Kvaløya and Sommarøy is only a 10 minute – 1 hour drive away from Tromsø. Driving through these islands you will be rewarded with the view of majestic mountains and crystal clear blue waters and white sand beaches.
Kvaløya’s tall mountains and extreme peaks protects Tromsø from the Atlantic Ocean. A drive, or even a bike ride around the island, will take you to everything from old rock carvings to white sand beaches and tall peaks. A small, but vibrant coastal community has grown in the ocean gap, and in Sommarøy traditions are still being kept alive. The people of the island are always up for fun activities, both during summer and winter.
Kayak along the coast or go on adventurous RiB-tours either during summer in the Midnight Sun or during winter, experiencing the Northern Lights from the water. Both Sommarøy Arctic Hotel and Yggdrasiltunet farmhotel offers, for example, diving opportunities and boatrides in summer and whale- and sea safaris during winter.
During summer there’s nothing better than bringing your bathing suit and relax on the white sand beaches around the islands. The beaches in Grøtfjord, Sandvika and Otervika are especially nice, to mention a few. If the weather’s a bit more chilly, there’s opportunities of renting saunas and jacuzzies (with a view) on Sommarøy. Yggdrasiltunet farmhotel in Kvaløya has a variety of farm animals like Icelandic horses, sheep, goats, chickens and bunnies. Here's also a café and restaurant serving homemade, local food. The scenic area around the hotel offers many hiking opportunities, as well as saunas and hot tubs. Relax and play with the over 300 Alaskan huskies at Villmarkssenterets Husky Café, while enjoying a cup of coffee and waffles.
Kvaløya and Sommarøy has a rich culture life, both new and from the older days. One of the oldest lighthouses in Northern Norway, Hekkingen Fyr, can be reached from Sommarøy, only a 15 min boat ride away. Enjoy the rich birdlife and exotic Northern Norwegian nature. The battleship Tirpitz was attacked next to Håkøya in 1944, and in Skavberg you can see rock carvings from 2500-5000 years back. In recent years, Bryggejentene has established in Ersfjorden. Enjoy a hot cinnamon bun and coffee with views of the fjord and steep mountains. Also worth a visit is Profil Glassdesign located in an old school that has been completely renovated. Here they have a workshop, studio and café.
How to get there:
Car: 6 km, about a 15 minute drive to Kvaløysletta
Directions: A nice round trip of 2,5 hours will take you through mountains and fjords to the coast, and back again.
Car: 57 km, about a 1 hour drive
Directions: Drive to Kvaløya and follow road 862 all the way to Sommarøy