A significant cultural hub above the Arctic Circle, Tromso is renowned for its polar nature, including surrounding fjords. Tromso is one of the best places in the world to view the Northern Lights, but is also popular for its lively nightlife, historic city centre and annual festivals.
Things to do in Tromsø
If you’re interested in the local wildlife, head to Polaria, an arctic aquarium home to seals and unique cold-water fish. You can also watch immersive nature documentaries on a 21-metre-wide panoramic screen and see traditional polar exploration equipment. Visit Tromso University Museum to explore a wealth of geological, botanical, zoological, archaeological and cultural exhibits, such as a machine that replicates the Northern Lights.
Visiting Tromso in Summer? Embark on a day-long cruise around the surrounding fjords or visit Polar Park to meet wolves, brown bears, arctic foxes, reindeer, elk and lynx. During winter you can join guided tours to see the famous Northern Lights, embark on whale-watching cruises or take a snowmobile safari near the Lyngen Alps.
Those seeking out the best food in Tromso should hang around the city centre, where you’ll find traditional Norwegian cuisine at Emmas Drømmekjøkken and homemade cakes, bread and pastries at Vollan Gjestestue. Taste the local beer at in a rustic pub with a fireplace at Ølhallen Brewpub or enjoy big flavours at Presis Tapas.
Time your visit for one or more of Tromso’s popular cultural events, such as the Arctic Light Festival, which showcases local and international musicians. The Arctic Cathedral is a striking church with a glass facade that also puts on regular events, such as the annual New Year’s Eve Concert and Northern Lights Concert.
Getting around Tromsø
Tromso is easily reached by flying into Tromso Airport, about five kilometres away, or catching a bus to Prostneset terminal. There are numerous buses and taxis servicing the city, along with ample parking spots for those driving their own vehicle.