- Hike with your own husky in the Tromsø mountainside
- Venture above the Arctic Circle to experience the midnight sun
- Explore Norway's northern wilderness by boat
- Discover the striking beauty of the Lofoten Islands
- Soar up Mount Storsteinen by cable car
|Day 1||Arrive in Tromsø||Tromsø|
|Day 2||Guided Husky Dog Hike||Tromsø|
|Day 3||Transfer to Senja||Senja|
|Day 4||Arctic Boat Safari||Senja|
|Day 5||Explore Ånderdalen National Park||Senja|
|Day 6||Transfer to the Lofoten Islands, Explore Svolvær||Svolvær|
|Day 7||Trollfjord & Sea Eagle RIB Boat Tour||Svolvær|
|Day 8||Explore the Lofoten Islands||Svolvær|
|Day 9||Transfer to Reine, Explore the Southern Lofoten Islands||Reine|
|Day 10||Reinefjorden Cruise||Reine|
|Day 11||Free Day to Explore||Reine|
|Day 12||Transfer to Svolvær, Hurtigruten Overnight Ferry to Tromsø||Hurtigruten|
|Day 13||Arrive in Tromsø, Cable Car Experience||Tromsø|
|Day 14||Depart Tromsø|
Day 1: Arrive in Tromsø
Day 2: Guided Husky Dog Hike
It's your first full day in northern Norway, and what better way to discover the glory of an Arctic summer than a family hike in the mountains, accompanied by your very own huskies? After breakfast, you'll be picked up from your meeting point in Tromsø and take a short scenic drive to the kennels. Watch the kids' delight as they meet the playful puppies and learn about the life of a Norwegian working dog. Then choose your very own furry hiking buddy for the day, whose harness will be clipped to your hiking belt for the trip.
Depending on energy levels, set off for a leisurely stroll or opt for a slightly more strenuous hike into the highlands as you get to know your enthusiastic and sociable husky. Experience the true meaning of friluftsliv, the profoundly ingrained Norweigan concept of open-air living, as you enjoy the beautiful mountainside, bursting to life with birdsong, berries, and summer flowers. Afterward, relax inside a traditional lavvo hut with a refreshing drink and a slice of the owner's famous chocolate cake. Return to Tromsø, where the rest of the day is yours to spend as you wish.
Day 3: Transfer to Senja
Today you'll leave the city behind and transfer to Senja, Norway's second-largest island that sits north above the Arctic Circle. Known for its dramatic scenery, thanks to its imposing mountains, steep fjords, sandy beaches, and tiny fishing villages, Senja is the perfect spot for adventurous, outdoor-loving families who crave adventure and nature-based excursions off the beaten path.
After checking in at your accommodation, you have several options. Pack a picnic, hop in the car, and loop around the island, stopping off wherever it takes your fancy. Or, opt for one of the island's many hikes. Husfjell, one of Senja's most rewarding trails on the island's northwestern coast, is a gradual uphill climb, perfect for little legs. Reach the top, and if there's more in the tank, carry on to the nearby peaks of Ersfjorden, Steinfjorden, and the Okshornan mountain range, with awe-inspiring panoramas.
During the summer months, you'll have the opportunity to experience the midnight sun phenomenon due to the island's northernmost setting. Let the kids stay up (you're on holiday, after all) and see their astonished faces when nighttime never falls and the sun's dimming golden light gives the surroundings an ethereal glow. Families with older children can make the most of the late nights, as many sights and activities stay open into the early morning hours.
Day 4: Arctic Boat Safari
After a leisurely breakfast (especially if you stayed up to experience the midnight sun), get ready for one of the ultimate ways to explore the island's breathtaking coastline. Make your way to the harbor and step aboard your boat, where you and your family will spend the next few hours sailing along the icy turquoise waters as you explore remote coastal destinations amid the Arctic wilderness. Children will adore helping the crew spot sea eagles, seals, and, if you're lucky, perhaps even a whale or two.
