"As we were landing, we saw this winter wonderland from the plane."
Kristianne from Germany and Vincent from London
Tromsø is the main gateway to northern lights experiences in Northern Norway, and if you come in December, an extra treat awaits.
The lights from the Fjellheisen cable car are truly an amazing sight. Head down to the city centre of this Arctic metropolis for the real Christmas adventure to begin!
Strolling around in streets decked in lights and garlands makes you feel like you're inside your favourite Christmas film.
Stock up on original handmade gifts like knitted hats and warm wool sweaters ...
... and take a spin on the Ferris wheel or on the ice skating rink by the harbour!
Now, time to head over to the Christmas markets!
Market stalls and activities are found throughout Tromsø. The stall pictured here has been set up behind the historic Mack brewery.
Check listings for markets and events.
Meet the farmers who serve local delicacies – and big smiles!
Taste Northern Norway's version of kebab: wild mutton in pitta bread.
Or try one of Norway's oldest exports: tørrfisk (stockfish) at one of the city's many excellent seafood restaurants, like Vertshuset Skarven.
Tørrfisk is a speciality in the Arctic kitchen. In December, you can try the Christmas version, lutefisk...
... which has been soaked in lye!
Don't miss the rocket shaped kiosk known as Rakettkiosken at Stortorget, Tromsø's main square.
They make it extra cosy during the holidays by lighting a fire pit and laying out reindeer skins outside.
Snow, starry polar nights and northern lights make Tromsø unique from other Christmas towns.
But this doesn't mean you will have 24 hours of complete darkness. So make sure to enjoy a few hours of daylight outside ...
... including the magic hour, when everything is blue!
Could there ever be a more beautiful place for a Christmas concert than The Arctic Cathedral?
Join Tromsø locals for fun-filled, child-friendly events, including a boat trip in Arctic waters on board the old wooden vessel Hermes II.
Or let the kids decorate cod-shaped gingerbread cookies at Kystens Hus.
Kystens Hus has sushi and seafood restaurants, a large fish counter, an aquarium, and exhibitions on fish and fishing. During the holiday season, you can also buy handicrafts, jewellery, lefse (Norwegian sweet bread), and a variety of jams.
Christmas in Northern Norway is not complete without a trip outside the city.
Meet Santa's reindeer, ride a sleigh under the starry night sky, and experience Sami herding culture.
You are not the only visitor around.
Between November and February, large pods of whales and orcas frequently visit the area.
Fly across snowy terrain, pulled by eager huskies! Find an expedition that is perfect for you.
Now we have to run to catch the cinema!
Watching a Christmas classic under a starry sky, wrapped in warm blankets with a hot mulled wine in your hand, is a whole new level of enjoyment.
Or enjoy nature's own show. Catching a glimpse of the northern lights can be enough to make you believe in Christmas miracles.
Take the Fjellheisen cable car to amazing views of the lights, or join a tour with one of the northern light guides to more untamed nature.
"We came for the northern lights and the atmosphere. It's nice to see the lights all over town."
William and Laura from Italy
Tromsø has a unique atmosphere – all year round.
In winter, there are direct flights from several European cities, making Tromsø the perfect gateway to the beautiful wild regions of the north.
Plan your Arctic adventure in Tromsø today!
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