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Snowshoe Hike on Whale Island in Tromso provided by Tromso Outdoor

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Snowshoe Hike on Whale Island in Tromso

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Exploring the Arctic wilderness alone can be challenging. Take the worry out of finding transportation and the correct equipment on this tour from Tromso. Start with pickup from the city center and journey to Kvaloya (or "Whale Island"), where you strap on provided snowshoes and hike into a winter wonderland of snow-covered mountains and forest. Along the way, warm up with a traditional Norwegian snack.
  • Hike Whale Island in the company of a guide; suitable for beginners
  • All necessary equipment, including snowshoes, is provided
  • Transportation to and from Whale Island from Tromso is included
  • Snacks and hot drinks are served
What to Expect
Your tour begins with a pickup from a centrally located meeting point in Tromso. Meet your guide and settle into the vehicle for the drive to your destination. Upon arrival on Kvaloya, at a location selected taking into consideration weather and snow conditions, listen as your guide gives a brief demonstration on how to use the snowshoes. Once you are familiar and comfortable with the equipment, strap on your snowshoes, grab your hiking poles, and set out with the rest of your group. Following your guide, hike to one of the island's summits, surrounded by great views over majestic mountains and fiords. Make a few stops along the way; get insight from your guide about the Arctic landscape, and enjoy a traditional taste of Norway with a hot drink and lefse (cake). Afterward, your tour concludes with a drop-off back at the original departure point.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Radisson Blu Hotel, Tromsø, Sjøgata 7, 9259 Tromsø, Norway
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Transport to the start and back to Tromsø city centre
  • Snowshoes and hiking poles
  • Hot drink and local sweet snack lefse
  • Local guide
  • Pick up point in central location close to most of the city hotels.
  • Winter clothes - these can be rented separately at Tromsø Outdor Rental Center upon prior arrangement. Hotel pick up and drop off is not available on this tour.
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • IMPORTANT: Please advise shoe size (european) in the special requirements field at check out. If you fail to provide this information your booking may be cancelled.
  • In case we have no snow in the area alternative activity or full refund of the tour costs will be offered.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Trudy26 wrote a review Mar 2020
Southampton, United Kingdom127 contributions51 helpful votes
As others have said, you need to have a good level of fitness for this snowshoe hike. When my partner and I were on the trip, it had been snowing all week so the snow was deep to hike in. However, with that being said I’m so pleased we booked this trip. The scenery was beautiful
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Response from Tromsø Outdoor O, Public Relations Manager at Snowshoe Hike on Whale Island in Tromso
Responded 11 Mar 2020
Hello, thank you for your kind words. We are happy you liked the trip and you feel fulfilled after it. You saw an Owl! Congratulations, it is not a common animal to meet. Our trip contains 400 metres of elevation to pass and we try to communicate it to everybody, so our guest know what to expect from it. And with additional obstacles like deep, fresh snow it can turn into a real Arctic adventure. But views from the top reward participants for the effort they make. Thank you for a detailed review that can help our potential customers choose a proper trip for them. Have a good day.
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kittynel78 wrote a review Dec 2019
London, United Kingdom29 contributions4 helpful votes
You have to be quite fit for the 5hr hill hike, but the experience is very rewarding! Our guide Mathias was very pleasant and kind, knowledgable, patient to answer all questions and very informative overall, kept a good pace and encouraged us all the way. The equipment was new
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Date of experience: December 2019
Response from Tromsø Outdoor O, Front Office Manager at Snowshoe Hike on Whale Island in Tromso
Responded 29 Dec 2019
Hello Kittynel 78, many thanks for you positive feedback about Snowshoe hike on Kvaløya and Mathias. We are really lucky to have him in the team for the 5th season now. Next time you are in Tromsø you can check out our snowshoe trip with a visit to the local cafe. This tour brings us also outside of Tromsø but is much less demanding physically, and we take good time for a tee and cafe in our favorite Bryggejentene cafe.
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Alexa B wrote a review Dec 2019
2 contributions
Despite being pouring down rain for the entire morning we had a wonderful time snow shoeing up to the top of a mountain. It was incredibly challenging, but Mathias was a fantastic guide and very encouraging and we thank him for his expertise and friendly chat! The view from the
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Date of experience: November 2019
Response from Tromsø Outdoor O, Front Office Manager at Snowshoe Hike on Whale Island in Tromso
Responded 11 Dec 2019
Hi,thank you very much for your review ,we are more then happy to hear it.
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Helen B wrote a review Nov 2019
Bedford12 contributions3 helpful votes
We had a day left to plan something and were recommended this company. We booked a snow show hike up a mountain... I was a little anxious not having done this before but our guide was awesome. It ended up being just myself and my partner as another booking did not show. The
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Date of experience: November 2019
Response from Tromsø Outdoor O, Front Office Manager at Snowshoe Hike on Whale Island in Tromso
Responded 10 Dec 2019
Hi,thank you very much for your feedback.We really enjoy when our guests enjoy :-) We strive to share our passion for nature and are pleased you liked our trip.
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Sightsee158938 wrote a review Nov 2019
4 contributions
My son and I had a fantastic time on this trip. It was hard work so you have to be fairly fit but the guide was very encouraging and we all reached the summit which was worth the effort.
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Date of experience: November 2019
Response from Tromsø Outdoor O, Front Office Manager at Snowshoe Hike on Whale Island in Tromso
Responded 3 Nov 2019
Hi,thank you very much for your kind words.We are glad to hear that you liked our trip.
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By: Tromso Outdoor
One of the highlights of our trip
This was our first time skiing and we had such a great time. Sasha, the instructor, was super nice to us. He taught
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Very good advices
Very good advices to compare snow shoe and bike options and propose a snow shoe hike which was fitting to our group
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Wonderful Start to the Day
Very different from the slopes! it was good to begin in the tracks to start. We then tried a little in the powder s
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Lots of Fun!
The people at the shop were super helpful and had a lot of local knowledge and advice. We hired snow shoes for a d
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Great Rental
The people were friendly and the gear was great. They gave good advice on the area and I was able to rent the skis
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Excellent service
A lot of information on where to practice snowshoeing, and quite easy-going when counting how long rental time real
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Fab service
Great service allowing us to have a wonderful holiday. Travelled with 2 adults and 2 kids age 7&4. Everything was p
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Equipment for skying and hiking
Very friendly guides and good advices about the equipment we rented as well as tours in the mountains around Tromsø
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Cross country ski rental - very bad equipment
We rented some xc sky, the personnel was nice, but they gave us a very old equipment. Maybe my granny used it as we
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What a fab afternoon!
We thoroughly enjoyed our time learning to ski cross-country style. Our group ranged from total beginners to some w
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Beginners cross country ski
We had a great time on our very first try of skiing ever and in the artic circle!! Thor our guide was pleasant,pati
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Wonderful guide
We booked the beginners cross country ski experience and had great fun. Our guide Sina was fantastic. She was cheer
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Exactly what I needed
Exactly what I needed to re-discover x-country skiing: a small group, an experienced coach, a few minutes only out
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Perfect cross country course for beginners
We were a group of 4 people. None of us had never tried cross country before. We met our guide/instructor -Sascha-
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Convenient place!
I really appreciate that there are a place to offer the service of rent gear for the extreme weather. I'd like to s
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Key Details
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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