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28 Jun

Tromsø: What to See and Do in Summer

Summer is an amazing time of year to visit Tromsø, also referred to as the “Paris of the North”. With beautiful fjords, magnificent landscapes, fun activities and friendly locals, the Arctic city offers something for everyone. The most beautiful part of the summer season in this city is that the sun never sets.

Our Tromsø summer guide lists some of our favourite exciting activities for both visitors and locals.

Tromsø Weather in the Summer

During summer in Tromsø, June, July, and August are the warmest months. However, the weather still gets chilly even though it’s summertime. Thus, ensure you pack warm and windproof clothes along with your casual, just in case the weather gets unfriendly. During your holiday in Tromsø, it’s important to always check the weather forecast before going out for your adventures.

Summer Attractions & Activities

For a slice of adventure, you just can’t beat a summer holiday in Tromsø. With a variety of summer attractions and activities, you will always want to come back. Let’s take a look at some of our favourite summer activities you can enjoy during your holiday:

Visit the Seal Hunting Vessel Museum

This seal hunting vessel museum is a historical place to make some arctic discoveries. Built in 1949, the boat is the best-preserved vessel used in seal hunting. It still has its original sailing rig, tools, and equipment as well as small hunting boats in place. 1981 was its last year of sailing, after 33 hunting seasons with more than 97000 seals brought home. The boat was put in a protective glass and has become a historical vessel for arctic discoveries. Explore the vessel and discover the history behind it!

Play Golf under the Midnight Sun at Tromsø Golf Club

Situated in a beautiful surrounding, Tromsø Golf club is the northernmost 18-hole golf course in the world. In summer, you can enjoy playing golf under the midnight sun with stunning views of the surrounding landscapes.

Experience the Midnight Sun

Imagine spending your summer nights like its daytime because the sun never sets. Experience the Arctic Midnight sun – a beautiful phenomenon that will take your breath away. It’s magical. The sky never gets dark; it’s bright with a mix of yellow, red, orange and pink colours. You can indulge in a wide range of activities under the Midnight sun. You can hike the mountains, or even go play golf at the Tromsø Golf Club with stunning views of the surrounding landscapes. Another amazing thing to do under the Midnight sun is to indulge in a traditional Norwegian dinner onboard an elegant tall ship while soaking in the beautiful fire-lit skies that symbolize the never-ending arctic day. You can also take a cable car or climb Mountain Floya to see the midnight sun.

Hiking

If you like the outdoors, you will enjoy a scenic hiking trip in Tromsø. It’s one of the best ways to discover the Norwegian wilderness and what makes it unique. From the incredible wildlife to the mountain vistas, the nature sounds and the genuine sense of peace, you will be transported into a whole new level of experience. Even though you can enjoy hiking on your own, a guided hiking with a group can add more to your experience. The expert guides know the best trails to take and the most picturesque spots to explore. You will also learn interesting insights about wildlife and the history of the areas.

Kayaking

kayaking things to do in Lofoten

There are several places to go kayaking within and outside Tromsø. For an unforgettable sea kayak adventure, head out to the island of Håkøya located along the coastline of Tromsø area. Discover the beautiful Arctic scenery as you enjoy a guided kayak trip while getting up close and personal with the marine wildlife. You can enjoy a guided kayaking trip as you paddle through the beautiful fjords under the Midnight sun.

Sailing

Sail the scenic waters of the enchanting Tromsø in the summer. Glide along the coastline by boat and smell the ocean breeze. Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime Norwegian cruise experience as you explore the Norwegian fjords and get a perfectly up-close view of the beautiful scenery and amazing wildlife.

Visit Tromsø Arctic-Alpine Botanical Garden

The Tromsø Arctic-Alpine Botanical Garden is a magnificent expanse located above the Arctic Circle and it’s absolutely breathtaking in summer. It is regarded as the World’s northernmost botanical garden and it features a wide range of sporadic plants from the Polar Regions as well as attractive and colourful flowers such as the Wilander Buttercup – yellow blossom flower. You can explore the garden during your summer holiday in Tromsø and learn more about the beauties blooming every week.

Relax and Unwind on Bukta Beach

Bukta Beach is full of surprises in summer. It’s the perfect place to relax and unwind while enjoying the beautiful view over the sea, the surrounding landscapes, and islands. The sun shines all through the day in Bukta in the summertime. You can enjoy a picnic with friends; have a BBQ and some drinks as you watch the Midnight Sun. A renowned summer festival takes place in Bukta during summer. The beautiful beach and outdoor area is the venue for a rock festival featuring the best Norwegian bands as well as some international Musician. The festival takes place in mid-July and runs for 3 days – from Thursday to Saturday.

