Kvaløya, just off the mainland, is a popular getaway both for Norwegians and holidaymakers looking to get away from it all for a while. Translated from the Sami dialect, Kvaløya means “Whale Island”, on account of the many humpback whales that arrive during the winter months on the hunt for herring. It’s a beautiful place, with idyllic coastal scenery and a dramatic mountainous backdrop facing the Atlantic. In times of heavy snow, snowshoes are often the only way local residents can get around, but this activity has now grown in popularity to become a winter sport
Essentially, with snowshoes, you are spreading your weight so that your feet don’t sink into the snow with every step. It’s remarkably easy to get the hang of it with a bit of instruction, and Norway is unquestionably the best place to learn. Enjoy a relaxed trek suitable for beginners, through this wild and attractive landscape. Photos will be taken throughout to capture the moment, and your guide will be on hand to give advice about technique and tell you all about the area.