Guided winter sea kayaking Tromsø

Explore the cold arctic fjords!


2 people
5 hours
Age limit

A paddle in the
Arctic light

The late fall and winter months are some of the best seasons to kayak around Tromsø. The water is crystal clear, the air is crisp and clean and the early afternoon sunsets are beyond beautiful. It begins with the bright colors of fall, with white tipped peaks, untill the landscape is covered in white.

In the darkest period from the middle of november to end of january we are all about polar nights with the stars twinkling 24 hours a day. Kayaking in the Arctic winter is actually warmer than you think!

Together we suit up in drysuits and stay warm kayaking our way through the sounds, islands and archipelagos, all covered in snow. Even though the Arctic winter is cold and unforgiving, a large amount of wildlife is thriving in the food rich areas up here, both under and over the sea surface. Look out for common eiders gathering urchins, White-tailed Sea Eagles scouting for prey, or a shy otter swimming away with its latest fish catch. Often a seal or two will also curiously show up by our side and follow us for a while.

Halfway through the tour we will find a nice beach, where we'll go ashore and explore. Here we will also enjoy a snack and some hot beverage to get some warmth in our bodies before heading back to the activity centre again.

This tour is arranged every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday through the winter
season. However, it can be arranged outside these days on request.

During winter time we mostly kayak out from the Kaldfjorden/Eidkjosen area. Due to more stable weather and sea conditions, in addition to more wildlife, this is a better area for kayak adventures in the winter time. We will provide transfer to and from both Sommarøy Arctic Hotel (approximately 40 minutes) and the Tromsø city centre (approximately 30 min) to our paddle location for the day. If you have your own car, you are also welcome to meet directly up at our guide centre at a reduced price of 1.290 NOK. Please select the "without transfer"-option when booking if you plan to use your own car.

This is a guided tour and you do not need previous experience to join us. Our local and certified guides are experienced with kayaking in the cold environments, and will give you a safety briefing and introduction to winter sea kayaking before setting out. On our winter tours we paddle sturdy double kayaks, but you may paddle singles on request if you can document sufficient kayaking skills. The guide will pick a location according to the weather and sea conditions to make sure you have a safe trip.

Please note that the tour is weather dependent and may have to be rescheduled or cancelled due to safety reasons. You will receive a full refund if you're not able to join a rescheduled tour.

This tour is also suitable for groups, and can be suited to your wishes on request. Please contact us for more information.

Meeting place:

For transfer from Tromsø city centre: Please meet outside the city center cinema at 9:30 AM.

For transfer from Sommarøy Arctic hotel: Please meet in the reception at 9:00 AM.

If you have your own car (and you chose the "without transfer"-option): Meet up at Innelvvegen 132 at 10:00 AM.


  • Certified and local guide with long experience of kayaking in Arctic conditions.
  • Kayak, paddle, pfd, drysuit, warm gloves and boots
  • Hot beverages
  • A small snack
  • Transfer to and from Tromsø city centre/Sommarøy Arctic hotel

Make sure to bring:

  • Warm layers to wear underneath drysuit. We recommend two layers of wool.
  • An extra warm sweater/thin down jacket
  • A warm beanie/hat
  • Water bottle
  • Some light food/snacks


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