The Lyngen Alps
The Lyngen Alps with 1,800 metre-high peaks rising from the Arctic Ocean, glaciers, ravines and gushing rivers, can be found a mere hour east of Tromsø. The local population of the Lyngen Alps speak Norwegian, Sami and Finnish.
In summer, the midnight sun allows you to make the most of activities like canoeing, diving, glacier hiking and mountain biking. During the winter months the dry climate creates many clear nights with frequent sightings of the northern lights. This is the time for snowmobiling, dog and reindeer sledging.
The area is inhabited by sami reindeer herders, and conference guests are invited into the traditional tents, lavvu, to enjoy reindeer stew, bidos.
Sommarøy - towards the Atlantic
The fishing village of Sommarøy, on a small island southwest of Tromsø, is an fascinating excursion a mere hour away. The village with 300 inhabitants enjoys a fantastic view of mountains, islands and the open Atlantic. The beaches are white and inviting, although the water temperature may be a little too refreshing for most.
The local hotel Sommarøy Arctic Hotel offers meeting rooms, tasty local food and deep-sea rafting.
Dog sledding – Arctic adrenaline
Pulling you deep into the heart of a true winter wonderland, nothing beats the thrill of an exciting husky sledge ride. The dogs love to run and this rather unconventional mode of transport carries you up close to your scenic, snowy surroundings. Several organisers provide group arrangements during the day to see the landscape and at night in search of the northern lights.
Find out more
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.
P.O. Box 311
Phone: +47 77 61 00 00, Fax: +47 77 61 00 10
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Experience Arctic nature and hear tales of brave explorers at the museums. Visit the Arctic Cathedral inspired by icebergs, fish racks and Sami tents.
The Arctic Cathedral – a masterpiece of architecture
Tromsø’s architectural landmark shines like a lighthouse in the polar night and sparkles in the midnight sun. The Arctic Cathedral (Ishavskatedralen), built in 1965, was inspired by icebergs, fish racks and Sami tents and sports the biggest stained glass window in Europe. Its organ is incredibly powerful and is shaped like the sails of a ship. Watching a concert in the Arctic Cathedral marks the perfect beginning or end of a conference day.
Polaria – an Arctic experience
Polaria is an Arctic experience centre where you can see friendly bearded seals, fish from the local area, take an Arctic walk and watch a 15-minute panoramic film from Spitsbergen on the Svalbard Islands. The striking Polaria building can be found a five-minute walk from the city centre.
The Polar Museum – a tale of brave men
Visitors to the Polar Museum can learn a wealth of information about Arctic life including the story of two men staying alone in Spitsbergen all winter, the tragic end of Willem Barent's expedition in 1596 and Roald Amundsen's fascinating expeditions to the North and South Pole.
The Polar Museum building, a warehouse dating from 1830, is built on stilts in the Tromsø Sound.
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).
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.
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.