Tromsø has a rich history dating back around 11,000 years. The rock carvings in the region provide an insight into the ancient history. Tromsø has an exciting history as a starting point for polar expeditions and the city had a key role during World War II, functioning for a brief period as Norway’s capital. Tromsø gained international trading partners at an early stage and to this day remains an extremely international and multicultural city.
Here is some background information about the city, as well as some of the important events in Tromsø’s history.