7 Easy Hikes With Spectacular Views In Tromso, Norway

Tromso (or Tromsø which is its real name), is the relatively small city in Northern Norway, north of the Arctic Circle where I grew up. Covered by mountains and wilderness, Tromso is the perfect place for outdoor activities like hiking! The mountains surrounding Tromso are for many inhabitants the main reason for living in this Arctic city, as mountain hiking and skiing are very popular the whole year round.

In recent years hiking in the mountains have become increasingly popular among visiting tourists as well, and we often meet tourists on our hikes. For many of them, this is their first time exploring the mountains. Since I was a little girl, these mountains have been my playground, and I’d like to highlight some of my favourite mountains for beginner hikers. These are all easy hikes close to Tromso city that still provide breathtaking views:

1. Brosmetinden (525 m)

Brosmetinden is one of my favourite walks. It is an easy hike where you have a fantastic view of the ocean and neighbouring islands the whole hike. The view at the top the view is breathtaking!

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Maria enjoying the view at Borsmetinden

You can see the top of Borsmetinden mountain from the parking place. There is a well-marked pathway all the way up to the top, so it`s easy to find the way.

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Walking path to Brosmetinden

  • Where is itBrosmetinden is on the “backside” of Kvaløya island, next to Rekvik and Tromvik. 
  • Height: 525 metres above sea level
  • Distance to walk: 4 km both ways
  • Time: 1-2 hours
  • How to get there: It is easiest to get to Brosmetinden by car (1 hour). It takes one hour from Tromsø centre by car to get to the starting point of the hike to Brosmetinden. From Tromsø you drive to Kvaløya, follow the signs to Eidkjosen. At Eidkjosen you take to the right at the intersection and drive to Kaldfjorden and over to Grøtfjorden. There is a stunning beach in Grøtfjorden, well worth a stop. Grøtfjord is the perfect place to go for a swim, play some beach volleyball and have a barbeque on the beach. From Grøtfjorden you follow the signs towards Tromvik. At the intersection, take the left towards Rekvik. The parking is on the right-hand side of the road, and the path towards Brosmetinden is just next to the parking.
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Midnight sun over Grøtfjord. It is well worth a stop on the way to Bromsetind.

2. Fløya (671 m)

A trip to the mountain Fløya is mandatory when visiting Tromso. You can take the easy way out and opt for the cable car (4 minutes each way), but if you want some exercise and a great hike, you should grab your running shoes and walk up to the top.

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View of Tromso city from Fløya

From the cable car house, take the path to the left, there is a sign showing where to go.

On your way up, you get a better and better view of Tromsø city and in the distance, the island Kvaløya, with its beautiful mountains. The view is absolutely breathtaking once you get to the top, and it is the perfect place to enjoy the midnight sun during summer or the northern lights during winter.

Treat yourself with a well-deserved beer, coffee, tea or soda at the cafe/restaurant at the top, accompanied with a Norwegian waffle while you admire the famous Tromso view.

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Walking path to Fløya (click the map for bigger version)

  • Where is it: Fløya is located on the mainland, Tromsdalen, which is connected by a bridge from Tromsø.
  • Height: 671 metres above sea level
  • Distance to walk: 7 km both ways (you can take the cable car down)
  • Time: 2-3 hours (if you walk up and down, less if you take the cable car down)
  • How to get there: From Tromsø, you can drive a car over to the cable car in Tromsdalen (10 min). There is a big parking place at the bottom of the cable car. You can also walk over the bridge to Tromsdalen (30 min, 2,5 km), which is a beautiful easy walk where you pass the famous Arctic Cathedral. Another alternative is the bus, take bus no. 26.

3. Rødtind (470 m)

Rødtind is “my mountain”. I grew up right next to this mountain, so this area has been my backyard playground ever since I was a little girl.

Rødtind is where I learned to Telemark Ski, and this is where we went on family hikes during the weekends. I simply love this mountain! ♥

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Rødtind is also great during winter like here in January during the period when the sun never rises above the horizon

It is a fairly easy hike, but you will feel your pulse rise as it is uphill all the way. You start by the Ski stadium “Storelva Skistadion”, where there is a big parking place, and follow the gravel road beside the river. Just before the road goes over the river (on a small bridge), after about 1 km, you turn left through the forest. There is a well-marked and easy-to-follow-path.

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Maria and Lara at the top of Rødtind

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Walking path to Rødtind (click on the map to see the full version)

  • Where is it: Rødtind is located on Kvaløya, at a place called Storelva.
  • Height: 470 metres above sea level
  • Distance to walk: 4 km both ways
  • Time: 1-2 hours
  • How to get there: From Tromsø, you can get to Storelva by car (15 min). There is a big parking place at Storelva stadium (behind the school Kvaløya vgs). You can also take bus no. 42 to “Storelv snuplass”.

4. Nattmålsfjellet (297 m)

Nattmålsfjellet is another small mountain on the island Kvaløya which is easy to hike and with a great view over Ersfjord.

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Maria and Varga at the top of Nattmålsfjellet

You can access this mountain from two sides; from the Ersfjord side (then it is called “Klokka ti”), or from Kattfjordeidet where it is called Nattmålsfjellet. It is easiest to hike to this mountain from the Kattfjordeidet side, as it is not so steep.

