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Winter in Tromsø

In winter, expect moderate temperatures, loads of snow, skies lit up by the northern lights and a busy cultural scene in Tromsø.

Polar nights

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.

Winter sunlight

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.

Northern lights

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 DecemberJanuaryFebruary 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.

Check out all the activities available in Tromsø.

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Last updated:  2013-11-15
The northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis, are regularly seen above Tromsø in Norway - Photo: Bjørnar G Hansen
The northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis, are regularly seen above Tromsø in Norway
Snowshoeing in Tromsø, Norway - Photo: Bård Løken
Snowshoeing in Tromsø, Norway

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Dog sledging in Tromsø, Norway - Photo: Bård Løken

Winter in Tromsø

In winter, expect moderate temperatures, loads of snow, skies lit up by the northern lights and a busy cultural scene in Tromsø.

Winter in Tromsø

Source: Visitnorway

Tromsø

The capital of the Arctic is a lively and beautiful city packed with culture and history, and surrounded by mountains, fjords and islands.

Winter activities in Troms

Winters in Troms feature blue light, northern lights and white snow.

An absolutely fabulous trip to see the northern lights

Follow actress Joanna Lumley as she travels to Northern Norway to fulfil a childhood dream and see the northern lights.

Attractions in Troms

The Polar Zoo and the three national parks of Reisa, Øvre Dividal and Ånderdalen are popular attractions in Troms.

About Tromsø

Tourist Information in Troms

Troms Reiseliv runs a year-round tourist information office for Troms County.

Tourist information in Tromsø

Tromsø Tourist Information Office is located in the city center, within walking distance of buses, ferries, Hurtigruten and most city hotels.

Key facts about Tromsø

Located 350 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, Tromsø is the capital of the Arctic, surrounded by beautiful fjords and mountains.

Key facts about Troms

Archipelagos, fjords and mountains create the frame for the county of Troms with added colour from the midnight sun and northern lights.

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