Tromsø Travel Guide

  • Sunset over Hillesøy
    Sunset over Hillesøy
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  • Excellent hotel location on the harbour front
    Excellent hotel location on the harbour...
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  • Things to Do
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Tromsø Things to Do

  • Polaria

    Polaria in Tromsø's is a great place to get oriented to life above the arctic circle. It is dedicated to everything to do with the Far far North. You get to learn about Arctic ice floes pressed up on land by rough seas, I love to learn about what is under the Sea in the Arctic Ocean in the Arctic aquarium including the bearded seals). They have...

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  • The aurora borealis Northern Light...

    Polaria in Tromsø's is a great place to get oriented to life above the arctic circle. It is dedicated to everything to do with the Far far North. You get to learn about Arctic ice floes pressed up on land by rough seas, I love to learn about what is under the Sea in the Arctic Ocean in the Arctic aquarium including the bearded seals). They have...

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  • Fjellheisen - lift to a viewpoint

    A short lift to a viewpoint above Tromsdalen part of Tromsø is worth it when the weather is nice. it is also a good starting point for hikes around the mainland mountaineous side of Tromsø, and even a hike or traverse of Tromsdalstind peak. Like in Bergen the viewpoint is called Fløyfjellet. In fact, I'd highly recommend a visit here when the...

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Tromsø Restaurants

  • GO Arctic!!

    Emma’s Restaurant is one of the most recommended in Tromsø. Serving "Arctic cuisine" – really exceptionally fresh fish and local delicacies such as reindeer. Be sure to reserve in advance and suggest you request a table romantic top-floor dining room. Mains from around £36. Emma`s fish au gratin very tastee

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  • Nice food , luvly dessert. Gluten,...

    Had a nice dinner at this country coffee shop,its about 160 kms nprth of Tromso on the way to Alta.Tried the Local fish of the day served with a type of mashed spuds with bacon and veges , was nice. Tried the choclate cake dessert was yummy. Also on menu was local roast Lamb, Steak, hamburger, vegetarian dish of the day.,Pizza, tea, coffee,...

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  • Good location on the harbour

    As soon as we had settled into our room at the Clarion Hotel Bryggen we headed outside again, in search of a late light lunch. The first place we found was the Kaia Bar on the water-front, which was advertising lunch specials. Unfortunately when we got inside we discovered that we were just too late for these, but as it was cosy and had nice views...

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Tromsø Nightlife

  • Northern Lights

    Tromsø is really made to frame the Northern Lights as it s surrounded by picturesque islands, beautiful fjords and dramatic mountain peaks. This city North of the Artic Circle right in the middle of the northern lights zone, with some of the most intense levels of northern lights activity on earth. This amazing phenomenon can be observed from...

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  • A cosy spot

    This cosy pub (the name means “Cabin” I believe) is located in an old warehouse, dating from 1830, which today makes a characterful spot for drinking and eating. We came here a couple of times – the first to eat and drink, the second just for a drink.The menu is limited to pizzas, but they have a very good and eclectic selection of these, some with...

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  • Kaos

    Busy nightclub with live concerts. Sometimes a place to gather and watch a football game. The concerts and club/dj nights start late so people tend to hover around,coming in and out of the city centre pubs. Kaos is very popular with younger people, especially hip hop fans. Casual

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Tromsø Transportation

  • the cablecar to Fjellheisen

    Fjellheisen : the cablecar to StorsteinenThis cablecar will get you to the very best viewpoint of Tromsoe, 418 meters above sea-level and it will start just about 200 meters from the Arctic Cathedral. The cablecar runs all year long and is open daily between 10.00am and 05.00pm, always at the full and at the half hours there is a cablecar...

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  • the tollroads in Norway

    Driving along the coastal roads in Norway is mostly some fun, BUT now and then you have to pay toll and this is done in the most stupid way I even saw:The Toll-system for cars is fully automatic and an invoice will be sent to your homeadress ! It might take 1-6 months untill you get a letter from Great Britain and who knows, maybe I will have my...

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  • Flying to Tromsø

    We flew to Tromsø with Scandinavian Airlines from London Heathrow, via Oslo. It was quite an early flight, although delayed a little by snow at Heathrow. As it wasn’t a budget airline we had expected to be served at least a light breakfast but once on board we discovered that only tea and coffee were complimentary and as we were hungry we had to...

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Tromsø Shopping

  • Sweet tooth? Or hearth?

    Sweets, as much as you desire, and as varied as you desire. Right on Tromsø's man drag, Storgaten, the car-free area.

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  • a great shoppingstreet

    Tromsoe is one of the few towns in the northern part of Norway, where you will be able to get almost anything that you are used to find in european shops. CDs, electronical things,spareparts for your car... Prices are certainly a bit higher than in the rest of europe, but it was less bad than I expected.

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  • Buying lunch

    Central supermarket in town. If you are looking for lunch then visit the serve yourself salad bar in the Co-op. Not only do you get the usual salad fare, but you can pile on peeled shrimps and scampi into your salad bowl! I suppose up in Tromso they are cheaper than tomatoes and cucumbers. One of the highlights of my trip!

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Tromsø Local Customs

  • Old houses

    The city centre of Tromsø contains the highest number of old wooden houses in Northern Norway, with the oldest (known as Skansen) dating from 1789. In 1904 wooden houses were banned from the city centre, as they were in much of Norway, because of the fire risk that they posed. Fortunately though, a large number have been preserved here and a walk...

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  • Mack beer

    The Mack Brewery in Tromsø claims to be the northernmost brewery in the world, although in practice it s trumped by another in the same country, a microbrewery in Honningsvåg. Incidentally, Honningsvåg seems to make a habit of trumping other Norwegian towns, as when were there we were told by a local that it has the true claim to the “most...

