Tromsø is where your Arctic adventure begins The Arctic Cathedral is a landmark in Tromsø Take the cable car up and get a spectacular view over Tromsø Dog Sledding and reindeer driving special Arctic activities In summer you can watch the Midnight Sun in Tromsø
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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.

Tromso 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 a 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. Sinde 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.


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.

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Tromsø Top Attractions

Polaria Museum

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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The Science Centre

The Science Centre

Experience the "Extreme Auroras" every day, no matter what the weather conditions are like outside.

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The Cable Car in Tromsø

The Cable Car in Tromsø

Get the best view of Tromsø with the Cable car

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Tromsø Cosy Harbour Area

Tromsø Cosy Harbour Area

Take a walk along the habourside in Tromsø and feel the Arctic atmosphere.

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Good to Know

Getting Here

Getting Here

Tromsø Airport is the most important airport in the northern part of Norway.

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Getting Around in Tromsø

Getting Around in Tromsø

The public transport service in Tromsø is dominated by buses.

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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 Activities

Northern Lights Husky Visit – Tromsø Villmarkssenter

Northern Lights Husky Visit – Tromsø Villmarkssenter

Come and discover the Northern Lights along with our 350 husky friends. You’re welcome to take shelter around the fire in the Sami tents at any stage if you want to warm up.

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Dogsledding in the Arctic Night - Tromsø Villmarkssenter

Dogsledding in the Arctic Night - Tromsø Villmarkssenter

Dogsledding in the winter night can be a magical experience whether the moon or the Aurora lights the mountains.

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The Ultimate Northern Lights Chase

The Ultimate Northern Lights Chase

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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Midnight Sun Activities

All Day Fjord Tour to Sommarøy - Tromsø Individuell

All Day Fjord Tour to Sommarøy - Tromsø Individuell

Don't miss our stunning fjord sceneries at any season! Above the Arctic circle we have during summer beautiful intense sunlight all day round.

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

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

We go out fishing near Tromsø in our luxury sail/motor catamaran Lagoon 450.

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Experience the Midnight Sun in the Arctic Summer - Norfishinfo

Experience the Midnight Sun in the Arctic Summer - Norfishinfo

his 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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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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