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Canoeing in Troms, Norway - Photo: Bardufosstun
Canoeing in Troms, Norway Photo: Bardufosstun

What to do in Troms

Nature plays an important role in many of the activities which are on offer in Troms.

Arts, culture and heritage

Stunning scenery might be your first reason for visiting Troms, but the chance to explore its history and creativity is also very important.

Having the time to browse art galleries and craft studios is one of the joys of travel. You will find them throughout the county.

In Troms you get the added bonus of an art-rich indigenous culture to discover (the Sami people) and the culture of the Kvæn (Finnish people that settled here along the fjords before 1945) and the Døl (arriving from certain valleys in southern Norway in the nineteenth century and settled in the valleys inland). Not least the everyday culture of fishing, farming, hunting and living up in the subarctic areas.

Water activities

Deep-sea fishing options are available along the coastline. In most cases, accommodation providers also have boats available. They have also got fishing tackle for hire.

Freshwater fishing includes fishing for salmon, arctic char, sea trout and other freshwater fish species. For more information, please contact the following companies:

Sea kayaking trips provide a different view of the Northern Norwegian coastal landscape. The following companies can offer sea kayaking:

River boat trips with the company Elvebåtsenteret. Elvebåtsenteret offers trips in traditional river boats on the Reisa River to Mollisfossen, a 269 metre-high waterfall in the Reisa National Park. Longer trips are available by advanced booking.

Sailing in the arctic is a unique and special adventure. Why not hire the oldest schooner in Northern Europe, Anna Rogde, with base in Harstad through the company Norway Fjord Cruise? Or just hire some smaller sailing boats from Boreal Yachting to enjoy the mountainous archipelago of Troms.

Diving and sea rafting; guided tours both on and under the water are offered from Harstad and Tromsø.

Landbased activities

Glacier walks and guided hikes in the midnight sun during summer are memorable experiences. You can also try climbing on the blue ice. The following companies can offer more information:

Hunting and fishing tours in Troms are wilderness experiences with their own unique charm. Contact Villmarkstur for more information.

Walking; Furkund offers sensuous walking experiences for groups. You can see the giant kettles and taste nature's delights in pleasant company. 

River paddling is offered by several operators:

Troms has gentle rivers and other stretches that are more demanding.

Riding in the arctic nature. There are several operators to choose between:

  • Lyngshestlandet
  • Målselv Turhestsenter
  • Lapphaugen Turiststasjon 
    You may participate in short tours or week-long excursions.

Golf is available from June until mid-October. Two courses are of special interest; the one in Breivikeidet outside Tromsø and the other in Røkenes outside Harstad.

Cave wandering; guided cave wandering excursions are offered for groups of four or more people south of Harstad and in Salangen.

Family activities

The Polarbadet Indoor Water Park offers activities for the whole family: Solarium, sauna, steam bath, water slides, swimming pools, jacuzzi, mini golf, hot tub and massage.

Senja Family Park shows how the cultural landscape should be and has family activities focusing on children and animals.

Bluenisseland is open during winter and offers exciting adventures such as Mamsen and Lillegutt's Amusement Park and Café.

Polaria in Tromsø has an arctic aquarium, interesting knowledge-based exhibits and a panoramic cinema showing films from arctic wilderness.

Grottebadet in Harstad is an indoor (in the mountain) swimming pool and water park.

Air activites

Helicopter sightseeing is available in Harstad through the company Heli-Team AS.

Aeroplane sightseeing in Tromsø, explore the city from smaller aeroplanes with Fly Taxi Nord.


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Last updated:  2012-07-27
Catch big fish in Troms, Norway - Photo: Troms Reiseliv
Catch big fish in Troms, Norway
Meet animals at Senja Family Park in Troms, Norway - Photo: Senja Familiepark.
Meet animals at Senja Family Park in Troms, Norway
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Canoeing in Troms, Norway - Photo: Bardufosstun

What to do in Troms

Nature plays an important role in many of the activities which are on offer in Troms.

What to do in Troms

Source: Visitnorway


The capital of the Arctic is a lively and beautiful city packed with culture and history, and surrounded by mountains, fjords and islands.

Winter activities in Troms

Winters in Troms feature blue light, northern lights and white snow.

Tour suggestions in Troms

Visit fishing villages in the morning and go hiking in the mountains in the afternoon.

Attractions in Troms

The Polar Zoo and the three national parks of Reisa, Øvre Dividal and Ånderdalen are popular attractions in Troms.

About Troms

Tourist Information in Troms

Troms Reiseliv runs a year-round tourist information office for Troms County.

Key facts about Troms

Archipelagos, fjords and mountains create the frame for the county of Troms with added colour from the midnight sun and northern lights.

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