Northern Lights over Tromso © Mark Robinson
Set in a magnificent landscape of dramatic
snow-capped mountains with a rocky shoreline, Tromsø is a
lively town characterised by unusual old wooden houses, street
music, cultural events, and the most pubs per capita in Norway. It
is the capital of the north and a bustling metropolis in comparison
to the surrounding fishing communities along the northern coast of
Norway. It is also a vibrant university town.
Known as the 'Gateway to the Arctic' and situated
within the Arctic Circle, Tromsø is an excellent base from
which to explore the surrounding area and has some of the most
extensive Northern Light activity on earth, making it a
sought-after tourist destination from which to experience the
spectacular show of the Aurora Borealis.
The Midnight Sun during summer is another strange
phenomenon. Continuous daylight makes people forget to go to bed,
whereas the winters see only a few hours of bleak twilight during
midday. It is these extreme light conditions that hold the greatest
fascination for tourists, regardless of the season, and make
Tromsø such an intriguing place to visit.
The north of Norway is also the place to get to grips
with the fascinating indigenous Sami culture, which can be
investigated in Tromsø. There are several museums and other
places of interest, a cable car to the top of one of the
surrounding hills providing fantastic views, and boat trips into
the glorious landscape of the arctic fjords.
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