Snowfall in Tromsø city centre
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10 reasons to visit Tromsø in winter

Do you dream of seeing the Northern Lights, walk in snowy landscapes and experience the cold and crisp air of the North? We give you 10 reasons to visit Tromsø during winter. 

1. Great location 

Tromsø is located in the middle of the Northern Lights Oval, which is the area with the highest probability of seeing the lights. This means that there will always be good chances of Northern Lights, regardless of the sun’s cycles. This natural phenomenon can be observed late August to April, depending on the weather conditions and solar activity. If the sky is clear you might be able to see the Northern Lights right above the city, but to increase your chances we recommend going on a tour away from the bright lights of the city centre. Read more about the Northern Lights here.

2. Milder coastal climate

Owing to of the Gulf Stream, Tromsø has a milder coastal climate than other destinations at the same latitude. This makes even the middle of winter relatively mild. The average winter temperature in Tromsø is around -4 °C. However, if you chase the Northern Lights, remember the temperature could be anything from -25 °C up to +5 °C. Read more on how to dress in Tromsø here.  

3. Wide range of activities

Tromsø Region offers a wide range of excursions to see the Northern Lights, go dog sledding, experience Sami culture and much more. Whether you’re travelling in small groups, with family or friends, or by yourself there’s always a chance to join in on tours to suit your needs. See the Aurora dancing from a boat, a Northern light basecamp, bus or on snowshoes. Dog sled with huskies, feed reindeer or kayak through the fjords. See all of our activities here and book for your next trip here.

4. Stunning nature and Arctic wildlife

Tromsø is located in the heart of the Arctic wilderness, surrounded by steep mountains and beautiful fjords. The stunning nature is so close to the city centre that you can admire the Arctic landscape from Tromsø’s main street. It is also possible to see sea eagles and seals just a 30 to 45-minute drive from downtown Tromsø. Read more about the Arctic wildlife here. Last season, humpback whales and orcas were spotted near Skjervøy, and guided tours will take you out for good possibilities of seeing them. You can book all whale safaris here

5. Meet the locals

The people of the North are proud of their culture and history, and are happy to share all aspects of it. Ranging from Sami adventures and the traditional art of brewing, to Polar history, research and visits to locals homes, there's always something new to learn about our town. 

6. A lively Arctic city

The Capital of the North has a rich cultural life. Several important events are held during winter such as Tromsø International Film Festival, Polar Night Half Marathon, the Northern Lights Festival and Sami Week. The New Year’s Eve Concert and the Northern Lights Concerts in the Arctic Cathedral are also popular amongst visitors and locals. See all of our events here.

You can find more info about attractions like museums portraying polar and local history to aquariums and art galleries. See a list of our attractions here

Last but not least, Tromsø is known for its lively nightlife. Most of the restaurants, bars and nightclubs are located along the main street, Storgata, making it easy to check out several places in one evening. Read more about restaurants, bars and nightlife here

7. Booking is easy

You can book either online or at the Tourist Information Office. Our online booking system is safe and secure, and the booking process only takes a couple of minutes. We provide quick and efficient support, and you get a full refund on cancellations made more than 3 days prior to your arrival. Read all about our booking conditions here and book your next adventure here

8. Good facilities for accommodation

Tromsø has a wide range of accommodation suitable for all budgets and needs. Choose between one of the 2600 hotelrooms in the city centre, stay in an apartment or spend your days in scenic resorts by the sea or in cabins outside the city. Read more about accommodation here

9. Excellent flight connections

There are excellent flight connections several times a day from Oslo (Gardermoen), as well as good connections from overseas destinations such as London (Gatwick), Helsinki and Stockholm. As a regional hub, Tromsø has many direct flights to other locations in Northern Norway such as Bodø, Alta, Andenes, Kirkenes and Harstad/Narvik. You can also fly from Tromsø to Longyearbyen in Svalbard and get more out of your Arctic adventure. Tromsø Airport Langnes is located just a 10-minute drive from the city centre. Read more about travelling to Tromsø here.

10. Service and quality

Knowing how you enjoyed your stay in Tromsø is extremely important to us. We work constantly to improve the quality of the service provided by our partners. We know that travelling to Norway can be expensive and we want to offer you the best possible value for money, as well as a perfect and unforgettable experience. Don’t hesitate to send us your feedback on Tripadvisor.