromsø city center for conservation. The farm of Straumen Gård near Straumsbukta was abandoned in the 1960s and now serves as a museum, complete with tools and machinery dating from that period.

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The island of Kvaløya is 20 km (12.5 miles) west of Tromsø and is easily accessible over the Sandnessund Bridge.
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Address: Kvaløya, Norway
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Lapland Husky Sled Safari from Tromso

Delight in the wintery wonderland of Norway on a 4.5-hour husky safari experience from Tromso. Combine stunning scenery with an adrenaline-fuelled adventure as you undertake a breathtaking journey across Breivikeidet. Head to a husky farm located in the snow-smothered wilderness of Tromso, and then climb aboard your sleigh for an exhilarating ride. After your fun-filled ride, revitalize with a hot drink and a sweet cake in a teepee-like tent before returning to the city.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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$208.60 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Arctic Fjords Road Trip

Discover scenic landscapes, impressive fjords and Arctic wildlife. Join us on this day trip to discover Tromsø’s beautiful surroundings in our modern and comfortable minibus, perfect for nature sightseeing.
  • Duration: 6 to 7 hours
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$154.96 USD
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  • Duration: 6 to 7 hours
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Midnight Sun RIB Cruise from Tromso

Embark from Tromsø on a nighttime cruise beneath the magical midnight sun. You’ll sail along the waters of the Norwegian Sea, passing beside Kvaløya Island en route to Gåsværa aboard an RIB (rigid inflatable boat). Keep an eye out for playful porpoises and seals as you make your way to the uninhabited island, where you’ll have nearly an hour to relax on its white-sand beach and enjoy its wooden chapel.
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
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$143.04 USD
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  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
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