Best Tromso tours and popular excursions in Tromso, Northern Norway

Best Tromso Tours (Excursions You Should Do)

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Tromso is one of Northern Norway’s top destinations offering a wide variety of activities. Whether you come in summer or in winter, there is always so much to see and do. However, if you do some research, you’ll quickly realise that most of the best Tromso activities can only be done with an organised tour. After all, you can’t go whale watching or dog sledding on your own… But what are the best tours in Tromso?

To make your trip planning easier, I researched tens of Tromso tours and excursions and hand-picked some of the best guided tours and day trips in Tromso. Some tours are only available in winter, some can be done in any season. From whale watching or fishing to reindeer- and dog sledding, Tromso is a fantastic place to tick many unforgettable experiences from your bucket list. The choice is yours to make. Find out!

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Best excursions and tours in Tromso Northern Norway

 

Fjord cruise

There is probably no better way to explore the magnificent mountain scenery around Tromso than by taking a fjord cruise. Depending on the season, you might get to see some marine wildlife or try fishing as well.

I went on a fjord cruise on a really cold and windy grey winter day, yet it was still amazing. If you are interested, you can read about this and other great things to do in Tromso in winter. But if you’re wondering whether it’s worth it, all I can say is that everyone on our boat was very enthusiastic about the trip.

Here are some of the best fjord cruises, whale watching trips, and other boat trips in Tromso:

Polar fjord cruise and whale watching is one of the most popular tours in Tromso

Polar fjord cruise © Marcelo Quinan via Unsplash

 

Northern Light tours

The most popular winter excursions in Tromso are without a doubt the Northern Lights tours.

I am always a bit hesitant to suggest to book a tour for something that you can see for free. However, there are many reasons to consider taking a Northern Lights tour in Tromso. First, the Northern Light tours bring you to a place where the chances to see auroras are highest for that specific night. Second, you don’t need to rent a car and drive in the dark on the icy roads. Third, you can benefit from the knowledge and experience of the guides, who will often also give you aurora photography tips. And finally, if you book a small group tour, you also get a warm suit as well as a really nice bonfire experience.

For more information and to get a better idea of what to expect from the Northern Lights tours in Tromso, you can read my personal experience and practical tips for chasing Northern Lights in Tromso.

Here are some of the best Northern Lights tours in Tromso:

Watching Northern Lights in Tromso Norway

Tromso is one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights

 

Dog sledding

My personal favourite tour in Tromso in winter was husky sledding. It was a real bucket list item for me and it didn’t disappoint. And now that I saw that it’s possible to join a 2-day husky sledding expedition (available only in March and April in 2019), I am seriously contemplating going back to Tromso in winter.

If you book just one tour in Tromso in winter, make it dog sledding! Note that dog sledding tours are only available in winter, from November till early April.

Here you can read all about my experience and tips for dog sledding in Tromso.

Here are some of the best-rated dog sledding tours in Tromso:

Dog sledding in Tromso Norway - our experience and practical tips

Dog sledding was my personal no. 1 tour in Tromso

 



Reindeer sledding and Sami culture tours

Another bucket-list item for many people traveling to Northern Norway is meeting reindeer. Northern Norway, as well as Finland, is home to Sami tribe and reindeer are the indispensable part of their culture. Therefore the area around Tromso is a perfect place to see them.

There are many possibilities to see or feed reindeer, as well as do some reindeer sledding in Tromso. Note that the tours that involve reindeer sledding only run in winter (usually from around mid November till mid April).

Here are some reindeer sledding tour options near Tromso:

TIP: Reindeer sledding vs. dog sledding. If you are not sure which tour to choose, reindeer sledding or dog sledding, and don’t have the time or the budget for both, I recommend dog sledding. They are both very different experiences, but dog sledding goes much faster and takes much longer.

Reindeer sledding with Sami people in Tromso Norway

Reindeer sledding with Sami people

 

Tromso town tours

All the tours mentioned above start and end in Tromso, but they are all located outside the city. If you want to explore the town a bit more, consider these excursions.

TIP: For more ideas on what to do in Tromso town, please check our post on the best things to see and do in Tromso in winter. Among others, it has the whole section on the main Tromso attractions.

Colorful buildings of the old town in Tromso Norway

Colourful buildings in Tromso harbour © Ulrich Scharwachter via Pixabay

 

Other suggested tours in Tromso

The excursions I described above are the most popular tours in Tromso. If you are looking for the most memorable experiences, then look no further – seeing the Northern Lights, reindeer or dog sledding, as well as fjord cruise are the main options to consider when visiting Tromso.

There are of course many more tours and day trips, so if you are looking for more ideas, read on.

Here are some other tours that you can do in Tromso:

Visiting Tromso Ice Domes in Norway

Tromso Ice Domes

 

So, this is my selection of the best Tromso tours. Once again, this is just a small part of all the excursions that are available in Tromso. I hand-picked these tours based on reviews, best date availability, and the easiness of booking (and cancelation).

You can also just go to Tromso’s visitor centre upon arrival and try to book some tours directly. However, my experience visiting the city last winter shows that many tours get sold out. Small group Northern Lights tours are extremely popular, just as dog sledding.

TIP:Booking Tromso tours online in advance gives you a possibility to compare offerings and prices, read the reviews, and to make sure that you can do the tours you want, rather than risk them being fully booked. You don’t necessarily have to book Tromso tours months in advance, but if your travel dates are fixed, you might as well do. Most of the tours I suggest in this post can be cancelled up to 24 hours in advance, so you have nothing to lose. As a minimum, I would try to book the tours you really want to do at least two weeks up front, especially dog sledding tours in winter.

Hope this helps you to plan your trip to Tromso and tick some amazing activities off your bucket list. If you are looking for more travel tips and inspiration for Norway, make sure to check our Norway travel page.

Do you have any questions? Don’t hesitate to leave a reply below and I’ll do my best to help.

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Best tours and activities in Tromso Norway

 

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