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Tromso Fjords Tours

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Tromso Fjords

Thanks to its spectacular setting among a series of islands and skerries laced with waterways and scalloped inlets, Tromso is the epicenter of day trips out into the fjords bordering the Norwegian Sea. These long, narrow sea inlets are characterized by steep, mountainous slopes carved out by glaciation during the last Ice Age. 

 

The Basics

If you are staying in Tromso, you have a wide choice of half- and full-day tours into the fjords. Some cruises are focused on viewing the surrounding landscapes—such as the sharp peaks of Balsfjord—while others are dedicated wildlife-watching tours. You can book a fishing trip and catch cod, salmon, and halibut from out of the deep fjord waters, or go kayaking or canoeing in summer. If you’d like to stay on dry land, hiking and snowshoeing tours offer spectacular fjord views.

 

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Tromso fjords are a must-see for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. 
  • Dress warmly—it is cold out on the water, even in summer. Many tours include the use of waterproof clothing.
  • Kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and snowshoeing tours generally include equipment.

 

How to Get There

Trips to the Tromso fjords typically leave from Tromso city center. Alternatively, a network of ferries, buses, and interisland bridges easily connect Tromso with Grotfjord, Erdsfjord, Balsfjord, Lyngsfjord, and Kattfjord.

 

When to Get There

June through August, the long days and midnight sun mean you can pack more adventures into a single day and the water is (just) warm enough for swimming. Wintertime offers whale-watching, as well as nighttime trips out into the fjords to catch the shimmering pinks, yellows, and greens of the northern lights—your best chances of seeing them are from December to February.

 

Tromso’s Top View

One of the best views of Tromso’s surrounding islands and fjords is from the top of 2,200-foot (670-meter) Floya. To get there, ride the cable car from Solliveien in the Tromsdalen neighborhood to Storsteinen and then walk the rest of the way, or climb the 324 steps of the Sherpa Staircase.

Address: Tromsø, Norway
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Arctic Fjord Sightseeing by MinibusDay Trips

Arctic Fjord Sightseeing by Minibus

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Discover some of Norway’s wildest natural scenery—and enjoy a comfortable, seamless way to explore—on this small-group tour from Tromsø. Depart from the city center, and travel in a comfortable, heated minibus. You’ll venture to Kvaløya, a local fishing village; will head to Sommarøy, a small island known for its dramatic scenery; and will discover rock carvings in Hella. A light lunch, drinks, and winter gear is all provided.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Arctic Fjords Road TripNature and Wildlife

Arctic Fjords Road Trip

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Get out into the countryside surrounding Tromsø without the hassle of driving or planning public transport. This guided tour takes you to Kvaløya (“Whale Island”) and to the fjords to see elk, reindeer and (with luck, during winter) whales.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Small group Northern Lights tour - All inclusive - Northern HorizonBus Tours

Small group Northern Lights tour - All inclusive - Northern Horizon

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Take in the dreamy beauty of the northern lights as you sip hot chocolate and enjoy sausages over a cozy bonfire. Your guides lead your small group to the clearest viewing spots and take professional photos to be shared with you by email. They also provide thermal suits, hats, mittens, and heat packs to keep you warm and comfortable.
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  • 6 to 9 hours
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Arctic Roadtrip: Sommarøy with scenic picnic Ⓥ | Small group 8 max | SightseeingNature and Wildlife

Arctic Roadtrip: Sommarøy with scenic picnic Ⓥ | Small group 8 max | Sightseeing

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Gaining a comprehensive overview of Norway’s scenic landscape can be tricky for travelers limited on time. Explore coastal roads and rural paths on a 4x4 day tour of Kvaløya, benefiting from regular breaks to capture memorable snaps of the ever-changing scenery. Benefit from the more personalized service of a small-group tour, and receive professional pictures of your experience to share with family and friends back home.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours

Aurora BoraliesBus Tours

Aurora Boralies

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Spotting the famously elusive northern lights can be tricky. This guided tour from Tromsø, however, maximizes your chances. Your guides will take you out of the city and into the surrounding Arctic nature to a spot specially selected for its aurora activity and weather conditions. As you wait for the light show to begin, you can keep warm with included hot drinks
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Arctic Fjord LandscapesBus Tours

Arctic Fjord Landscapes

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Experience some of Norway's wildest landscapes without the hassle of driving on this small-group guided fjord excursion. See stunning landscapes, charming villages, and (potentially) wildlife such as whales, seals, reindeer, and sea eagles.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Frozen Fjord CruiseSailing

