Packing smart for Northern Norway


Wondering what to put in your suitcase for your upcoming trip to Tromsø? Arctic temperatures can be harsh but following these easy tips will help ensure you spend less time fearing the weather and more time making memories. 

You are going WHERE on vacation?

To 350km above the Arctic Circle that is where! Fear not though, unlike many other parts of the Arctic, Tromsø benefits from relatively warmer temperatures due to the Gulf Stream. Average temperatures in the Tromsø area in the fall and winter range between -12 and +10 degrees Celsius. However, being on the sea means that wind chill and humidity play a role making the “real feel” colder than the what the thermometer says.

Comfort is key

Fall comes early to Northern Norway. We are reaching for wool and insulated hoodies by early September. While Tromsø is a modern city with lots of culture and dining options, people generally dress more casually than in the South. Jeans and a nice shirt or sweater are completely acceptable dinner attire. Footwear should be comfortable and ladies, you can leave your stilettos at home since sidewalks are often snowy and ice covered. Most locals have slip-on spikes that go over street shoes to ensure safe transit from point A to B.

Braving the elements

When packing your bag for outdoor activities be sure to include lots of layers. Experienced outdoors people swear by this recipe:
Start with good quality merino wool on both top and bottom worn next to the skin,
add a cozy mid-layer jacket that is insulated and breathable,
and finally, water and wind proof shell pants and jacket.

Head gear and good mittens or gloves are also essential to ensure that you can prolong your time outside, especially if you are planning a guided tour to one of our mountains or an evening chasing northern lights. Some warm and study trail shoes or hiking boots should also make it into your suitcase since the temperatures will likely be around freezing.

And if you are really lucky, after you have spent a couple of days absorbing the best of Tromsø in autumnal yellows and oranges, you might just catch the first snow fall of the season. And believe me, there is nothing more magical than Tromsø dressed in white. That is when the fun really begins!

We are here to help

Our experienced guides and staff are happy to help you when planning your trip so don’t be shy about reaching out to us when you drag out your suitcase at home. And once you are here in Tromsø we can always point in you the right direction for good quality gear. When booking tours with us we will tell you exactly what you need to have and we provide any special equipment to make each tour a successful memory making experience.

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Dear Guests,
Dear Partners,

On March, 12 2020 the Norwegian Directorate of Health Bjørn Guldvog has adopted comprehensive measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and to help maintain the necessary health and care services.

The Directorate of Health decided that everyone who comes from outside the Nordic countries should quarantine for 14 days, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not. Retroactive from 27 February. This means if you booked a tour with Northern Norway Travel and you are within the Nordic Country before 27 February 2020 with approved documentations, we will try to run the tour with you.

If you arrived after 27 February to the Nordic country, you have to be in quarantine and are not allowed to attend the booked tour with us. Due to this new measure, we would like you to reach out to us and cancel the booking if you have to go into quarantine or to reschedule the booking free of charge within the year 2020.

If you have to cancel the booking please contact your travel insurance company for refund due to your quarantine.

Guests who booked via online travel agents or other third parties are advised to contact their booking provider for information on their policies and for assistance. All tours until 26 March 2020 are affected until further notice.

Thank you for your support and your loyalty. We will keep you updated through this dynamic situation and cannot wait to welcome you at one of our tours soon.

All the best,

Your Northern Norway Travel team