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Fun things to do without skis

6 eco-friendly winter highlights
Norway is all about skiing, but luckily there are plenty of other activities to do in the snowy landscape as well – from the ice to the slopes.
Three people snowshoeing up Mount Hoven in Nordfjord
Hoven, Loen.
Photo: Bård Basberg / Loen Skylift

During winter, large parts of Norway is usually transformed into a snow-covered haven for people who enjoy the great outdoors.

It’s no secret that skiing is deeply rooted in our traditions, and it’s still a big part of the Norwegian lifestyle. However, there are many other fun things to do that don’t require skis, whether you’re travelling in the mountains, in a city, or along the coast.

If you are in Norway during your winter break, take a look at our guide to some of the highlights of this season.

  1. Be a musher for a day

    Join a dog sledding tour and get to know our four-legged friends who’s eager to show you the white wilderness. Try your hand as a musher and steer your own pack of dogs for several days, or enjoy the view as a passenger on a one-day dog sledding trip.

    You will often get the chance to feed and look after the huskies yourself, something that will appeal to dog lovers everywhere. Below you’ll find some of the most popular dog sledding offers on TripAdvisor.

  2. Find your inner child on a sledge

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  3. Stay on top of winter with snowshoes

    Many of us wonder how it’s like to walk on clouds. Well, this is probably the closest feeling we’ll get. With a pair of snowshoes, it doesn’t matter how deep the snow is – you can cruise through the white landscape without problems.

    Join a guided hiking tour and experience the crisp winter air, snow draped trees, and white mountains.

    But don’t forget to take a break during your stroll in the mountains. In Norway, hiking trips go hand in hand with chocolate-covered wafer bars, oranges, and warm drinks.

  4. Ice fishing – a hole lot of fun

    Countless lakes and rivers and an impressive coastline mean outstanding opportunities to catch fish here in Norway. During winter time, most of the lakes and fjords are frozen, but that shouldn’t stop you from trying your fishing luck.

    Drill a hole, throw the line into the water, and wait. Nothing beats the exciting feeling you get when you’re waiting for a fish to swim by.

    Remember to be careful, though. Listen to tour guides, and stay off the ice if you don’t know for sure that it’s safe.

  5. Go on a relaxing sleigh ride

    Imagine sitting in a horse-drawn sleigh underneath a sheepskin blanket. The horse pulls you through an idyllic village in a leisurely pace, and the only thing you can hear is the sound of the sleigh’s bells and the rhythmic beat from the horse’s hooves. Sounds good?

    Many operators in Norway offer sleigh tours, and if you travel up north, you might even get the chance to be drawn by reindeer across the white plains of Finnmark. It’s not just an exciting activity, it’s a great way to get a taste of what life was like in the old days, when horses and reindeer were amongst our most faithful servants.

  6. Hit the ice on skates

    Norway has a long skating tradition and has produced many world champions over the years. And whether you are as elegant as Sonja Henie, as fast as Johan Olav Koss, or have trouble just keeping your balance, skating is all about having fun. Outdoor skating rinks are found in most cities and towns in Norway.

    During winter, you can also go skating on a number of frozen lakes, rivers, and fjords. However, make sure the ice is safe before venturing out. Ask locals, look for signposts, or drill a hole and check the thickness yourself.

    Skates can be hired at most manned skating rinks, but if you want to go skating anywhere else, you must bring your own equipment.

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How to dress for winter in Norway

If you are heading high up or far north – or both, for that matter – dress warmly and in layers. Use wool rather than cotton or polyester, and make sure you can protect yourself from getting wet and being caught in the wind.

Wind chill factor will make you feel much colder than the temperature actually says, and this effect will get worse the stronger the wind. If you’re wet, hypothermia and frostbite may not be far away – unless you are well prepared and dressed.

Find winter activities all over Norway

Check out and read more about some of the best winter activity spots.

