Active Tromsø
Active Tromsø
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Your ultimate destination for outdoor activities in Northern Norway! With more than 40 years of experience in extreme challenges, we offer advanced dog sled trips, glacier hikes, kayaking and mountaineering. Choose a trip to fit your individual sense of nature. A once-in-a-lifetime treat for anyone, who has the spirit for adventure running in their blood.
Tromso, Norway
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2022

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Katja
Jestetten, Germany10 contributions
Feb 2020
We booked this night dog sledding tour spontanously by sending an Email over the homepage and asking for a tour the next day (missed our original tour with another company). Sandra immediatly answered and as the day tours were fully booked we (me and 2 children, 7 and 16 years) decided the night tour. We were only a very small group of 5 people, guided by Tore the owner. So my nephew had his own sledge, my daughter and I shared one and there was a couple sharing one. It was a fantastic experience, despite or maybe due the to fact I was falling off the sledge twice ;-) I would absolutely recommend the night tour, as it was an even more special, "wild" experience! My daughter and nephew also enjoyed it very much; the dogs were friendly and really wanted to run. You could feel their unhappiness when stopping on the way and the power they have when pulling the sledge. It was really amazing driving the sledge on your own for 2 hours, also as we didn't have to stop too often (only 4 sledges) and would highly recommend it. You need some basic fitness I would say, as you really need to control the sledge with the break, hold your balance etc. but I was absolutely able to do it... Afterwards some hot tea, biscuits and very interestic information about the 92 dogs living there from Birte. If you think about Active Tromso or the other local dog sledding company, I would hightly recommend Active Tromso - you will get more for your money and most likely the adventure you are really looking for!
Written March 2, 2020
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RCHS
4 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
A superb day dog sledding with Active Tromso.

When we were looking through the companies who provide dog sledding tours, we were immediately drawn to Active Tromso as they looked a little more personal and focused on providing a great experience. And they delivered in every way!

The dogs are very well cared for by a team of experienced staff who were able to answer every question about the sport, the dogs and the surrounding area.

After a safety briefing and instructions, we were paired with our dog team and were off! A 2.5 hour journey through exquisite landscapes led by an experienced guide.

On return we sat around a blazing camp fire, drank coffee and had a chance to ask questions about the dogs and sledding. Warm kit was provided, though we recommend bringing a choice of under layers and some dry clothing should you get caught out in wet weather.

An all round fantastic experience, we are already planning our next dog sledding trip!

Thanks Active Tromso!
Written February 6, 2023
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Alyssia H
1 contribution
Feb 2022
Fantastic Experience All Round! This is a more intimate dog sledding experience i.e. you will not find big buses full of tourists here which is lovely. On arrival we were given very good warm overalls, gloves and chunky boots which made a huge difference (definitely make use of them). My friends, partner and I were a bit ignorant in that we thought professionals would be driving our sleds. When we first learned that this was not the case we were a little anxious but after being shown how to and experiencing it we wouldn't have wanted anything other than to experience driving the sleds ourselves. How often can you say you drove a dog sled yourself right? My partner and I took turns as strength is needed especially when helping the dogs to get over some hills. We all followed our amazing guide Emilie who was always keeping an eye on us and stopping when necessary. The tour was the perfect duration and afterwards our group enjoyed coffees, teas, biscuits and chats around a fire. We were also offered more time to spend with the dogs if we wanted but I was happy to stay by the fire. It was clear to see that the dogs are happy and well looked after there. They adored our guide Emilie and got so excited when she was near them. It's no wonder they loved her as she is oozing with personality. 100% recommend - definitely the highlight of our trip to Norway!
Written February 28, 2022
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Lisa J
Dallas, TX17 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
My boyfriend and I signed up for dog sledding with Active Tromso knowing that it would involve some physical activity on our part and I was a little nervous for what that meant. However, the snow was fresh during our visit (no ice to break through) so it really wasn’t bad at all and was actually my favorite activity during our trip to Norway by far.

We arrived to the base camp and changed into warmer clothes and boots provided by Active Tromso. I definitely recommend doing this as the dogs will jump on you and you’ll be smelling like them by the end of the day. :) Then our guide gave us instructions on how to steer and ride in the dog sled. I was still nervous but we were definitely prepared with the information we needed before we were on our way. We went dog sledding for approximately 2 hours and stopped throughout to trade drivers (optional). The trip would’ve been longer had it not been so warm for the dogs outside.

Once we returned to the base camp we helped kennel the dogs and got to play and take pics with them. Then we all sat in a covered cave-like area around a fire and chatted about the dog sledding industry, how Active Tromso takes care of their dogs and why they choose to do smaller group tours. Our guides Martin and Christine were very enthusiastic about answering questions and it was clear that they love what they do. Tour guides can definitely make or break an experience and we had the best! Also, I wanted to note that the owner of the company was our bus driver and he was working out on the trail while we went on our excursion. We were impressed with his involvement. If you do some research on him you’ll see that he has quite the resume!