Frozen Fjord Cruise

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An all inclusive sustainable fjord cruise aboard Tromsø’s only large luxurious sailboat amongst beautiful arctic scenery and wildlife.  Sail into a frozen fjord through the ice, and relax in warmth, comfort and safety aboard Tromsø’s only ice class ship with a former Norwegian Coast Guard Sea Captain.  The crew will share information about landmarks, history, and the local environment.  Enjoy traditional Norwegian and Sami cuisine made from scratch with local produce. Some time for fishing will be allotted.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Electric Bike Rental in Tromso - 1 to 8 Day RentalBike Rentals

Electric Bike Rental in Tromso - 1 to 8 Day Rental

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At your own pace, explore Tromsø and the surrounding arctic landscape with this 1- 8-day bicycle rental. Pedaling around on an electric bicycle,—in your choice of sport or touring frame—you don't need to worry about tiring as you head to such attractions as the Arctic Cathedral, Polar Museum, and beyond into rugged forest trails and more. Choose your own route and create your own itinerary on your northern Norway adventure.
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  • 8 days
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  • 8 days

Nature and Wildlife

"a journey in search of the Northern Lights" Ⓥ | Small group 8 max | Photography

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Chase the Northern Lights with this small-group excursion from Tromso. In a group limited to 7 people maximum, set out along lesser-traveled roads to try and see Aurora Borealis. Get advice for capturing the Northern Lights with photographs and learn new photography skills. Hotel drop-off along with hot beverages and thermal clothing are included.
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  • 6 to 9 hours
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Tromsø Day CruiseDay Cruises

Tromsø Day Cruise

You will get the best view of Tromsø Island from the sea side. Enjoy the blue light winter season changing colors on the route in different shades of blue. The time for this trip is perfect to see thouse wonderful sharp winter colors. Arctic local crew with Arctic local knowledge makes this an extra memorable trip. If you are interested they will tell you local stories on the route. We might also make a stop at historical places
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Northern Lights Chase by Bus from TromsøNature and Wildlife

Northern Lights Chase by Bus from Tromsø

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Chase the Northern Lights with this bus tour from Tromsø’s city center. Maximize your chances to see the natural phenomenon by traveling to areas with the best weather conditions. Learn about the Northern Lights, including how to photograph them, during the journey and set up your camera to watch Aurora Borealis.
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  • 6 to 10 hours
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  • 6 to 10 hours
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Fjords, whales, Aurora & Crystal Lavvo overnightNature and Wildlife

Fjords, whales, Aurora & Crystal Lavvo overnight

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The wild landscapes of north Norway abound with natural wonders and this overnight adventure combines two unforgettable experiences. Set sail around the fjords of Skjervoy in a RIB and spot orca and Humpback whales in their natural environment. Then, spend the night in a private ‘Crystal Lavvos’ pod, with a glass roof that affords spectacular views of the Northern Lights (sightings not guaranteed).
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days
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Tromso: Small Group Customised Northern Lights Hunt (max 6 guests)Bus Tours

Tromso: Small Group Customised Northern Lights Hunt (max 6 guests)

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A family friendly and flexible trip of hunting the Northern Lights away from the crowds and out in the Arctic nature. Your experienced local guide knows the best spots for your hunt, and will drive you safely. If you want to make the experience extra special we can bring our Siberian Husky with us on the trip.
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  • 2 to 6 hours
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  • 2 to 6 hours
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RIB-boat excursion to beautiful Hella 11:00Half-day Tours

RIB-boat excursion to beautiful Hella 11:00

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The fjords near Tromsø are home to some of Norway’s most spectacular scenery and wildlife, but reaching this remote countryside on your own is a challenge. With this RIB boat tour, set off from the city center to cruise along the Ry tidal current to Hella, rich in marine life and birds. Spot eagles, hawks, and herons before stopping at a boat house to enjoy tea and muffins overlooking the fjords.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Arctic Roadtrip: Sommarøy with scenic picnic Ⓥ | Private | Sightseeing | 4x4 VanNature and Wildlife

Arctic Roadtrip: Sommarøy with scenic picnic Ⓥ | Private | Sightseeing | 4x4 Van

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When visiting Tromsø, exploring Kvaløya is a must do! An island packed with raw landscapes, endless mountains, arctic beaches, to breathtaking fjords, and (frozen) lakes. Enjoy the ever changing landscapes, and be sure to look out for roaming wildlife. We have the possibilities to spot soaring sea eagles, native reindeers, and the elusive moose. There will be several scenic stops along the way, perfect for photo moments, which we will share with you after the trip. Upon reaching the archipelago islands, we will enjoy an organic homemade light picnic, and a warm drink. As we continue through the mountain valley, passing quaint fishing villages, and making a final stop at one of the most dramatic fjords on the island. Let us share our favourite places with you, sit back, relax, and breathe in the calmness and quietness of life in the Arctic. This tour will run in any weather; rain, wind, and snow are part of an authentic Norwegian experience.
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  • 5 hours
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Arctic Nature and Fjord CruiseDay Cruises

