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12 tips for your summer holiday with friends

The mighty nature around the Lyngenfjord, creates the perfect setting for a memorable holiday with friends. The nature experiences are queueing up, hiking, trail biking, summit hikes under the midnight sun with or without skis, kayaking on the fjord, river boat trip up Reisadalen or fjord cruises among the islands are just some of the things you can do.

Here are 12 tips on adventures to be had in our region.

For the active group

1. Go kayaking or canoeing surrounded by mighty nature 

Learn something new together and share a magical experience close to nature. A kayak trip on the Lyngenfjorden or canoe trip down the Reisa river is something to look forward to. Read more about the kayak and canoe opportunities here.

2. Go for a hike

Surrounded by steep mountains and beautiful nature, the Lyngenfjord region is an eldorado for hiking - both high and low in the terrain! There are several marked trails and hikes you can experience in the summer and fall. We recommend you take a look at our "Hiking guide for the Lyngenfjord region" for a large selection of trips with good descriptions. If you are looking for that little extra for the trip, a local guide can be recommended.

3. Whiz down the mountainside on skis under the midnight sun

Here you can ski "summit to sea" and find pristine mountain sides. The most accessible and popular summit hiking areas are in Lyngen, outer Kåfjord, Kågen and on Arnøya. The season varies according to snow conditions and weather, but from February to April you are guaranteed good conditions. In summer, you must expect to walk some meters before you reach the snow. The best tip is to hire a local ski guide and rent a boat shuttle. Read more about summit hikes here.

4. Find the flow on one of the many trails

Explore the trails in the region by bike. A wide selection of varied trails, which stretch from the fjord and up the mountain, give you both challenges and magical experiences. Most trails are natural, but in some places there are prepared trails. If you are an experienced trail cyclist, the Lyngenfjord region can offer you world-class biking terrain, and if you are still a rookie, you can get advice and guidance from professional, local trail biking guides. Read more about trail cycling here.

5. Test your skills as a musher

Ever thought about driving a dog sled without snow covering the ground? Take your friends on a slightly different dog sledding experience. Together you drive out into the woods / fields along a forest road, one controls the dog team and the cart while the other sits in the cart and can relax. During the trip you will stop and enjoy a snack together before you head back to the start. Read more and order your dog sledding experience here.
 

Photo: Moritz Ablinger, MagyMedia and Anna Riebelova

Nature experiences for everyone

6. Experience northern Norways highest waterfall Mollisfossen

Take your friends on a river boat safari up to Mollisfossen, northern Norway's highest waterfall. Together you will see and experience the beautiful nature in the Reisa national park. You will hear the noise from Mollisfossen long before you arrive there. As you walk the short distance to experience the waterfall up close, the guide will light a fire by the river. While enjoying your campfire coffee you will hear stories and have time to relax a bit before the trip goes back down the river. Read more and book river boat trips here.

7. Join a fjord cruise

Relax with a group of friends on a fjord cruise and experience the Lyngenfjord region from the seaside, maybe you will see some of the local wildlife such as porpoises and eagles. Read more here.

8. Try your luck fishing on the fjord

Rent a boat together and go out on the fjord to try your luck at fishing. Who gets the biggest fish? Prepare the catch together when you land. Read more about fishing trips and boat rentals here.

Photo: MagyMedia and Lyngen Reker

Relax and learn something new together

9. Learn about whiskey production at the world's northernmost distillery

Curious about how whiskey is produced in the high north? What does it take to start a distillery in Lyngen? Join a guided tour with the general manager, a whisky tasting or relax in the lounge together. Read more about Aurora Spirit here.

10. Enjoy local Lyngen shrimps

There is not much that beats sitting outside with good friends and eating fresh shrimp. Here you can buy them almost straight from the harbour or in some of the local grocery stores. Ask your hosts where the nearest place is for you to buy them. Read more about Lyngen Shrimps here.

11. Visit the Aurora Salmon Center and get to know the salmon farming on Skjervøy

Who in the group knows the most about salmon farming? And have you visited an aquaculture facility before? Here you get the opportunity to learn about the history of the local aquaculture industry and how they operate today. Read more about Aurora Salmon Center here.

12. Sauna and jacuzzi evening at your accommodation

Relax in the sauna and jacuzzi in the afternoon. Several accommodations offer this to their guests.