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Matthew Wordsworth's Cross Country Skiing, Aurora Camping and Dog Sledding Weekend in Tromso

Explore Tromso, Cross-Country ski, Relax around a fire under the Northern Lights, sleep in a cozy Sami tent and then drive a dog sled - all in one weekend.

Explore the Artic Circle by foot, ski’s and sleds on this Epic Weekend to remember. Experience the most Northerly city in the word’s famous nightlife before setting out to try Norway’s national sport: Cross-country skiing. Play with over 300 huskies, then relax around a campfire, fill up on a dinner of traditional Sami foods, and watch for the Northern Lights to appear overhead. You’ll spend the night in a warm, communal Sami tent before waking the next morning to a delicious breakfast. Embark on a dog sled ride across the tundra, then return for lunch before heading back to town.

  • Guided cross-country skiing experience
  • Guided, hands-on tour of the dog yard
  • Guided dog sled tour either as a passenger or driver
  • Delicious Sami dinner, breakfast and lunch
  • Northern Lights viewing by a campfire or outdoor hot tub
  • Night in a cozy, traditional Sami tent
  • Transport to and from Tromso

Perfect for:

  • Skiiers looking to try something new.
  • Adventurers who want to experience the thrill of dog sledding
  • Travellers curious about local cultures and traditions
  • Camping
  • —Tromsø
  • Activity Type
    • Exploring cultures and communities
    • Exploring nature and wildlife
  • Groups up to 25


The Plan

A weekend to remember. Arrive in Tromso on the Friday and you’re free to explore the most Northerly city in the world. On Saturday you’ll be whisked away for a day of cross-country skiing before being picked up by your host in Tromso in the evening and driven half an hour away to a dog sledding and nature centre where you’ll meet the 300+ huskies in the dog yard. Afterwards, settle in around a campfire for a traditional Sami meal and the opportunity to watch the Northern Lights appear overhead. Spend the night in a comfortable Sami tent relaxing around the fire, then wake the next morning to a hot breakfast. Learn how to prepare a dog sled, then ride or drive your sled across the tundra with your guide. Enjoy a warm lunch before heading back to Tromso.

Day 1: Arrive and explore

Arrive in Tromso on Friday, and check in to your accommodation. You’re free to spend the evening exploring the cities numerous delights, stopping along the way for a drink or two. The city is known for its lively night life and the wide range of restaurants. Tromsø’s multi-cultural community, featuring more than 100 nationalities, does its very best to whet local palates, and there is no shortage of new eateries based on local food.

Day 2: Cross Country Skiing, Husky Meeting and Aurora Camping

You’ll be picked up at 9:15 and head out to Breivikeidet for a day of cross-country skiing, Norway’s national sport, including a hot meal and tea/coffee before arriving back in Tromso at 15:00, for an afternoon in the city.

You’ll be picked up in Tromso at 18:15 from the Radison Blu Hotel, and taken half an hour away to meet the dogs. Warm clothing is provided so you can play with the dogs without messing up your own clothes. A knowledgeable guide will introduce you to the experienced sled dogs as well as the brand new puppies, and answer all your questions about training sled dogs. You’ll also have the option of watching some short films about dog sledding and the famous Iditarod dog sled race in Alaska.

Afterwards, head back to camp to relax on reindeer hides around a campfire. Hot drinks and a traditional Sami dinner will be provided while you keep an eye out for the magnificent Northern Lights to begin their show. Jump in the outdoor hot tub to really watch the show in style. When you’re tired, head to bed in a warm and cozy Sami tent.

Day 3: Breakfast, Dog Sledding and Return to Tromso

A hot breakfast will tempt you out of bed in the morning. Learn how to gear up a dog sled, then head out across the tundra either as the passenger in a sled, or as the driver of your own team. Your guide will escort you across the arctic landscape and help you out along the way. Back at the camp you’ll warm up over lunch before heading back to Tromso in the afternoon around 2pm.


Accommodation for the Aurora camping on Saturday is in a traditional communal Sami tent. The tent is a peaked wooden structure, nicely heated by a wood-burning stove, with room to sleep 10-12 people. Sleeping bags and reindeer hides are provided to keep you extra warm. The hot tub is just outside. Toilets are in an adjacent building. A private tent that sleeps up to 4 people can be arranged at additional cost. Inquire at booking.

For Friday night, our local host recommends the Smart Hotel in Tromso:ø
from £80

For a more affordable option also have a look at Citycamp Guesthouse Tromso:
from £38


Located in the Arctic Circle, Tromso is known as the Paris of the North. It is the northernmost city in the world with a population just over 70,000. The contrast of modern city with old wooden buildings backed with views of the fjords and the Northern Lights are sure to captivate you. The dog yard is located half an hour outside town.

Start point?
You will be picked up in Tromso at 09:15 on Saturday for the start of your cross-country skiing adventure. You’ll then be dropped back in the city at 15:00, and picked up again at 18:15 for the start of Aurora Camping experience. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
You will be dropped off in Tromso on Sunday around 14:00. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
There are regular international flights to Tromso and domestic flights from Oslo throughout the year. The airport is just a 15min drive from the city centre by bus, shuttle or taxi.


What is included?

To maximise convenience, we’ve included much of the travel and logistics:

  • 1 day guided cross-country skiing experience
  • 1 night in a traditional Sami tent
  • Sleeping bag and reindeer hides
  • Time with the 300 huskies in the dog yard
  • Guided dog sled excursion
  • Watching the Northern Lights around a campfire
  • Dinner, breakfast and lunch
  • Round-trip transportation between Tromso and the dog centre
  • Knowledgeable English-speaking guides

What extra costs are there?

The following are not included in the tour price:

  • Flights to and from Tromso
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation on Friday night
  • Tips for your guides
  • Travel insurance
  • Extra dog sledding excursion

How fit do I need to be?

Driving a dog sled is doable for most travellers, or you can relax as a passenger. Cross-country skiing requires a good level of fitness, but if your active and excited to try this new sport you’ll get on fine.

What’s the weather like?

Winter temperatures in Norway are cold, but due to the warm Gulf Stream current it’s much more pleasant than other countries at the same latitude. Daytime temperatures average just below freezing, but can drop to -20 °C, even when it’s sunny out.

What’s the food like?

Traditional Sami cuisine is based on a diet of fish, reindeer and berries. It includes such foods as reindeer sausage, bread, cloudberry jam, salted fish, and bidos, a hearty reindeer stew with vegetables. Coffee and cake will also be provided. Tromso has a number of restaurants specialising in the fresh food of the artic.

Can my dietary restrictions be accommodated?

Absolutely! Vegetarian options are easy to arrange, and other needs can also be met. Inquire at booking.

What equipment is provided?

Cross country skis and poles will be provided for the skiing experience. Work clothes are provided for meeting the dogs so you don’t mess up your nice clothes. Warm and waterproof gear is also included in case the weather is poor. Sleeping bags and reindeer hides are provided for your cozy night in the tent, which has an indoor fire to keep you nice and warm.

What should I pack?

Bring your usual ski gear, plus warm footwear, warm layers including thermal underwear top and bottom, sunglasses, swimming trunks, and all your usual overnight luggage. Don’t forget a camera!