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Our guide to a safe and secure winter journey in the Lyngenfjord region 

Northern Norway is a paradise for nature lovers and adventurers. The beautiful scenery sets the stage for a variety of activities and experiences. Whether you dream of dog sledding through snow-covered forests, skiing, or experiencing the magical atmosphere of the northern lights, Northern Norway has something for everyone. 

We have put together a brief overview of what may be important to consider when traveling in our region - to make your journey as enjoyable and safe as possible. 


Dress for Arctic winter conditions 

two men skiing

When exploring Northern Norway in winter, proper clothing is crucial. The weather and temperature can quickly change. 

Wool, windproof, and waterproof clothing are essential. Another tip is to dress in layers. Avoid cotton or polyester directly against the skin, as wool is better suited to keep you warm (wool retains warmth even when wet). 

Our recommendation is: 

  • Wool closest to the body - start with woolen base layers 

  • Layering - over the base layers, you can add a layer of fleece or wool. 

  • Outermost layer - wind and waterproof outer jacket and pants (they must be insulated) 

  • Accessories - mittens/gloves, hat, scarf, and woolen socks 

  • Warm winter shoes and ice grips are also useful. Especially on icy and slippery roads. Ice grips can be purchased at local sports/clothing stores. 

  • Sunglasses and sunscreen are also important to protect you from the dazzling winter light and the reflection of the sun on the snow. 

Base layers and woolen clothing can be purchased at most sports stores. 


Safe driving 

car and northern lights

When driving in Northern Norway in winter, it is important to be aware of road conditions. Stay updated with updates from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration via their website: www.statensvegvesen.no

Do not rely solely on maps and navigation apps, as they do not always take local conditions and closed roads into account. 


Weather conditions 

In winter, weather conditions can be challenging. Slippery roads and temperatures that can drop dramatically, are common challenges. Also, be aware that effective cold temperatures can be significantly lower due to wind. Stay updated with weather forecasts from reliable sources such as Yr.no or Storm.no. Dress according to the weather! 

Plan your trip - long distances and local conditions 

Northern Norway is known for its long distances and scattered settlements. Before setting out, research what facilities are available where you are going. 

Some areas may have limited access to shops, gas stations, and restaurants. Bring some clothes and extra food/snacks for the car ride. 


Respect for nature and culture 


Respect nature and culture during your stay. Take care of your trash and respect local rules. Also, consider wild animals. Keep your dog on a leash in the periods from April 1st to August 20th. 

Be aware that the use of drones may be restricted or prohibited in certain areas for the sake of wildlife and local communities. 

Within the Lyngen Alps Landscape Protection Area, Reisa National Park, and other nature reserves, it is forbidden to use a drone unless you have obtained permission to do so. If you want to fly a drone within one of these areas, you must apply for permission. 

Links where you can find more information about drone flights in North Troms: Civil Aviation Authority 

Read our article on drone flying: Drones and Photography in the Lyngenfjord Region 


Safety - avalanches and emergencies 

Northern Norway is prone to avalanches, especially in mountainous areas. If you are going on a ski tour or hiking in the mountains: always check alerts from www.varsom.no and follow the advice of local authorities and experienced guides. When going on ski tours, make sure to bring necessary equipment such as a shovel, probe, and avalanche transceiver. Always carry a map, compass, and a fully charged phone. 

Let people outside the group know where you are going. For example, you can inform your accommodation, or leave a note on your cars windshield. 

If you come across avalanches - report it to the police. This is completely free and is of great help for mapping avalances in our region. Report avalanches here: Report avalanches | Varsom.no 

Avalanche warning - Varsom.no: Notification | Varsom.no 

Read about avalanches at varsom.no: Avalanches in Norway | Varsom.no 


Important emergency numbers 

Fire department - 110 

Police - 112 

Ambulance – 113 


Booking activities in the Lyngenfjord region 


When booking activities in our region, read the description so you know what is included in the activity. All activity providers are different and offer different services. 

We recommend booking activities early. If you wait until arrival, it may be too late." 

Before booking an activity: check how to get to the meeting point. Some activities are located in remote areas where you may depend on a ferry or a car to get there. 


Northern Lights in the Lyngenfjord Region 

Northern Norway is known to be one of the best places to observe the spectacular Northern Lights.  

Read our best tips about the Northern Lights: When is the best time to see the Northern Lights? | Northern Norway | Visit Lyngenfjord (visit-lyngenfjord.com) 


Northern Norway is a fantastic winter destination! 

With the right preparations, your journey will be an experience you will never forget. 

Welcome to the Lyngenfjord region!