Skiing is a big part of the Norwegian winter lifestyle. The good news is that for those who prefer to avoid the slopes, there are many other fun things to do that don’t require skis. Here are 9 of the best winter activities to do in Norway if you’re not into skiing.
Go On A Winter Safari
Safari in winter? Why not! Norwegian wildlife is unique in many ways. Go on an animal adventure above the Arctic Circle where you can sign up for a whale safari and get close to humpbacks and orcas. Or go on a king crab safari where you can help fetch king crabs from the crab pots and enjoy a delicious dinner afterwards.
You can also get a glimpse of the mighty musk oxen during winter in the Dovrefjell mountains of Eastern Norway. But don’t let their massive size fool you. These rugged animals are super-fast, so the safest way to observe them is from a distance on a guided tour.
Be a musher for a day by joining a dog sledding tour and meet new four-legged friends who are eager to show you Norway’s stunning white wilderness. Try your hand as a musher and steer your own pack of dogs for several days, or enjoy the view as a passenger on a one-day dog sledding trip. Participants often get the chance to feed and look after the huskies.
Stay On Top Of Winter With Snowshoes
For many of us snowshoeing will probably be the closest feeling we’ll get to walking on the clouds. With a pair of snowshoes, it doesn’t matter how deep the snow is – you can cruise through the white landscape easily. Join a guided snowshoe hiking tour and experience the crisp winter air, snow-draped trees, and majestic mountains.
Ice Fishing – A Hole Lot Of Fun
Countless waterways and an impressive coastline mean outstanding opportunities to catch fish in Norway. During wintertime, most of the lakes and fjords are frozen and all you need to do is drill a hole, throw a line into the water, and wait.
Watch The Northern Lights Dance
Norway is one of the best places to experience the world’s most mesmerizing light show. You can travel by yourself, but joining a guided tour can be a wonderful option. The guides are up to date on the weather conditions and can take you to locations where you’ll have the best chance of watching the Aurora.
Heat Up In A Sauna
Norwegians stay warm all winter thanks to their love of saunas. You can find stylish saunas all across the country in spectacular locations. Enjoy the warm air below the northern lights, near the fjords, or even in the middle of the capital city.
Go On A Relaxing Sleigh Ride
Imagine sitting in a horse-drawn sleigh underneath a sheepskin blanket. The horse pulls you through an idyllic village at a leisurely pace, and the only thing you can hear is the sound of the sleigh’s bells and the rhythmic beat from the horse’s hooves. Many operators in Norway offer sleigh tours, and if you travel up north, you might even get the chance to be drawn by reindeer across the white plains of Finnmark.
Hit The Ice
Outdoor skating rinks are found in most cities and towns in Norway. During winter, you can also go skating on a number of frozen lakes, rivers, and fjords.
Discover Your Inner Child On A Sledge
Jet down snow-covered slopes on a sledge. A great activity for adults and kids alike, you can try your luck on a frozen luge track or just cruise down a toboggan run.