Located 400km north of the Arctic Circle at 69˚N, the small city of Tromsø bills itself as Norway's gateway to the Arctic.
Travellers in the nineteenth-century were blown away by the women, fashion, food and culture. In admiration they called Tromsø the Paris of the North.
In previous centuries the town was a centre for seal hunting, trapping and fishing, and was later a launch pad for several notable Arctic expeditions, including some led by Roald Amundsen. These days it's best known as one of the better places in Norway to spot the Northern Lights.
With a large university, animated nightlife and a happening cultural calendar, Tromsø is also a notoriously lively city, and prides itself on having more pubs per capita than any other Norwegian town.
What to expect
The quality of life, the clean air and the safe surroundings makes it a great city
The streets are filled with shops, cafés and restaurants - and if you are interested, the nightlife is quite famous.
Unlike a lot of cities around the world, Tromsø is a safe place. You can walk through the streets, day or night, without any other concerns than to enjoy yourself and feel the relaxed, northern atmosphere getting into your heart and soul.
Best time to visit
Arctic Tromsø is cold year-round, with significant rainfall and snow.
The cool midsummer (Jun-Jul), when there's 24-hour daylight, is the most popular time to visit.
Winter (Dec–Mar) is extremely cold, but it's also when Northern Lights viewing is at its peak
The midnight sun occurs from about 18 May to 26 July, but the mountains in the north block the view of it for a few days, meaning that one can see the midnight sun from about 21 May to 21 July.
Owing to Tromsø's high latitude, twilight is long, meaning there is no real darkness between late April and mid-August.
There are two seasons: Mørketid (polar night) and Seinvinter (late winter).
The sun remains below the horizon during the polar night from about 26 November to 15 January, but owing to the mountains, the sun is not visible from 21 November to 21 January.
The return of the sun is an occasion for celebration. However, because of the twilight, there is some daylight for a couple of hours even around midwinter, often with bluish light. The nights shorten quickly. By 21 February the sun is above the horizon from 7:45 am to 4:10 pm, and by 1 April it is above the horizon from 5:50 am to 7:50 pm (daylight saving time). If we include astronomical twilight as "not night", then Tromso only has 14 hours of night on the winter solstice.
It is possible to observe aurora borealis (northern lights) from Tromsø, as northern Norway is located in the auroral zone. As it is always light in the summer, no aurora is visible between late April and mid August.
The public transport service in Tromsø is dominated by buses.
Tromsø has a well organized City bus system, which runs within the city of Tromsø from early morning to late night seven days a week. In the weekend you will find night bus services from city centre to selected parts of Tromsø.
You can also download the local city bus App Tromsbillett and buy tickets online or it is also possible to buy tickets directly on the bus with Norwegian money.
To & From Airport
The Airport Express Coach departs regularly depending on flight departures and arrivals.
The city bus lines 40 and 42 runs to and from the city centre.
There is also a taxi rank outside of the airport terminal as well as several taxi ranks in downtown Tromsø.