Tromsø - where your Arctic adventure begins
For those of us fortunate enough to call the Arctic Capital home, there is no better place to live. Tromsø lies nearly 70 degrees north and is Northern Norway’s largest city. We’re lucky enough to enjoy not one, but two natural phenomenas every year – the Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun; two wonders of nature which light up our lives, with a backdrop of the amazing arctic nature, literally on our doorstep. Tromsø really is a year-round destination.
From September to April, the Northern Lights dominate the sky in Tromsø. Although you can sometimes see the aurora right in the city centre, it is often best to take a Northern Lights hunt, chasing the green lady across the skies, or take a polar-night dog sled under the sweeping aurora. For those searching for the explorer within, a snowmobile tour over the mountains, or a five-day trek with the Sami herding the reindeer, will enliven your adventurous side. In our wide selection of winter activities there is something for everyone.
As the snow melts and summer arrives, many head into the fjords, fishing for their dinner. You can do the same, catch your own cod, and then cook it for dinner. Hiking is also extremely popular, and you can experience some of the 600 accessible mountain tops in the Troms region. Our rich Arctic wildlife is blooming during summer and can be enjoyed both on land or from the sea. Explore our summer activities here.
The city has a rich cultural life with city cafes and bars, always enjoyed both by the locals, students and travellers. Internationally recognized restaurants serve up cuisine with produce sourced from local farms and fisheries, with a range of arctic dishes hard to find anywhere else. Unique cultural events, such as Tromsø International Film Festival and the Northern Lights festival take place, filling the city with people from all over the world. The nightlife is filled with the excited chatter of people re-living their latest experience – although you really need to try it firsthand to truly understand.
Nature, culture, city-life, local food and drink; we really do have it all in the Arctic Capital.
Welcome to Tromsø – now release the explorer within you!
Chris Hudson, CEO Visit Tromsø-Region