As the largest city for hundreds of miles in any direction, Tromsø is the cultural heart of northern Norway. That heart beats strongly with annual cultural events that have earned the city the nickname "Paris of the North" despite a population of just 75,000. An internationally renowned film festival,…
As the largest city for hundreds of miles in any direction, Tromsø is the cultural heart of northern Norway. That heart beats strongly with annual cultural events that have earned the city the nickname "Paris of the North" despite a population of just 75,000. An internationally renowned film festival, a thriving electronic music scene and the northernmost marathon in the world (run under the midnight sun!) are just some of the highlights on the calendar.Tromsø, situated on a small island surrounded by mountains, is one of Norway’s most picturesque cities. The fact that it enjoys both the midnight sun in summer and the northern lights in winter (Tromsø's considered one of the best places in the world to witness the aurora borealis) highlights the remarkable natural attraction of the region.Remote Tromsø has a surprisingly international vibe, what with so many cultural events, the world's northernmost university and the city’s airport acting as a transport hub for the north. Your visit to Tromsø may be brief, but your memories are sure to last a lot longer.
The majestic fjords and rugged coastline of northern Norway are spectacular sights from any angle. To gain a truly unique perspective, do as the Norwegians do and rent a kayak.
Kayaking is a popular sport in this region and an experienced local instructor can guide you through safe waters close to Tromsø.
Once you’ve learned to control the kayak, take some time to breathe in the fresh air, gaze at the imposing mountains and observe the fish and birds. No previous experience is required.
A beautiful red-stained wooden building raised on stilts above the harbor is the picturesque home to the city's Polar Museum.
Whaling and seal hunting may be controversial today, but they were once the bedrock of the regional economy, and this museum takes an honest look at the practice.
In addition to hunting, polar exploration is covered with an interesting look at Nansen's attempt to reach the North Pole.
The striking architecture of Polaria is designed to reflect arctic ice floes, hinting at the regional focus of the aquarium inside.
Bearded seals are the highlight of the aquatic life on display, alongside the most common fish from the seas between Tromsø and Svalbard.
The emphasis at Polaria is on education, with a panoramic cinema showing movies about the northern lights and life in the arctic wilderness. Simulated permafrost and polar exploration equipment are also on display. Polaria is especially enjoyable for kids, but will appeal to visitors of any age.
For an authentic arctic experience, nothing beats spending time out in the wilderness with man’s best friend.
Arctic huskies are magnificent creatures with wolflike speed yet a playfulness that will ensure a memorable visit. After traveling away from Tromsø into the wilderness, adult huskies will show you their spectacular home of mountains and fjords before you return to camp to meet their adorable puppies.
Lunch in an authentic Sami tent completes this truly northern Norwegian experience.
The summit of Mount Storsteinen towers 421 meters over the island of Tromsøya, offering unparalleled views of Tromsø's stunning arctic setting.
The cable car is the fastest and easiest route up and down the mountain for skiers, hikers, cyclists, paragliders and photographers alike.
At the summit, enjoy a Norwegian waffle with jam and sour cream in front of a log fire, or walk further along the mountain ridge for the best photo opportunities.
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