Overall it was a great experience and I would definitely recommend using this company!
Written January 1, 2020
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Lisa, I’m honestly blown away by how lovely this review is. We are definitely going to add it to our wall of fame. Tore, the owner, is actively involved in every aspect of the business - even tough it sometimes feels like the work is never done. He’s used to doing it all. We hope to see you again very soon! Best wishes, The Active Tromsø Team
Written January 13, 2020
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Lena W
3 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
We couldn't have wished for more!
We had a great day with Sandra, Tore and their great dogs.
We had a husky sled on wheels until nighttime and continued sitting around a campfire listening to Tores stories.
The weather was great so very saw a lot of Northern lights before we went back to the city.
Thank you so much, we will definitely come back for a sledding trip on snow :)
Give cuddles to the dogs from us - yes, to all of them please :)
Written September 22, 2021
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Tara
New York City, NY12 contributions
Nov 2022
I had a great time dog sledding with Joe as my guide. There wasn't enough snow for the sleds so we went out on carts, but it was still a very fun time and well worth the money. I was the only guest so I got to drive my own "sled" for the entire time, which was great. I would strongly recommend going out with Active Tromso, regardless of the weather!
Written December 1, 2022
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Astrid G
4 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We did the tour today with a small group of 10 people and were picked up by bus. After a 30min ride we were given proper snow suits and boots and a very understandable instruction how to ride the sled. 2 person each sled with 5 dogs. we had many options to change the driver (almost every 10min). It lasted around 2-2.5hours and the dogs were really amazing. Very motivated and in good shape.It was a once in a life-time experience. Our guide also helped us take some photos during the ride. After sledding we helped to unharness the dogs and met them again at their camp. we had a lot of time cuddling and kissing all the dogs at the camp. It was also nice hearing the stories of our guide around a camp fire with tea, coffee and cookies. all in all, most amazing time in Tromsø and you can really see the owners love their dogs and they are well looked after. the dogs are real sled dogs competing in actual races, not just for tourists and you can feel their power. the whole ride is very doable if you bring a normal fitness level. just be sure being able to run up-hill on snow at some point but you can always change the driver.
Written January 15, 2020
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Astrid, thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. Our dog sled trips are the heart and soul of what we do, and we couldn't ask for a better life then being able to share this love with you. We hope you'll come and see us again soon! Best wishes, The Active Tromsø Team
Written January 20, 2020
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Sarah24962018
Oslo, Norway3 contributions
Jan 2020
We arrived at the camp and were given all the nessasary equipment (Snow suits, boots, mittens) to keep us warm. One of the friendly staff, Bee, made sure everyone has well fitting equipment. After that our guide Martin gave us a very comprehensive instruction how to ride the sled.

Two people shared a sled, one driving and one riding it as a passenger. Its pulled by five very motivated dogs. You could see the dogs are well taken care of and love what they doing. The staff is very experienced and could answer all my questions about dog sleeding. Driving the sled was great, you can change roles whenever you want. Martin helped out if there was a problem and gave trips in what you can improve. The landscape was incredible and the tour lasted around 2-2.5 hours.

The tour ended with a nice cup of coffee/tea in the little hut with a fire place and some interesting stories which Tore continued while he was dropping us off in town.

If you are looking for a company with smaller tour groups, friendly and experienced staff and happy dogs I can highly recommend it to everyone who visits Tromso.

This was one of the best days of my life! I already booked my next tour with this guys!
Thank you so much.
Written February 18, 2020
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Amy G
1 contribution
Feb 2023
We found Active Tromso to be unfair. There was very bad weather on the day we were meant to go dog sledding, with three severe weather warnings. The night before I asked if it was bad weather and they agreed and offered another time. I assumed the sledding was cancelled but to my surprise the next day they they said it had not been cancelled and people had gone out. We could not make the one other time offered and there was no other option given. They then refused to answer my emails and calls and simply kept all the money. We had paid 100% fee upfront for 4 people. It was unfair and unreasonable behaviour. I felt robbed
Written February 27, 2023
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Yoh-There
4 contributions
Jan 2023
This was an absolute amazing experience with wonderful people, who actively try not to please everybody: you need to be in a little bit of physical shape, but that takes you on something far, far more than just 5km on a frozen lake and back. These guys take you on slanted terrain in serious snow. We had the night tour in January and sled through the valley between the faintly moon lit mountains. Beautiful and exciting.

Great and fun info from the more than friendly staff who also dropped us off closer to our lodgings.

Not being a dog person, these strong animals were amazing. Super enthusiastic and extremely friendly. And our impression was that they were very well taken care of.

We lucked out with some serious Northern Lights as a desert.

Very, very recommended
Written January 17, 2023
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