Tromsø travel guide

Tromsø Tourism | Tromsø Guide

You're Going to Love Tromsø

Journey to the Arctic circle and experience one of the world's northernmost cities of Tromsø. From here, you'll be able to explore the natural beauty of Norway, including fjord trails, wildlife expeditions and the famous northern lights

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Tromsø

1. The Northern Lights

Tromsø is one of the best and most reliably consistent places to see the aurora borealis phenomenon light up the night sky.

2. Fjord excursions

There are many tour companies that can take you to the best hikes for truly spectacular views from the fjord.

3. Arctic Cathedral

For 50dk you can visit the unique concrete, steel and glass church that echoes the dynamic arctic architecture of Tromsø.

4. Arctic-Alpine Botanic Garden

Wander through the diverse plant selection of the world's northernmost botanical garden.

5. Polaria

This arctic aquarium puts an emphasis on education, displaying species and landscapes from the nearby Svalbard islands.

Where to Eat in Tromsø

Egon Tromsø is a local favorite, serving traditional Norweigan cuisine. Dinner prices are between 200-250kr.

When to visit Tromsø

Tromsø in April
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Tromsø in April
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1 night at 3-star hotel

The Northern Lights can be best seen from September to April, making the fall/winter the most optimal time to visit.

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How to Get to Tromsø


Tromsø Airport Langnes is 5km outside of the city, with most international flights connecting in through Oslo. Tickets from Oslo to Tromso cost around 550kr each way.


There is currently no train operating to Tromsø, though the train will take you as far as Bodø, from where you can transfer by bus.


The E8 highway is a 1700-kilometer-long motorway that's open year round from Oslo and takes about 25 hours to travel along. Winter road conditions should be taken into account when visiting.


Long distance buses are available from the cities of Alta, Narvik and Fauske. Tickets cost around 120kr one way and the journey takes roughly 20 hours.

Airports near Tromsø

Airlines serving Tromsø

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Air France
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Scandinavian Airlines
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Where to stay in Tromsø

The Viking Hotel Tromsø offers minimalist-style self-catering apartments in the city center for 600kr a night.

Popular neighbourhoods in Tromsø

Hamna - The harbor neighborhood in the south east part of the island contains most of the cities attractions, restaurants, hotels and nightlife.

Prestvannet - This area is quite rural, with a beautiful lake in the center. The surrounding countryside provides some of the best landscape for outdoor sports and activities.

Where to stay in popular areas of Tromsø

Most booked hotels in Tromsø

Radisson Blu Hotel, Tromso
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
Scandic Ishavshotel
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Clarion Hotel The Edge
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Comfort Hotel Xpress Tromso
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
Smarthotel Tromso
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How to Get Around Tromsø

Public Transportation

There are many buses running through Tromsø and nearby northern cities. Tickets can be bought onboard for 50kr per ride.


You can either hail a cab or pre-order a taxi for convenience. Tariffs start at 60kr and can cost between 200-300kr within the city.


Rental vehicles can be picked up from Tromsø airport with an average daily rate of around 1,100kr.

The Cost of Living in Tromsø

Shopping Streets

Storgata pedestrian street hosts many tourist souvenir shops and cafes. Nerstranda Shopping is the biggest and only indoor mall selling food, alcohol, clothes and accessories from internationally recognized chains.

Groceries and Other

The main shopping markets in Tromsø are Jekta Storsenter and Nerstranda Senter. A dozen eggs costs around 35kr.

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