The City of the Midnight Sun and Northern Lights

Tromsø, Norway’s northernmost city, is widely referred to as the gateway to the Arctic. Located near the North Cape, it is an ideal starting point for Scandinavian adventures – in summer and in winter.

Tromsø is situated 215 miles (344 km) north of the polar circle and in the heart of the Northern Lights Oval. The chance to see the famous Northern Lights is greater here than anywhere else in the world. From late November until late January, the sun never rises. This is when the dazzlingly beautiful Northern Lights dance in the polar night. By contrast, the sun never sets between late May and late July.

Quick facts Tromsø

Flight time

3:55 h


2740 km

Time difference




A cup of cappuccino costs around

CHF 4.74

Bearded seals and humpback whales

One of Tromsø’s most famous sights is the Arctic Cathedral, which also happens to be the world’s northernmost cathedral. This strikingly modern building is home to Europe‘s largest stained glass window. The Polar Museum provides in-depth information about Norway’s polar expeditions. The Polaria Experience Centre houses various exhibits and includes an Arctic aquarium with bearded seals as one of its main attractions. Visitors eager to experience animals in their natural habitat won’t be short-changed either. There are various tours on offer to watch arctic animals, including the highly popular whale watching tours. Orcas and humpback whales are most likely to be spotted in the waters around Tromsø in November and December.

By postal ship or cable car

The weather in Tromsø is quite pleasant. Temperatures can reach twenty degrees Celsius in summer and rarely drop below minus ten degrees Celsius in winter. There is often snow in abundance during the cold season, providing ideal conditions for dog sledge and snowmobile excursions. Those eager to travel further afield can board a “Hurtigruten” ship in the port of Tromsø. This traditional Norwegian postal ship line connects the towns along the country’s western coast that stretches for almost 1700 miles (2700 km). Nowadays, the “Hurtigruten” ships are a combination of cargo, passenger and cruise ship.

A trip in the Fjellheisen cable car to the top of “Storsteinen“ (Tromsø’s local mountain) at 1378 feet (420 m) should not be missed. Magnificent views of the city, the fjord and the surrounding landscape are to be had from this mountain ledge. In sum, Norway’s northernmost city is the perfect choice for anyone seeking to enjoy an unforgettable adventure.

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