Other summer activities include boat trips, fishing, shopping, and visiting the museums in Tromso such as Tromsø Museum, Northern Norway Art Museum, and Perspektivet Photo Museum.

Where to Stay in Tromsø

There are several accommodation options that will suit your budget and preferences. There is something for everyone, but you just need to know where to stay. You’ll find a variety of luxury hotels with stunning views, several budget B&B, boutique hotels and serviced apartments. Here are some of our favourite hotels in Tromsø:

Clarion Hotel the Edge

The Edge is strategically located at the harbour, and it features luxury rooms, a rooftop terrace, a sky bar, a lounge and a restaurant. The rooms are stylishly designed with contemporary furnishings and well-appointed with modern amenities including a large flat-screen TV, Free WiFi, and well-equipped bathrooms.

Scandic Ishavshotel

Scandic Ishavshotel is an award-winning hotel located right by the quayside in Tromsø. With the beautiful views of the Tromsø harbour and the city, the hotel offers a wide range of rooms, restaurants and amazing amenities to make your summer holiday comfortable and memorable.

Comfort Hotel Xpress Tromsø

Situated in downtown Tromsø, Comfort Hotel Xpress is strategically located within a walking distance to major attractions in the city. The hotel offers a variety of stylish rooms that will fit your needs and preferences. It’s a perfect place to stay if you are looking for a budget, yet modern accommodation during your holiday.

Smarthotel Tromsø

Smarthotel Tromsø is a full-service bed and breakfast hotel located in the heart of the city. It features a variety of smart and functional rooms at affordable prices. The hotel is also located within a short distance walk to most of the top attractions in the Tromsø.

Where to Eat In Tromsø

Tromsø is filled with a wide range of dining options and some of our favourites include Biffhuset, Bardus Bistro, Arctandria Restaurant, Smak Restaurant, Mathallen, and Aunegarden.

What’s on in Tromsø During Summertime?

Tromsø is alive with several events in summer; the city is packed with a variety of cultural events and festivals. Some of our favourite events include Bukta Open Air Rock Music Festival (July), Rakettnatt (August), Midnight Sun Marathon (June) and Tromsø Jazzfestival (August).

How to Get Around

Most of the major attractions in Tromsø are located near each other and you can easily walk between them. For public transport, you can take a bus to any area in the city. There are several city buses that run daily, from morning till midnight. You can purchase a bus ticket upfront or onboard the bus. If you would like to explore other areas outside the city centre, you can hire or rent a car. You’ll find several car rental companies at the airport when you arrive or you can book online prior your arrival and pick it up at the airport.

Looking for things to do in Tromso? We’ve got a wide range of summer and winter activities you can enjoy during your holiday in the city.

26 Apr

Reasons Everyone Should Visit Tromso Once in Their Life

Tromsø looks spectacular from every corner, with its breathtaking natural landscape, vibrant history and culture, stunning wildlife, and beautiful architecture. The city offers a pulsating nightlife, shopping opportunities and a wide range of restaurants and bars. Regarded as the ‘gateway to the Arctic”, Tromsø has many fascinating attractions that will surprise you. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing places to visit during your trip. No wonder the scenic city attracts thousands of tourists every year. Let’s take a look at some top reasons to visit Tromso once in your lifetime:

Magical Northern Lights

Northern Lights - visit Tromso

The “Northern Lights” is one of the most mesmerizing sights of nature which can only be seen in northern locations. Also known as Aurora Borealis, northern lights are solar particles blown into the magnetic field of the earth; you’ll see them in green bands on lights, which evolve into whirling waves to create greenish-yellow, blue and even red curtains of colors in the sky. Tromsø is one of the best places to witness this incredible phenomenon in Norway. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience it!

Fun facts: If you drink lots of water before going to bed, you’ll have a better chance of seeing the northern lights.

Perfect Arctic Experience

Dog sledding - visit Tromso

You’ll find Tromsø’s climate surprisingly pleasant. The city is situated north of the Arctic Circle, and its beautiful climate is congenially moderated by the Gulf Stream. The Norwegian summer is heavenly; you can expect long days, midnight sun and beautiful summer nights. It’s a perfect tome to indulge in a wide range of activities such as kayaking, fishing, and hiking. Even the winter season is amazing, forget all the myths you have heard. There’s a large variation of snowfall in Tromsø and the skies are set alight by the northern lights. Although the winter days are short, you will enjoy the long winter nights, which are perfect for activities like skiing and dog sledding. It offers a great view of the arctic life along with soft chilly weather due to its location by the coast. Tromsø is a scenic destination to visit at any time of the year.

