Here is an overview on how to get to some of Tromsø's most popular sights and attractions.
The Arctic Cathedral
The Arctic Cathedral is famous for the modern architecture and how the light comes into the building. The inspiration for the shape is the mountains on Håja island near Sommarøy Island (Summer Island) - a 45 minute drive outside Tromsø.
Address: Hans Nilsens vei 41, 9020 Tromsdalen
How to get there: It takes about 25 minutes to walk from the city center, across the bridge to the mainland where you find the Arctic Cathedral. If you prefer bus, catch one of the lines number 20, 24, 26 or 28. Departures are located close by the main square.
Attractions nearby: The Cable Car (15 minutes walk)
The Cable Car
Fjellheisen, or the Cable Car, takes you to the top of the mount «Storsteinen». Gives you a great view of the city and the surrounding landscape. In the winter it is a good spot to watch the northern lights and in summer to watch the midnight sun.
Address: Sollivegen 12, 9020 Tromsdalen
How to get there: By bus number 26 from the city center, departure near the main square. Eventually by feet. It is approx. 45 minutes to walk there from the city center.
Attractions nearby: The Arctic Cathedral (15 minutes walk).
World’s northernmost brewery established 1877. City’s oldest pub, microbrewery and shop.
Address: Storgata 4, 9008 Tromsø
How to get there: Walk 10 minutes towards Polaria.
Attractions nearby: Polaria and MS Polstjerna
Northern Norway Art Museum
Art from Northern Norway from 19th century and to the present. They also display a variation of temporary exhibitions.
Address: Sjøgata 1, 9008 Tromsø
How to get there: Located in downtown Tromsø, opposite of the Tourist Shop
Attractions nearby: Tromsø Cathedral and Magic Ice Bar
Stories from Tromsø’s past and present. Challenging exhibits in a magnificent 1838 neoclassical estate. International documentary photography.
Address: Storgata 95, 9008 Tromsø
How to get there: Located in downtown Tromsø in the main street Storgata.
Attractions nearby: The Polar Museum
Aquarium with wildlife from the seas up north. They also show movies about the northern lights and the Arctic archipelago Svalbard. See the feeding and training of seals at 12:30 and 15:30.
Address: Hjalmar Johansens gate 12, 9296 Tromsø
How to get there: Located by the harbour in the city center. It is approximately 10 minutes to walk from the tourist office. Follow the harbour.
Attractions nearby: M/S Polstjerna and Mack Brewery.
The Polar Museum
Exhibitions about the expeditions and hunting in the Arctic and the Antarctic regions.
Address: Søndre Tollbodgate 11B, 9008 Tromsø
How to get there: Situated by the harbour in the city center, close to the bridge. Approx. 10 minutes by feet from the tourist office.
Attractions nearby: Skansen, old fortress. The old house for the customs is among the oldest in Tromsø. Located right next door.
The Magic Ice Bar
Ice Bar and Gallery with sculptures carved in ice with Arctic theme.
Address: Kaigata 4, 9008 Tromsø
How to get there: Located in downtown Tromsø only one minute walk from the tourist office.
Attractions nearby: Northern Norway Art Museum and Tromsø Cathedral
The old protestant cathedral of Tromsø from 1861. Holds the record of being the worlds’ northernmost protestant cathedral. The only wooden cathedral in Norway.
Address: Sjøgata 2, 9008 Tromsø
How to get there: Located in downtown Tromsø with the main entrance from Storgata pedestrian street. 2 minutes to walk from the tourist office.
Attractions nearby: Northern Norway Art Museum
The Arctic University Museum of Norway
Exhibitions about history, local culture, northern lights, wildlife and more.
Address: Lars Thørings veg 10, 9006 Tromsø
How to get there: From Tromsø city center, catch bus line number 40 in direction Røstbakken. If you feel like walking it takes approximately 30 minutes from the city center.
Attractions nearby: Telegrafbukta Beach
The Botanical Garden
The worlds’ northernmost botanical garden. Features plants from the polar-regions and alpine plants from all continents. NB! Only open in summer.
Address: Stakkevollvegen 200, 9019 Tromsø
How to get there: Walking distance from the cruise port in Breivika. From the city center, you catch the bus number 42 in direction Stakkevollan or bus 20 from Fr. Langes gate.
Attractions nearby: The Science Centre
The Science Centre of Northern Norway
Features nearly 100 interactive exhibits for the curious minded visitors of all ages. In the planetarium, you can experience the northern lights every day at 15.15. On weekends and on holidays it is also shown at 13.15 and 14.15(German language).
Address: Hansine Hansens veg 17, 9019 Tromsø
How to get there: Walking distance from the cruise port in Breivika. From the city center, you catch the bus number 42 in direction Stakkevollan or bus 20, 21, 34 from Fr. Langes gate.
Attractions nearby: The Botanical Garden (summer only)