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Tromsø

The so-called “Capital of the North” is a lively and beautiful city, packed with culture and history, surrounded by mountains, fjords and islands. Ideal for a short break, Tromsø is steeped in history and known as the ‘Paris of the North’ with its wealth of shops, restaurants and street cafes. In 1940, King Håken and his government proclaimed a “Free Norway” before fleeing into exile. Located 230 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Tromsø is surrounded by hundreds of islands, dramatic mountains and deep fjords. During the winter it is also regularly bathed in the Northern Lights.

Tromsø is a surprise to most visitors. Here you find art, history, sophistication, good food and an infamous nightlife in a bustling, tiny city. All of it, though, is surrounded by spectacular scenery that is visible from everywhere in town. The city is home to the world’s northernmost university, as well as research institutes and satellite based industry. The population is therefore highly skilled, but retains the straightforwardness and sense of humour that the North is known for. The city is great for those who love short breaks in a charismatic city with plenty of activities on offer.

Tromsø is blessed with a wonderful location; the main part of the town is built on an island, to the east are the snow-capped Lyngen Alps which rise to 1800 metres and the beautiful Lyngenfjord. The Atlantic lies to the west and countless smaller islands and fjords are close by. You can’t fail to be captivated by the great outdoors here with a wealth of activities available during the summer and winter months.

As a gateway to the Arctic, in days gone by, Tromsø was the departure point for expeditions to the North Pole, whalers in Arctic waters and trappers off to Greenland and further afield.

Today, as a university town it has a vibrant atmosphere with a population of nearly 70,000 people. It is a leader in Arctic research and is home to the largest collection of historic wooden buildings in Northern Norway, including boutiques, lively cafes, restaurants, museums, churches and galleries. The many museums and art galleries exhibit arts and crafts inspired by Arctic nature and Sami culture, as well as research into the Northern Lights.

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Of course, the fjords!

Witness the extraordinary phenomena of the ‘Northern Lights’ in Tromso. The zone where the Northern Lights appear is a circle around the Magnetic North Pole. Tromsø is situated in the middle of this zone so you have fantastic chances of seeing the Northern Lights here. Visible from November to April, Tromso is one of the world’s best spots from which to see the lights as well as visiting a city which offers much to tourists. Enjoy a husky safari, go ice kicksledding, ice fishing or try the many other safari excursions available. Visit Tromso.s very well know numerous local restaurants, try the fresh fish dishes they are famous for – A Must for all visitors!! Image courtesy of Joydeep Sen.

Down by the water, visit the old wooden warehouse that holds the city’s most enjoyable museum, Polarmuseet (Polar Museum). This museum takes you through the history of humans in the Arctic. Amazing dioramas of seals, trappers and exploration- you can even go into a trappers hut. The history and details of the early polar expeditions is astonishing and the displays are great.

See the striking glass-fronted Ishavskatedralen (The Arctic Cathedral). Architect Jan Inge Hovig succeeded in creating a masterpiece. The cathedral is a landmark visible from the Tromsø Sound, the Tromsø Bridge and when landing in Tromsø by aircraft. The 11 aluminium-coated concrete panels on each side of the roof provide the cathedral’s form.

Spend some time at Perspektivet Museum where you will find themes from Tromsø’s past and present on show, including a lively programme of temporary exhibitions in a magnificent villa dating from 1838.

Join the real Sami for an unforgettable experience of reindeer sledding and Sami culture in Tromsø. You are guided by people from a Sami reindeer herding family.

Wander around Botaniske Hage (the botanical garden). It is the world’s northernmost botanic garden and is run by the Tromsø University Museum. It opened in 1994, and is open from late May to early October. The garden displays Arctic and alpine plants from all over the northern hemisphere.

Visit Polaria, a lavish waterfront complex. An Arctic-themed experience centre with an Arctic walkway, Arctic themed exhibitions and aquariums of fish and bearded seals from Spitsbergen.

Take a ride on the Fjellheisen cable car which whisks up Mount Storsteinen. 421m up, the views are stunning and a great place to catch the midnight sun.

Have a taste at the world’s most northerly brewery, Macks Olbryggeri, (Mack’s Brewery). Check out Tromsø Alpine Centre, located in the suburb of Kroken a short local bus ride from downtown Tromsø. There are three lifts and four slopes. The slopes have different levels of difficulty and steepness.

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