Fløya hike

Hiking to Fløya, the best panoramic views of Tromsø


Fløya is a unique lookout spot at the top of Tromso, the perfect place to see the northern lights and the midnight sun.

Elevation Gain: 600m   Distance: 6km
Time: 3h  Max altitude: 671m


Elevation Gain


Estimated time

Max. Altitude

when to go to floya

When to go

It is possible to do the hike without winter equipment from april to october but always depends on the weather conditions of the year.


Sun / Shade

Sunny during all the route except the first km. 


Drinking Water

There is water streams in the northeast face of the mountain but is better to carry water from the city.
  • Difficulty 40% 40%
The difficulty of the route is focused on the first part of the route if the steps on the way up.
  • Exposure 20% 20%
The route itself is not exposed during summer. It can be dangerous if it’s icy or if the path is covered with snow.



Hiking to Fløya, the best lookout over Tromso, is one of the best things you can do if you are visiting the city. From a high of 671m, Fløya is considered as one of the must do in Norway’s Arctic city. Reaching the top of the mountain gives the chance to realize how many small and large islands are spread in the area and you will appreciate the beauty of the fjord of Tromsø, the gateway of the Arctic.

Starting the hike in Tromsdalen

To find the starting point of this route is recommended to follow the indications to Sherpatrappa with Google Maps. From this point, the trail heads to the south-east gaining elevation quickly. After a few minutes is found a sign to Fjellheisen and Floya via Aksla. This is the fastest way to go to the top of the cable car that can be taken from the bottom of the mountain.

Arriving at Storstein and Floya

Once it is reached the top of Fjellheisen (cable car) is seen a big wall that is considered as the best viewpoint of Tromsø. At the top of the cable car, one has to head up the hill to the south passing near a small mountain cabin called Steinbøhytta and the trail to the top of the Fløya is clearly seen.


Way back

On the way back is possible to follow the same route or to take any other of the multiples paths there are in the north face of Fløya.


-Be careful with the weather conditions because it can change quickly and in an unexpected way. It can get cold quickly so is recommended to wear always with us some warm clothes.

-In case of setting up a tent be respectful with nature and locals. You can take advantage of the Norwegian law “allemansratten” to set up a tent almost wherever you want but keep on mind that nature doesn’t care about our egos. We should show as much respect and take as much caution as possible. Indrearne at BBC

-Your safety is our concern but is your responsibility. Hiking in high mountain areas requires a minimum of preparation and wearing warm clothes and proper boots always with us.


Map – Hiking in Troms



How to get to Tromso: Don’t you know how to get to Tromso? Check out our post about transportation to the Troms area. Public transportation: For arriving at the starting point is needed to hike from Tromso to Tromsdalen (Fløyvegen street). It’s possible to use buses for arriving at Tromsdalen: Timetable available at Troms Reise App. For paying the bus tickets is recommended to use Troms Mobillett App.

Where starts the hike: 69.641677, 18.993226


Where finish the hike: 69.561652, 19.358693
weather in tromso


Check out the weather for the following days in Tromso


Setting up a tent is possible in the surroundings of Tromso as far as you set up your tent 150m away from the nearest inhabited building. The path pass by a small and very simple mountain hut called Steinbøhytta where is possible to overnight. In Tromso is possible to rent several entire houses with Airbnb as well! Get 25€ discount on your first Airbnb experience

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