In early February I packed my hand luggage bag and boarded a plane to Tromsø with my friends. I’ve always wanted to see the Northern Lights and since my friend was going there for a work conference I decided to book my flights to go husky sledding and see the infamous Aurora Borealis!
I looked at different things you could do there and husky sledding (or dog sledding) was one of the activities that I really wanted to tick off on my bucket list. I booked the husky sledding with Arctic Adventures Tours and I can happily recommend going with them! We went for the day trip which lasts for 4 hours but they also do overnight and even week long expeditions for the more adventurous ones. It’s pretty expensive at 1285 NOK per person, but the way I see it it’s a once in a lifetime experience!
We were picked up at a hotel by the pier (our own hotel was about 10 min walk away, very handy) in the morning and a 30 min ride to Kvaløya (one of the many islands surrounding Tromsø) later and we were at HQ where we were kitted out in warm suits, shoes, hats and gloves. Everything is provided for, you just need to show up in some warm inner layers.
You go in pairs on the sled – one driver and one passenger. There were frequent stops throughout to switch driver/passenger so that everyone could try both. As my friend was worried he was still hungover from the previous night, I was the driver for most of the journey. Oh boy was it fun! You really do have full control of the dogs on a speedy flight over the snow! For the actual journey itself, see the photos below!
For the northern lights I booked a ferry to get away from the light noise to see them properly as it’s not ideal in a city full of light. Unfortunately our trip coincided with the storm Ole so I did not get to see them. Next time!
Here are some bonus scenery photos from Tromsø city!