Tromsø is a fun and lively city in northern Norway set on an island and surrounded by beautiful scenery—snow-capped mountains, fjords, other islands and glaciers. The city is known as the "gateway to the Arctic" and is the launch point for many polar expeditions.
Tromsø has a reputation as a party town. There are more pubs here per capita than anywhere else in Norway. The summer is the time of the midnight sun and Tromsø becomes a non-stop party with something going on nearly 24 hours a day.
Between November and January, the sun never rises above the horizon. But even in the winter, there is plenty to do in Tromsø. You can go dog-sledding, skiing, snowmobiling or reindeer sledding. In the summer, you can partake in other outdoor activities, including hiking, kayaking, whale safaris and fishing. Year-round, the city is full of festivals, performances and events, including the Midnight Sun Marathon and the Reindeer Racing Championship, which runs right down Main Street.
From Tromsø, you're able to get a good view of the aurora borealis (Northern Lights), and there are many expeditions that will take you just outside of town away from city lights to view this amazing natural light show.
The Arctic Cathedral is probably the most distinctive landmark in Tromsø. The cathedral is set across the harbor from the city, and you have to cross a bridge to reach it. The building was structured to capture light and huge stained glass windows cover one side of the building. In the summer, Midnight Sun concerts are held here.
Polaria and the Polar Museum
Polaria is one of the most popular museums in Tromsø. The museum features many exhibits on the ecology and climate of the Arctic. However, the highlight of Polaria is the large aquarium, which houses fish from the Arctic waters and a number of playful Arctic seals.
Also worth a visit is the Polar Museum. Although similarly named, the Polar Museum is a separate museum from Polaria and is focused on the history of Arctic explorers and fishermen in the area. The Polar Museum is housed in a traditional wharf house from the 19th century.
The Northern Lights
Tromsø is one of the best cities in the world to view the spectacular Northern Lights. You’ll get the best view a little ways out of town away from the city lights. October, February and March are usually the best times of the year for viewing.
For a specatular view of Tromsø, the water and mountains, take the Fijelheis cable car up Storsteinen Mountain. At the top, there is a restaurant as well as several hiking trails to explore. You might also catch a glimpse of the midnight sun or Northern Lights from up here.
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|Whale watching |
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From Tromsø, there are daily trips from May to August. There's a good chance that you'll see both wales and White-sided dolphins in numbers. Tickets can be purchased on the boat, so pick a day with nice weather and head out for sea!
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A good place to start out the evening is Ølhallen, or the Beer Hall. The oldest pub in Tromsø, it is a well known and cherished establishment. They serve a locally produced beer, Mack, from the northernmost brewery in the world.
|Lyngsfjord Adventure |
This operator offers a number
of activities in the nearby area of Lyngen. If you would like to experience Sami culture, they have both summer and winter tours. The Sami were the original settlers in northern Scandinavia and they have a rich cultural heritage, with some beautiful handicrafts.