The polar nights from 21 November to 21 January offer stunning light conditions during the short dawn. Numerous festivals and cultural events take place in Tromsø at that time of the year, and the nightlife is even more lively than during the rest of the year.
When the sun returns in late January, it is time to enjoy loads of snow. Cross-country skiing is a local favourite, but alpine skiing and snowboarding are also popular. Expect plenty of snow in the mountains until May.
Tromsø is one of the best places on earth to observe this phenomenon, with all the comfort of city life combined with wild nature right outside your hotel door. In Tromsø, the highest northern lights frequency is between 18:00 and 01:00, and the best months are December, January, February and March. However, there are Northern Lights tours starting in September. Spotting the aurora borealis depends on solar activity and the weather - so as long as it is dark, there is a chance to see the lights.
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In winter, expect moderate temperatures, loads of snow, skies lit up by the northern lights and a hectic cultural scene in Tromsø.
Winter in Tromsø
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