Walk up or take the cable car, to get a truly magnificent view over Tromsø.

On top of Storsteinen in Tromsø, 421 meter above sea level, you will find Fjellheisen. Getting up here can either be done on foot, or using the cable car. The latter costs money, and takes approximately 4 minutes. Going on foot takes more time, but you will get paid back in terms of a much richer experience. And soon you will be able to walk up a brand new path created by sherpas from Nepal (Norwegian link).


Sherpas from Nepal are building a brand new – and shorter path you can use to walk up and down to Storsteinen. The new path is expected to be finished by end of 2017, and will be 700 meters long.

We went to visit our family in Tromsø in August 2017. They live in Tromsdalen, with the path to Storsteinen and Fjellheisen within immediate access. I walked up and down to Fjellheisen with Hedvig, Gustav and my brother in-law, Flemming, and brought my DJI Mavic Pro with me.

Gustav walking up the path leading to Fjellheisen.


Fjellheisen is situated on top of mount Storsteinen on Fløya, 421 meter above sea level. The viewing platform at the top station offers panoramic views of Tromsø and the surrounding islands and fjords. You can either take the cable car, or walk up. The path leading up to Fjellheisen, starts right below the first house from your left on this picture, and takes around 20 to 30 minutes.




The cables for the cable car, taking you up to the top of the mountain in approximately 4 minutes. A return ticket costs almost 200 kroners. A good idea, if you don’t want to walk up and down, is to take the cable car up, and walk down.

The Cable Car is Tromsø’s most popular tourist destination, and was built in 1961. The Cable Car runs from Solliveien in Tromsdalen up to the mount Storsteinen. The lower station is located on Tromsø’s mainland, 50 m above sea level, while the upper station, Fjellstua, is situated at an altitude of 421 m above sea level.




Watching the sunset from Fjellheisen can be a magical experience. During the summer the sun really sets, and during the winter the sun never really rises. On top of Storsteinen can also be a great spot to see the Northern Light – if you are lucky.

Once you reach the top, you can sit down at Fjellstua and enjoy the view, have a local bear and some food. The latter is rather expensive, and you should not expect too much of a culinary meal. I suggest you pack something in your back-pack in stead.


After spending some time on the top, you should definitely use your feet to get down. Or if you have time, walk the extra meters to get on top of the summit of the majestic mountain Tromsdalstinden which is at 1238 meters above sea level. Here we are walking down again from Fjellstua. The whole walk down takes around 10 minutes.

Read more about the Cable cars, Fjellstua and the whole experience at Visit Tromsø. Then again, if you are in Tromsø, I highly recommend that you take the time to go to the top of Storsteinen. It’s just one of those things you want to cross off your bucket list.