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Visit Tromsø's best tips for your stay in Tromsø

The people working in Visit Tromsø have come from all over the world to settle down and work here. We've gathered our best tips and must do's for your stay in Tromsø. 

Chris

 
Chris

What: CEO
Where: Manchester, UK
Why Tromsø: I have made a family life in Tromsø as I moved here 8 years ago to work
Language: English and Norwegian
Favourite season: Summer
Favourite activity: Kayaking in the fjords around Tromsø. Fresh air, amazing scenery and wildlife
The best thing about Tromsø: A small but packed city hosting both nightlife, shopping and eating, yet it's in the exotic Arctic Circle! Oh, did I mention the mind-blowing scenery from almost everywhere you stand?
Best tips: Look up! A lot of Tromsø's beautiful architecture is above street level

Lone

 

Lone

What: Marketing Manager
Where: Tromsø, Norway
Why Tromsø: Born and raised
Language: Norwegian and English
Favourite season: Summer - endless daylight and cool summer nights
Favourite activity: Stand up paddle boarding - summer and winter, and hiking
The best thing about Tromsø: Breathtaking nature and dynamic urban city in instant distance, and the people
Best tips: Check out both the city and the nature. And wear wool! Don't get cold

Trude Ottesen

 

Trude

What: Product Coordinator
Where: Tromsø, Norway
Why Tromsø: I have my closest family and friends here, and I want my two sons to grow up here, like I did
Language: Norwegian, English and Spanish
Favourite season: Summer
Favourite activity: Go for a walk or crosscountry skiing around the small lakes and green areas close to where I live
The best thing about Tromsø: It's a great place to grow up, with the nature right at your doorstep. The fresh air, that I only need to walk for 10 minutes to enjoy, the smell of trees, grass and leafs. 
Best tips: For me, silence is also a wonderful kind of music. Go a little bit outside the city centre and just listen to the silence, take a deep breath, and enjoy the fresh air

Sylvi

Sylvi

What: Key Account Manager
Where: Malangen, Norway
Why Tromsø: It just became my place when I was young
Language: Norwegian, English and some French
Favourite season: Autumn
Favourite activity: Fishing in autumn and cross-country skiing in winter
The best thing about Tromsø: The fresh air, the stunning nature and the change of seasons throughout the year is fascinating. This, combined with the urban and pulsating city suits me perfect
Best tips: The fascinating light throughout the year. Every season is spectacular

Maria

 

Maria

What: Sales and Marketing Coordinator
Where: Aalborg, Denmark
Why Tromsø: It is a small city but yet big enough to be rich in both a hot city life and stunning nature
Language: Danish and English
Favourite season: September is definitely the best month with sunny days, but also darkness in the evening. You might get lucky seeing the northern lights
Favourite activity: Exploring the nearby nature or new secret spots in the city
The best thing about Tromsø: Something is always happening! Food, music, film and all kinds of festivals are always around the corner
Best tips: Bring different clothes. No matter the season, it is always varied temperatures

Malin

 

Malin

What: Digital Marketing Consultant
Where: Målselv, Norway
Why Tromsø: It's close to the small town that I'm from, but I can still get that freshly made cappuccino that I've gotten used to from living in bigger cities
Language: Norwegian and English
Favourite season: Summer and winter
Favourite activity: Hiking and cross-country skiing
The best thing about Tromsø: Its growing city life combined with some of the best nature experiences in the world
Best tips: Walk any mountain around Tromsø during summer and you'll get the best Midnight Sun experience, and maybe even meet a reindeer or two

Hijiri

 

Hijiri

What: Tourist Information Manager
Where: Nagano, Japan
Why Tromsø: I have made a family life here and lived in Tromsø since 2006
Language: Japanese, English and Norwegian
Favourite season: Autumn
Favourite activity: Driving along the coastal roads of Tromsø and going for a walk towards Tromsdalstinden
The best thing about Tromsø: The biggest city in the north surrounded by great nature. It has high quality local cuisine and cultural events year round. Also the best place to see the Aurora
Best tips: Walk 30 minutes from the city centre and you are in the middle of nature

Zillah

 

Zillah

What: Information Coordinator
Where: Northumberland, UK
Why Tromsø: Love the cold climate
Language: English, Maltese, Italian, French and Norwegian
Favourite season: Autumn
Favourite activity: Berry picking
The best thing about Tromsø: Amazing natural beauty, a photographer and painters paradise. The sunrise and sunset colours (twice a year) have to be seen to be believed
Best tips: Come in August or September; August for the best days of summer and September to see the first Northern Lights

