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The cable car, Tromsø, Norway - Photo: Frithjof Fure/Innovation Norway
The cable car, Tromsø, Norway Photo: Frithjof Fure/Innovation Norway

Tromsø city guide

Hear about Arctic exploration, the history of the wooden architecture or ride in the cable car for a view of the city 421 metres above sea level.


Multilingual guides combine in-depth knowledge of Tromsø's history and contemporary way of life with a fair bit of northern humour as you tour around town. Points of interest along the route include the museums, the cable car and the striking Arctic Cathedral (Ishavskatedralen).


Dining varies throughout the year, making the best use of seasonal produce. Fresh cod, liver and roe are common in winter, while tasty colefish (saithe) is popular in summer and game, mutton and lutefisk (fish treated with lye) can be found on autumn menus. 

  • The fish restaurant Arctandria is consecrated to traditional northern cuisine.
  • Emma’s Drømmekjøkken (Dream Kitchen) prepares Arctic gourmet food in a cosy restaurant overlooking the cathedral.
  • Compagniet serves up finely tuned menus of fish and meat in a wooden mansion dating from 1838.
  • Fiskekompaniet Sjøsiden specialises in contemporary fish dishes, including shellfish and king crab.
  • 4 roser is an ultra-sleek gourmet restaurant combining international and local cuisine.

The cable car – Tromsø’s widest horizon

The view is a common image on postcards, calendars and brochures from Norway but now you have the chance to witness it for yourself. Standing 421 metres above sea level, with a view of Tromsø and the surrounding waterways and mountains, the four-minute ride up in the cable car provides a staggeringly scenic panorama.

In summer, this is a favoured location to watch the midnight sun, while in winter some fantastic northern lights can be viewed. Dinner, banquets, barbecues and cocktails can be organised. You may even meet the local Sami family whose reindeer graze around there.

Contact information

Most of the incentive programmes Visit Tromsø, the Tromsø Convention Bureau, puts together for their clients are tailor-made, so do not hesitate to get in touch with them so they can help you plan your event.

Visit Tromsø
P.O. Box 311
NO-9253 Tromsø
Phone: +47 77 61 00 00, Fax: +47 77 61 00 10

You can also contact Visit Tromsø staff directly:

Trude Pettersen
Email: trude@visittromso.no

Last updated:  2014-02-26

About Tromsø

Key facts about Tromsø

Tromsø is located around 370 kilometres above the Arctic Circle. The population is 69,000 and the airport is a 10-minute drive from the city centre.


A mere 2,000 kilometres from the North Pole, Tromsø can entertain up to 3,600 conference delegates with ease, comfort and style.

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