Northern Lights destinations in Norway: Tromso

Northern Lights Tromso by Gaute Bruvik, Nordnorsk Reiseliv

Northern Lights Tromso 

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.


Tromsø by Shigeru Ohki_www.nordnorge.com

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 Cathedral (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.

Arctic Tromso by Konrad Konieczny, Nordnorsk Reiseliv

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 -3º Celsius.

Hunt the Northern Lights in Tromso by Malangen Resort

Spectacular Northern Lights hunt in Tromso

Northern Lights in Tromso

At the start of this millennium, 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 & snowmobile safari.

Arctic twilight in Tromso by simone55445, Foap, Visit Norway

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 Konieczny_www.nordnorge.com

Arctic Cathedral in Tromso

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

Northern Lights over 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.

Storsteinen: At 421 m (1381 ft) above sea level is the mountain and its cable car, which offers one of Norway’s most photographed panoramas — the view over Tromso 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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  • We just recently completed the Tromso, Northern Lights & Arctic Coast tour. I am writing to say what an amazing tour we had. Everything ran smoothly without an issue, the accommodation was fantastic and the tours were brilliant. We cannot fault the package at all.
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