Experience the Midnight Sun

Midnight Sun - Visit Tromso  Photo Source: Wexas.com

Does your country have midnight sun like Norway? Our country receives more sunlight in summer than many parts of the world. Visitors love to experience the Midnight Sun in Tromsø. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience and can only be witnessed from May 20 to July 20. The bright summer nights delivers light around the clock making the destination mystical for various activities like a romantic walk and midnight cruise. You can wake up in the middle of the night and you will see the sun shining brightly, locals out chilling and hanging out with friends, or partying all night long. The city features a wide range of interesting events during this period as the people are thrilled by the endless sunshine.

Food culture

platter of shellfish - visit tromso Photo Source: Destinationsperfected.com

Every destination has its own culinary specialty and Tromsø is not different. The city features a wide variety of restaurants and bars, offering a mix of traditional and international delicacies. These restaurants add flavours and folklore in every single bite, and most visitors have an untold appreciation for the local food culture. If you love seafood, Tromsø never tends to disappoint. You’ll find several seafood restaurants in town, where you can enjoy a platter of shellfish, pan-fried fish, or king crab – one of the most delicious seafood specialities in the city – prepared with fresh produce of the Arctic.

Nature and Wildlife Spectacle

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Meet the white-tailed sea eagle

Wildlife is abundant in Tromsø and its surrounding areas due to its relatively pristine environmental conditions. The city features a wide range of national parks, which serves as a sanctuary for wildlife both on land and in the sea; thus, providing visitors with up-close experiences with the wildlife species. Similarly, these areas offer amazing opportunities to conduct research on the wildlife and their natural environment. You can witness sea eagles, seals, reindeers, wolves, bears, lynx, huskies and whales in their natural environs.

Interesting Festivals

Tromsø International Film Festival - Visit Tromso

Tromsø International Film Festival 2011 | ©Photo: Ingun A. Maehlum/TIFF

A large number of festivals are hosted in Tromsø every year. Northern Lights music festival is one of the most cherished festivals offering a wide range of events several years. There are many other festivals to attend during your visit including SMAK Food Festival, Bukta-Tromsø Open Air Festival, Tromsø Jazz Festival and Tromsø International Film Festival.

Exciting Activities

There’s no shortage of activities to indulge in and enjoy in Tromsø any time of the year. Experience the best excursions to explore the Norwegian wilderness, mountains, pristine coastal waters, and fjords – whether you’re skiing, cruising or even fishing. Tromsø activities will get you deep into nature and make you explore places that you can’t even get to on your own. The activities to enjoy include aurora glamping, whale watching, northern lights dinner cruises, northern lights bus chases, fjord and wildlife cruises, midnight sun cruises (summer only), dog sledding, reindeer sledding and meet the Sami people, Senja, Sommarøy.

Beautiful Accommodation Options

Photo Source: Clarion Hotel The Edge

Tromsø offers an extensive range of accommodation options suitable for every individual’s budget and preferences. Stay in an apartment or rent a room in a first-class hotel, you can also choose to stay in any of the campsites in scenic locations, the cosy and comfortable sea cabins or the fishermen’s cabins. Furthermore, you can also rent a holiday home or stay in a lodge if you are interested in sports activities. You’ll definitely sleep well at night and have a swell time during the day.

Shopping Opportunities

Tromsø is an ideal place for every shopaholic. It has numerous shops that offer a great shopping experience from niche to delicatessens. There are also several shopping centres such as AmfiPyramiden, JektaStorsenter, Nerstranda and more. You also have the opportunity to sit in cosy cafés and coffee bars while you enjoy the scenes in your surroundings.

Something for Everyone

The splendour of Tromsø surprises everyone! Whether you are a business or leisure traveller, the city has something for everyone. With its wide range of stunning attractions and outdoor adventure to experience, you’ll almost find it hard to leave when it’s time to go back home.

So, have you seen why you should visit Tromso?

We really hope you get a chance to discover the city and witness its beauty while indulging in a variety of arctic adventures. Check out our popular winter and summer packages for an unforgettable Norwegian holiday.