The Sherpa Steps
The Sherpa Steps are a stone staircase consisting of approx. 1200 steps. The staircase starts in Fløyvegen (85 meters above sea level) and end on the plateau below the Cable Car upper station (Fjellstua, 421 meters above sea level). The staircase is called «The Sherpa Steps» because there are Sherpas from Nepal – specialists in building stairs and paths in mountain areas – built it.
NOTE: When you walk up the Sherpa steps, use the steps and not the side terrain. The plants bind the soil, and so by protecting the plants, we prevent erosion, and the staircase will remain steady for many years. Besides, it becomes nicer around the stairs if the stairs encloses the vegetation.
How to get to the start of the Sherpa Steps
By car: If you use a car, you can park for free at the municipal parking lot at Elvestrand Cemetery, past Tromsø Lodge & Camping and TUIL arena in Tromsdalen. From here you walk approx. 1.6 km via hiking trails and through residential areas to the start of the path in Fløyvegen. The trail is partially marked, but you may want to bring this map with you to the Sherpa Steps: MAP
By bus: There are several possibilities if you arrive by bus. Bus no. 20, 24 or 28 drives over the Tromsø bridge, towards the Arctic Cathedral. From here you follow the green trip signs marked «Fløya via aksla» or «Sherpatrappa». You can take bus no. 27 to Eurospar or The Cable Car, or bus no. 26 to Fløyvegen. From the bus stops in Fløyvegen and by the Cable Car it takes you barely 5 minutes to go to the start of the Sherpa Steps.
By bicycle: By bicycle, it takes you 10-12 minutes from the city center to the start of the Sherpa Steps.
Fløya (671 meters above sea level)
Fløya is a great hike that gives a fantastic view of Tromsø and the surrounding islands. The trip up to Fløya is suitable for both children and adults. If you want to jog, it’s a great trip to walk / jog up the steep parts and then jog when it flattens out.
There are several possible starting points for your way to Fløya. We recommend you to either go by the Sherpa Steps on the north side, or the somewhat longer Dalberg path in the south. If you want an easier start to the trip, we recommend taking the Cable Car to Storsteinen. If you go from the Cable Car upper station you will see the marked path upwards.
Bønntuva (776 meters above sea level)
If you continue your trip from Fløya and into the valley, you will end up at Bønntuva. From Bønntuva you have a great view towards Djupdalen in the west, and backwards towards Rødryggen.
Sollidalsaksla (799 meters above sea level)
The trip from Fjellstua, via Fløya and Bønntuva may well end up at Sollidalsaksla – with one of Tromsø Mainland’s finest paths all the way up. At the top there are three stone guards at a few hundred meters apart. You should visit the one in the middle, which was set up in 1945 in memory of the outdoor enthusiast Lauritz Larssen. The view from the top is spectacular ; with Ramfjorden, large parts of Malangen, boat traffic in Rystraumen, much of Kvaløya as well as parts of Tromsøya and Tromsdalstinden.
Tromsdalstinden (1238 meters above sea level)
Tromsdalstinden is Tromsø’s highest mountain, and is well visited both in summer and winter. If you go through the Fjellheisen, you first go to Fløya, then Bønntuva, and then go down to Djupdalen. Furthermore, the path goes up the Aschenberg Hill up to Rødryggen, and onto the route via Salen. Then follow the well-marked path up the winter route to Tromsdalstinden. The Tromsdalstind is one of the few peaks in the region that is winter marked. The marking was carried out in 1973, with 6 iron stakes indicating the square on the solid mountain from Salen and up to the top.
The trip can be demanding, and good footwear, extra clothes and food in the backpack are recommended. At the top there may be snowdrifts even in the summer. Be careful and stay within the edges.
Tromsdalstinden is a peak with a lot of symbolism. The stone guard at the top is a 1st order guard from the Norwegian Mapping Authority’s survey system and has been recommended for conservation. The Sami people consider Tromsdalstinden as a sacred mountain; a mountain one should show great respect.
The Sherpa Steps
The Sherpa steps with its almost 1200 stone steps is a great trip for both large and small hikers. When you go for a walk with children, it is advisable to spend plenty of time and have several breaks along the way.
When you have reached the top it is possible to sign the tourbook (by the mast, before Fjellstua Café – and of course give the children an ice or waffle premium from Fjellstua Café.
The trip up to Steinbøhytta takes almost 1/2 hour from the Cable Car ‘s top station (Fjellstua). You follow the path towards Fløya, and at about the middle of the last hill before Fløya, take the marked path towards Steinbøhytta.
Steinbøhytta was restored in the 1980s and is named after Erling Steinbø, who was one of the founders of the Tromsø Tourist Association, which today is Troms Turlag.
The trip up to Fløya takes almost 1 hour from Fjellheisen’s top station (Fjellstua). Follow the marked path from Fjellstua up towards Fløya. The trip can be a bit long for the younger children, so here you can consider taking the cable car up to make the trip a little easier.
10 tips for a successful hiking trip with children
Going for a walk is fun for both adults and children. Time for free play, joy, imagination and excitement is more important than going far. Here is Troms Turlag’s best tips on how to make the trip with the children a good experience: (source: https://www.dnt.no)
– Make a good start! Pack your bag well in advance, preferably the night before
– Please bring some good friends with children of the same age.
– Sell the tour guide to your children, be enthusiastic!
– Bring healthy and nutritious food and drink.
– Decide whether the goal of the trip is to be out and play, or whether you want a cabin, a mountain top or another concrete destination.
– Talk about the positive hiking experiences both along the way and after the trip.
– Join the game when you are out. Play and conversations in nature create closeness and good contact between children and adults.
– Dress well and practical yourself as well. Adults who freeze are poor hiking company/companions for children.
– Remember to remove layers from the children if they are too hot.
– Rather, let the trip be a little too short than too long and take many breaks.