Tromso, the ‘Capital of the North', is a lively university town surrounded by mountains, fjords and islands. This extremely likeable and walkable city has, for many years, been the jumping off point for Arctic expeditions and adventures, and, with its location right in the heart of the aurora zone, is widely regarded as the best spot in Scandinavia for viewing the Northern Lights.
As such, it's well worth spending a few days here before taking off into the wilderness, its lively bars and first-class restaurants making for wonderfully cosy retreats between Arctic explorations. In the daytime, these range from classic winter excursions such as snowmobiling and husky sledding, to new attractions such as the Tromso Snow Domes, which, from December 2018, will welcome overnight guests for the first time. Wildlife, too, can be seen off the coast, with humpbacks and orcas feeding in the chilly Artic waters between October and February.
But it's the evenings when this destination really sparkle, with guided tours taking in the aurora's brilliant shades of blue, green and yellow, all set against a starry sky.
Meanwhile, in summer, travellers can hike in the coastal mountains, kayak inland rivers or among skerries in the Norwegian Sea, and even fish for cod, halibut and salmon.
Special offers in Tromso
Free fat bike excursion or top Svalbard restaurant voucher! – Save up to £75 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018
This twin-centre break is a superb introduction to the Arctic region, pairing the fun of a stay in Tromso with high adventure in Svalbard, just a short hop from the North Pole.
Special fly-cruise fares
This full-board, exploratory cruise will bring you through fjords and past remote islands to reach Norway’s historic towns, fishing villages and Arctic fun. Everything from dogsledding and snowmobiling to the North Cape and the Russian border is set under the Northern Lights.
Special tailor-made fares
Book by: 31 August 2018
This spectacular expedition voyage discovers the remote reaches of Norway's isolated and unspoiled north, from Svalbard's polar bears to Bear Island's rugged bird cliffs. You'll spot an abundance of wildlife that thrives among these mountains, glacial fjords and dominating icy expanses.
Top itineraries in Tromso
Our most popular Northern Lights break, this four-day city stay in Tromso is the ideal introduction to Norway's Arctic delights, with wonderful restaurants and bars and easy access to a host of winter adventures.
Pair two Scandinavian icons on one unforgettable adventure. You'll begin with Tromso's dazzling Northern Lights displays before a cross-border train ride brings you to Sweden's world-famous ICEHOTEL.
A relatively new arrival on the Tromso winter scene, Malangen Resort is already a hit with our staff and clients alike, due in no small part to its incredible setting on the shores of a quiet fjord, surrounded by snow-covered mountains.
Top places to stay in Tromso
Clarion Collection Hotel With is a hotel in central Tromso with magical views over the mountains, offering an experience similar to an Arctic adventure.
Malangen Resort is also your ideal base for exciting adventures all year-round. Winter or summer, you can relax and indulge yourself at Malangen Resort and also take a day trip or two to other attractions.
This contemporary hotel has the finest rooms in Tromso. Situated quayside on the east coast of Tromsoya Island, close to the city’s spectacular wooden cathedral, the Scandic Ishavshotel’s spacious, superior and recently refurbished rooms offer exceptional views of the harbour.
When to go to Tromso
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