As the kids enjoy their time as captains of the sea and relish their new seal and eagle-spotting roles, relax as you glide through the archipelago. Look out across the hundreds of tiny islands and inlets before heading to one of the nearby fishing villages to see a slice of true Norweigan island life. In the afternoon, either relax on one of the white sandy beaches nearby or head back out to sea for a family kayak in the calm waters around Senja.
Day 5: Explore Ånderdalen National Park
It's your final day on Senja, so make the most of your incredible surroundings and spend the day exploring the hiking trails in the 52 square-mile (134 sq km) Ånderdalen National Park. Known for representing the best of northern Norway's gems, the park's preservation order protects its distinct Alpine coastal landscape and ancient pine forest with countless trees, many over 600 years old.
Fascinate the kids with tales of the park's cultural heritage and the coastal Sámi (famous for their bear-hunting skills) who settled here in Saga times and, more recently, the land Sámi, whose practice of reindeer herding lives on today. Keep your eyes peeled for native wildlife, including red foxes, stoats, hares, and shrews, as you hike along the park's many trails. A family selfie atop the iconic peak of Segla, with its imposing sheer cliff face and panoramic views of Mefjord and Øyfjord, is pretty much compulsory.
Day 6: Transfer to the Lofoten Islands, Explore Svolvær
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Day 7: Trollfjord & Sea Eagle RIB Boat TourEnjoy a leisurely breakfast in Svolvær, and then rally the troops for today's adventure. The best way to experience the majesty of the Lofoten Islands is by boat, and this morning, you will combine sea safari with bird watching as you and the kids seek out the white-tailed sea eagle, Norway's largest bird of prey, with a wing span up to 8.5 feet (2.6 m). You'll depart from Svolvær's quayside and embark on a guided RIB speedboat tour through the strait of Øyhellsundet and the dramatic Trollfjord with its narrow entrance and steep mountainsides.
Day 8: Explore the Lofoten Islands
Spend the day getting to know the Lofoten islands at your own pace. Hire a car and follow the E10 road, which runs along the archipelago, and after thirty minutes, reach the beautiful island of Gimsøya, rich in birdlife and hiking opportunities. Don't miss a gentle hike to the top of Hoven, an accessible peak for kids to navigate with impressive 360-degree views of the Vesterålen islands when you reach the summit.
Once you've built up an appetite, sit down to lunch in the café inside the town's small grocery store or grab picnic supplies and head to Gimsøya's white sandy beaches for some family downtime. The island's farm is a great spot to take the kids and home to several Icelandic horses.
Continue to Vestvågøy Island and explore the fishing village of Eggum before reaching Bøstad, where you'll find the superb Lofotr Viking Museum. Release the kids' inner Viking with various family-friendly activities, from archery, horse-riding, rowing Viking boats, axe throwing (parents only), or crafting in the chieftain's house. Finish your epic day of adventure with a trip to Unstad, a surfing hotspot with a worldwide reputation and great local food—the perfect stop for an early dinner.
Day 9: Transfer to Reine, Explore the Southern Lofoten Islands
Day 10: Reinefjorden Cruise
Day 11: Free Day to Explore
Day 12: Transfer to Svolvær, Hurtigruten Overnight Ferry to Tromsø
Today you'll transfer back to Svolvær before catching the overnight Norweigan Coastal Express (Hurtigruten) to Tromsø. The first leg of your journey is only a couple of hours, so spend a relaxed morning saying goodbye to Reine before hitting the road. Arrive in Svolvær and enjoy some free time either browsing the town's galleries, boutiques, and museums or squeezing in one last activity before heading to one of the many cozy restaurants for dinner. As evening falls and the midnight sun starts to appear, board the Hurtigruten and settle in for the night.
Day 13: Arrive in Tromsø, Cable Car Experience
Day 14: Depart Tromsø
As your family adventure draws to a close, make your way to the airport, and prepare to board your flight. Trygge reiser (safe travels)!
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