It goes without saying that Norway is a winter wonderland. It seems that so much of the travel media focuses only on the fjords in the summer and the Northern lights in the winter. There is obvious justification for this but that is definitely not all there is to do. There is an abundance of winter activities here to satisfy any nature lover and some of them can only be found North of the Arctic circle. Here are our top picks for things to do in the Winter!
This was an experience that we will never forget. It blew me away how much energy and vigor these Husky’s have. I was also surprised how much skill it took to stay on the sled! For a hard turn you would have to put both legs on the side you are turning and lean into it, if not, you would flip over! If it was steep, you might have to get out and push. It was one of the greatest adrenaline rushes I’ve ever experienced and we both had huge smiles on our faces the entire time!
Horse riding along a fjord
We are so thrilled to have done this! Horse riding has to be one of the best ways to see the fjord during the winter. We were amazed at how sure footed these guys were on the ice and snow… The horses climbed up and down the hills, through the woods and all along the fjord as we just took it all in, Norway is seriously stunning! Of course you can also do this in the summer and I’m sure it is an incredible experience too, in fact we are already planning a summer trip, but galloping along the fjord with the snow kicking up was such a crazy feeling! If you’re lucky you may even spot a moose or reindeer!
Snorkeling with Killer Whales
I don’t know what could be more extreme than this. Swimming with one of the most intelligent animals in the world and the ocean’s apex predator. This can be done in the winter time from December to the end of February (seasonal dependent). The location of the whales can also change from year to year but you can typically see them near Bodø and the Lofoten islands. There are several companies that arrange diving and snorkeling tours, if you’re brave enough!
Search for the Northern Lights
This is of course a given, the elusive Aurora Borealis. Head North of the Arctic Circle to maximize your chances of seeing them during the months of February, March, September and October as these have less cloudy days. See our Northern Lights post for more details.
Very popular activity in Winter when the ice freezes over. Drink beer or hot chocolate and be patient as the fish come up. Enjoy the fresh air and scenery as you place yourself in the shoes of Norwegian’s of old who had to do this to feed their families. You should only go with an experienced fisherman since there are some inherent dangers with this activity.
See a Polar Bear
Venture to the Svalbard archipelago off the coast of Norway for a chance to see these majestic animals in the flesh. Home to around 3,000 polar bears, the humans on the island are nearly outnumbered! The bears are very dangerous and proper precautions should be taken, in fact it’s illegal to leave the settlements of Svalbard without carrying a rifle or being accompanied by an armed guide!
No trip to Norway would be complete without trying cross-country skiing, the classic way that Norwegian’s get around in the winter. This is not only a national pastime but also a necessity in some instances and perhaps the fastest way to get around.
So there you have it, our top winter activities to do in Norway! Did we miss anything? What are some of your favorite things to do in winter?