Tromso is a city in northern Norway located 350 km north of the Arctic Circle. It is also considered as the northernmost city in the world! It is a popular tourist spot to see the Northern Lights. I was in Tromso for two nights in early March this year. My first day in Tromso was spent exploring the Arctic scenery around Tromso. On the second day, I did a walking and bus tour of the city. I was staying at the Clarion Hotel The Edge and enjoyed magnificent views of the harbor from my room. Here are some of the things to do in Tromso.
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1. Northern Lights
Tromso is located 350 km north of the Arctic Circle making it an ideal spot to view the Northern Lights which can be seen from September to March.
2. Midnight Sun
Midnight Sun is a natural phenomenon occurring in places north of the Arctic Circle, when the sun remains visible even at midnight. Tromso is located at a latitude of 69.6 degrees that results in 24 hours sunshine for almost two months from May to July. It is also a wonderful time to visit when migratory birds fill the sky.
The Polaria is the world's northernmost aquarium. It consists of a five screen panoramic cinema, an 'Arctic Walkaway' with displays of Arctic exploration equipment, fish aquariums and an open pool containing a group of bearded seals.
4. Arctic Cathedral
The Arctic Cathedral is a church in Tromso which is also called the Opera House of Norway, likened to the famous Sydney Opera House in Australia. It is also the most famous landmark of Tromso.
5. Outdoor activities & adventure sports
There are a number of activities to do in Tromso. Depending on the season, you can do whale watching, reindeer sledging, fishing, kayaking, swimming at the beach or playing golf at the world's northernmost golf course. You can also take a cable car ride. Due to Tromso's location by the sea and the warm winds blowing from the Gulf Stream, the temperatures are rather mild for the Arctic.
6. Cafés & Restaurants
Tromso has a number of cafés and restaurants to eat local food. Aunegården known for 'a taste of Norway' is 130 years old. You can also visit Kaffebonna that serves delicious coffee and hot chocolate and is conveniently located on the corner of the town square - a great spot to view Tromso and its activities. While at Tromso, don't forget to taste the Glögg which is a kind of a Swedish mulled wine made from many flavored spices. Non-alcoholic versions are also served. Glögg is famous during winter months especially the Christmas season.
7. Old Wooden Homes and Market Square
The center of Tromso has the largest collection of historical wooden homes, the oldest one dating back to 1789. The Market Square called 'Torget' in the center of Tromso is the central gathering place for the people of Tromso and is used for festivals and public ceremonies. It has great views of the mountains and the Arctic Church.
8. Tromso Bridge
The Tromsø Bridge was the first cantilever bridge to be built in Norway. The bridge is also one of the most important landmarks of Tromso. There is also a walking path alongside the motorway on the bridge. I walked the entire length of the bridge to go to the Arctic Cathedral.
9. An Arctic Cruise
You can also take a cruise in Tromso to the nearby islands or to the Lyngen fjords.
10. Fjord excursion near Tromso
The first day I was in Tromso, I participated in a group tour exploring the fjords and the sea Arctic scenery around Tromso. I booked through Viator.com. If you have time, I strongly recommend to spend a day exploring the mountains and seas around Tromso.