Tromsø is where your Arctic adventure begins Whatever season, Tromsø offers irresistible wildlife activities Take the cable car up and get a spectacular view over Tromsø Discover the Arctic lifestyle by activities Get insight the special Midnight Sun experiences in Tromsø

Tromsø

Tromsø is the largest city in Northern Norway, also known as the gateway to the Arctic or even the Paris of the North.

Tromsø is beautifully located city by the fjords and the mountains and is the perfect choice for starting your Arctic adventures both concerning the Northern Lights, the Midnight Sun and many kinds of activities. The city lies 400km north of the Arctic Circle and the main part of the city stretches along the east shore of the island Tromsøya and is linked to the mainland by a gracefully arched bridge. Tromsø is home to the northernmost university and college in the world.

Tromsø is the gateway to the Arctic

Tromsø is one of the best places in the world to spot the Northern Lights because you can discover this special Lights from September to March. It`s possible to spot this amazing natural phenomenon in the evening in winter from 5 pm to 11 pm. Therefore it`s very popular to stay in Tromsø and from here take one of the many Northern Lights tours and Tromsø is also called "the Gateway to the Arctic".

The city Tromsø is the gateway to the Arctic, at 70 degrees north. In the months when the Northern Lights are most active, you can participate in all kinds of cultural activities, winter activities and festivals events are also arranged at this time of year.

Stable and mild climate in Tromsø

The climate is both fairly mild and stable with an average winter temperature of -3 degrees due to the Gulf Stream. Since the early 1800 century, the city has been a starting point for Arctic expeditions and is also called the Gateway to the Arctic.

In the early 19th century Tromsø was a starting point for traping expeditions to the pack ice to the north and east and to the archipelago of Svalbard. If you wish to discover about the polar explorers you can visit the Polar Museum in the harbour district.

Tromsø has a population of 74,500 and is the largest city in Northern Norway and the second-biggest in Lapland, and has great restaurants, top hotels and several big-name stores. It`s also the centre for the surrounding fishing and agriculture settlements and the home of the Polar Institute.


Most visited Tromsø attractions

Tromsø is a town with an enjoyable atmosphere and a fascinating history. The centre of Tromsø is a composite and multi-layered mixture of colourful, pretty wooden houses from the 1800s. The city has a couple of superb museums which will whet your appetite to learn more about the Arctic. 

It is an excellent idea to start your tour down by the harbour, which is where most of the hotels are located. Here you take in the main pedestrian street before continuing west to one of the town`s most enjoyable museums, Polaria, nearby the waterfront. This museum includes an aquarium and a 3 D cinema with movies about Svalbard and the Northern Lights.

Another big attraction is the city centre is the Tromsø Cathedral and the cable car which bring you to the top of Mount Storsteinen. From here you have a magnificent view over Tromsø and the surrounding area. Here you also have a great view to the Arctic Cathedral from 1965 and designed by Jan Inge Hovig.


Popular Winter Adventures in Tromsø

There’s a lot to do here all year around. In the winter adventures like cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, reindeer rides tours are some of the big adventures together with of course the Northern Lights adventures. From November to January many tourists also come here to discover whale safaris. Nearby Tromsø you find the Lyngen Alps where they also offer many different winter activities.


Discover the Midnight Sun

In the summer adventures like hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing and river rafting and climbing are some of the most popular of course together with the Midnight Sun adventures.

 

Visit also the Lyngen Alps

In 2004 the local government established the Lyngen Alps protected area and includes parts of municipalities Lyngen, Storfjord, Tromsø and Balsfjord.

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Tromsø Top Attractions

The Polaria Museum

The Polaria Museum

Tromsø´s most visited attraction is Polaria - an arctic-themed experience centre occupying a distinctive futuristic building.

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The Polar Museum

The Polar Museum

If you are interested in traditions, culture and history, the Polar Museum in Tromsø is the right place to visit.

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Arctic Cathedral

Arctic Cathedral

The Arctic Cathedral in Tromsø, also known as 'Ishavskatedralen' was dedicated on November 19, 1965. The architecture is inspired by the angular shapes of the Arctic winter ice.

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Good to Know

Explore the Tromsø Region

Explore the Tromsø Region

Every year from December to the end of March you will find excellent transport options to Narvik and Lyngenfjord from Tromsø.

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Northern Light Inspiration

Northern Light Inspiration

Be inspired about what you have to know before you go.

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Clothing for Tromsø

Clothing for Tromsø

On an Arctic travel experience like Tromsø, clothing is one of the most important things to consider.