Arctic Nature and Fjord Cruise

Arctic local crew with Arctic local knowledge and Arctic local homemade food A maximum of 12 guests per trip provides a social and a cozy atmosphere. Since we also live on board ourselves in the winter time you are actually invited in to our home!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Nature and Wildlife

"a journey in search of the Northern Lights" Ⓥ | Private | Photography | 4x4 Van

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Experience the Northern Lights in all of their splendor on an exceptional private 6- to 9-hour tour from Tromso. The magical excursion is perfect for travelers seeking an unforgettable adventure. Tripods, headlamps, and expert instructions are provided to help you capture the perfect Northern Lights photo. You stay cozy from beginning to end, thanks to courtesy thermal suits and hand warmers, plus hot drinks and food by the fireside.
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  • 6 to 9 hours
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  • 6 to 9 hours

Snowmobile safari in the amazing Lyngen AlpsNature and Wildlife

Snowmobile safari in the amazing Lyngen Alps

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Take a fun snowmobile safari in the Lyngen Alps on this full-day, small-group tour from Tromso. Each guest receives overalls, boots, helmets, and quick training before jumping on a snowmobile and exploring the fjords and mountains for a couple of hours. After your safari, sit down to a warm, delicious meal at the Green Gold Villa before embarking on a scenic drive back to Tromso.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Tromso: Private Aurora Chase by MinivanHalf-day Tours

Tromso: Private Aurora Chase by Minivan

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Tromso region is probably the best place in the world to find the Northern Lights between September and March every year. Our professional and friendly guides/drivers/photographers will drive you and your partner, family or friends on an unforgettable private Northern Lights Chase along beautiful Fjords, Mountains and Lakes.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 hours
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Midnight sun fjord cruise - Private tripDay Trips

Midnight sun fjord cruise - Private trip

Experience the famous midnight sun, scenic landscapes, impressive fjords and the arctic wildlife outside the spectacular island of Kvaløya. 2020 will be our fifteenth season and our knowledge about the area is your guarantee for a successful trip. During the trip you will learn about the history, landscape, small villages, fjords, islands and the unique wildlife of Kvaløya. You will get the chance to see the characteristic island Håja, which gave its shape to the Arctic Cathedral in Tromsø. Ersfjord, Skamtind and Sommarøya are other highlights. We get close encounters with the local wildlife, which can include whales, seals, otters, sea eagles, puffins, and many other arctic bird species. We stop several times during the trip to enjoy the scenery and take photos. If you like, you could also be given the opportunity to try some fishing. This is a fantastic experience for photography enthusiasts as we get extremely close to the elements.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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3nights - 2days Aurora Arctic Landscape Photography WorkshopNature and Wildlife

3nights - 2days Aurora Arctic Landscape Photography Workshop

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Amazing 3 nights and days dedicated to photography of Aurora!! Get off the beaten tracks and join our professional team to sink into the wilderness around with most unique Photography Shots you can get around the area. What makes it super special is that we are focused on photography so we take good time to compose most perfect images. All guiding is included as well as set up of your camera, and post processing in Lightroom Tutorials. Learn how to take most amazing photos of Aurora and Arctic Landscape in this 3 days dedicated weekend workshop!! Get the most out of the place using the knowledge of the local guide that has been actively working in the field for last 9 years. Small group of passionate folks like yourself with no time restrictions. Best locations in the area. We also can help you with accommodation and there is an option to make the whole workshop in very scenic Hotel on Sommarøy Island with excellent food and lodging. Price does not include hotel stays.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 days
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RIB-boat excursion to beautiful Hella 15:00Half-day Tours

RIB-boat excursion to beautiful Hella 15:00

Can you imagine being at the Market Place in the centre of Tromso, and after only 30 minutes suddenly realizing that you are far away from the city surrounded only by nature and fjords? 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 around us while docking. We will then walk five minutes to a small boathouse where we will serve coffee/tea and muffins while enjoying beautiful views of fjords, mountains and birds. From here, you will observe the strength of the current we just navigated. Finally, we will start our short hike back to the RIB boat and our exciting navigation back to Tromso!
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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7-Day Self-Drive-Tour Senja Island from Tromsø - Nature & Culture HolidayMulti-day Tours

7-Day Self-Drive-Tour Senja Island from Tromsø - Nature & Culture Holiday

This self-driven tour is really at your own pace. You can stop as you please and for as long as you prefer. This tour has a focus on the cultural aspects of Senja and Tromsø that are often over looked by travellers as they are not well known. Guests will be provided with a detailed information package after purchase providing information on each out, links to our maps with great spots for hikes or all levels, photography locations and other important points of interest.
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  • 7 days
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