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  • Jogging

    For the locals, walking up to the top of the mountain is just a matter of every day life, it is a simple jogging day, oh, you can just imagine what strong legs they got ;-)

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Tromsø Warnings and Dangers

  • Icy pavements and streets

    I had been warned by a friend that the pavements in Tromsø could be slippery – and she was right! Although the town is inside the Arctic Circle, the Gulf Stream ensures that it is not as cold here in the winter as you might expect, with average day-time temperatures in January just a few degrees below freezing. When we arrived it was actually just...

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  • Rape in bar restroom-bathroom signs not...

    Beware of bathroom signs - Not written in English nor have symbols or picturesWe were visiting Tromsø between August 10-14 coming from Nunavut Canada (Canadian Arctic) This was my second trip to Tromsø.On August 13, 2008My sister was dragged into a men's bathroom stall and raped by two men at a local bar in Tromsø. After being confused about the...

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  • Nothing really

    Nothing really that I can warn you here, at list not during the summer, everything look peaceful and relax in this city so there is no danger beside, you know ;-)

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Tromsø Tourist Traps

  • The Church

    Sorry, yes, I know it is nice church but who ever make a trip above the arctic circle, I think it is wasted spending your time inside churches. It was enough seeing it from the outside.

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  • Northern Lights Planetary

    In some old guide books and leaflets this old "must see activity" still exists. Sadly it was closed in autumn 2001 due to financial reasons.I heard once it was still open it was really worth visiting, but Tromsø City didn't have enough money to keep it alive or with other words the short "tourist season" up in the North wasn't long enough to create...

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  • The North Cape is a real...

    The North Cape is a real tourist trap. There they have builded a huge subterranean tourist centre where you can buy expensive drinks and watch the midnight sun. The point is that the whole northcape area is very touristic and it costs a lot of money to enter. They say it's the most northernly point of Europes mainland but that isn't true either....

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Tromsø What to Pack

  • be prepared

    Be prepared : the weather changes very fast in Tromsoe and so we started our walk across the large bridge in quite a good weather, but we could see the nasty weather already in the distance and it reached us some time before we had crossed the bridge and were able to find shelter under the roof of the Ice-cathedral.And then, just some minutes...

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  • Foul weather gear for Tromsø

    A day (back-)pack for town walking and short day excursions around the city. The winter season is loooong in Tromsø, and summers might be fairly wet and cold. Do bring sturdy walking shoes for town use and boots for off-road hikes. Do not forget sunscreen (you can also buy there) if boating or skiing. Mosquito repellent is highly advisable for...

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  • Climate in Tromsø

    There is no special rainy season.Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 0 – 7°C ( 32 - 45°F); min: -4 - 2°C ( 25 – 36°F )Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 9 – 15°C ( 49 - 59°F ); min: 6 - 9°C ( 43 - 49°F )Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 2 – 9°C ( 36 - 49°F); min: -2 - 4°C ( 28 – 39°F )Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: -1 – 9°C ( 30 - 32°F); min: -5 - -4°C ( 23 - 25°F )

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Tromsø Off The Beaten Path

  • Jernbanestasjon: a nice cafe

    Jernbanestasjon : that the norwegian namefor "train-station"and here in Tromsoe it is also the name of a small cafe with a lovely interior with many fine details and funny decorations from trains and train-stations. I saw this cafe in the last moment, on my way back to the ship, this is why I just had enough time to take some photos there.The...

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  • Dalsboe Kiosken

    Dalsboe Kiosken used to be the very first kiosk that was constructed in northern Norway and it was built there in the year 1902. In the year 2000 it was finally transferred to this place in Tromsoe, opposite of the docking-stations of the cruiseships. Dalsboe Kiosken might still need some restorations of the interior, while it looks nice already...

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  • Tromsoe Domkirke

    Tromsoe Domkirke dates back to 1861and like most other protestant churches in Norway it is normally locked during ordinary weekdays and will be open only for the church-service. Thats why I was not able to take a look inside. This church is also quite close to the port, where all of the ships are docking.

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Tromsø Sports & Outdoors

  • Rental outdoors equipment - save on...

    Bringing all your camping and sports gear with you uis a plain nuisance if you are backpacking or flying here. The good news is that you can rent a whole lot of different outdoor equipment at a small company called Tromsø Natur & Fritid. Their rental stuff include lavvo tent, tunnel style lightweight tents, skis, snowshoes, bikes, cooking...

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  • Tromsø IL - TIL

    Tromsø hosts the worlds nothernmost top flight football team: Tromsø IL (TIL)They are quite special and the team quickly caught my interest. The highlight of the teams history came in december 1997 when they beat Chelsea during a blizzard like weather in European Cup match.Nowadays Tromsø IL is a bit up and coming. 2002 one season in 2nd division,...

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Tromsø Favorites

  • Around the harbour

    I have always loved towns and cities that sit on the waterside, whether sea or lake, and Tromsø, with its picturesque setting on an island, fits the bill nicely. Its harbour stays ice free even in the depths of winter, and the surrounding mountains, snow-covered when we visited, form a lovely backdrop to both harbour and town. We were staying in an...

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  • The Polar night

    Tromsø lies 350 kilometres above the Arctic Circle, and that Circle is defined as the line north of which there is at least one day when the sun remains above the horizon for 24 hours (Midnight Sun) and at least one on which it never rises (Polar Night). The further north you go, the greater the number of days on which this occurs. In Tromsø the...

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  • Useful phone numbers

    The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania,...

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