Northern Lights destinations in Norway: Tromso

Northern Lights Tromso by Gaute Bruvik, Nordnorsk Reiseliv

Visit the ideal Northern Lights destination! 

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

Tromso in winter by F. Schwarzlmueller, Fjord Travel Norway

Beautifully located Tromso!

Tromso's location & Arctic scenery

Tromso is beautifully located surrounded by alpine mountain peaks, islands & fjords, in the middle of the Northern Lights zone.
Tromso panorama:
Storsteinen mountain at 421 m (1381 ft) above sea level offers one of Norway’s most photographed panoramas — the view over Tromso and the stunning surroundings.
You can take a cable car to the top.

Northern Lights Over Tromso, Norway. Photo By Bard Loken, Innovatioin Norway

Amazing Northern lights over Tromso!

The ideal Northern Lights destination

At the start of this millennium, Tromso suddenly realized that the Northern Lights are something unique to share with the rest of the world!
The town 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.

Dog Sledding In Tromso Norway. Photo By Baard Loeken, Nordnorsk Reiseliv

Dog sledding in beautiful surroundings!

Exciting winter activities

You can join a vast range of adventurous activities in Tromso, such as:
Dog sledding
Reindeer sleigh
Whale safari
Snow mobile trip
Fjord & wildlife safari
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Arctic twilight in Tromso by simone55445, Foap, Visit Norway

Experience the blue Arctic twilight!

The amazing 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 – the unique Arctic twilight.

This wonderful, blue Arctic light is truly a unique experience!

Tromsø by Shigeru Ohki_www.nordnorge.com

Take a walk in the colourful harbour in Tromso!

An authentic Arctic town

Tromso is a friendly, authentic Arctic town. The city centre contains the highest number of old wooden houses in Northern Norway, the oldest dating from 1789. Tromso is also a cultural hub for the region.
Most of Tromso, including the main city centre, is located on the island of Tromsoya.
The island is connected to the mainland by a bridge and a tunnel.

The Arctic cathedral Ishavskatedralen by Konrad Konieczny, VisitNordnorge

See the amazing Arctic Cathedral in Tromso!

Downtown Tromso by Konrad Konieczny, Nordnordk Reiseliv

See authentic wooden houses 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.

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

Winter in Tromso. Photo by Baard Loken, Nordnorsk Reiseliv

Enjoy winter in Tromso!

Climate in Tromso

Tromso is warmer than one would think based on its northern latitude – even milder than places much further south, such as Hudson Bay in Canada, due to the effect of the Gulf Stream, with warm-water currents circulating along the Norwegian coast.
In January the mean temperature is only -3º Celsius.

Reindeer sledge by Trym Ivar Bergsmo, Nordnorsk Reiseliv

Exotic Reindeer sleigh in Tromso!

Travel tips to tromso

Fjord Travel Norway offers a selection of amazing Northern lights tours & cruises with a stay in Tromso:
 The tours are unescorted (not with a group), with guided activities
 Most of the tours start & finish in Oslo
 You can customize the tours by adding nights & exciting excursions
You book your flights to/from Norway and we take care of the rest!

Northern Lights tours to Tromso:

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

Amazing lights over Tromso!

Northern Lights Safari

Round trip from Oslo, with:
3 nights in beautifully located Arctic Tromso
• Northern Lights evening trip
• Dog sledding
• Aurora Safari & Arctic gourmet lunch
You can add nights, Wilderness cabin stay, Snowmobile safari, Reindeer sleigh & Snowshoe trip
Duration: 5 nights

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Northern Lights close to Malangen Resort by Malangen Resort

Magic sky in Malangen area!

Arctic Wilderness, Northern Lights & Tromso

Enjoy an unforgettable and relaxing 3 nights stay at the remote, beautifully located Malangen Resort, along with stays in Arctic Tromso & Oslo.
• Activities: Northern Lights trips, Dog sledding, Cross-country skiing, Sami storytelling & Aurora Safari
• Duration: 6 nights. December to March

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Dog sledding in Northern Norway by Terje Rakke, Nordic Life, Visit Norway

Experience dog sledding in Arctic Norway!

Tromso Winter Adventure

Short break in Arctic Tromso, with:
• Northern Lights trip with Dog sledding
• Aurora Safari
• Aurora Husky Visit & Arctic gourmet lunch
You can add Extra nights, Snowmobile, Reindeer sleigh, Northern Lights dinner cruise & Wilderness cabin stay
Duration: 3 nights

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Northern Lights Hamnøy Lofoten By Alex Conu, Visit Norway

Pure magic at Lofoten islands!

Northern Lights cruise trip

This round trip starts with a scenic train ride to historic Trondheim after a night in Oslo. Join a 2 nights cruise to Arctic Tromso, followed by flight to Oslo.
Stays in Oslo, Trondheim & Tromso.
• Excursions: Viking feast on the Lofoten Islands & Northern Lights trip in Tromso
• Duration: 6 nights. October to March
• Add-on: Extra nights, Dog sledding, Reindeer sleigh, Snowshoe trip

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Taste Of Vesteralen Excursion By Klaus Prediger, Hurtigruten

Experience the amazing Vesteralen islands!

Tromso, Northern Lights & Arctic coast

This Aurora cruise package starts in Oslo, then flight to Arctic Tromso where you join a 3 nights cruise to historic Trondheim. Return to Oslo by the scenic Dovre line.
Stays in Oslo, Tromso & Trondheim
• Excursions: Aurora Safari, Aurora Husky Visit, Arctic gourmet lunch & Vesteralen islands
• Duration: 7 nights. November to March
• Add-on: Extra nights, dog sledding, snowmobile tour, reindeer sledding & Northern Lights dinner cruise

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What our customers say:

  • 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. I would also like to thank Franziska and Lene, they both were fantastic in answering all my questions promptly, whilst booking the tour. Thank you for a wonderful and memorable holiday!

    Robert, Australia

  • I wanted to thank everybody. We had a wonderful trip. Everything went well and fortunately we had the chance to see the lights while on the cruise. All my friends in Turkey would like to go on a similar trip. So I will be in touch with you. Thanks again and best wishes to all of you.

    Candan, Turkey

  • On behalf of the group I would like to thank you and your colleagues for organizing our wonderful tour of Norway. Everything went very well including the weather, which was spectacular. We enjoyed all the hotels, the central locations you chose and the amenities, especially the lavish breakfasts. Three extra days in Oslo allowed us to tour the city at our leisure and to enjoy more of the important sights including the newly opened National Museum. The Norway in a Nutshell tour was amazing and made much easier by using your recommended porterage service between hotels in Oslo and Bergen. Both the train journeys and the boat trip were spectacular, and combined with a night in the beautiful Kviknes Hotel made for an unforgettable two days. We were very impressed by the Hurtigruten cruise, particularly the way they combined a working ship with a cruise ship, the comfortable accommodations, the food and service. It was fascinating to visit all the various ports, islands and fjords and the two included tours were excellent and informative. In the end we were glad to have the extra night in Kirkenes, to visit their lovely museum and take a trip to the Russian border. It was a good way to end the tour. Again, thank for staying with us through 2 years of pandemic postponements and changes. We certainly will recommend Fjord Travel in the future.

    Marilyn, United States