One of the best things about Tromsø is the change of seasons. From winter to summer, summer to autumn and autumn to winter. During autumn the fresh green forest will change its colors to yellow, orange and red, and you will start seeing fresh snow in the mountains. As the air turns crisp it is the perfect time of year to spend on outdoor activities, but at the same time there’s always a good excuse to spend time inside with good friends and family.
1. Regular daylight and Northern Lights
Due to the unique position in the world we are mostly known for our Midnight sun during the summer and Arctic nights during the winter. However, during Autumn we have daylight and nighttime. This happens because the Earth is tilting away from the sun. While this is happening, we lose daylight about one minute each day. In addition to this, the Northern Lights season sets in at the end of August, which gives you the perfect opportunity to experience the Aurora before the snow arrives, and with the backdrop of the autumn forest. It is magical! Learn more about the Northern Lights here.
2. Lower temperatures and knitted sweaters
From our summer temperatures of 15˚C - 20˚C, we lower to between 11˚C - 5˚C. Depending on the Northern winds it will feel a bit colder. This gives you a nice excuse to start using your favorite knit sweater to keep warm, and if you don’t already have one, Tromsø has plenty to sell in all different colors and styles. Visit our partner Snarby Strikkestudio and Husfliden to get a tease! Even though the temperatures will be lower, you can still experience a good amount of sunny days. Therefor we suggest thinking layered clothing when visiting. With darker and colder days, the locals love cuddling up with lit candles either at home or in the city’s cozy bars with good friends and boardgames.
3. Outdoor Activities
Autumn activities in Tromsø are many; go on spectacular hikes in red and orange colored mountains, go on boat trips around the city or explore the region, go biking in the mountains or in the city, relax along the coast kayaking, or get to know the cute huskies that will take you dog sledding, or just let you cuddle as much as you want.
Being outside in our autumn colored nature you will have good opportunities of seeing wildlife, as well as picking berries and mushrooms. Depending on the time you go hiking you might see different shades of light from sunsets to Northern Lights. You can learn more and book all activities here.