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TROMSØ

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Tromsø by night - winter .
Photo: Simeone5544Foap / Visit Norway
Tromsø by night - winter .
Photo: Simeone5544Foap / Visit Norway

See how lady Aurora uses this Arctic city as a dance floor!

Northern lights, Tromsø .
Photo: Vegard Stien / Visit Tromsø
Northern lights in Tromsø .
Photo: Vegard Stien / Visit Tromsø

Or chase the northern lights with a local guide.

Just remember to pack warm clothes, because you will never stop staring and never stop being amazed.

Northern lights in Tromsø .
Photo: Lars Mathisen / Visit Tromsø
Northern lights in Tromsø .
Photo: Lars Mathisen / Visit Tromsø

In summer, you will be astonished by a different light: the midnight sun – and it’s the perfect excuse to stay out all night.

You see, the sun never sets above the Arctic Circle. This makes Tromsø, also known as the Arctic Capital, your playground 24 hours a day!

Midnight sun in Tromsø .
Photo: Gunnar Magne Berg
Midnight sun in Tromsø .
Photo: Gunnar Magne Berg

But of course, Tromsø begs for more exploration than marvelling at the sky.

Just look at the Arctic Cathedral. Enjoy midnight sun concerts here during summer or northern lights concerts during winter.

Tromsø .
Photo: Vegard Stien / Visit Tromsø
Tromsø .
Photo: Vegard Stien / Visit Tromsø

Say “hello” to the seals in Polaria or cherish the town’s history as a starting point for countless Arctic expeditions at the Polar Museum.

Polaria in Tromsø .
Photo: Vegard Stien / Visit Tromsø
Polaria in Tromsø .
Photo: Vegard Stien / Visit Tromsø

For panoramic views of the city, ride the cable car up to Mount Storsteinen …

Cable car up mount Storsteinen in Tromsø .
Photo: True Stories / Bleed / Visitnorway
Cable car up mount Storsteinen in Tromsø .
Photo: True Stories / Bleed / Visitnorway

… or get there by climbing the 1200 stone steps up the Sherpa staircase.

View from Mount Storsteinen in Tromsø .
Photo: Gunnar Magne Berg / Visit Tromsø
View from Mount Storsteinen in Tromsø .
Photo: Gunnar Magne Berg / Visit Tromsø

If you like hiking, you’re in for a treat, as Tromsø has a lot to offer.

Choose between hundreds of summits, from family-friendly routes to more demanding hikes.

And enjoy the unique experience from summit to sea.

Rundfjellet in Lofoten .
Photo: Norwegian Adventure Company / Arctic Haute Route / Lofoten, Rundfjellet / Sverre Hjørnevik.
Rundfjellet in Tromsø .
Photo: Visitnorway.com

Thrilling experiences in Tromsø don’t have to involve legwork or lofty heights, though. Just look at how the humpback whales lobtail and leap in the cold waters.

These magnificent creatures have been visiting the region for the last few years. It’s hard to tell if they’ll be back next season, but we sure hope they come to visit so you can see them too. Join a whale safari!

Whale safari in Tromsø .
Photo: Asgeir Helgestad / Visitnorway.com
Whale safari in Tromsø .
Photo: Asgeir Helgestad / Visitnorway.com

In these parts of Norway, you can also experience the Sami culture, with the ancient traditions like joik, before you go reindeer sledging …

Sami, Tromsø .
Photo: Vegard Stien / Visit Tromsø
Sami, Tromsø .
Photo: Vegard Stien / Visit Tromsø

… or race across the landscape on a dog sled led by happy huskies.

Dog sledding in Tromsø .
Photo: Kari Schibevaag
Dog sledding in Tromsø .
Photo: Kari Schibevaag

Of course, Tromsø isn’t all about nature. As the world’s northernmost university town, it is also a vibrating city full of urban surprises.

Not only will you find a buzzing nightlife, you can enjoy concerts, art exhibitions, and festivals as well.

The kiosk Raketten in Tromsø .
Photo: Vegard Stien / Visit Tromsø
The kiosk Raketten in Tromsø .
Photo: Vegard Stien / Visit Tromsø

When you need to refuel, dive into Tromsø’s restaurant scene with many eateries specializing in fresh ingredients from the Arctic.

Why not try local treats such as grilled stockfish, reindeer sirloin, or – if you dare – seagull eggs?

We bet you’ll love it.

Arctandria seafood restaurant in Tromsø .
Photo: Christian Roth Christensen / VisitNorway.com
Arctandria seafood restaurant in Tromsø .
Photo: Christian Roth Christensen / VisitNorway.com

Tromsø has achieved the certification Sustainable Destination. Although this does not mean that the destination is sustainable, it does mean that it has made a commitment to work systematically to reduce the negative effects of tourism, while strengthening its positive ripple effects.

Hiking in Tromsø .
Photo: Vegard Stien / Visit Tromsø
Hiking in Tromsø .
Photo: Vegard Stien / Visit Tromsø

Your Arctic adventure starts here.

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Hiking in Tromsø .
Photo: Vegard Stien / Visit Tromsø
Hiking in Tromsø .
Photo: Vegard Stien / Visit Tromsø

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