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Tromsø: paradise for outdoor enthusiasts looking for the Northern Lights

High in Norway you will find the city of Tromsø. A cozy city, but above all an ideal place to see the Northern Lights. Provided that you go to Tromsø in the winter, of course, because that is the ideal period to admire this spectacular natural phenomenon. Curious what it is like to see the Northern Lights in Tromsø?

Tromsø, the Cosmopolitan of the north. The small town with its beautiful location is a true paradise for outdoor enthusiasts looking for a nice dose of adventure and of course the Northern Lights.

Tromsø is approximately 350 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle and from September to March this city is the best place in the far north to admire the Northern Lights. The city center of Tromsø is also very cozy. You will find traditional, picturesque houses, a car-free shopping street, cozy coffee and lunch bars, all with an amazing view of the mountains and the water. You can also do lots of activities here, for example go to the North Pole museum, the Polaria or to the Ice Sea Cathedral. And of course go outside in the evening, because the chance that you will see the Northern Lights in Tromsø in the winter is very high!

northern lights in Tromsø
Fjords, mountain tops, snow landscapes, wild animals, you name it. It’s here. We therefore advise you not to stay in Tromsø for very long and dive into nature as quickly as possible.

Things to do during your city trip in Tromsø

Tromsø is the perfect destination for an adventurous city trip. The city itself is small and cozy with a striking number of pubs and restaurants. You can shop in the Storgata, the main street of the city. It is a colorful street where shops are interspersed with souvenir shops and cafés. For the more serious work you better go to the Nerstranda shopping center, which is located just outside the city. Here you will find all famous brands.

Tromsø is also sometimes called the Northern Lights capital of Europe. The region seems to be one of the best places to spot the green light

The sights are criss-crossed throughout the city, but you can actually do everything by foot. Discover the colorful harbor and look out over the city from the high bridge that connects the island where Tromsø is located with the mainland. In this compact Tromsø travel guide you will find all kinds of information about the nicest and most beautiful sights, which excursions you can take and which day trips to explore the region are highly recommended. But also where to know (from pasta to the best cakes) and where to sleep.

tromso city norway
The location of Tromsø is not only ideal for seeing the northern lights, the city offers many more possibilities for nice excursions. Both on land and at sea.

Fabulous views from the Fjellheisen cable car

The Fjellheisen cable car is the absolute number 1 high light in terms of sights in Tromsø. Truly a must do. The cable car takes you to the 421 meter high peak of the Storsteinen mountain. From here you have a panoramic view of the area. It is also a great area for walking, although it can sometimes be too frosty in the winter. The fabulous views are the main reason to take the Fjellheisen cable car up.

The best excursions from Tromsø

Whether you are staying in Tromsø as a city trip or whether it is part of your trip through the north of Norway, the city remains the perfect base for making special excursions. Those looking for a winter adventure have come to the right place.

A small overview of excursions that you can do perfectly from Tromsø:

  • Northern lights hunting
  • Orca and whale watching
  • Snowmobile tours
  • Visit to Sami communities
  • Reindeer Husky safaris
  • Beautiful walks with snowshoes
  • Wintersports
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Mr Nordic is always looking for the most beautiful places and the best experiences in the Nordic countries. He enjoys traveling, outdoor, writing and is based in Sweden.