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Tromso Introduction

With sparkling snow and the magical dancing lights of the aurora borealis, Tromso is a wonderland for winter adventurers and nature lovers. In summer, the tree-covered slopes beckon hikers hoping for a glimpse of native wildlife, while the glistening waters of the fjord are irresistible to kayakers and swimmers. Known as the Gateway to the Arctic, Tromso is a gorgeous island city, rich in culinary delights, exciting festivals and fine museums, surrounded by breathtaking wilderness that inspires at every turn.

Hotels in Tromso

The Arctic paradise of Tromso is dotted with unique accommodation options that cater to families, business travellers and outdoor adventurers. Hotels in Tromso range from lavish and modern, with fjord views and in-house restaurants to modest and clean, with free WiFi and free parking. There's even a spectacular ice hotel available in winter, where guests sleep in ice rooms on solid ice beds, yet keep cosy and warm on reindeer hides. Rustic lodges along the fjord offer country charm, with big open fires, libraries to snuggle up in, and saunas and hot tubs to keep you toasty in the bracing Arctic chill.

Where to stay

Luxury hotels in Tromso are in the town centre, with stunning views of the mountains and fjords and special viewing stations to watch the spectacular displays of the aurora borealis. Discount hotels can be found along Gronnegata. They include breakfast and are only a short walk from excellent museums and beautiful parks. The outskirts of Tromso and the neighbouring countryside are prime locations for welcoming lodges, guesthouses and rental homes, where you'll find woodstoves and traditional Norwegian furnishings in a gorgeous natural setting. You'll also see charming bed-and-breakfasts with warm beds and hearty meals made with delicious local ingredients.

Things to see

Tromso is beautiful throughout the year, but at Christmas the polar night plunges the city into darkness, rendering it a veritable fairyland with its profusion of Christmas lights, perfect for dancing the night away in the main square of Stortorget or perusing the exquisite Christmas markets. You can experience Sami life by taking a dog sled trip or watch reindeer racing through the powdery snow. Don't miss watching the fjords for majestic whales from late autumn to mid-winter. Riding the cable car up Mount Storsteinen will give you jaw-dropping views of the nearby mountains and bright blue fjords, while the Polar Museum spins riveting tales of Arctic hunters and daring polar explorers. During warmer weather you can investigate rock carvings at Tennes that were etched by fishermen and hunters over 4,000 years ago, then return to the city for classic Norwegian fare such as reindeer steaks and bacalao – dried salt cod.

How to get to Tromso

Flying into Tromso is easy, with Tromso Airport only 5 km from town. Visitors often fly in to Tromso via Oslo, Trondheim or other major Norwegian cities. From the airport you can rent a car or take a taxi, bus or minibus to your hotel in Tromso. For a more adventurous arrival, consider taking the ferry or express boat from Harstad. Car hire is the easiest way to get around Tromso and prices are quite reasonable during winter.