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Tromsø and the Arctic Cathedral, Northern Norway
Ishavskatedralen, the Arctic Cathedral in Tromsø.
Photo: Vegard Stien / Visit Tromsø
Two women hiking in the mountains surrounding Tromsø in Northern Norway on a sunny summer day
Hiking in Tromsø.
Photo: Vegard Stien / Visit Tromsø
Two people sitting by a bonfire under the northern lights in Tromsø, Northern Norway
Northern lights in Tromsø.
Photo: Lars Mathisen / Visit Tromsø

Tromsø is ideal if you want to see the northern lights, and offers a lovely mix of outdoor activities, cultural events, and restaurants that serve Arctic delicacies.

The Arctic capital 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 here to see the northern lights. From the end of May till the end of July, the midnight sun makes it possible to participate in various activities around the clock.

Tromsø offers superb opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, kayaking, and whale safaris. Popular attractions include the Arctic Cathedral, the Polaria experience centre, and the Polar Museum.

The annual festivals Tromsø International Film Festival and the Northern Light Festival both attract visitors from all over the world.

Moreover, Tromsø is known for a lively night scene and a range of restaurants that specialise in the fresh ingredients of the Arctic. The city is a certified Sustainable Destination, a seal of approval given to destinations that work systematically to reduce the negative impact of tourism.

Get in-depth travel information​ on Tromsø’s official website.

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Top attractions in Tromsø

Historical sites and cultural gems – explore some of the highlights.

Where to stay

From comfy hotels to cosy cabins. Find your home away from home in Tromsø.

Food and drink

From local food gems to high-end restaurants. Get a taste of what Tromsø offers.