Come and experience the Norwegian winter on snowshoes! This guided hike will take you into our local mountains, for an exceptional view of the fjord… Read more
Snowshoe hike to Stegastein viewpoint
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Snowshoe hike to Molden
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SnowhotelKirkenes - Snowshoe walking
Do you want to experience winter landscape, but feel like long ski trips is not your thing? Try hiking with snow shoes! Our guides will take you on a… Read more
Snow Shoe Hiking Årdal
We will take you for a snowshoe walk in the valleys of the Lyngen Alps or along the coastline with beautiful views of the open sea. Read more
Snowshoe hike in the Lyngen Alps - XLyngen
Snowshoes are a great way to get out and enjoy the winter landscape. Hunters and trappers have used snowshoes for many generations. Today it is a… Read more
Snowshoeing on the Edge of Tromsø – Evening – Aurora Alps
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A snowshoe adventure
Join us on a guided snowshoe tour in the beautiful hiking terrains around Mokk Farm. Snowshoes are easy to walk with, and provides an experience… Read more
Snowshoeing at Mokk Farm
Ice skating
The skating rink in Arendal is open from November to March, and the rink is perfect for speed skating, bandy, ice hockey and playing on the ice. Read more
Arendal artificial ice rink
Vingnesvika ice skating track is suitable for all, and welcomes schoolchildren and recreational exercisers as well as tourists. Read more
Vingnesvika ice skating track
In Hallingdal Feriepark you can go iceskating during part of the winterseason. The rink is located behind the activity… Read more
Ice Skating Hallingdal Feriepark
Which other places than Rjukan can you go ice skating in the rays of a sun mirror? Read more
Ice skating
Outdoor ice skating at Frogner stadion, open in the winter season. Read more
Frogner Ice Skating Rink
The Spikersuppa ice skating rink in the middle of Oslo city centre is open and free for everybody. Read more
Spikersuppa Ice Skating Rink
Ice fishing
Fishing on Mjøsa (Norways largest lake), Eina, Ihle and Landåsvatnet, check the links below to see details for each fishing area. Comfort Hotel Grand… Read more
Ice fishing near Comfort Hotel Grand
Fishing near Sillongen - Perch fishing on Ihle (Sillongen, Eriksrudtjern, Kauserudtjernet, Helsettjernet, Slomma, Steffensrudtjernet) - Trout fishing… Read more
Ice fishing near Sillongen
When you stay at Gjøvik Hostel Hovdetun you are just a quick drive from a lot af good fishing spots, like Einavatnet, Ihle and Landåsvatnet. Right… Read more
Ice fishing near Gjøvik Hostel Hovdetun
Ice fishing near Quality Hotel Strand Just a stone's throw from Strand Hotel you can fish for trout and pike in Mjøsa, Norway's greatest lake with… Read more
Ice fishing near Quality Hotel Strand
Ice fishing possibilities near Sveastranda Camping: - Pike and Perch on Mjøsa, Norways largest lake with more than 20 fish species. - Perch and Trout… Read more
Ice fishing near Sveastranda
With ice fishing in Skjækra you are also blessed with magnificent scenery with its proximity to Blåfjella-Skjækerfjella National Park. Alone or with… Read more
Ice fishing in Skjækra
Fishing possibilities near Lyngstrand Camping From Lyngstrand Camping there is no more than 30 minutes to any of the ice fishing lakes in Region… Read more
Ice fishing near Lyngstrand Camping
Ice fishing at the Selmer Cabin Try fishing in one of the district's best perch waters, with a lot and sometimes big perch and pike right outside the… Read more
Ice fishing from the Selmer cabin
Fishing near Fjordtitt Being located right by the Eina Fjord, Fjordtitt is great for Perch- and Pike fishing the entire year. Some other good fishing… Read more
Ice fishing near Fjordtitt
During the cold winter months the sea in Nord-Lenangen in Lyngen freezes, making it perfect for ice fishing. It's possible to catch cod and haddock.… Read more
Ice fishing on the fjord in Lyngen - XLyngen
Ice fishing for arctic char, trout, grayling or pike. We have cabins with sauna on the mountains at the fishing lakes. Neiden mountainarea has water… Read more
Ice fishing
Join us for the ice fishing at the Lapphaugen lake surrounded by the beautiful and arctic mountain 60 km north of Narvik. Read more
Ice fishing
Vatsfjorden and Rødungen are among southern Norway's best fishing lakes. The ice is normally safe in January, but always ask advice from local experts… Read more
Jigging Ål in Hallingdal
Sleigh rides
A ride in a horse-drawn sleigh under a starry sky is guaranteed to put you in a romantic mood, particularly when it is followed by a tasty meal and a… Read more
Horse drawn sleigh Ål in Hallingdal
We provide a pickup service at all the hotels or at any prearranged place and take a leisurly tour lasting around 45 minutes. We supply lovely warm… Read more
Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride - Geilo hestesenter
A wonderful area for ski activity – in the middle of Røros town centre. A favourite for families with children. Reached easily on foot from… Read more
Aasgjerdet Alpine and toboggan run
Storefjell Ski- and Toboggan Centre is located right next to the Storefjell Resort Hotel. The ski centre has three lifts and eight slopes of varying… Read more
Storefjell Ski and Sledding Centre
The only bobsleigh and luge track in Scandinavia. Wheelbob available throughout the summer season. Read more
Lillehammer Olympic Bob- and Luge Track
Full speed down Oslo's most popular tobbogan run. Read more
Toboggan run: Korketrekkeren
The centre has a family friendly ski tow with a separate sledding slope, park with jumps and rails, a warming room, ski rental and immediate access to… Read more
Storefjell Ski- and Sledding center
Hallingdal Feriepark had its own toboggan hill! Near the cottages the kids can have a great time sledding for hours.  You can rent sledges… Read more
Toboggan in Hallingdal Feriepark
Lia Ski hill is located right outside Lia Hotel. There are 1 lift, 3 slopes and a 1200 meter long sledding hill. The ski lift is 175 meters long… Read more
Lia ski and sledding
Come to Rjukan and try the longest sledge-hill (with lift) in Norway. Read more
Vierli is a skiing area within Rauland Ski Resort located at the top of Rauland with panoramic views of Hardangervidda. It has five ski lifts and 6575… Read more
Rauland Ski Resort / Vierli
Tobogganing is not an Olympic sport, but has become one of Lillehammer's most popular activities. Read more
Tobogganing in Kanthaugen Freestyle Arena
Airboarding is the perfect activity for all extreme sport enthusiasts who love going fast! The speed increases and increases and at some point you ask… Read more
Dette er en av de mest populære aktivitetene vi har! Read more
Tobogganing Gålå
Dog sledding
In pairs, you will take turns mushing (driving a dog sledge team) a team of 5-6 dogs. You will experience the dynamics of the dog-sledge team and will… Read more
Dog sledding in Bolterdalen - Green Dog Svalbard
Would you like to experience the sound of silence as you travel into a perfectly beautiful Norwegian winter landscape with your very own sled dog… Read more
Beito Husky Tours - Dog sledding, winter
Dog sledding on wheels throughout the summer, until the snow arrives! Read more
Dog Sledding on wheels
The best way to experience the beauty and endlessness of the Arctic landscape is on a dogsled. During this time, the light has returned from the long… Read more
Arctic Dog Sledding - Svalbard Husky
We arrange sleddog-trips at wintertime, where you can mush "your own" dog-team; 4- 6 dogs. Longer trips (expeditions) will take place up in the… Read more
RørosHusky- Dogsledding
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