The Arctic Capital Tromso – Hurtigruten land excursion

Tromso in summer by Baard Loeken, Nordnorsk Reiseliv

The Arctic capital Tromso – Tromso is located by the mighty Arctic Ocean, surrounded by alpine mountain peaks, islands & fjords.

This is an optional land excursion which you can add to your Hurtigruten cruise booked through Fjord Travel Norway. The land excursion will appear during the cruise booking process, with prices and details.

Tromso harbour by Emma Penney; Hurtigruten

Explore beautiful Tromso

Tromso is not only the largest town north of the Arctic Circle, it also has a fascinating history; hunting in the Arctic Ocean, timber transport from Russian rivers, the Pomor trade and coal mining. The battle to survive in the hard but naturally resource-rich far north provided hard-earned experiences that, more recently, have turned Tromso into a research and education centre.
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Arctic Cathedral Tromso by Dennis Price, Hurtigruten

The Arctic Cathedral

You will start the excursion by taking the well-known cable car up to the mountain ledge Storsteinen, 421 metres above sea level. From the viewing platform at the upper station, you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Tromso and the surrounding islands, mountains and fjords.
The tour continues to the famous Arctic Cathedral, an architectural masterpiece and town landmark. Built in 1965, the design of the church was inspired by the beliefs and natural surroundings evident throughout northern Norway, and features northern Europe’s largest stained-glass window.
During your excursion you will also visit the Polaria Centre, where you will find an Arctic aquarium, seal pool, educational displays and a panoramic cinema. Here you’ll be able to watch a movie with theme from the Polar regions. You will also get to see when the seals are fed.

Midnight Sun Tromso by Knut Hansvold, Nordnorsk Reiseliv

Midnight sun in Tromso

Practical information:

Duration: 3 hrs 30 mins
Transportation: Bus
Available: All year
Land excursion #5A

Polaria in Tromso by Nina Helland, Hurtigruten

Polaria in Tromso

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