Arctic Cathedral in blue

Public holidays and opening hours

There are many public holidays throughout the year and these are generally strictly observed.

Click here to find an overview of the main holidays in Norway.

 

Opening hours

General opening times for shops in Tromsø are as follows:

Monday – Friday:       10am – 4:30pm (10:00-16:30)
Late night shopping on Thursday in the city centre: until 7pm (19:00)
Saturday:                    10am – 4 pm (10:00-16:00)
Sunday:                       Closed

Shopping centres:     

Monday –Friday:        10am – 9pm (10:00 - 21:00), Jekta and K1
                                   10am – 8pm (10:00 – 20:00), Nerstranda, Pyramiden

Supermarkets:          

Monday – Friday:       8am – 11pm (08:00 – 23:00)
Saturday:                     8am – 10pm (08:00 – 22:00)

Here in Norway, all shops except service stations, convenience stores and garden centres are closed on Sundays.

 

Ice fishing, typical activity during the Easter holiday

Over Easter and Christmas shops and supermarkets have limited opening hours.

At Easter, the stores will generally close earlier on the Wednesday before Easter and on the Saturday during Easter weekend.

At Christmas the stores will generally close earlier on Christmas Eve and remain closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. You will also find that shopping, dining and night life options are more limited during the Christmas period, although a wide range of activities and accommodation is available.

 

Alcohol sales

The hours of sale for alcohol are a topic of frequent discussion in Norway. For wine and spirits, this is still controlled and sold through the government-run shops called “Vinmonoploet”. In Tromsø, there are three outlets. All are located at shopping centres – Jekta (near the airport), Nerstranda (city centre) and Pyramiden (on the mainland side of the bridge).

Vinmonopolet Opening Hours:

Monday – Friday:       10am – 6pm (10.00 – 18.00)
Saturday:                    10am – 3pm (10.00 – 15.00)

Beer is sold at all supermarkets and the hours of sale are slightly longer. These hours currently apply:

Monday – Friday:       10am – 8pm (10.00 – 20.00)
Saturday:                    10am – 6pm (10.00 – 18.00)