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Northern Light Activities

The Ultimate Northern Lights Chase

The Ultimate Northern Lights Chase

This tour is conducted by Arctic Explorers. All-inclusive trip in a small-personalized group. A Northern Lights Trip means an intense and exciting chase – to the coast or deep into the wild, perhaps even to the Finnish border.

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Star Walk – a night snowshoeing tour

Star Walk – a night snowshoeing tour

This tour is conducted by Wandering Owl. Leave the beaten tracks, immerse yourself in the polar night and walk your way under the stars.

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 Aurora Safari Base Stations

Aurora Safari Base Stations

This tour is conducted by Tromsø Safari. Aurora Safari Base Station is our well-established comfortable and social Northern Lights Safari to our perfectly located private base stations with local hospitality and high chances of Northern Lights.

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Northern Lights Wildlife Tour from Tromsø with eco-friendly Tesla Model X

Northern Lights Wildlife Tour from Tromsø with eco-friendly Tesla Model X

This tour is conducted by Arctic Cruise in Norway. The Northern Lights are magical, but the Norwegian nature in Tromsø is also spectacular.

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Northern Lights chase - a bucketlist favorite

Northern Lights chase - a bucketlist favorite

This tour is conducted by Arctic Guide Service. From October 18th until March 31st Arctic Guide Service guarantees a Northern Lights chase every evening, as long as the weather allows it.

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Northern Lights cruise

Northern Lights cruise

This tour is conducted by Arctic Expedition. Are you ready to hunt the northern lights with us?

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All Inclusive Northern Lights trip

All Inclusive Northern Lights trip

This tour is conducted by Explore the Arctic. Join our all-inclusive Northern Lights trips to maximize your chances of witnessing this spectacular natural phenomenon.

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Northern lights chase to Aurora camps

Northern lights chase to Aurora camps

This tour is conducted by Destination Tromsø. Maximize your chances of seeing the Northern Lights on this all-inclusive exciting trip combining a Northern Lights Chase with a visit to an Aurora Camp.

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Arctic Northern Lights Tour

Arctic Northern Lights Tour

This tour is conducted by Flexitour. Northern lights tour is a unique and intensely private experience. We go as a small group with no more than 8 participants.

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Midnight Sun Activities

Fishing Trip with Self-Caught Fish for Lunch – Arctic Cruise in Norway

Fishing Trip with Self-Caught Fish for Lunch – Arctic Cruise in Norway

This tour is conducted by Arctic Cruise in Norway. This is one of our bestsellers

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Experience the Midnight Sun in the Arctic Summer - Norfishinfo

Experience the Midnight Sun in the Arctic Summer - Norfishinfo

This is an exclusive 4-5 hours night tour for 2-6 persons where you can see the magnificent life in the sea while the midnight sun is shining.

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Midnight Sun Wildlife Tour From Tromsø with Eco-friendly Tesla Model X - Artic Cruise in Norway

Midnight Sun Wildlife Tour From Tromsø with Eco-friendly Tesla Model X - Artic Cruise in Norway

From May 21st until July 21st, we will experience the unique phenomena of the Midnight Sun. Imagine having sunshine 24 hours a day.

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Explore Tromsø By E-Bike

Explore Tromsø By E-Bike

This tour is conducted by Tromsø Outdoor. Let us show you our favourite sites and city features on our extremely popular and easy to ride electric bicycles.

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Midnight Sun photo safari by RIB boat

Midnight Sun photo safari by RIB boat

This tour is conducted by Green Gold of Norway. Join us on a three-hours Rib-boat photo safari to the islands of Gåsvær, Musvær, and Risøya with possiblility to see eagles, cormorants, seals and/or Puffins, beautiful scenery…and the amazing Midnight Sun!

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Midnightsun sailing- Luxury catamaran Arctic Princess

Midnightsun sailing- Luxury catamaran Arctic Princess

This tour is conducted by Arctic Cruise in Norway. Join us for a beautiful Midnightsun cruise in our luxury sailing / motor catamaran Arctic Princess. If the weather is nice, we sail in sunshine throughout the trip.

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Recommended Accommodation

Scandic Ishavshotel

Scandic Ishavshotel

Scandic Ishavshotel has a unique location on the quay in the center of Tromsø.

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Radisson Blu in Tromsø

Radisson Blu in Tromsø

Known as the gateway to the Arctic, Tromso is Norway’s northernmost city.

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Clarion Hotel The Edge

Clarion Hotel The Edge

You will find Clarion Hotel The Edge in the main center of Tromsø.

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