Gry

 

Gry

What: Information Coordinator
Where: Tromsø, Norway
Why Tromsø: Born and raised
Language: Norwegian and English
Favourite season: Summer
Favourite activity: Hiking
The best thing about Tromsø: Even though it is a big ciy, it feels smaller, and you are just 20 minutes away from a breathtaking hike or a thrilling boattrip in stunning surroundings
Best tips: Enjoy a nice cup of coffee at the top of a mountain or in the sun at one of Tromsø's many cafés

Rebekka

 

Rebekka

What: Information Coordinator
Where: Gudbrandsdalen, Norway
Why Tromsø: I started my studies here, and just didn't want to leave again
Language: Norwegian, Spanish and English
Favourite season: Winter
Favourite activity: Go to museums/art museums
The best thing about Tromsø: The combination of the mountains and the ocean under the sun and the Northern Lights
Best tips: Remember to look up when it's dark outside, suddenly the Northern Lights could be right over you. It is truly magical

Alens

 

Alens

What: Information Coordinator
Where: Jelgava, Latvia
Why: University and the stunning nature.
Language: Latvian, English and Norwegian
Favourite season: Summer
Favorite activity: Hiking under the Midnight Sun
The best about Tromsø: Tromsø has something for everyone. Either you want to go shopping or just enjoy the nature. There are activities here all year round!
Best tips: Explore Tromsø and its surrounding area outside of the city. Enjoy some local food and be prepared for the  unpredictable weather conditions.

Matias

 

Matias

What: Information Coordinator
Where: Kirkenes, Norway
Why: Moved to Tromsø for my studies, ended up falling in love with the scenic nature and the beautiful city. 
Language: English and Norwegian
Favorite season: Summer
Favorite activity: Hiking the summits in Ersfjordbotn
The best about Tromsø: Student or senior, mountains or fjords, native or recently moved, nightlife or waking up early for a cup of coffee with a stunning view, Tromsø has it all! The diversity in its people, culture, and nature is something that really set Tromsø apart from many other cities in the world 
Best tips: Wear spikes! The ice patches in the city can be hard to spot during winter, combine this with the slippery slopes on the island and you get a bobsled track with stores and hotels (called Tromsø City Center). 

Eline

 

Eline

What: Trainee
Where: Lyngen, Norway
Why: To get an education and experiencing the city life
Language: Norwegian and English
Favorite activity: Enjoying the nature with friends and family
The best about Tromsø: There is so many different things to do and opportunities 
Best tips: Take vitamin D in the polar night season

Annhild

 

Annhild

What: Project coordinator, Arctic Summer
Where: Karlsøy, Norway
Why: Because of the season varieties, and unformal culture in Northern Norway
Language: Norwegian and English
Favourite seasons: Summer with 24 hours of daylight, and Autumn with crispy air and fantastic nature colours
Favourite activity: Nature hiking
The best about Tromsø: Urban town and wild nature within a 10 minute bus ride
Best tips: Don’t rush, take time to explore and enjoy your adventure
 

Jørgen

 

Jørgen

What: Hospitality and Sales Support Manager
Where: Skaland, Senja
Why Tromsø: The most vibrant city in the north, came to work and live
Language: Norwegian and English
Favourite season: All year! Every season has its own charm
Favourite activity: Paragliding, kayaking and Randonnè skiing
The best thing about Tromsø: Urban pulsing city, close to nature. You can do most outdoors actvities within 20 minutes from downtown, and many straight out from your front door.
Best tips: White nights in the end of April, beginning of May - the light is fantastic. Blue water, white mountains, blue sky - say no more!

Jacob

 

Jacob

What: Sales Manager
Where: Lyngby, Denmark, with arctic blood in my veins
Why: Family decision, but certainly a wise one
Language: Norwegian and English 
Favourite seasons: Autumn, Winter and Summer
Favourite activity: Hunting, backcountry snowboarding and climbing
The best about Tromsø: Short walk for the sound of silence and a short walk for urban living
Best tips: Explore Tromsø in all seasons, its like two different citys 

Christina

 

Christina

What: Information Coordinator
Where: Tromsø, Norway
Why: Born and raised
Language: Norwegian and English
Favorite season: Summer
Favorite activity: Hiking and Cross-country skiing
The best about Tromsø: The beautiful untouched nature that is only a few minutes away from the city centre, allowing people to explore the fjords and mountains without having to travel far
Best tips: Take your lunch to go! Tromsø has so many beautiful hikes and nature trails for all ages, and there is nowhere better to sit down and enjoy your lunch than under the open sky and in fresh air.