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Tromsø is Northern Norway’s adventure hub, high above the Arctic Circle.

The wide array of activities available, combined with relatively mild winters, ensures Tromsø is a compelling year-round adventure destination. Visitors to the city are never short of things to do with a large number of excellent tour providers and cultural attractions. Tourism is well established here and newer trends in sustainable travel and local experiences are well represented.

A population of over 70,000 and the world’s northernmost university means Tromsø is a bustling and cosmopolitan city. There are accommodation options for all budgets, from campgrounds to plush hotels. Minimalist styled cafés serve light roast filter coffee and national pastries. Restaurants and bars highlight seasonal, nordic produce in their menus.

Tromsø makes for an excellent base or starting point for exploring Northern Norway, with Kvaløya Island, Senja Island, and the Lyngen Alps all just a short drive away. A busy airport connects the city to other locations in Norway and beyond.

As with most locations in Northern Norway, unpredictable and changing weather can cause chaos with even the best-laid plans. Flexibility is vital, so consider traveling with a day or two extra up your sleeve.

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Things to do in Tromsø

Chase the northern lights

Tromsø is arguably the most popular destination in Norway for viewing the northern lights. Our upcoming guide will describe how the different tours work.

Fly across the snow

Early in the year Tromsø becomes a winter playground, covered in snow. Go dog sledding in the wilderness or try winter hiking with snowshoes.

Explore Kvaløya island

A short drive to the west, Kvaløya Island features excellent hiking trails and viewpoints. A ferry connects Kvaløya and Senja Island in the summer months.

Go whale watching

In the heart of winter humpback whales and orcas (killer whales) enter the waters near Tromsø to feed. Venture into the fjords to see them and other wildlife.

Visit the Lyngen Alps

The mountains around Lyngenfjord are a prized spring skiing destination, and offer hiking trails and good conditions to spot northern lights.

Sail the waters

Fjord cruises are available all year round. Sail under the midnight sun or catch a northern lights show. Or stay docked and enjoy a spa and steam.

Guide: Northern Lights Tours

How to Choose a Northern Lights Tour

Coming soon

Hiking trails

Venture over the bridge and hike up Mount Fløya for views over the city. Alternatively, head to neighboring Kvaløya Island for tall mountain peaks and panoramic sea views.


11.1 km · 3 – 5 t


3.8 km · 1 – 2.5 t


10.2 km · 3 – 4.5 t

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