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
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
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
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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.
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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
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.
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.
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
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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.
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.