Getting to Tromsø

Get in-depth travel information on Tromsø’s official website.
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Top attractions in Tromsø
Modern church architecture. The Arctic Cathedral is a daring piece of architecture built in 1965, inspired by Arctic nature. The "Return of Christ"… Read more
The Arctic Cathedral
Discover exiting stories of risky Arctic trapping and sea mammal hunting as well as courageous Polar explorers! Read more
The Polar Museum
In a distinctive building depicting ice blocks pushed on land by the rugged ocean in the Arctic, you find Polaria. Read more
Polaria – meet the Arctic
Discover the Sami culture past and present through comprehensive exhibitions. Read more
Tromsø University Museum
Ølhallen with its long and colorful history is one of the most iconic places in Tromsø. Read more
Ølhallen Brewpub
Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum makes space for ideas. Read more
Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum
This tour is conducted by Brim Explorer. Get a unique perspective on the magnificent Humpback Whales and Orcas as they feed in the herring-rich fjords… Read more
Silent Whale Watching
This tour is conducted by Sørøya Havfiskecruise. Sørøya Havfiskecruise has been operating since 2006, and we can proudly introduce ourselves as a… Read more
Northern Light Dinner Cruise
This tour is conducted by Greenlander. Our 4WD Mercedes Benz Vito or 4WD Land Rover Defender is perfect to overland in Arctic conditions, and will… Read more
1# in TripAdvisor, Northern Lights Expedition with Arctic 4WD vehicle
This tour is conducted by Sami Camp and Skibotn Hotel. We offer you a Northern Lights adventure to Skibotn, including a hot meal in a Lavvo and… Read more
A Northern Lights adventure in Skibotn
This tour is conducted by Tromsø Arctic Reindeer Experience. Join Sami guides for a reindeer experience. Read more
Reindeer Feeding, Sami Culture and Short Reindeer Sledding
Learn to drive your own team of huskies across the Arctic wilderness! Come and join us and our 140 Alaskan Huskies as you experience an unforgettable… Read more
Husky Dog Sledding daytime
This tour is conducted by Northern Adventure Troms. We start the trip by car from Tromsø and drive along Kvaløya's coast to beautiful Sommarøy. We… Read more
Arctic wildlife safari by car and boat to Sommarøy
Destinations in Northern Norway
From local food and mountains soaring above deep blue fjords to the midnight sun and the northern lights – discover the Arctic capital,… Read more
The UNESCO-protected islands of Vega, just south of the Arctic Circle, is named one of the world’s top undiscovered island gems. Read more
Vega Islands
Lofoten is known for excellent fishing, nature attractions such as the northern lights and the midnight sun, and small villages off the beaten track.… Read more
The Lofoten Islands
Far above the Arctic Circle, the North Cape offers arctic adventures like dog-sledding in the winter and months of never-ending sunlight in… Read more
The North Cape
In the city of Alta you can experience Sami culture up close, see UNESCO protected rock carvings, sleep in a ice hotel or hunt for the northern light. Read more
Bodø is home to the world’s strongest maelstrom Saltstraumen. The largest city in the county of Nordland is also just a boat ride away… Read more
The archipelago of Vesterålen is a place characterized by contrasts, from white beaches and idyllic farmlands to craggy mountain peaks rising… Read more
Bring your hiking boots and experience the tall mountain peaks close to Harstad. Enjoy culinary brilliance and find out why Harstad is known as the… Read more
Kystriksveien is one of the most scenic drives in the world. Along the road you can climb the mountains Torghatten and De syv søstre,… Read more
Kystriksveien – the coastal route
In Helgeland, you can paddle around the UNESCO-protected Vega islands and climb mountains like Torghatteen and The Seven Sisters. Or try the… Read more
Teeming bird rocks in Hornøya, a snow hotel, dramatic war stories and a witch monument in Vardø are among the attractions awaiting… Read more
Kirkenes and Eastern Finnmark
The Svalbard Islands are located in the Arctic Ocean, halfway between Norway and the North Pole. Here, you will find untouched arctic wilderness and… Read more
The Svalbard Islands
Join a dogsled expedition, learn to throw a lasso, and experience the Sami culture first hand in Karasjok and Kautokeino. Read more
Land of the Sami
Discover Narvik, a town above the Arctic Circle where nature is your playground. Go hiking, skiing or climbing and experience the midnight sun in… Read more
Go kayaking and hiking in the midnight sun, or skiing and dog sledding under the northern lights. Or simply kick back and enjoy some of the most… Read more
Senja and Central Troms
An urban surprise along a barren, mostly uninhabited coast, Hammerfest is an arctic town full of life and outdoor adventurous. Read more
In Nordkyn, the northernmost region on the European mainland, you can enjoy beautiful scenery, world class fishing, Arctic adventures and… Read more
Experience the cultural hub of Bodø as well as untouched nature, the world’s strongest tidal current, and remarkable, windswept… Read more
The Lyngenfjord and the Lyngsalpene mountain range form an Arctic area of exotic and family-friendly outdoor activities based on pure fun… Read more
The Lyngenfjord region
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    • Tromsø train

      By train

      There is no train service to Tromsø. You can take the train from Oslo, Bergen, or Trondheim to Fauske, where you must transfer to a long-distance bus to Tromsø via Narvik.

    • Tromsø 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.

    • Tromsø car

      By car

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

      Read more about road conditions.

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    • Tromsø boat

      By boat

      Express boats connect Tromsø with the rest of the county.

      The Norwegian coastal express Hurtigruten calls at Tromsø twice a day on its way between Bergen and Kirkenes.

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    • Tromsø plane

      By plane

      There are many daily domestic flights to Tromsø Airport.

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

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

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    • Tromsø local

      Local travel

      Tromsø has an extensive local bus and ferry network.

    Towards sustainability

    The certification Sustainable Destination is a seal of approval given to destinations that work systematically to reduce the negative impact of tourism. In addition to providing visitors with enjoyable experiences, the destination must preserve the local nature, culture and environment, strengthen social values, and be economically viable. The municipality and the travel industry must cooperate closely to assure that the destination is a great place both to live in and to visit.

    Find out more about sustainable destinations in Norway

    Sustainable destination

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