Even though Nattmålsfjellet is a small mountain the views are big! From the top, you get a very nice view of the fjords Ersfjord and Kaldfjord.

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Varga and Maria at Nattmålsfjellet

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Walking path to Nattmålsfjellet

  • Where is it: Nattmålsfjellet is on the island Kvaløya, at a mountain area called Kattfjordeidet which has the nickname “Scandinavian Chamonix” due to its many great mountains.
  • Height: 297 metres above sea level
  • Distance to walk: 4 km both ways
  • Time: 1 hour
  • How to get there: You can get here by car (30 min), this is easiest. Drive to Kattfjordeidet on Kvaløya (towards Kattfjord/ Sommarøya), there is a parking place on the left side of the road. The walking path is however on the right side of the road. The path is well marked and easy to follow. This is not a steep mountain at all when you enter it from the Kattfjordeidet side. You can also take the bus no. 422 or 425 to get here.

5. Ørnfløya (150 m)

Ørnfløya is more like a hill than a mountain. It is not steep at all and is an easy hike that can easily be combined with no. 6 Hillesøytoppen (below). From the top, you get an amazing view over the small fishing village Sommarøy and Hillesøy, as well as the lovely island Senja and the small characteristic Håja.

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If the weather is good, you can walk down to the sea for a swim in the arctic ocean.

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Walking path to Ørnfløya

  • Where is it: Ørnfløya is located on the “outside” of Kvaløya, on Brensholmen, just before you get to Sommarøy.
  • Height: 150 metres above sea level
  • Distance to walk: 2 km both ways
  • Time: 1 hour
  • How to get there: It is easiest to get to Ørnfløya by car (1 hour). From Tromsø, drive to Kvaløya, and follow the signs towards Sommarøy. When you get to the last intersection leading to Sommarøy, turn left (instead of right to Sommarøy) towards Brennsholmen. The parking place is just after this intersection (100 m from the intersection). You can also take bus no. 420 or 422 to Brensholmen.

6. Hillesøytoppen (211 m)

This is a small mountain, more like a hill, beautifully located out in the sea outside of Tromsø. You start walking from the youth centre on Hillesøy. The walk up is quite steep, but nothing scary, and there is a well-marked path to follow.

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Håja in midnight sun from the top of Hillesøytoppen

You can take another path on the way down, which is less steep and has a breathtaking view over small bays with white beaches and turquoise water. Turn to the left once you get to the top to follow this other path, it goes straight down to the ocean where you turn left again and head towards the houses on Sommarøy before walking back to your car.

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Sommarøy is a thriving fishing village where herring and cod fish provides the main income sources.

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From the top, you can look out over the big ocean! You also get a view over to the island Senja with its characteristic sharp mountains, as well as the small island Håja with its special shape that was the inspiration for the architect designing the famous Arctic Cathedral.

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The small island Håja, the inspiration for the Arctic Cathedral

The drive out to the island Hillesøy is also great, where the road goes along the shore and you will pass plenty of small beaches and fishing villages.

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Walking path to Hillesøytoppen

  • Where is it: Hillesøytoppen is located on the beautiful small island Hillesøy just outside of Sommarøy.
  • Height: 211 metres above sea level
  • Distance to walk: 2 km both ways
  • Time: 1 hour
  • How to get there: It is easiest to get to Hillesøy with a car (1 hour). From Tromsø, drive to Kvaløya and follow the signs to Sommarøy. Hillesøy is the small island just outside of Sommarøy, there is a very small bridge connecting these to islands. You can also take bus no. 420 or 422 to Hillesøy.

7. Trehørningen (283 m)

Trehørningen is another small mountain or more like a hill. It is easily accessible, with great views over islands and Skulsfjords from the top!

There is a well-marked path from the road and all the way to the top.

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View from the Trehørningen mountain

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Walking path to Trehørningen

  • Where is it: Trehørningen is on Kvaløya, next to Skulsfjord.
  • Height: 283 metres above sea level
  • Distance to walk: 3 km both ways
  • Time: 1 hour
  • How to get there: It is easiest to get to Trehørningen by car, it is about a 25 minutes drive from Tromso centre by car. From Tromsø, drive over to Kvaløya and turn right and follow the signs towards Skulsfjord. After a while you drive to a tunnel, after the tunnel, the parking is on the left side of the road and the path to Trehørningen is on the right side of the road. You can also take the bus no. 426 towards Skulsfjord.

The End

There you have it, our seven favourite easy hikes to do in Tromso, Norway that has an awesome view. You can even do several of these walks on the same day as they are located in the same area.

All of these can be done both summer and winter, in winter with snowshoes or skis. Just remember to bring warm and windproof clothes both summer and winter, as the temperature and weather may suddenly change.

Have a great hiking trip!

Do you like hiking? What is your favourite walk? Which of these hikes seem most tempting to you? Do you have other hikes to recommend in Tromso? Please leave a comment in the comment area below, thank you! 

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Maria is a Norwegian travel nerd, who has explored more than thirty countries on four continents. She holds a masters degree in Computer Science, as well as an MBA. See our about page for more about Maria.

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