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Where your Arctic adventure begins

Tromsø is ideal for seeing the northern lights and has a modern mix of outdoor activities, a vibrant nightlife and places to eat local food.

In this modern city in the Arctic, nature and culture go hand in hand. Tromsø offers all kinds of attractions, from an aquarium and several quality museums to the world’s northernmost botanical garden. The city is also a great place to observe the majestic phenomenon of the northern light.

Tromsø is located 350 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle and is the largest city in Northern Norway. From September to March many people come to Tromsø to see the northern lights. From 20 May to 20 July the midnight sun makes it possible to do as the locals and participate in various activities around the clock. In general, Tromsø has a mild climate for such a northerly destination because of its seaside location and the warming effect of the Gulf stream. It is easy to get to Tromsø from other Norwegian cities and abroad.

If you want a cultural holiday, Tromsø hosts the Tromsø International Film Festival and the Northern Light Festival, both of which attract visitors from all over the world. At Northern Norway Art Museum you can explore art and crafts with ties to Northern Norway from the 1800s up until today.

For the outdoor enthusiasts, Tromsø city centre is conveniently located just around the corner from seemingly untouched wilderness, which offers many opportunities for activities such as hiking, fishing, kayaking, dog sledding and whale safaris.

The city is known for its lively night scene and a range of restaurants specialising in the fresh ingredients of the Arctic. Tromsø’s multi-cultural community, featuring more than 100 nationalities, does its very best to whet local palates, and there is no shortage of new eateries based on local food.

Human settlement in the Tromsø area dates back thousands of years, though the city itself was founded only about 200 years ago. Tromsø soon became the centre for trapping in the Arctic region, and in the early 1900s it was the starting point for expeditions to the Arctic. Hence its nickname: “Gateway to the Arctic”.

Find more inspiration on Tromsø’s official website and download the Tromsø Official City App.

Whale spotting in Tromsø
Asgeir Helgestad/Artic Light AS/visitnorway.com
Kayaking, Tromsø
Kayaking in Tromsø
Fishing in Tromsø
Ishavskatedralen in Tromsø
Konrad Konieczny/www.nordnorge.com

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Getting here and around

No location north of the Arctic Circle is as easy to reach as Tromsø, which makes the city an ideal starting point from where to explore the rest of Northern Norway.
Get in-depth travel information at Tromsø’s official website.

  • By plane

    By plane

    There are many daily domestic flights to Tromsø Airport Langnes.

    Most international flights to Tromsø require changing planes at Oslo Airport.

    Tromsø Airport Langnes lies only 5 kilometres from the city centre, and the airport express coach stops at several hotels in central Tromsø.

  • By car

    By car

    A 1600-kilometre long highway, which remains open all year, connects Tromsø with Oslo. Driving time is approximately 30 hours.

    Read about road conditions in Northern Norway

  • By bus

    By bus

    Long-distance buses connect Tromsø with Alta, Narvik, Bodø and Fauske all year around. If you’re going to the Lofoten Islands, transfer in Narvik. Check out Tromsø’s official webpage for more information.

  • By train

    By train

    There is no train service to Tromsø. You can take the train from Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim to Fauske, where you must transfer to a long-distance bus to Tromsø via Narvik. Check out NSB’s webpage for prices and timetables.

  • By ferry

    By ferry

    Twice a day, Hurtigruten (The Norwegian Coastal Voyage) calls at Tromsø on its way between Bergen and Kirkenes.

  • Local travel

    Local travel

    Tromsø has an extensive local bus and ferry network. Read more on Troms fylkestrafikk’s webpage.

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Seasons and climate in Tromsø

  • Due to the temperate waters of the Gulf Stream, Tromsø has a much milder climate than other parts of the world at the same latitude, such as Alaska and Siberia.
  • The coastal climate in Tromsø makes the winters mild and the summers relatively cool.
  • January and February are the coldest months, with an average temperature of -4°C.
  • July and August are warmest with an average temperature of 12°C.
  • May and June are the driest months, with an average 50 mm of rainfall.
  • October is the wettest month.
  • Strong winds can occur, especially in late autumn and winter.
  • Get the latest weather forecast on yr.no.

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