The Tromsø Cable Car has been upgraded and opened again on April 16 with a new drive system, new gondolas and is now accessible for wheelchair users. The new gondolas are still decorated with the symbols of a seal and polar bear to symbolize how the cable car was initially financed and built. Welcome back to the new Cable Car!
This popular tourist attraction, which is visited by around 118,000 guests per year, takes you up to Mt Storsteinen on Fløya (421 m above sea level). The viewing platform at the top station offers panoramic views of Tromsø and the surrounding islands and fjords. The cable car is an excellent starting point for various hikes into the mountains, including to the summit of the majestic mountain Tromsdalstinden (1238 m above sea level). The cable car also offers excellent opportunities to experience the Northern Lights during the period from September to March.
The history of the cable car
The Tromsø Cable Car was built by ship-owners Brødrene Jakobsens Rederi, which at the time engaged in large-scale trapping, fishing and expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic. The cable car was officially opened on 22 February 1961 complete with a brass band, international press and schoolchildren, who had been given the day off to attend.
For the past 54 years, the cable car’s two gondolas, one red and one yellow, have been decorated with a seal and a polar bear as symbols of pride and tradition to portray the activities of Brødrene Jakobsens Rederi. This will also be the case in the future.
This film by Peter Wollen shows the cable car in Tromso up to September 2015.
The Cable Car has been upgraded with a new drive system, new gondolas and is now accessible for weelchair users. The new gondolas are still decorated with the symbols of a seal and polar bear to symbolize how the cable car was initially financed and built.
Welcome to the new Cable Car!