If you’re looking for an Arctic city break, Tromsø is the perfect destination. You can enjoy breathtaking nature, with steep mountains, beautiful fjords, and snow-covered landscapes, not to mention the mystical Northern Lights, visible from September to April.
Here are 10 must-sees and do when you visit Tromsø:
Cross the bridge to the mainland and visit the striking white church that stands out against the mountain backdrop. The Arctic Cathedral was built in 1965 and features a 12-meter-high stained glass window, a 12-ton organ, and a 140-square-meter mosaic.
Explore the stunning scenery of the fjords by boat, kayak, or snowshoe. You can admire the snow-capped peaks, the frozen waterfalls, and the wildlife such as eagles, reindeer, and whales.
Tromsø is one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis. You can join a guided tour by bus, car, or boat, or go on your own adventure and find a dark spot away from the city lights. The best time to see the Northern Lights is between 18:00 and 02:00, from September to April.
Tromsø Polar Museum
Discover the stories of the brave men and women who ventured into the unknown Arctic. The museum is located in a former warehouse where the polar expeditions departed from. You can see exhibits on the famous explorers such as Roald Amundsen, Fridtjof Nansen, and Otto Sverdrup.
Learn about the natural and cultural history of the Arctic at this fascinating museum. You can see exhibits on the Northern Lights, the Sami people, the polar expeditions, and the wildlife of the region.
Experience the Arctic marine life at this aquarium and research center. You can watch the playful seals, the majestic king crabs, and the colorful fish in the tanks, or explore the interactive exhibits and the Arctic cinema.
Magic Ice Bar
Enjoy a drink in a cool atmosphere at this ice bar, where everything is made of ice, from the walls and sculptures to the glasses and furniture. You can also admire the ice art that depicts the history and culture of Tromsø.
Marvel at the architecture of the northernmost Protestant cathedral in the world, built in 1861. The cathedral is made of wood and has a distinctive Gothic Revival style. It can seat up to 800 people and hosts regular concerts and events.
Take a cable car to the top of Mount Storsteinen, where you can admire the panoramic views of the city and the surrounding islands. You can also go for a hike or a ski on the trails, or enjoy a snack at the cozy café.
Tromsø Wilderness Centre
Experience the wilderness of Tromsø with various activities, such as snowshoeing, skiing, kayaking, or camping. You can also meet the friendly huskies and join a dog sledging tour.
Walk or cycle across the iconic bridge connecting the Tromsøya island with the mainland. The bridge is 1,036 meters long and offers a great view of the city and the fjord.
Tromsø Library and City Archive
Explore the culture and history of Tromsø at this modern library and archive, which is housed in a striking building that resembles a glacier.