Northern Lights destinations in Norway: Tromso

Northern LightsTromso, Norway. Photo by Gaute Bruvik

Northern Lights Tromso Norway

The Arctic town of Tromso is ideally located in the middle of the Northern Lights / Aurora Borealis zone in Arctic Norway. This vibrant town is located on the western coast of Arctic Norway. Tromso is Europe’s northernmost University town, and the second largest city and urban area north of the Arctic Circle.

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Tromsø by Shigeru

Old wooden houses in Tromso.

Tromso’s houses & buildings

Old, wooden houses: Tromso contains the highest number of old wooden houses in Northern Norway, the oldest house dating back to 1789.

The Arctic Cathedra
l (Ishavskatedralen), a modern church from 1965, is the most famous landmark in Tromso.

Polaria Museum
is housed in a very distinctive building representing ice floes that have been pressed up on land by the rough seas of the Arctic.

Tromsø by Konrad

Spectacular Arctic scenery

Spectacular Arctic scenery

Tromso is surrounded by wonderful Arctic scenery, with islands and Alpine mountain peaks.

Climate: The city is warmer than most other places located on the same latitude, due to the warming effect of the Gulf Stream. In January the mean temperature is only minus 3º Celcius.

Northern Lights Tromso Norway. Photo by Bjorn Jorgensen, Innovation Norway

Spectacular Northern Lights over Tromso

Northern Lights in Tromso

At the start of this milennium, Tromso suddenly realized that the Northern Lights really are something special to share with the rest of the world, and has since grown to be one of the most important Northern Lights destinations, with a large range of local operators offering their various Northern Lights excursions and snow based activities such as Dog sledding, Reindeer sledge & Snow mobile safaris.

Blue Arctic winter light in Tromso Norway. Photo by Shigeru Ohki, Nordnorsk Reiseliv

Blue Arctic twilight in Tromso

The blue Arctic twilight

Between the end of November and mid January the sun does not appear above the horizon in Tromso. However, you will still experience some hours of light & twilight.

The wonderful blue Arctic light is truly a unique experience!

Ishavskatedralen by Konrad

Arctic Cathedreal in Tromso

Some sights in Tromso

The amazing Arctic cathedral (nicknamed Ishavskatedralen in Norwegian), built in 1965, a famous landmark in Tromso because of the church’s distinct look and situation.

The Tromso cathedral, a tiny yellow wooden church centrally located in Tromso, is noted for being the only wooden cathedral in Norway

Polaria Arctic Museum, an Arctic aquarium with bearded seals as the main attraction, interesting Arctic exhibits & you can watch wonderful films about the Northern Lights & the Arctic.

Northern Lights over Tromso, Norway. Photo by Bard Loken, Innovatioin Norway

Northern Lights over Tromso

Storsteinen: At 421 metres (1381 feet) above sea level is the mountain and its cable car, which offers one of Norway’s most photographed panoramas — the view over Tromsø and the surrounding mountains.

The Northern Lights Planetarium in the Science Centre of Northern Norway presents a scientific explanation of the Northern Lights.

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