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Travel Guide

Visit this northern Norwegian city for outdoor adventures and breathtaking mountain scenery, art galleries and spectacular sightings of the northern lights.

The lively city of Tromsø is surrounded by picturesque mountain landscapes. Explore museums and art galleries, relax in alpine gardens and experience two spectacular natural phenomena: the Midnight Sun and the northern lights. Northern Norway’s largest town, Tromsø sits 218 miles (350 kilometers) north of the Arctic Circle.

The colorful city center spreads along the eastern banks of Tromsøya island. Find major city attractions such as the Gothic-revival-style Tromsø Domkirke. See Norwegian art at the Tromsø Contemporary Art Gallery and the Art Museum of Northern Norway. Learn about the history of Arctic fishermen and explorers at the Polar Museum. Spot bearded seals and cold-water fish at Polaria, an Arctic-themed science center and aquarium. Delve into the local beer culture at Mack’s Brewery.

Tromsø literally lights up with cultural activities from mid-May to mid-July, the months of the Midnight Sun and 24-hour daylight. Enjoy round-the-clock opening hours in bars, cafés and nightclubs along Storgata. Join locals for a midnight swim in the cool waters at Telegrafbukta Beach. Admire the blossoming alpine flora at the Tromsø Arctic-Alpine Botanical Garden. Watch late-night concerts at the Arctic Cathedral.

Ride the Fjellheisen Cable Car to Storsteinen Mountain for panoramic views of the city, waterways and surrounding snowcapped mountains. Visit between September and March for the chance to witness the mysterious spectacle of aurora borealis, the northern lights. Marvel as the night skies become a multicolored blanket of light.

Tromsø is a year-round destination for outdoor adventures, most notably in the nearby Lyngen Alps. Enjoy downhill and cross-country skiing, ice fishing, dogsledding and snowmobile safaris in winter. Go horseback riding, walk across glaciers and hike through forests during the milder summer months.

Reach the city by flying to Tromsø Airport or catch a long-distance bus from major cities in Finland, Norway and Sweden. Get around on foot or use the efficient network of local buses. Take a cruise along Norway’s magnificent fjords to appreciate why Tromsø is known as the “Gateway to the Arctic.”

Scandic Grand Tromsø
Scandic Grand Tromsø
3 out of 5
Storgaten 44, Tromso
The price is ¥10,606 per night from May 3 to May 4

Located in the heart of Tromso, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Tromso Cathedral (Tromso Domkirke) and 2.5 mi (4 km) from University of Tromso. Art Museum ...

3.7/5Good! (447 reviews)
Not the best

"It was okay however the room was old and the beds were moving. The view was in the opposite hotels room, so no privacy. There was no parking closeby, no cofee in the breakfast bags even though requested, etc."…"

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2020

Scandic Grand Tromsø
Scandic Ishavshotel
Scandic Ishavshotel
3.5 out of 5
Fr. Langesgate 2, Tromso
The price is ¥14,478 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27

Located in the heart of Tromso, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tromso Cathedral (Tromso Domkirke) and Polar Museum. Polaria and Tromso University Museum ...

4.4/5Excellent! (962 reviews)

"A lot of dust in the room. Safe lockdown. Internet doesn’t work for the iPhones and reception didn’t know how to help for it."…"

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2020

Scandic Ishavshotel
Clarion Hotel The Edge
Clarion Hotel The Edge
4 out of 5
Kaigata 6, Tromso
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥14,608 per night from Apr 16 to Apr 17

Located in the heart of Tromso, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from University of Tromso. Art Museum of Northern ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (953 reviews)

"Nice hotel, good breakfast,"…"

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2020

Clarion Hotel The Edge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Polar Cabin
Polar Cabin
3 out of 5
Kynnmobakken 83, Tromso, Troms
The price is ¥79,147 per night from Apr 11 to Apr 12

Situated in Tromso, this cabin is within 16 mi (25 km) of Polar Museum, Polar-Alpine Botanical Gardens, and University of Tromso. Tromso Cathedral (Tromso Domkirke) ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)

"We were greeted by Jana & Michael upon arrival. We were shown around the property and to our room, room was nice and big and had it all to ourselves. Jana & Michael were very good hosts and such a pleasant couple, had such good conversation every night. They treated you like you were family. One ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2019

Polar Cabin
Buvik Sea Lodge
Buvik Sea Lodge
3.5 out of 5
Leirstrandvegen 2402, Tromso
The price is ¥26,063 per night from Apr 12 to Apr 13

Set amidst the mountains, this ski-in/ski-out apartment building in Tromso is 3.6 mi (5.8 km) from Lillevardhaug Lake and within 20 mi (32 km) of As Lake and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (3 reviews)

"Veldig fin beliggenhet i flott natur. Badstu med nydelig utsikt. Utrolig hyggelig og behjelpelig vertskap. Fin leilighet med god plass og vakker utsikt over sjøen."…"

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2021

Buvik Sea Lodge
Enter Tromsø Apartments
Enter Tromsø Apartments
4 out of 5
Grønnegata 18, Tromso

Located in the heart of Tromso, this aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Mack Brewery and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from University of Tromso. Tromso Cathedral (Tromso ...

4/5Very Good! (242 reviews)

"The apartment does not reflect any of the 90+ photos on or or elsewhere. It is smaller than appear in photos. The general standard is low (they advertise "high standards"). e.g. the TV table is wobbly and unstable. 1 bedroom was smaller than the bathroom. The other was in ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2020

Enter Tromsø Apartments
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Mar 14, 2020

I had an amazing meal at Mathallen, highly recommended. Pizza Inferno was excellent. A tour to the Ice Domes was great, and a way to see the land around the city. Chased the lights . . . but didn't see any. Too bad. I would recommend it anyway.

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Feb 25, 2020

Loved the town and activities available...

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Feb 16, 2020

This is a must- see city!

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 12, 2020

Very surprised not a small town beautiful location

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 4, 2020

Travellers should know that they don't really plough the streets here much in winter, you will mostly be walking on a layer of snow and ice (not easy to drag suitcases over, but doable), most people wear snow "spikes" over their shoes

5/5 - Excellent

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Jan 18, 2020

Amazing place! First time in Norway and it won’t be my last! I fell in LOVE!!!!

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