Snowshoeing in Norway is one of the easiest ways to get outdoors and active in nature during the winter months. Most Norwegians prefer to ski, but for many of us that seems a bit daunting. Instead, strapping on a pair of snowshoes and setting off across the powder is a relaxed way to enjoy the views and feel the crisp air on a wintry outdoors adventure.

If you’re planning on snowshoeing in Norway, pack plenty of warm clothes appropriate for physical activity. Think woolen baselayers and socks, a fleece, waterproof jacket and pants, scarf, gloves, and warm boots.

Most snowshoeing adventures are in Northern Norway, but there are some pretty cool (excuse the pun) trips further south as well, albeit with a shorter season.

Tromsø

Tromsø is possibly the best place to go snowshoeing in Norway, with a variety of experiences available including short trips, day trips, and evening trips for the northern lights.

Snowshoeing for beginners

Man snowshoeing in Norway

You don’t have to travel far from Tromsø city to get out into the arctic nature. If you’re a beginner snowshoer and want to get a taste of the experience (while taking heaps of photos), Tromsø Wilderness Center have a perfect 4 hour tour. If it’s a really chilly day, the hot meal will warm you up.

Getting there
Pick-up and drop-off at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Tromsø city center.

Half-day trip to Kvaløya

Woman admiring a sea view from Kvaløya

Kvaløya, or Whale island, is a short drive from Tromsø and filled with mountains and wildlife. Pukka Travels offers one of the comfiest trips in their glass-roofed, zero-emission Tesla Model X car. One of the best rated tour companies in Tromsø, the four-hour combined sightseeing drive and snowshoeing hike is adapted to the guests and conditions on the day.

Getting there
Meet at the Pukka Travels shop in Tromsø city center.

Evening snowshoeing with a bonfire

Snowshoes next to a bonfire

Let’s face it, winter in Tromsø makes it feel like it’s night time for most of the day, so why not embrace it? If you never really grew up, or just want to feel like a kid again, Tromsø Outdoor has created the perfect evening. After a snowshoe walk and tobogganing there are stories and snacks around a bonfire. If the conditions are right, the northern lights will dance across the sky.

Getting there
Pick-up and drop-off at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Tromsø city center.

Bergen

The best snowshoeing near Bergen requires a bit of travel, but it’s well worth it if you’re seeking more of a physical challenge.

Trolltunga

Three man standing on Trolltunga in winter

A visit to Trolltunga is on many people’s bucket lists and coming in winter doesn’t mean you have to miss it. In fact, the chilly weather and snow mean you’ll avoid the crowds and have a much more unique experience.

Trolltunga Active lead a trek on snowshoes (or skis, if you’d prefer) from February to May. It’s a 24 kilometre return trip with a 1,200 meter ascent on the first leg, so it’s not for the faint of heart.

Getting there
There’s a briefing at 21:00 the night before at the Trolltunga Hotel in Odda. If you stay at the hotel, you’ll get free transport to and from the Trolltunga Active office where the trek begins.

Odda is a three-hour drive from Bergen. A direct bus takes about the same time.

Folgefonna National Park

Tracks in the snow in Folgefonna National Park

Folgefonna glacier is the third largest glacier in Norway. Folgefonni Breførarlag, based out of Jondal, are the local experts with custom snowshoeing tours. The highlight is a trip to the “Folgefonna Panorama” viewpoint. (Note the list price is for a group of up to 12).

Getting there
Jondal is best reached by car, about a 2-hour drive from Bergen.

Stavanger

Much like Bergen, some travel is required to reach the best snowshoeing spots, but it’s uncomplicated and memorable.

Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)

Woman standing on Preikestolen in winter

The trek to Preikestolen is tricky in winter and should not be completed without a guide. Luckily, Outdoorlife Norway take care of all the necessary transport and equipment meaning you can focus on enjoying one of Norway’s most famous hikes. One of the best bits about an off-season hike is that you get to skip the crowds! Depending on the conditions you might just spikes for your shoes to help with traction on the slippery trail.

Longer trips are also available, like the 3-day Kjerag trek.

Getting there
Outdoorlife Norway offers hotel pick-up in Stavanger.

Stranda

Fjord view from Stranda resort

Not far from Ålesund are the beautiful Sunnmøre Alps, a stunning winter destination for skiing and other fun in the snow. Stranda, with it’s impressive gondola and position along the Storfjord is a popular base.

One of the most famous peaks around Stranda is Lievarden, with unreal views of the surrounding fjords and mountains. The snowshoe hike with Uteguiden is unmissable if you’re visiting the area. Be sure to take a trip on the gondola too!

Getting there
Meet at the Uteguiden center in Stranda. It’s a 2-hour drive or bus ride from Ålesund to Stranda.

Geilo

Man snowshoeing at sunset

Geilo is a small town located on the train line between Oslo and Bergen. It’s a popular place to stop off for a taste of the mountains when travelling between the two cities and an easy place to try snowshoeing in Norway.

For a true taste of Norwegian “kos” (basically having a lovely time with good company), Hilde and Jørgen from Vinternatt lead short evening snowshoe expeditions into the forest around Geilo. In the heart of the forest, it’s time to light a bonfire and enjoy a traditional Norwegian meal.

Getting there
Geilo is easily reached by train from Oslo or Bergen.

Bodø

Man snowshoeing by the woods

Often a brief stop on a trip to Lofoten, Bodø can also deliver a Northern Norway wilderness experience. The woods just outside of town are a local favorite for hiking and skiing. For a relaxed journey through the quiet, snowy forest, check out the daytime and evening walks with Nordland Turselskap. Take the evening option if you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of the northern lights.

Getting there
Meet at the Tourist information office in Bodø. Fly to Bodø or take the scenic train across the Arctic Circle from Trondheim.

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