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City walks

Tromsø by foot

Tromsø from viewing point .
Photo: Per Christian Lind / Visit Norway
Tromsø from viewing point .
Photo: Per Christian Lind / Visit Norway

"You really can see for miles, all the way out, all of it."


Tromsø, the Cable Car up Storsteinen .
Photo: Per Christian Lind / Visit Norway
Tromsø, the Cable Car up Storsteinen .
Photo: Per Christian Lind / Visit Norway

"Cheers! Should we go on a boat trip since we're here?"


Tromsø restaurants .
Photo: Per Christian Lind / Visit Norway
Tromsø restaurants .
Photo: Per Christian Lind / Visit Norway

Norwegian cities are compact and very walkable.
Experience city highlights in just 10 000 steps.

Let's have some Arctic adventure!

Tromsø by the harbor .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen / Visitnorway.com
Tromsø by the harbor .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen / Visitnorway.com


Length: 10,000 steps

Follow in the footsteps of Craig and Natalie, an adventurous young English couple, both 31, who love to travel and indulge in new culinary experiences. Natalie also enjoys sewing and cooking, and Craig has a thing for boats. Craig and Natalie should definitely feel right at home in Tromsø. The city offers a mix of cultural events, museums, outdoors activities, and restaurants that serve arctic delicacies.

The city centre is compact and quite easy to cover. Tromsø has its own guide for people with reduced mobility. Although there is still room for improvement, it is still possible for wheelchair users to get around and take part in lots of activities. In general, airlines, trains, buses, ferries and most modern museums in Norway are accessible for everyone. And hey, if you ride the Fjellheisen cable car, you will be the fastest one up Mount Storsteinen, so you can enjoy even more of the panoramic view!


Length: 7.4 km

Start the day with breakfast at Helmersen. Continue south to the Polaria aquarium and experience centre, where you can see seals, king crabs, and other marine species common to the Arctic Ocean. You can also learn more about environmental challenges and watch films in the panoramic cinema.

Afterwards, head north through the pedestrian main street Storgata. The street passes by Tromsø Cathedral and several small shops and cafés. Continue to the Polarmuseet i Tromsø (the Polar Museum) where you can learn more about the city's history, as well as polar expeditions, fishing and hunting in the Arctic.


Length: 6.3 km

Start with breakfast at Koseverden and prepare yourself for a day filled with art and local handicrafts. As you walk through Tromsø, remember to keep your eyes peeled for its amazing street art.

Start exploring by visiting the family-owned gallery Krane Galleri & Rammeverkested where you will find handmade products and Northern Norwegian art. Then continue to Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, where you can explore art by Norwegian artists, contemporary masters, and more. At Galleri Nord you can shop a variety of local pictorial art, sculptures, as well as handicrafts and design products. 

Need a little break? Enjoy a homemade and healthy lunch surrounded by art, design and retro furniture at Smørtorget. After lunch, head towards the southern part of the city centre and stop by the world's northernmost glassblowing studio, Glasshytta Blåst.


Length: 7.1 km

Start with breakfast at Smørtorget in a retro atmosphere, surrounded by second-hand items. Then head up to Tromsø's historic high street, Storgata, where you can see many old buildings that survived the big city fire of 1969. At the top of the main square Storgata, you can see the charming Music pavilion built in 1892 and the old town hall that dates back to 1864. The town hall also housed the city's police station and prison for more than 100 years. The square is also home to Tromsø's oldest newsstand Rakettkiosken (the rocket kiosk), which Margit Løkke opened in 1911 when she was just 18 years old.

At the end of the street lies Perspektivet Museum, the house where the famous author and artist Cora Sandel/Sara Fabricius lived in her youth. She often wrote about life in Tromsø. Next door, you'll find the oldest functioning cinema in Norway, Verdensteateret.

Afterwards, continue to Polarmuseet i Tromsø (The Polar Museum), where you can learn more about key events in the city's history, as well as polar expeditions, fishing, and hunting in the Arctic.

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